Fonds MG 574 CHCA fonds - CHCA television

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CHCA television

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  • Moving images
  • Graphic material
  • Sound recording

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RDTV fonds

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RED MG 574 CHCA fonds

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Physical description

3196 video cassettes : Betacam, Betacam SP, DVC Pro, 3" Type C video reel, Betamax, u-Matic, VHS
146 optical disc : DVD
1371 photographs : print, 35 mm negatives
35.5 cm of textual records
11 audio cassettes
9 audio reels
5 DAT tapes
1 object : clock

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Administrative history

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.

Custodial history

Records were transferred in 2 accessions in 2008 and 2011. Records were created as per the daily business and operational functions of the CHCA television station.

Scope and content

Fonds consists of the administrative and operational records created, accumulated and used by CHCA television in their activities creating, recording, and editing television broadcasts for Red Deer and area.

Records include video tapes, photographs, negatives, slides, documents, contact sheets, and miscellaneous documents relating to C.H.C.A. Television and R.D.T.V. Topics include local sports, rodeo (local and around the province, Makin' 8 series), protests and strikes, crime, fundraisers and events, and local businesses. Some videos also include national and international news and sports, including NHL highlight reels.

No series assignment has been applied to the fonds.

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Physical condition

Records were very dusty. Some videos are being digitized.

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Original order maintained when known.

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  • English

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Some videos are being digitized.

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Some restrictions identified: copyright for some items, as noted on file list.

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No further accurals are expected.

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Red Deer and District Archives

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  • English

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