Joyful Sounds Inc.
Christian Radio Production
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By October,1983, CKAN changed its music format to
Country. However, Joyful Sounds, had built a substantial audience and
was not forced... yet... to change its format to match. But by October,1984,
station manager Chuck Connors, insisted that in spite of high ratings (we
had the highest ratings of any weekend block, and won our time slot, book
after book), so starting in October 1984, the show was renamed Joyful
The first stations were over 40 miles apart, and both
shows were performed live. CHOO ran Joyful Sounds from 4pm to 7pm on Sunday.
CKAN ran Joyful Country from 9pm to midnight. Sometimes, in inclement
weather, I pulled into the CKAN parking lot a few minutes late, and a
concerned Peter Newnham (he later refined his name to Pete Newman) would
start the show for me.
On May 31, 1985, a tornado ripped through part of my listening area. It was just northwest of CKAN, but it occurred on the weekend, and the news department was closed. My wife and I went out in the morning, and helped some friends (listeners, actually) clean up some of the damage. I had forgotten about this until recently, but Mary Weening reminded me recently, that I had left our friends farm, and driven into Bradford, Ontario, nearby the carnage. I talked the manager of the local McDonalds into supplying a large number of hamburgers, and Tim Hortons supplied coffee. I then drove through the ravages of the tornado, and handed out food and drink, to people who had just lost their homes. I also dispensed a few hugs. There was no power, no phones. After that, I headed back to our friends farm.
It was pretty obvious, that about 1/3 of my audience could tune in both stations easily. And when CKAN gave up on country around 1985, and we reverted to contemporary music, the show being effectively 6 hours long. It was a lot of work.
By 1988, now six years into radio, we made the
decision to syndicate. We syndicated two shows. Joyful Sounds and a reboot
of the country show, County Line. And County Line was hosted by Rob using
the pseudonym of Les Roberts. This was because two radio stations in the
same market (CHUM owned C101 in Peterboro, and CKLY in Lindsay) each took
one of the shows. And for a while, they aired them at the same time. Days
before we started syndication in October 1988, it became obviously necessary
to use the pseudonym Les Roberts or lose some of our affiliates. Just like
today, deejays can not be on competing stations in the same market.
Syndication took us coast to coast in Canada. We were on in every province,
and in a few cases, we found ourselves on 100,000w FM stations. Boris
Kuruk helped with the technical aspects of the syndication and handled
duplication and distribution for the first year.
CJMR in Mississauga was a special case, where I was hired on by owner Michael Caine to be their Christian Music director. My job was to build a library, and provide format clocks, in 1988 as Canada's first Christian music station outside of Newfoundland.
In 1989, we relocated from Ontario to Michigan, and in 1995, to Indiana. Around that time, we started publishing CCRB later renamed Christian Music Weekly. Around 1996, County Line was merged into a competing show called Gospel Country, and shortly into the 21st century, Gospel Country became a countdown show. Syndication of Gospel Country widened, and the show, at various times, was carried in Poland, Norway, Iceland, two stations in Africa, two in New Zealand, and two in Australia. Aside from Canada and the US, the show currently airs in the Philippines, two stations in Australia, and Paraguay.
Around the turn of the century, when Christian stations became legal in Canada, mainstream stations saw their carrying of Joyful Sounds and County Line as no longer necessary. And in the U.S. there were several other syndicated shows just like Joyful Sounds, so it was discontinued.
Radio has changed a lot. The turntables, and even the CD players are gone. What's left is a computer. We have a lot of work ahead of us to digitize all this music.