Newcap Inc. was awarded a lincence for a new FM station at Wainwright on January 30. The station would operate with an Adult Contemporary format on 93.7 MHz with an effective radiated power of 100,000 watts. Newcap owned
CKWY “WAYNE-FM” signed on the air at 7:00 a.m., January 31, with a Classic Hits format. The station was part of Newcap’s Alberta Radio Group.
On November 23, the CRTC renewed the licence for CKWY-FM to 31 August 2014. This short-term renewal would enable the Commission to review the licensee's compliance with the Radio Regulations, 1986 and its conditions of licence at an earlier date.
New Program Director at ZED98.9 was Jeff Murray, promoted from PD at Newcap's seven station network (95.9 Lloyd FM, 93.7 Wayne FM, KEY 83 Wainwright, 101.1 KOOL FM Bonnyville, 97.7 The Spur St Paul, 103.5 Big Dog Lac La Biche and 95.3 FM K-Rock Cold Lake) in northeast Alberta. He began in Red Deer the first week of April.
On April 23, the CRTC approved the application by Newcap Inc. for a broadcasting licence to operate an English-language commercial FM radio station in Wainwright to replace its AM station CKKY Wainwright. The Commission also approved the application by Newcap to change the authorized contours of the English-language commercial FM radio station CKWY-FM Wainwright in order to reduce signal overlap between its radio stations in the Wainwright radio market and in the adjacent Lloydminster radio market.
The new station would operate at 101.9 MHz (channel 270C1) with an effective radiated power of 50,000 watts (non-directional antenna with an effective height of antenna above average terrain of 169.5 metres). In connection with the above application, Newcap filed an application to change the authorized contours of its English-language commercial FM radio station CKWY-FM Wainwright by decreasing the ERP from 100,000 watts to 50,000 watts, and by increasing the EHAAT from 167 metres to 169.5 metres. The licensee stated that the proposed power reduction would reduce signal overlap between its stations in the Wainwright radio market and in the adjacent Lloydminster radio market. It further stated that the reduction in signal overlap would allow the proposed conversion of CKKY to the FM band by ensuring that the licensee was in compliance with the Commission's Common Ownership Policy for radio. The Commission noted that Newcap was the sole commercial radio operator in the Wainwright radio market. It further noted that with the proposed power reduction, CKWY-FM would be able to continue to fully serve that radio market.
Bill Dulmage - Updated June 2013
Written by Bill Dulmage - May, 2005