CJLH went on air November 20th 1955 on channel 7. Norman Botterill was Geneal Manager. The station was a joint venture of CJOC-AM and the Lethbridge Herald. Management was supplied by Taylor Pearson & Carson, the owners of CJOC. The "CJ" in the call sign came from CJOC and the "LH" represented the Lethbridge Herald. A CBC affiliate, the network programs (about two thirds of their schedule) arrived via kinescopes a few days or up to a week after they had originated live in Toronto, Montreal or Vancouver or from the U. S. Networks (CJLH joined CBS as a secondary affiliate). Shows included "Channel 7 Spotlight", "Remember When “and “Home Gardener”. Three months after the station went on the air, the BBM measurement service showed that CJLH-TV had a potential audience of 9,400 homes, but within a year that number had grown to 19,200, - and of those, 16,000 had already acquired TV sets. The station was the only signal available in the area at the time. From http://www.broadcasting-history.ca
Disk one has general history, and stories about Tv in Lethbridge. The first employees where interviewed they are: Don Slade, Andy Durina, Bob Ray, Doug Card, Winn Duffy, Don Pilling, Norm Young, Gerogia Fooks, Corine Mortens, Brent Seely, Kay MacCloud, Betty Greg, Joan Waterfeild, Ron Watmough and Howie Stevenson.
Disk two features the 50th reunion of all the people involved in TV in Lethbridge. However it gives a good pop culture review as they remember the popular TV shows of the eras. Topics included music, fashion, politics, sports, art, and technology.
Scope and Content
Disk 1: History of station, Reception Friday July, 29/05, Video snapshots. XXXDisk 2: 1955-65, 1965-75, 1975-85, 1985-95, 1995-05, We remember.