CKVR, Before It Was New and Before It Was A

memoryYouTube user WNED17 recently uploaded some fantastic retro-Toronto-centric gems. These clips have brought back a tonne of memories for me, so I'm going to feature them one by one over the next few weeks.

Admittedly, I don't spend much time watching A-Channel. To be honest, I don't think I've watched more than a minute of A-Channel. A-Channel will always be CKVR to me.

CKVR, a CBC affiliate when I was growing up, broadcasts out of Barrie. When that CBC affiliation ended in 1995, CKVR was re-branded The New VR, and it stayed The New VR for a decade, even as jerks like me ridiculed them for it.

As silly as it was for a network to call itself The New VR after ten years, that name was a helluva lot better than A-Channel. I find myself wondering what was wrong with good ol' CKVR. Then again, I haven't watched since I got my fill of "Leave It To Beaver" re-runs in the late 80s.

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Jason |

oh is that what happened to the new vr

it was cool as ckvr with the three stooges-a-thon (s)

March 30, 2008 @ 11:26 PM


I always wonder what happenned to "Very" Roger at the New VR.

Do you remember "Very" Roger?

March 31, 2008 @ 10:17 AM


Stooge-a-thon!!! The number one thing missing from television.

April 2, 2008 @ 8:28 PM

G. Lee

There was a period as an independent station, CKVR identified itself simply as CKVR.
The logo was a small sun or flower shape. Within a few short years, it became THE NEW VR.

They will going digital at the very last minute.

February 25, 2009 @ 5:59 PM

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