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It's time for Throwback Thursday as we take a look back at 100 years on the air on CHAB.

It was a day I remember vaguely.  It was the summer of 1975.  I was 10 years old and spending my 2nd summer in our new home of Moose Jaw.  We had moved from Regina in '73.

My mom and dad were still loyal to The Morning Mayor.  They loved listening to Johnny Sandison on CKCK Radio - Regina.  So did I.

Well, on July 18th, 1975, there was some big Moose Jaw news on CKCK.  The old Cecil Hotel on River Street was on fire.  It was breaking news.  I clearly remember my dad moving the radio dial to 800 so we could get the local news from the local radio station.

What I didn't know then is that CHAB was broadcasting from their transmitter site at Boharm that morning.  The Cecil Hotel was right across the alley from the building that housed the radio station and the flames were so close that CHAB staff had to evacuate.

Bill Wilson was on the news team on that day - a day he remembers well.  And, his story is better than mine.  Check it out on today.