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Retro Radio Dial: 1953 Canada AM Radio

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kc Call Location Province
540 CBK Watrous SK
550 CKPG Prince George BC
  CFNB Fredericton NB
  CHLN Three Rivers PQ
560 CJKL Kirkland Lake ON
  CFRA Ottawa ON
570 CJEM Edmunston NB
580 CKCH Edmonton AB
  CKY Winnipeg MB
  CJFX Antigonish NS
  CKPR Fort Williams ON
  CFCL Timmins ON
  CKEY Toronto ON
590 CFAR Flin Flon MB
  VOCM St Johns NF
  CKRS Jonquiere PQ
600 CJOR Vancouver BC
  CFCH North Bay ON
  CFCF Montreal PQ
  CFQC Saskatoon SK
610 CJAT Trail BC
  CHNC New Carlisle PQ
620 CKTB St Catherines ON
  CKCK Regina SK
630 CKOV Kelowna BC
  CKRC Winnipeg MB
  CFCO Chatham ON
  CFCY Charlottetown PE
640 CBN St John’s NF
680 CHFA Edmonton AB
  CHLO St Thomas ON
  CKGB Timmins ON
690 CBF Montreal PQ
710 CKVM Ville Marie PQ
730 CKAC Montreal PQ
740 CBL Toronto ON
790 CBY Corner Brook NF
  CKSO Sudbury ON
800 CKOK Penticton BC
  VOWR St Johns NF
  CKLW Windsor ON
  CKFI Fort Francis PQ
  CJAD Montreal PQ
  CHRC Quebec City PQ
  CHAB Moose Jaw SK
850 CKRD Red Deer AB
860 CJBC Toronto ON
900 CJVI Victoria BC
  CHML Hamilton ON
  CHNO Sudbury ON
  CJBR Rimouski PQ
  CHLT Sherbrooke PQ
  CKBI Prince Albert SK
910 CFJC Kamloops BC
  CBO Ottawa ON
  CHRL Roberval PQ
930 CJCA Edmonton AB
  CFBC St John NB
  CJON St Johns NF
940 CJIB Vernon BC
  CBM Montreal PQ
  CJGX Yorktown SK
950 CKNB Campbelltown NB
  CHBD Saskatoon SK
960 CFAC Calgary AB
  CHNS Halifax NS
  CKWS Kingston ON
970 CKCH Hull ON
980 CKWX Vancouver BC
  CFPL London ON
  CBV Quebec City PQ
  CKVL Verdun PQ
  CKRM Regina SK
990 CBW Winnipeg MB
1000 CKBW Bridgewater NS
1010 CBX Edmonton AB
  CFRB Toronto ON
1050 CFGP Grande Prairie AB
  CHUM Toronto ON
1060 CFCN Calgary AB
1070 CHOK Sarnia ON
  CBA Sackville NB
1080 CHED Edmonton AB
1090 CFJB Brampton ON
1130 CBU Vancouver BC
1140 CKXL Calgary AB
1150 CKX Brandon MB
  CHSJ St John NF
  CKOC Hamilton ON
1220 CJOC Lethbridge AB
  CKCW Moncton NB
  CJRL Kenora ON
  CKSM Shawinigan Falls PQ
1230 CHWK Chilliwack BC
  CKDM Dauphin MB
  VOAR St John NF
  CKEC New Glasgow NS
  CFHR Hay River NT
  CKBB Barrie ON
  CJBQ Belleville ON
  CKSF Cornwall ON
  CFPA Port Arthur ON
  CKLD Thetford Mines PQ
  CKVD Val d’Or PQ
  CFRG Gravelbourg SK
1240 CKLN Nelson BC
  CJAV Port Alberni BC
  CFPR Prince Rupert BC
  CKGO Eastview ON
  CKLB Oshawa ON
  CJRW Summerside PE
  CKLS La Sarre PQ
  CKTS Sherbrooke PQ
  CJCS Stratford PQ
1250 CKSB St Boniface MB
  CKBL Matane PQ
1260 CFRN Edmonton AB
1270 CHAT Medicine Hat AB
  CJCB Sydney NS
  CFGT St Joseph d’Alma PQ
1280 CJMS Montreal PQ
  CKCV Quebec City PQ
1310 CKOY Ottawa ON
1320 CKNW New Westminster BC
  CJSO Sorel PQ
1330 CBH Halifax NS
1340 CKDA Victoria BC
  CJOB Winnipeg MB
  CKMR Newcastle NB
  CJLS Yarmouth NS
  CFYK Yellowknife NT
  CKOX Woodstock ON
  CHAD Amos PQ
  CJNT Quebec City PQ
1350 CJDC Dawson Creek BC
  CBT Grand Falls NF
  CHOV Pembroke ON
  CHGB St.Anne de la Pocatiere PQ
  CKTR Three Rivers PQ
1380 CKPC Brantford ON
  CKLC London ON
  CFDA Victoriaville PQ
1400 CKCL Truro NS
  CKFH Toronto ON
  CJFP Riviere du Loup PQ
  CKRN Rouyn PQ
1410 CKMO Vancouver BC
  CHLP Montreal PQ
1420 CKOM Saskatoon SK
1430 CHEX Peterborough ON
1450 CFBM Brochet MB
  CBG Gander NF
  CHEF Windsor NS
  CFJR Brockville ON
  CJOY Guelph ON
  CFOR Orilla ON
1460 CJNB North Battleford SK
1470 CFOS Owen Sound ON
1490 CKEN Kentville NS
  CHAK Aklavik NT
  CKCR Kitchener ON
  CFRC Kingston ON
  CJIC Sault St Marie ON
1550 CBE Windsor ON
1570 CHUB Nanaimo BC
  CBI Sydney NS
1580 CBJ Chicoutimi PQ
1600 CHVC Niagara Falls ON
* Stations in bold are the dominant broadcasters in Canada in 1953. They had antenna systems and transmitter powers authorized for wide coverage of their programs.

