CHWY-FM, Big 106, Weyburn
Golden West Broadcasting Ltd.
On February 17, the CRTC approved the application by Golden West Broadcasting Ltd. for a broadcasting licence to operate an English-language, commercial FM radio programming undertaking in Weyburn. 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). Golden West was a corporation indirectly controlled by Elmer Hildebrand. The station would offer a Classic Rock music format and 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. The applicant indicated that the station would target adults between 18 and 54 years of age (skewed to males). Golden West noted that the station would complement its existing stations in the same locality, namely CFSL, which offered a Country music format, and CKRC-FM, which offered a Hot Adult Contemporary music format.
CHWY-FM began testing of its signal in November.
On December 10, CHWY signed on the air as "K106". Cam Birnie was station manager. K106 joined its sister stations with studios and offices at 305 Souris Avenue.
In October, CHWY switched from Mainstream Rock as "K106" to Variety Hits "BIG 106".