CKNL FORT ST JOHN - 1972

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1972 Ken Connors
On air at CKNL Fort St John Ken Connors plays the music afternoons between 1pm and 5:30pm. (AUDIO CLIPS on bigger page)

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CKNL Auto Music

In 1972 there were times of the day when the Automated Tape System would play music with no announcers around.

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1972- The Music Room

At CKNL Fort St John the announcers spend some time preparing their shows in the Music Room.


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1972- Last Day at CKNL
After 7 months at CKNL it was time to move on to Grande Prairie to work at 1050 CFGP

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CKNL - CFNL

Both CKNL Fort St John and CFNL Fort Nelson Radio covered a bit portion of the Province of BC.

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Condill Hotel

This Hotel and Bar was located right across the street from the CKNL Studios on 100 Avenue.

Gene Daniel's career began as an announcer/writer at CKNL in Fort St John and did advertising sales. He was manager of CFNL, the sister station of CKNL in Fort Nelson in 1969. In 1971 he returned to Fort St John as GM and with Neil McKinnon purchased both CKNL and CFNL. In 1972 it was common to hear Gene Daniel on-air doing many of the newscasts. In 1976, the company expanded into Alberta and Gene moved on to manage CJOI in Wetaskiwn and other stations were added in Westlock, Slave Lake, High Prairie, Athabasca, St Paul, Wainwright, Cold Lake, Stettler, Brooks, Drumheller, and Crowsnest Pass. In 1985, an opportunity came up to buy CHUB in Nanaimo and CHPQ in Parksville/Qualicum and Gene move to Vancouver Island. After 41 years in the broadcast industry Gene left radio and began Gee Dan Productions that promoted concerts through-out BC and Alberta which also includes doing the Fort St John Trade Show.
Gord Satermo was morning announcer and salesman in 1971-1972 at CKNL. He left for CFCW-AM Camrose/Edmonton the latter part of 1972 for a sales position. After 40 years with CFCW, he retired in 2013. Before coming to CKNL he did part time (operator) at CJCA in Edmonton and was an announcer at CJYR Edson from 1970-1971. Gord Satermo: VIEW photo

PAUL HAWKES was also on the air at CKNL in 1972 and later moved into sales. In 2004 worked in sales at Moose FM in Fort St John until his retirement in 2009. (Paul passed away Dec 21, 2010 at the age of 64 of pancreatic cancer) Paul Hawkes: VIEW photo

Well known 630 CHED news broadcaster (Edmonton) BOB LAYTON, now retired, had his first full time job at CKNL in 1970.

Entertainment in those days was at Lee's Steak House that featured many acts including Mr Hockey Stompin Tom Connors. Also the Fort Motor Hotel was also a popular spot. You had your choice of a movie theatre in Fort St John or a short drive to Taylor.

Some of the songs played on CKNL: Me and Mrs Jones, Billy Paul, Alone Again Naturally- Gilbert O'Sullivan, Long Cool Woman -Hollies, Go All The Way- Raspberries.

CKNL Top 30 Chart from 1968: View Photo