CFGP RADIO, Grande Prairie Alberta

Featuring some of the pictures and information of radio friends and aquaintences in Alberta, BC and Saskatchewan from 1971 to 1981 when Ken Connors was on Radio and Television.

CKXL 1971-72
Calgary, Alberta
CKNL 1972
Fort St. John, BC
CFGP 1973
Grande Prairie, Alberta
CHEC 1974
Lethbridge, Alberta
CJOC 1974
Lethbridge, Alberta
CJME 1975-76
Regina, Saskatchean
CHED 1976-78
Edmonton, Alberta
CFGP 1978-81
Grande Prairie, Alberta

One of the CFGP logos used in the early 1970's.

Grande Prairie did have some entertainers that performed in the City in 1973. Acts like the Stampeders, the Bells, Bobby Curtola, Gary and Dave, and even Anne Murray. They performed mostly at the Grande Prairie Memorial Arena.

Stampeders Ad 1973
Voiced by Ken Connors

SUN-FM, Rock 977
Grande Prairie, Alberta

CFGP 1973

Ken Connors on-air 1973 Patrick David Nichol - 1973 Newsman Vaugn Ripper - 1973
CFGP Media Maniacs - 1973 Wally Everitt - 1973 CFGP Media Mainiacs -1973
Col. Sanders - 1973 CFGP's Jack Soars Open Line CFGP DJ's Ken, Neil and Andy

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Other employees of that time: Fran Tanner sports announcer, later moved into sales.(deceased) Cass Remple spent years in the accounting department. (deceased) Don Lindsey announcer then went into sales still living in Grande Prairie (2008).

Some of the songs played at that time on CFGP: Killing Me Softly With This Song-Roberta Flack, My Love-Paul McCartney, You're So Vain-Carly Simon, Delta Dawn-Helen Reddy, Love Me Like A Rock- Paul Simon and Stuck in the Middle With You -Steelers Wheel.

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SUN FM -Rock 97
Grande Prairie, Alberta

CFGP later moved to the FM dial and changed its name to SUN FM.

In November 2006, Rogers Broadcasting purchased the radio station from the OK Radio Group and became Rock 97.7 FM.

In 1973 CFGP Radio was the only radio station in Grande Prairie. The music format was middle of the road which included playing a number of instrumentals, including artists like Al Martino, Englebirt Humperdink and Johnny Mathis. Also some country music in the afternoons. Every weekday evening was the Lauzons Trading Post where you could phone in the list an item for sale.

In those days it was not uncommon for a Disc Jockey to play the music and also read news and sports during his shift. There was little time for preperation, and one did the best one could.

During the day major newscastes were at least 10 minutes long. Being a CBC affiliate, meant many talk programs were broadcaste during the day and especially on weekends.