CHDR-FM

CHDR-FM, The Drive, Cranbrook

Jim Pattison Broadcast Group

StationYearFreq.PowerOwner/Info
CHDR-FM
2002
102.9
1,600
Jim Pattison Broadcast Group
CKEK-AM
1959
570
1,000
East Kootenay Broadcasting Ltd.
1957

East Kootenay Broadcasting Ltd. (Robert A. Reagh) opened CKEK on October 19, operating on 570 kHz with 1,000 watts. 

1968

Slogan: The Voice of the Rockies.

 

1972

On July 24, EK Radio Ltd. was given approval to acquire CKEK and CFEK from East Kootenay Broadcasting Co Ltd.

East Kootenay Broadcasting Co. Ltd. was given approval to purchase Kootenay Broadcasting Co. Ltd. (CJAT Trail) on July 24.

1973

CKEK was authorized to increase its daytime power from 1,000 to 10,000 watts, July 27. Night power would remain at 1,000 watts.

 

1974

On May 16, CJAT-AM-FM Trail, CKEK and CFEK were allowed to form a network to offer programming during overnight hours.

1976-77

The CJOR network for Jack Webster's daily talk show was added the following stations: CKEK Cranbrook, CJAT Trail and CFEK Fernie. The network already included CKIQ, CHNL and CJCI.

1984

By this time, CKEK was owned by Columbia Kootenay Broadcasting Co. Ltd. 

1986

Cecile Hebert became CKEK's news director.

1990

On September 21, CKEK was given approval to add rebroadcast transmitters at Canal Flats (CFIW 1200) and Kimberley (CKKI 1460). Both would operate with a power of 50 watts.

 

1993

CFEK Fernie (and its rebroadcaster CJEK Sparwood) ceased local programming and became full-time rebroadcasters of CKEK. 

 

1995

Columbia Kootenay Broadcasting launched CKKR-FM in Cranbrook.

 

1996

CFEK Fernie (and CJEK Sparwood) began offering three and a half hours of local programming, Monday through Friday. All other programming originated with CKEK.

1998

Lloyd Hoole, former owner of CKEK Cranbrook and CFEK Fernie died. 

1999

Jim Pattison Industries announced it had purchased 29.9% equity in Monarch Broadcasting. Monarch owned and operated nine radio stations and two TV stations in Alberta and B.C. Monarch had recently entered into a deal to buy three radio stations - CKKR-FM/CKEK Cranbrook and a repeater at Kimberly, B.C. Since the percentage purchased by Pattison was below the maximum allowed, no CRTC approval was necessary.

2000

Monarch Broadcasting Limited (division of Jim Pattison Industries Ltd.) purchased  Columbia Kootenay Broadcasting Co. Ltd.

 

2001

On September 12, CKEK was given approval to move to the FM dial, operating on 102.9 MHz with an effective radiated power of 1,600 watts. 

 

2002

Sister station CKKR-FM became CHBZ

In September, CKEK became CHDR-FM “The Drive”.

CFEK Fernie moved to the FM dial.

2004

On August 20, CHDR was authorized to operate an AM rebroadcaster at Canal Flats, operating on 1200 kHz with a power of 50 watts.

On December 23, the CRTC approved the application by Jim Pattison Broadcast Group Ltd. (the general partner) and Jim Pattison Industries Ltd. (the limited partner) carrying on business as Jim Pattison Broadcast Group Limited Partnership, owned by James A. Pattison (the Pattison Group), for the authority to acquire the assets of all of the radio television undertakings (and their respective transmitters) currently licensed to corporate entities owned by James A. Pattison. This transaction was part of a corporate reorganization that would not affect the ultimate control of the broadcasting undertakings. The ultimate control would continue to be exercised by James A. Pattison, the sole shareholder of Jim Pattison Ltd.

2008

On November 5 the CRTC renewed the licence for Jim Pattison Broadcast Group Limited Partnership's CHDR-FM (and rebroadcaster CFIW Canal Flats).

2016

CHDR rebroadcast transmitter CFIW 1200 (50 watts) left the air. It was removed from the Industry Canada database in January.

2017

Burt Decaire (76) died March 24. His radio career began at CJAT Trail in the 1960s. He joined the staff at EK Radio in Cranbrook in the early 1970s as sports director. Burt was best remembered as a long-time voice for the Western International Hockey League, doing play-by-play and colour for hundreds of games for the Cranbrook Royals and Kimberley Dynamiters, as well as the KIJHL’s Cranbrook Colts.

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