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CHEK News
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Andrew MacNeil
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BC’s First Private TV Station Celebrates 60 Years in Broadcasting

At 5pm on December 1, 1956 CHEK-TV, B.C.’s first privately owned television station and affiliate of the CBC network, hit the airwaves. Over the next six decades, the station’s identity, logo design and network affiliations changed numerous times, until in September of 2009, CHEK became North America’s first and only employee-owned television station.

In the last 60-years the evolution of CHEK has come full circle. Live television of the past gave way to film, videotape and satellite feeds, only to find its way back to the energy and spontaneity of ‘live’ news broadcasts. Throughout the station’s incredible history it has continued to produced popular local programs relevant to viewers on Vancouver Island. Most of the station-produced programs in the early days were primarily entertainment shows such as the TV House Party Show in 1956, the Ida Clarkson Show from 1962 to 1991 and Club 6 where local teens could come and try the latest dance moves every afternoon ‘live’ in the CHEK studio located on Epsom Drive in Victoria. From the days of CHEK-TV’s founding father Charlie White to the present-day employee-owners, CHEK has a rich legacy of producing local news, weather and sports as well as information programming including the current crop of productions like Cookin’ on The Coast hosted by Garrett Schack, The Wealthy Life with Sybil Verch, Trend with Amy McGeachy and of course the time-honoured CHEK Around with Gordie Tupper, to highlight just a few.

Over the past six decades, CHEK has grown to meet the ever-changing needs of advertisers and audiences. Gone are the days of live commercials, where the message was more important than the length. Today, CHEK’s award winning Creative Services department captures an advertiser’s message in a precise highly-crafted, 30 or 15 second spot that is often complimented by on-line advertising.

CHEK has been part of the fabric of the communities it serves since 1956, and continues to provide viewers with compelling and comprehensive news coverage from all across Vancouver Island seven days a week. Giving back has also been a major part of the station’s 60-year history. CHEK continues to dedicate its people, airtime and resources to countless events and causes.

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250-383-2435
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780 Kings Rd, Victoria, BC
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Sooke News Mirror
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Rod Sluggett
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Your Community News Team

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Rod Sluggett
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Rod Sluggett has been the publisher of the Sooke News Mirror since 1996. In more than three decades in the newspaper business he has worked in Courtenay, Parksville, Port Hardy, Powell River and Surrey. He is a sports enthusiast and a major man of the Vancouver Canucks.
publisher@sookenewsmirror.com
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Kevin Laird
1-250-642-5752
Kevin Laird is the editor of the Sooke News Mirror, a weekly community newspaper that is part of the Black Press chain. Kevin’s journalism career began more than 30 years ago. He has worked at numerous weekly and daily publications in Alberta and British Columbia.
editor@sookenewsmirror.com
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250-642-5752
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#112-6660 Sooke Road Sooke, BC
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Times Colonist
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 Times Colonist - Media/News Company

The Times Colonist is the dominant medium in the B.C. Capital, and on Vancouver Island, reaching a quarter of a million readers in Greater Victoria every week. The lively blend of local news and informed commentary makes it a must-read for those who want to know what is happening in the capital and on Vancouver Island. Online, the TC delivers breaking news and other multimedia content to over 1 million unique visitors and has 5 million story views each month.

The TC’s community involvement stretches back almost to its inception. The TC Christmas Fund has been delivering Christmas cheer to the needy for more than half a century, the TC 10K is the second largest run in the province, and the Times Colonist Book Drive has raised more than $5 million for literacy projects in Victoria and on Vancouver Island.

The TC is also a full-service digital media agency offering a full range of integrated marketing and promotional services for our business partners. Whether it’s branding or website design, social media management or SEM, SEO, or traditional or unique advertising for broad audience reach, we can help.

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250-380-5274
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201-655 Tyee Rd, Victoria BC, V9A 6X5
Vancouver Island Regional Library – Sooke Branch
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The Vancouver Island Regional Library is a valuable resource for business owners and entrepreneurs. They have recently launched a database called Creativebug, a resource that has unlimited access to thousands of online art and craft classes, and award-winning video classes taught by top designers and artists, anytime, anywhere.

Another resource is Grant Connect, a grant-funding information database. With Grant Connect, you have access to:

  • Over 11,000 Canadian foundations, 560 corporate giving programs, 370 government grant programs, 120 American foundations, and 200 other kinds of grant opportunities.
  • Funder profiles that offer insights on specific grant programs, application preferences, financial summaries, and key decision-makers.
  • Data on billions of dollars in past donations.

And, VIRL is also home to Lynda.com, where entrepreneurs can bolster their skills with FREE online courses 

Visit the Sooke Branch online, here.

Not currently a member of the Library? Register online for your library card.

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250-642-3022
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6671 Wadams Way, Sooke BC


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