CJVB-AM, Vancouver, Fairchild Radio Group Ltd.




Jan van Bruchemís Great Pacific Broadcasting Ltd. started CJVB 1470 with 10,000 watts on June 18. The "JVB" in the call letters: Jan van Bruchem. CJVB was Western Canada's first multilingual radio station.



Jan Van Bruchem marked his 50th birthday by increasing CJVBís power from 10,000 to 50,000 watts. At 9 p.m. Van Bruchemís parents (who were flown in from Holland) flipped the switch that upped the power. Celebrations were held at the Hotel Vancouver to mark the event.



CJVB began broadcasting in stereo, using the Motorola system on September 10.



CJVB was given approval to change its daytime radiation pattern in order to increasecoverage towards the south of Vancouver and extend service to the multilingual communities of the Fraser Valley, White Rock and Tsawwassen.


On September 10, the CRTC approved the sale of Laureleaf Holdings Ltd. (owner of Great Pacific Broadcasting Ltd., licencee of CJVB) from the van Bruchem family, to Y.B.C. Holdings Limited.



On September 6, sister station CHKG-FM signed on.




Jan van Bruchem - Immigrated from the Netherlands to Canada in 1952; CKBR Barrie ON; host of weekly program Holland Calling aired in multi Canadian markets for 15 years late 1950s to early 1970s; representative Radio Nederland's transcription service; founder with Wim de Bruijn/on-air CJVB Vancouver which signed on June 18, 1972; served as vice-president Canadian Association of Ethnic Radio Broadcasters and director Canadian Association of Broadcasters; served as chairman of task force on the media for BC advisory committee on cultural heritage 1988-90; BC Association of Broadcasters Broadcaster of the Year 1989; sold CJVB 1992; retired as GM 1993.Died at age 70 June 1, 2000.




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