It Happened 1953

Population: 14.845m
Governor-General Vincent Massey
Prime Minister Louis St Laurent
Premier: Alberta Ernest Manning
  British Columbia WAC Bennett
  Manitoba Douglas Campbell
  New Brunswick Hugh John Flemming
  Newfoundland Joey Smallwood
  Nova Scotia Angus Macdonald
  Ontario Leslie Frost
  Prince Edward Isl J Walter Jones/Alex Matheson
  Quebec Maurice Duplessis
  Saskatchewan Tommy Douglas
Queen Elizabeth II coronation
Korean War ends
Frederick Allan ‘Rick’ Moranis [actor/DJ] born

Playboy magazine
Pat Benetar
Pierce Brosnan
Alex Van Halen
Cyndi Lauper
Kim Bassinger
Hank Williams
Joseph Stalin
Alice Prin ‘Kiki de Montparnasse’
Django Reinhardt
Rene Fonck
Dylan Thomas

Registered Broadcasting Receivers: 2.33m

Favorite Movies of 1953: Your Personal Collection

Top 20 Singles

  Artist Song
1 Percy Faith The Song from Moulin Rouge
2 Les Paul & Mary Ford Vaya Con Dios
3 Patti Page [How Much is] That Doggie in the Window
4 Eddie Fisher I’m Walking Behind You
5 Ames Brothers You, You, You
6 Teresa Brewer Till I Waltz Again with You
7 Les Baxter April in Portugal
8 Perry Como No Other Love
9 Perry Como Don’t Let the Stars Get in Your Eyes
10 Frankie Lane I Believe
11 Pee Wee Hunt Oh
12 Frank Chacksfield Ebb Tide
13 Nat King Cole Pretend
14 Richard Hayman Ruby
15 Stan Freberg St George and the Dragonet
16 The Hilltoppers PS I Love You
17 The Gaylords Tell Me You’re Mine
18 Julias La Rosa Eh Cumpari!
19 Tony Bennett Rags to Riches
20 Doris Day Anna

Top 5 Music Albums: Your Personal Collection

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