CHBC News is a television station that has been serving Okanagan valley viewers since 1957.
It has a loyal following and there are probably very few Okanagan residents that don't tune into watch the broadcast sometime during the week.
I know that I have been watching this program since I moved to the region in 1995.
I always look forward to getting off of work and heading home to watch the latest daily newscast.
It keeps me up to date on everything going on in the Okanagan. It has interesting news stories, entertaining sports coverage and great weather reports.
And their on-air personalities are second to none.
CHBC News first went on the air on September 21, 1957. The main transmitter was located in Kelowna. Because of the mountainous territory repeater transmitters were put in place in Vernon and Penticton three weeks later.
The station was owned by three different radio stations that broadcast in the Okanagan region.
An amazing fact is that when CHBC first began they broadcast to only 500 homes in the area. Just one year later this had ballooned to 10,000 homes!
Also 16mm film was used and was developed by a local photo lab which eventually led to CHBC having their own lab.
Some other important dates in their history include:
CHBC News is the Okanagan's source for news, weather, traffic, events and features. There are extra features are shown on the newscast and are very entertaining and informative. Some of these include:
This could be anything and even a story about the Ogopogo has been shown on the newscast. To have your video checked out by the newsroom team contact CHBC at:
Phone: (250) 762-4535
I still miss a couple of great programs that used to run on CHBC. One was called 'Okanagan Now'. Cancelled in 2009, it was a half-hour show that was dedicated to things happening around the Okanagan.
The other one was called "Gold Trails and Ghost Towns". It was hosted by Mike Roberts and Bill Barlee and ran from 1986 to 1996. Here is a clip from one of the shows:
The on-air personalities at CHBC that bring the news into our homes every night include:
There are several other anchors and reporters involved in the newscast that the people of the Okanagan recognize and look forward to watching each day.
CHBC News is broadcast three times a day. There is a
Weekend half-hour newscasts are available at 5:30, 6:30 and 11:00 p.m.
The address at CHBC is:
342 Leon Ave.
To contact CHBC with your questions or comments:
Phone: (250) 762-4535
Fax: (250) 868-0662
CHBC News has been the Okanagan's choice for newscasts for many years.
I am sure it will continue to be a favourite of many for years to come.
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