In June 2002, Rawlco started on-air tests on CKCK 94.5. “Rock 94” signed on August 9 with a commercial-free preview weekend. The official launch took place on August 12. The format was classic rock.
On July 26 the CRTC approved applications by Rawlco Capital Ltd., submitted on behalf of 614546 Saskatchewan Ltd., Central Broadcasting Company Limited and Rawlco Radio Ltd., to effect an intracorporate reorganization within the Rawlco Group of corporations. The corporate reorganization involved the following transactions: a) the transfer of 100% of the Common A voting shares of 614546 from Rawlco Inc. to Lobstick Investments Inc., a corporation ultimately owned and controlled by Gordon S. Rawlinson; b) the transfer of 100% of the Common A voting shares of CBCL, a wholly-owned subsidiary of G. Rawlinson, to Lobstick; and c) the transfer of 100% of the Class B voting shares of RRL from G. Rawlinson to Lobstick. RRL is currently owned equally by G. Rawlinson and Lobstick, each holding a 50% interest. Following these transactions, the applicant proposed to amalgamate the licensee corporations 614546, CBCL and RRL under a new licensee corporation, Rawlco Radio Ltd.; and to wind up Rawlco Inc. into Rawlco Capital Ltd., which currently owns 89.18% of Lobstick. These two transactions do not require Commission approval. 614546 is the licensee of CJDJ-FM Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. CBCL is the licensee of CKBI (AM), CFMM-FM and CHQX-FM Prince Albert, Saskatchewan. RRL is the licensee of CFMC-FM, CKOM (AM) Saskatoon; CIZL-FM, CJME (AM) and CKCK-FM Regina, Saskatchewan. The Commission notes that the transactions will result in a transfer of effective control of 614546, CBCL and RRL to Lobstick. However, ultimate control will remain in the hands of Gordon S. Rawlinson.
On July 29, CKCK-FM became the latest “JACK FM” station in Canada, switching from Classic Rock to Rock Hits.
Brian Hagel moved to become sales manager at Rawlco's 102.3 NOW! Edmonton. The former sales manager of sister station Jack FM Regina began April 11. Succeeding Hagel at Jack FM was Kevin Antrobus effective May 1. Antrobus moved up from his senior advertising consultant role at sister station 980 Newstalk CJME Regina. Morning co-host Shirley McQueen left Jack FM for Lite 95.7 Edmonton where she became midday host.
Darren Robson was the new Program Director at 94.5 JACK-FM. He'd been with SparkNet Communications in Vancouver for the last two and a-half years. Robson began with Rawlco Regina on October 1.
Written by Bill Dulmage - Updated March, 2013
NOTE: For CKCK-AM see "Former Saskatchewan Radio Stations"