CKSE-FM, Rock 106, Estevan
Golden West Broadcasting Ltd.
On October 25, the CRTC approved the application by Golden West Broadcasting Ltd. for a broadcasting licence to operate an English-language commercial FM radio station in Estevan. The new station would operate on frequency 106.1 MHz (channel 291C1) with an effective radiated power of 100,000 watts (non-directional antenna with an effective height of antenna above average terrain of 70.8 metres). Golden West was a corporation indirectly controlled by Elmer Hildebrand. The new station would offer a Classic Rock and New Rock music format with 126 hours of local programming per broadcast week, including five hours and 45 minutes of news. Local programming would include regular local news casts, weather, sports and surveillance material, as well as the promotion of local concerts, the arts community, and all community and business organizations. The applicant indicated that the station would target adults between 18 and 49 years of age (skewed to males). Golden West noted that the proposed station would complement its existing stations in the same locality, namely, CJSL Estevan, which offered a Country/ Oldies format, and CHSN-FM Estevan, which offered an Adult Contemporary format. The applicant committed to devote 40% of its category 2 (Popular music) musical selections broadcast each broadcast week and from 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Monday to Friday, to Canadian selections, which exceeded the minimum requirement in this regard set out in the Radio Regulations, 1986. The licence would expire August 31, 2017.
CKSE-FM "Rock 106" was set to launch with its Active Rock format on September 12, at 8:00 a.m. President, Lyndon Friesen, felt Estevan was an obvious choice for an additional station. "Saskatchewan, and especially Estevan, have been just on fire with economic activity and growth over the past few years," explained Friesen. "The growth motivated us to try and get another radio station that we thought would be very helpful to the community."
On May 28, the CRTC approved the relocation of the transmitters and increase of antenna height for CHSN and CKSE.