Radio Station Group History
Golden West Broadcasting Ltd.
Abe Thiessen was CFAM's first President, Manager and principal shareholder. It was known as Manitoba's 'Farm and Good Music Station'. Thiessen soon left, and after D.K. Friesen had served briefly as interim Manager, Dennis Barkman was appointed Manager.
SMB began a policy of recruiting staff locally, rather than importing talent from other markets - who never stayed long anyway.
On December 20, Southern Manitoba Broadcasting acquired control of Frontier City Broadcasting Co. Ltd., and with it their stations in Swift Current (CKSW) and Shaunavon (CJSN). This was the beginning of the company's expansion from Manitoba into Saskatchewan and Alberta, while staying with its policy of concentrating on ownership of small market stations. The company's expansion beyond Manitoba prompted a name-change decision, and Southern Manitoba Broadcasting became Golden West Broadcasting (GWB)
At around this time, Golden West made a major policy decision to shelve the wire services and to concentrate on having their news staffs spend 100% of their time and budgets on local news stories, yet another example of the unique nature of the Golden West organization.
It was also in this year that the Western Association of Broadcasters named Golden West as Broadcaster of the Decade.
Later in the year, Elmer Hildebrand was inducted into the Canadian Association of Broadcasters' Hall of Fame.
A policy evolved whereby, in markets where they owned both an AM and an FM station, Golden West would have the AM station concentrate on local affairs and farming, while the FM station would feature mostly country music. AM stations were much more costly to run, and perhaps might even lose money, but they would gain stature in the area, while the FM stations would be the money makers, and each market would be well-served as a result.
Also in 2000, Elmer Hildebrand's longtime friend Richard 'Red' Hughes, of Delta Broadcasting, decided to retire, and sold CFRY-AM and CFRY-FM Portage La Prairie to GWB on September 1st.
Golden West Broadcasting Ltd. received approval on August 2 to operate a new commercial FM station in High River/Okotoks. The company already owned CHRB-AM and CFXL-FM in the market. The new station, whose callsign would be CFXO-FM, would broadcast on a frequency of 99.7 MHz with an effective radiated power of 18,000 watts.
CFXO-FM Sun Country 99.7 FM signed on the air October 30 at 7:00 a.m. Studios and offices were co-located with CHRB and CFXL at 11 - 5 Avenue S. E. in High River.
On June 27, the CRTC approved the purchase of CFEQ-FM Winnipeg by Golden West Broadcasting Ltd. from Kesitah Inc. Golden West was controlled by Elmer Hildebrand Ltd., which in turn was controlled by Elmer Hildebrand.
On August 21, the CRTC licensed a new radio station, CHOO-FM to serve Drumheller, when it approved the application by Golden West Broadcasting Ltd.
By 2008, fifty-one years after the launch of founder station CFAM Altona, Golden West Broadcasting owned twenty-eight radio stations, and had over 350 employees.
On March 29, the CRTC approved the application by 101142236 Saskatchewan Ltd. for authority to acquire, as part of a corporate reorganization, the assets of CHAB, CILG-FM and CJAW-FM Moose Jaw from Golden West Broadcasting Ltd. The Commission noted that the transaction approved in this decision was effected on 1 September 2009 through the transfer, from Golden West to 101142236 Saskatchewan, of all assets and liabilities relating to CHAB, CILG-FM and CJAW-FM. As a result of the transaction, 101142236 Saskatchewan would become the licensee of these undertakings. The corporate reorganization was for estate planning and did not affect the effective control of these undertakings, which continued to be exercised by Golden West through its wholly owned subsidiary 101142236 Saskatchewan.
Also on January 25th, the CRTC approved an application from Golden West for a new FM station in Humboldt, Saskatchewan, to operate on a frequency of 107.5 MHz.
On February 28th the CRTC approved the change to the ownership and effective control of Tiessen Media Inc. through the transfer of the shares of Jamie Tiessen in Tiessen Media Inc. to Goldwest Broadcasting Ltd., a corporation controlled by Elmer Hildebrand. Tiessen Media Inc. was the licensee of CFIT-FM, Airdrie, Alberta.
On March 25th, His Excellency the Governor General in Council, on the recommendation of the Minister of Canadian Heritage, declined a petition that had been received requesting that the award of the Humboldt licence to Golden West be referred back to the CRTC for reconsideration. The Governor in Council was "' not satisfied that the decision derogates from the attainment of the objectives of the Canadian broadcasting act."
On September 8th the CRTC authorized Golden West's CFIT-FM Airdrie, Alberta, to change the station's authorized contours by increasing the average effective radiated power (ERP) from 3,000 watts to 60,000 watts (maximum ERP from 6,000 watts to 100,000 watts with an effective height of antenna above average terrain of 40 metres). Golden West indicated that these changes vwould help the station realize its potential. In particular, the CRTC noted that "'..the potential listenership would increase from 30,814 to 49,255 persons in the 3 mV/m contour and from 87,982 to 894,133 persons in the 0.5 mV/m contour. This significant increase in population would be due to the 0.5 mV/m contour encompassing the city of Calgary".
On October 12th the new Golden West radio station CHBO-FM was launched in Humboldt Saskatchewan, branded as Bolt-FM.
On February 17th 2012 Golden West received CRTC approval for a broadcasting licence to operate an English-language, commercial FM radio programming undertaking in Weyburn, Saskatchewan. The new station would operate at 106.7 MHz (channel 294C1) with an effective radiated power of 100,000 watts (non-directional antenna with an effective height of antenna above average terrain of 73.7 metres).
The station would offer a Classic Rock music format and would broadcast a minimum of 126 hours of local programming in each broadcast week, including 5 hours and 47 minutes of news, 90% of which would be local news. Local programming would include local newscasts, weather, sports, surveillance material as well as coverage of the local arts community and community events.
Golden West noted that the station would complement its existing stations in the same locality, namely CFSL Weyburn, which offered a Country music format, and CKRC-FM Weyburn, which offered a Hot Adult Contemporary music format. The Commission considered that by realizing efficiencies and maximizing synergies among its existing radio stations in Weyburn, Golden West would be able to provide a viable third local radio service in that market. a viable third local radio service in that market. It was later reported that the new station's call letters would be CHWY-FM.
On April 9th 2012, Golden West filed an application for a licence to operate a new FM station in Steinbach, Manitoba.
CKSE-FM "Rock 106"in Estevan, SK, launched with its Active Rock format on September 12, at 8:00 a.m.
On November 27, CKFT-FM Fort Saskatchewan announced the station would be known as "Mix 107.9 FM" and officially began broadcasting at 10:00 a.m. The program format was described as "Somewhat Contemporary Hits Radio 2013".
On December 20th the CRTC received an application from Golden West for approval of a new licence for an FM station in Portage La Prairie, Manitoba. This would replace the Portage rebroadcasting transmitter of Golden West's AM station CFRY.
The station would offer a country favourites music format targeting listeners between the ages of 18 and 54, and would broadcast at least 118 hours of local programming each broadcast week including at least 10 hours of spoken word programming.
On October 2nd, the CRTC approved Golden West's application for a new FM station in Portage La Prairie. Broadcasting Ltd. As proposed, the new station would replace the transmitter CFRY-FM-1 Portage La Prairie, which had hitherto rebroadcast the programming of CFRY-AM Portage La Prairie.
It would operate under CFRY-FM-1's existing technical parameters, ie at 93.1 MHz (channel 226B) with a maximum effective radiated power of 27,000 watts (non-directional antenna with an effective height of antenna above average terrain of 73.5 metres).
Updated by Pip Wedge - October, 2013