British Columbia, Southern B.C. Interior

CHDR-FM (The Drive), Cranbrook

, Jim Pattison Broadcast Group

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

Slogan: The Voice of the Rockies.

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.

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.

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

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.


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

Cecile Hebert became CKEK's news director.


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.

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

Columbia Kootenay Broadcasting launched CKKR-FM in Cranbrook.

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

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

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.

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

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. 

Sister station CKKR-FM became CHBZ

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

CFEK Fernie moved to the FM dial.

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.

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

Jim Pattison, Managing Director and CEO, the Jim Pattison Group announced the promotion of two key executives of the Jim Pattison Broadcast Group LP, effective July 1. Rick Arnish was promoted to Chairman of the Jim Pattison Broadcast Group LP, following a very successful 14 years as President. Rod Schween was promoted to assume the role of President of the Jim Pattison Broadcast Group LP. He had been general manager/general sales manager for the Pattison Lethbridge/Cranbrook division with 6 stations in 3 different communities. He would move to the Kamloops, B.C. Head Office of the Jim Pattison Broadcast Group, where he would be responsible as General Manager of Broadcast Centre - CFJC TV, CIFM FM & CKBZ FM.

It was announced at the end of August that effective October 1, the new General Manager of the Cranbrook/Fernie division that would oversee CHBZ-FM, CHDR-FM & CJDR-FM would be Leo Baggio. In addition to his GM's role, Leo would also serve as Program Director of CHDR / CJDR. Leo had 28 years experience in the broadcast industry, having worked in Edson, AB and Smithers, BC prior to coming to Kamloops, BC. He had been an integral part of the senior management team at the Kamloops division with responsibilities as the Director of Radio Programming & Operations the last 2 years. Previous to this, he was on-air as an afternoon drive host and assistant operations manager.

                   Written by Bill Dulmage, Gord Lansdell - Updated January, 2013

Written by Bill Dulmage - May, 2006