Top: Dan Roach
Below: Fred Lichota, Webster and Al Erdman
Engineers at CJOR - 840 Howe Street Vancouver
CJOR being one of the oldest radio
stations on the west coast moved into studios in the basement of the Grosvenor Hotel on
To be fair – radio engineering was a
new science and modern commercial stations were not designed and built in
CKWX (1956), CFUN (1959), CKLG (1964) and CKNW (1971)
Arthur Horace Chandler 1926-1965
Vice-President of CJOR Ltd. (Chief Engineer)
Engineered for Arthur Helps and Town
Hall Meetings and church services at
Art was the brother and partner to George Chandler - the boss at CJOR for 36 years until 1962. At the time of George's death, Arthur and his two sisters battled with Marie Chandler for the company. They lost but CJOR moved into the hands of Jim Pattison after the BBG indicated they wanted a change in control.
Smith was born in Lethbridge, Alberta, graduated from
Smith did much to encourage
improvements in the technical side of broadcasting facilities in Canada, and
helped form the Canadian Association of Broadcast Consultants, which often
advised the federal Department of Transport (DOT) on frequency allocation and
other technical matters. In 1939, he joined the DOT. He was engaged in engineering
At the time of his death, he was superintendent of Radio Regulations Engineering with the Department, responsible for the engineering aspects of all matters concerning the use of radio in Canada, including equipment standards, radio relay systems (micro-wave) and broadcast facilities.
Bud Seabrook - Engineer CJOR - 1939 to 1950 - joined RCA in Montreal
Alan Frank Erdman - Chief Engineer CJOR 1955 to 1983
Much of the technical side of talk radio was born out of Al's brain at CJOR, as he grappled with problems that had never been adequately addressed. Originally, the six second delay was built up by recording on the front Ampex in Master Control, and playing back on the back unit. It so happened that the machines were six seconds apart (at 7.5 inches/second). Later Al built up the system of pulleys and wheels that allowed the use of just the front machine.
The telephone hybrids that allowed speakerphone ease, but with broadcast quality, were all designed and built by Al. When Stan Davis started manufacturing broadcast consoles, many of which are still gracing control rooms in BC's interior stations, each of those boards contained AFE 3 and AFE 10 line amplifiers. The AFE stands for Al Frank Erdman.
When Pat Burns moved his Hotline to
Nowadays, the entire infrastructure of open line radio is available, purpose-built for the task, from broadcast suppliers... in CJOR's heyday, this was not possible. And a surprising amount of CJOR's technical equipment was conceived, designed, perfected and built by Erdman.
Stan Davis and Associates - Engineering took over the role of engineers for CJOR/CHRX/CKBD - with the design of new studios at 1401 West 8th