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In 1967, Mr. J anaway sold the Enterprise Printing Press busi ness to Mr. Murray Grigg and Mr. Don. G. Owens, who formed a Limited Co. and are capably carrying on a commercial printing business at this time.
RADIO STATION CFRY
There weren't many people in Portage la Prairie that didn't dial 1570 on their radios at 12:30 P.lVI. on Oct. 18, 1956, the day CFRY went on the air and Portage could boast a station of its own. It operated on a power of 250 watts, which gave it a range of about 60 miles, and had studios in the Portage Hotel. Mr. R. D. Hughes of Dauphin, Man. was (and still is) owner and President, with Mr. John Bohonos as Production Manager and Mr. Jim Brandt as Com mercial Manager.
The station was officially opened by W. G. Weir, M.P. for Portage-Neepawa, and messages were heard from Mayor H. L. Henderson, Reeve Lawrence Smith of the Rural Municipality, and Premier D. L. Campbell.
The opening broadcast featured Portage pianist - Gordon Watson, Soloist - Garry Cooper, Brooker's Bombshells, The Bandits - dance band, and a Western Group known as the Meseyton Mix Masters.
Priority in programming was given to local talent but there was also a variety of programs such as Family Theatre, Michael Shane, Smith's in Hollywood, Playhouse of Favourites, Modern Adventures of Casanova, Bob Hope Show, Passing Parade and Dennis Day, for extra listening pleasure.
In the 12 years since the people of Portage first tuned in to CFRY appreciation for the station has grovvn. Portagers receive local news, clearly enunciated by announcers Gerry Firman, Alex Docking, Clare Eliuk and Phil Coleman, promptly. Farm and market news are ably presented by Howard Barker. This doesn't mean that local news dominates broadcasting in Portage. World news is always well covered. Records by popular platter-makers, and a variety of entertainment have their places too.
CFRY is now located at 1500 Saskatchewan Ave. W., and the Production Manager is Mr. Vic Edwards. 1\1r. Jack Follett is the Commercial Manager.