For CKPR'S 50th anniversary Fraser Dougall was guest on Rick Smith's talk show
Bud and staff
Standing: unknown, Trevor Kidd and Bill Moyer
Seated: Bud Riley, Gary Parr and Jerry Godin
Gerry had a guest shot on the Merv Griffin afternoon TV talk and variety show from N.Y. Gerry actually worked on Merv's show.
Gerry Isherwood was a special guest on Bud Riley's weekly TV quiz show.
Bud Riley doing the daily 6:20 PM weather report
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Video and Audio clips from www.rockradioscrapbook.com and private collections of Doug Thompson, CHUM Archives, Charlie Ritenberg, Bill Dullmage, Bud Riley, Tom Fulton, Bob Carr, Westlyn Mather, Don Shuttleworth, David Ross, Mike Cleaver and others.
CKPR'S Tower located between Port Arthur and Fort William in a region called Inter-city.
This was the transmitter that engineer Tom Ross brought up to Thunder Bay from Midland, Ontario, the station's original location.
Photos in this section below are courtesy of Dave Ross
Photo by John Lark
Dave Ross & RCA FM transmitter
This photo of Gerry's TV programme shows the popular host testing a glass of root beer offered by the manager of the local A & W
RCA BTA 1,000 watt transmitter built in 1946 and used at CKPR in the late 40s
Many thanks to Don Shuttleworth and Dave Ross in Thunder Bay who provided this page with suggestions, names, audio clips and photographs
Click here for a short profile of CKPR founder Hector Fraser Dougall
CKPR'S original transmitter building
CKPR TV tower on Mount Baldy
In the early 1960s, CJLX was the main competition for CKPR radio. Photo shows a booth at the annual Lakehead Fair. CJLX eventually lost its broadcast license.
Jack Alexander was a CKPR announcer in the late 50s, before switching to sales in the early 60s. He eventually made his way to CKRC in Winnipeg. He died in Saskatoon, Sask., on May 7, 2011. His ex-wife and mother of his children, Lorraine. attended Jack's funeral
Gerry was a guest host Bud Riley's weekly quiz show.
CKPR on-air staff around 1960 at Fort William studios.
newspaper article about Kids Bids published on June 7, 2015.
Music librarian Dorthy Hopkins.
Bruce McNally was an excellent graphic artist who occupied a small studio at the back of the TV control room. From their he managed a thriving freelance business and provided CKPR TV with a variety of TV graphics and slides such as the one that promoted Bud Riley's radio morning show and the Giant On The Hill logo for the weekly music chart. Bruce divorced his wife (Gerri Hogan) in 1966 and married copywriter Betty Johnson and the couple emigrated to Tasmania. Carlton Bruce McNally died in 1978 at age 48. One story is that he was out for a walk after dental surgery and bled to death. Another story was that he had a bleeding ulcer and had lost so much blood that he needed a transfusion, but it was given too fast and he had a fatal aneurism. His ashes were scattered by his wife into Lake Superior. .
Troy Clara profiled in Globe & Mail article on broadcasting Blue Jay games
Photo by Lorne Delinsky
Elinore Nickolson hosted the afternoon TV show, featuring segments on cooking, local issues and guest interviews.
In the 90s, Trevor did several video voice-overs. One project in particular was a series of "How To" instructional videos regarding the proper set-up for the famous BAMBI BUCKET fire-fighting system.
John Lark, the CKPR news photographer and film maker, was married to Anellen but later divorced and married station bookkeeper Ann Polick. He went into TV sales for a few years. When he left CKPR, he worked for a number of years at the Thunder Bay Airport in security taking the pictures for background checks and security passes.
Troy Clara, the son of Anellen and Roy Clara, started his broadcast career at CKPR. The talented Troy went on to join Sportsnet and became the Toronto Blue Jays TV head director. He also has his own production company covering broadcasts of curling, hockey, and Golf.