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
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
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 Isherwood was a guest host on Bud Riley's weekly TV 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. After radio, she settled down, married to a policeman.
Troy Clara profiled in Globe & Mail article on broadcasting Blue Jay games
Photo by Lorne Delinsky
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.
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.
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Elizabeth McNally (nee Johnston) CKPR copy writer. After marriage to artist Bruce McNally in 1966, the couple moved to Tasmania Australia. Liz continued her career as a radio copywriter and won many awards for her work at 7HT Radio. She retired in 2018.
.John Lark, the CKPR news photographer and film maker, was married to Anellen but later divorced and married station bookkeeper Ann Polick (below). 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. On the death of their partners, John and Annellen are re-united.
Bruce McNally was an excellent graphic artist who occupied a small studio at the back of the TV basement under the TV control room. From there 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 Elizabeth Johnston and the couple emigrated to Tasmania Australia. Carlton Bruce McNally died in 1978 at age 48 due to a massive heart attack. Liz McNally scattered his ashes over Caribou Island on Lake Superior
Elinore Nickolson hosted the afternoon TV show, featuring segments on cooking, local issues and guest interviews.
John Coutanche joined CKPR-TV in 1962 as an intern.when he was in high school in Port Arthur (Lakeview), He worked nights, weekends and full-time until the summer of '67 when he left to study radio and TV at Ryerson. When he signed on full-time, he was assigned control room operating, directing live shows and news and film editing. He worked on news and women's programmes, Miss Martha;s Romper Room, ":Kids Bids" auction program on Saturday Morning. John worked on the women's shows with Marion Vikcruck, Eleanor Nicholson and others featuring Nonie Griffen at the organ.
In 1967, despite an entreaty from station manager, Jack Masters, John left CKPR to study media at Ryerson in Toronto and began working for CBC Radio (1968 to 1993) in production and later management. He then retired into occasional sound design for museums and other clients.
Lorne Delinsky was a lead photographer at CKPR TV and was in charge of the developing room. Lorne was also the film maker who contributed movie clips for the TV news broadcasts and was the station's photo archivist over several decades until his retirement.
CKPR Radio/TV News Crew mid-60s: Newsman Steve Halinda, photographer John Lark, newsmen Ron Knight, Graham Thompson, Hal Lee, photographer Lorne Delinsky, and unknown announcer.
1963 photo of Ron Knight interviewing Thunder Bay children's author Sheila Burnford at the premier of her film Incredible Journey .Behind them is CKPR photographer Lorne Delinsky.
Ron Knight interviewing Thunder Bay children's author Sheila Burnford at the premier of the film Incredible Journey based on her famous novel. Behind them is CKPR photographer Lorne Delinsky with Sun Gun and movie camera.