Fonds F 537 - CJFB-TV fonds

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CJFB-TV fonds

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  • Textual record
  • Architectural drawing
  • Technical drawing
  • Sound recording
  • Cartographic material
  • Graphic material
  • Object
  • Moving images

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F 537

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  • 1940-2006 (Creation)
    Swift Current Telecasting Co. Ltd., 1957-2008

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Physical description

1.004m of textual records
330 videocassettes : U-Matic, VHS
134 film reels
35 technical drawings
35 audio discs : vinyl
24 audio reels
16 maps
10 photographs
9 objects
6 video reels
5 architectural drawings : blueprints
1 object (videocassette player : Sony VO-9800SP U-Matic)

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Administrative history

Swift Current Telecasting Co. Ltd. was incorporated as a business corporation in Saskatchewan on July 24, 1957. The founders and original owners of the company were William (Bill) and Julie Forst of Swift Current. Bill Forst served as president; Julie Forst served as secretary. Shares in the company were initially held by the Forsts and community members; however, in 1981 the Forst family purchased the balance of the shares from the other shareholders and retained exclusive ownership of the company.

From 1957 to 2002, Swift Current Telecasting Co. Ltd. operated the television station CJFB-TV as a private affiliate of Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) Television. The third television station established in the province, CJFB-TV began broadcasting live on Channel 5 on December 23, 1957 at 6 p.m. Both the studio and the primary transmitter for CJFB-TV were located approximately four kilometres from the city of Swift Current on what came to be known as Television Hill. Using state of the art equipment, the signal reached viewers in Swift Current and numerous communities in southwest Saskatchewan, including Shaunavon, Cypress Hills, Eastend, Val Marie, Maple Creek, Pontiex, Riverhurst and Elrose.

The station broadcast local news and events in addition to syndicated and feature films and produced several well-known programs, including Farming Today, which aired from 1958 to 1999. Farming Today was a weekly thirty-minute television news magazine show that reported on developments in agriculture and farming. Farming Today was succeeded by Agribiz, a thirty-minute television magazine show highlighting successful and innovative agricultural business practices in Western Canada. CJFB-TV is credited with the creation of the Kinsmen Telemiracle Telethon, a well-known televised fundraiser featuring local talent and celebrities performing to raise money for Saskatchewan residents with disabilities. CJFB-TV was also the first station in Canada to broadcast its own satellite weather information through the use of antennae-tracking and facsimile equipment that was built and assembled at the station.

On May 31, 2002, Swift Current Telecasting Co. Ltd. closed the CJFB-TV studios and sold their assets to CBC. CBC assumed responsibility for the programming and equipment at the Swift Current studios and as of June 1, 2002, Channel 5 in Swift Current became a broadcast repeater. Network programming originated from facilities in Toronto and news and public affairs were provided through studios in Regina (CBKT).

On January 1, 2008, Swift Current Telecasting Co. Ltd. and 101113135 Saskatchewan Ltd. were amalgamated into a new business corporation known as Swift Current Telecasting Co. Ltd.

Custodial history

Darlene Forst, daughter of William and Julie Forst, donated these records to the Regina office, Saskatchewan Archives, in two accessions in 2009 and 2010: 2009-608 (June 8, 2009) and 2010-250 (June 14, 2010).

Scope and content

This fonds consists of records created, accumulated and used in the operation of CJFB-TV television station in Swift Current, Saskatchewan from 1940 to 2006.

The types of records included are video cassettes and video reels of locally produced television shows, featuring interview segments, file footage, locally developed advertisements and programming, and news coverage; personal items of the Forst family related to their broadcast activities, including textual records, objects, and audio discs related to station activities and Forst Radio, active during the 1940s in Vegreville, Alberta; audio reels related to programming; and station-related textual records including applications, licenses, inspections, user manuals, promotional and production activities, maps, architectural and technical drawings of the station and transmitters.

This fonds has been arranged into twelve series: AgriBiz Episodes; Farming Today; File Footage; Events; Correspondence; Manuals and Inspection Reports; Personal; Promotions and General Business; Programming and Production; Technical Briefs, Applications, and Licenses; Advertisements; and Forst Radio.

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Physical condition

Records are in good physical condition.

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Order imposed by archivist.

Language of material

  • English

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Location of originals

Box number(s): 1 to 46

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Restrictions on access

Records are open for research use.

Terms governing use, reproduction, and publication

Use, publication and/or reproduction of records are subject to terms and conditions of the Copyright Act.

To consult the records, visit or contact the Regina office.

Finding aids

SAFA 430 consists of fonds and series descriptions, file listings of textual records and item descriptions of moving images and sound recordings. The paper guide consists of higher level descriptions only. Please consult the Reference Archivist for assistance.

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Further accruals are expected.

General note

Location for retrieval: Regina - Hillsdale; Regina - Henderson.
The majority of the non-textual records, such as the technical drawings, maps, photographs, and architectural drawings were retained in the textual records.


Film reels were transferred to film cores by archival staff. Audio discs were placed into envelopes. Some of the original file folders were replaced with acid-free folders.

Alpha-numeric designations

Moving images: MI-263 to MI-567; MI-1469 to MI-1493
Sound recordings: SR-20 to SR-42; SR-43 to SR-76

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Description record identifier

F 537

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Rules or conventions

Saskatchewan Archives. Archival Description Manual 2004.



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  • English

Script of description

  • Latin


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