CHCA Television

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CHCA Television

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Other form(s) of name

  • Red Deer Television
  • RDTV
  • CKRD

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CHCA-TV started broadcasting on December 11, 1957 and continued broadcasting until August 31, 2009. The CA stood for Central Alberta. The station was founded by Fred Bartley, and primarily served as a CBC and Canwest CH rebroadcast station.

In September 1965, the call letters were changed to CKRD-TV. From 1969 to 1976, CKRD-TV was owned by Henry Flock and Gordon Spackmen who owned two radio stations with the same call sign. In 1976, Monarch Broadcasting purchased the station, and in 1989 Monarch was purchased by Allarcom. Allarcom merged with WIC in 1991 and was then purchased by Canwest in 2000.

On September 5, 2005 the station ended its affiliation with the CBC and joined the CH television system, changing its call letters back to CHCA. The station was relaunched on September 7, 2007 as E! Red Deer as part of Canwest's rebranding.

During its broadcasting period, popular programs included the local newscasts at 5pm, 5:30pm and 11pm Monday to Friday, Hockey Night in Canada, and Toon Crew. Sportscaster Ron MacLean began his career at this station.

The station went dark on August 31, 2009.


Red Deer, Alberta

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CHCA Television operated the local television station for Red Deer and Central Alberta.

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RED 16

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Red Deer and District Archives

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  • Clipboard

  • Export

  • EAC

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