Jack Stark

The founder of the first commercial FM station in Vancouver, Jack Stark enjoyed a very successful business career, which fuelled his great love for broadcasting. While holding executive level positions in the world of business in mills and steel products, he became the founder of Q Broadcasting Ltd. in 1958.

He was central to the launch of CHQM-AM in December 1959 and subsequently, to the launch of CHQM-FM, which went on-air in August of 1962. That same year, the company also launched Q music, a background music service for retail outlets, restaurants and small businesses throughout
British Columbia.

Prior to 1972**, the company expanded under Jack's direction, with the purchase of CKPG-TV and CKPG-AM as well as C101-FM in 1980. Jack served as Vice-Chairman of Fairchild Radio (Vancouver) from 1992 through 2001 and was a Director of SILK-FM Broadcasting in Kelowna from 1985 to 2001.
In recognition of his many contributions to the industry, Jack was named Broadcaster of the Year by the
British Columbia Association of Broadcasters in 1998.


** Note from Terry Bell who worked in Q Broadcasting Ltd. for many years:

I know the deal was made prior to March 1970 because that is when I transferred back to Vancouver from Prince George. I was PD at CKPG. My best guess would be 1968 or 1969.