British Columbia, Central Interior B.C.

CHNL-AM ( News Talk), Kamloops

, NL Broadcasting Ltd.

1969
On November 19, John Skelly on behalf of a company to be incorporated was awarded a licence for a new AM station at Kamloops, operating on 610 kHz with a power of 1,000 watts (single directional pattern for day and night).

On the same date, Skelly received a licence for a new AM station at Merritt which would receive some programming from the new Kamloops station.

1970
CHNL and CJNL began operations on May 1. Owned by NL Broadcasting Ltd. and managed by president John Skelly, the two stations operated together for much of the time. Larry (Hap) Thiessen was production manager and Hal Murray was news director.

1971
On November 4, John Skelly was granted an AM licence for Princeton. The new station would broadcast on a frequency of 1400 kHz with a power of 1,000 watts day / 250 watts night (non-directional) and would receive its programming from CHNL Kamloops.

On December 31, NL Broadcasting Ltd. was given approval to increase power for CHNL 610 from 1,000 watts day and night (single directional pattern) to to 10,000 watts day and 1,000 watts night (directional at night).

1972
Marty Forbes was at CHNL.

1973
On December 11, CHNL was authorized to increase night-time power from 1,000 to 5,000 watts.

1974
On August 13, NL Broadcasting Ltd. was granted a licence for a new AM station at Clearwater, operating on 1400 kHz with 1,000 watts daytime and 250 watts night-time (non-direction) to rebroadcast the programming of CHNL Kamloops.

1976
CHNL's application for a power increase to 50,000 watts was turned down by the CRTC. The Commission ruled the increase would adversely affect the marketing balance of Okanagan stations.

An AM network for CJOR's Jack Webster open line show added CKIQ Kelowna, CHNL Kamloops and CJCI Prince George.

1978
On June 29 the CRTC approved application by NL Broadcasting Ltd. to increase day power from 10 to 25 kW.  Daytime power was increased the following year, with night power remaining at 5 kW.

1979
CHNL 610 increased daytime power from 5,000 watts to 25,000 watts. Night power remained 5,000 watts.

1981
CHNL received approval to operate a rebroadcast transmitter at Sorrento.

1982

On August 4 the CRTC approved transfer of control of NL Broadcasting Ltd. through transfer of 43 common shares in Skelly-Moen Holdings Ltd. from John Skelly and 132 common shares in 610 Holdings Ltd. from John Skelly Management Services Ltd. to Fraser Valley Broadcasters Ltd.  As a result, Fraser Valley then controlled Skelly-Moen (92%) and 610 Holdings Ltd. (76%), which together held 76% of the voting shares of NL. NL was listed as the licensee of CHNL, along with rebroadcasters CHNL-1 Clearwater, CHNL-2 Ashcroft, CHNL-3-FM Sorrento and CJNL Merritt, and owned 51% of Princeton Broadcasting Ltd. (CINL).

1984
Okanagan Radio Ltd. purchased 51% interest in Princeton Broadcasting Ltd. from NL Broadcasting and semi-satellite CINL Princeton changed call letters to CKRP and became a semi-satellite of CKOK Penticton.

CHNL's FM station began broadcasting.

By this time, NL Broadcasting Ltd. operated the following rebroadcast transmitters for CHNL: CHNL-1 Clearwater, and CHNL-2 Ashcroft.

1987
CHNL was now operating a transmitter at Sorrento - CHNL-3-FM. CHNL-2 Ashcroft had become CINL Ashcroft/Cache Creek.

1989
The CRTC approved the transfer of effective control of NL Broadcasting Ltd. from Fraser Valley Broadcasters Ltd. and Starcom Enterprises Inc. to NL Properties Ltd., a company controlled by Robert J. Dunn who was also the president and general manager of NL. 

1993
On June 10, the CRTC approved transfer of CHRK-FM 97.5 Kamloops from Newcap Broadcasting Ltd. to NL Broadcasting.  Shortly after the acquisition, the call letters were changed to CKRV-FM.

1999
Dave Hagerty was creative director at NL Broadcasting in Kamloops.

2005
On July 21, the CRTC approved application by NL Broadcasting for a new English-language commercial FM station (the company’s second FM in Kamloops), to operate at 103.1 MHz.

2006
On August 11 sister station CJKC-FM officially signed on as “Country 103”. 

2007
On August 22, the Jack Webster Foundation announced that CHNL’s news director Jim Harrison had been named the recipient of its 2007 Bruce Hutchison Lifetime Achievement Award.  Harrison joined the station as a reporter in 1973 and became news director in 1975.  Since being appointed news director, he researched, wrote and broadcast 8,000 daily news commentaries.

2009
On April 24 CHNL received approval to convert to operate a transmitter at Merrit. The transmitter would use the facilities of CJNL (1230 kHz with 1,000 watts) when that station moves to the FM band. NL Broadcasting Ltd. noted that CJNL had been broadcasting programming from CHNL. 

In August, CJNL 1230 Merritt switched from Adult Contemporary music during the day and News-Talk at night, to all News-Talk, as a rebroadcaster of CHNL 610 Kamloops. CJNL had simulcast CKMQ 101.1 for three months.

Andrew Hopkins, formerly of NL Broadcasting Kamloops, moved to the Peace Region as News Director at Astral Media Radio Fort St. John.

2010
Peter Angle, the Sales Manager at NL Broadcasting's three Kamloops radio stations (CHNL, CJKC and CKRV) moved to Astral Media Radio Kelowna (CHSU, CILK, CKFR) as General Sales Manager. Angle began his radio career at CKOV Kelowna 25 years earlier. He began with Astral on July 2.

Gerry Pigeon, who'd been with Corus Radio Calgary the past nine years, the last six as Retail Sales Manager, moved August 3 to NL Broadcasting in Kamloops to become General Sales Manager for NL's three stations there - CHNL, CKRV-FM and CJKC-FM.

On November 30, the CRTC renewed the licence for CHNL Kamloops and its transmitters CINL Ashcroft, CHNL-1 Clearwater, CFNL-FM Sorrento and CJNL Merritt until August 31, 2017.

2011
It was announced that Country 103 program director Kelly Moore would leave the station on August 26. As of September 1, Moore would begin as executive producer of NHL coverage at CJOB Winnipeg.

2012
Dennon Stein joined Radio NL and 97.5 The River as swing announcer. 

2014
Robbie Dunn, president/GM of NL Broadcasting stepped down from the operational role after 32 years as GM. Succeeding him as GM was Garth Buchko, who would take an ownership stake in NL and also be VP of the company. Dunn would retain the president's mantle. 

After CHNL ended its affiliation with the Corus Radio Network on August 1, the station flipped from News-Talk to Classic Hits with some daytime talk and some sports at night. 

NL Broadcasting completely rebuilt its studios and offices. On September 22, a grand re-opening saw Premier Christy Clark, Mayor Peter Milobar, and others on hand for the ribbon-cutting.

    
                          Bill Dulmage, Gord Lansdell - Updated September 2014