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Station: 900 CKTS (Defunct) Sherbrooke, Quebec (Wikipedia)
Format: Top 40
Branded: “Music Radio
Featured Air Personality: Isaac Shane (Shaneblum) (CKTS/CJMQ/HitOldies)
Contributor: Daniel Coulombe
Related Personalities: Ted Silver, Frank Cavallaro
Aircheck #1603


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Curator’s Notes:

While the audio on this is low fidelity (just imagine listening on an old AM radio and you’ll get past it), the talent featured here is extraordinary!  Isaac Shane was on CKTS for many years.  Here, he’s holding down the Afternoon Drive for regular Ted Silver (now programming Jewel 92.5 Clarence-RocklandOntarioCanada).  Silver and Daniel Coulombe along with a dozen others, were big stars on this unbelievably hot, uptempo Top 40 station in the 1970s.

There is a sad story of demise of this station.  The full story is on Wikipedia, but in summary, the audience changed from mainly English-speaking to Francophone over a number of years from the time of this aircheck through about 1985.

The station’s owner (Corus) decided the maintenance costs of running a 10,000 watt English speaking AM station in the heart of French speaking Quebec was too much and they turned the license in to the CTRC (Canada’s version of the U.S. FCC) in 2006.  But back in 1978–  different story. Hot station, great music and the best personalities in the Eastern Townships!

The photo at left.. That’s the machine this tape was played on.  Yes.. it needs work, and perhaps with a new set of play heads, capstans and a bit of soldering inside to ground that external speaker plug that causes a ton of 60 hz hum, I could get tapes to sound better.  But we have at least SOMETHING to digitize these recordings.  IF you wish to help in obtaining a newer, professional reel to reel machine in this shack, please SUBSCRIBE via the link above, under the player.  You’ll be helping to preserve the radio stations you love to remember!

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4 thoughts on “Isaac Shane, 900 CKTS Sherbrooke, Quebec | 1978”
  1. I used to listen to CKTS here in northern New Hampshire regularly. In fact, i have somewhere New Year’s Eve 1985 I recorded over CKTS. My wife and I still visit Sherbrooke regularly and on the night you recorded this in 1979 I could have been at Disco-Rolle (roller skating) or Club 2001 on Wellington Street. Great memories!

  2. One more note–Shane mentions in this aircheck that it was just confirmed that the Bee Gees would be appearing at the Forum in Montreal that summer. I got tickets to that show (bought at the Ticketron in Sherbrooke). I was around Labor Day 1979 and my wife and I went. The Forum was packed. The Bee Gees were at the height of their “Saturday Night Fever” fame–it was a great show and the three brothers were dressed in white. So cool to hear this audio trip back to that time and place!

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