This week in Canadian media history: CFRB hit the airwaves in Toronto
Edward Rogers founded station, invented the world’s first AC-powered receiver.
By Aeman Ansari, Reporter
Toronto radio station Canada’s First Rogers Batteryless (CFRB) was launched on Feb. 19, 1927, and capitalized on owner Ted Rogers’ new AC-powered radio sets, which meant set owners could toss away their batteries and plug into the nearest light socket. The Rogers Batteryless was unveiled to the public at the Canadian National Exhibition in September 1925. The station, currently on the 1010 AM dial, began broadcasting newscasts from the Globe’s editorial office the following month.
With research from Torontoist.