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City of license Cranbrook, British Columbia
Branding The Drive
Slogan The Kootenay's best rock!
Frequency 102.9 MHz
First air date October 19, 1957 as CKEK
Format Active rock
Callsign meaning C H DRive
Owner Jim Pattison Group
Website The Drive

CHDR-FM is a Canadian radio station in Cranbrook, British Columbia that broadcasts an active rock format at 102.9 FM branded as The Drive. The station is owned by the Jim Pattison Group. CFIW is a 50 watt Low Power station broadcasting on the frequency of 1200 AM; it is located in Canal Flats, British Columbia.

The station originally began broadcasting in 1957 as CKEK at a frequency of 570 AM. CKEK received approval to add AM transmitters at Canal Flats and Kimberley, in 1990 and was re-licenced at Canal Flats again in 2004.[1][2] In 1984, CFEK Fernie received approval to add an AM transmitter at Sparwood on the frequency 1400 AM.[3] CKEK moved to the FM dial at 102.9 MHz in 2002 and became CHDR "The Drive".[4]

It is uncertain when the AM station (formerly CKKI at 1460) in Kimberley was deleted, although the FM transmitters that went on in 2002 reach Kimberley.

"The Drive" can also be heard in Fernie at 99.1 FM with the call sign CJDR [5] and Sparwood at 93.5 FM with the call sign CJDR-FM-1.[6]


  1. ^ "Decision CRTC 90-939". Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission. 21 September 1990.
  2. ^ "Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2004-361". 20 August 2004
  3. ^ "Decision CRTC 84-18". 12 January 1984.
  4. ^ "Conversion of AM radio station CKEK to FM" - Decision CRTC 2001-573. 12 September 2001
  5. ^ "Conversion of AM radio station CFEK to FM" - Decision CRTC 2001-624. 3 October 2001.
  6. ^ "Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2004-489". 12 November 2004.

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Coordinates: 49°27′34″N 115°37′48″W / 49.45944°N 115.63000°W / 49.45944; -115.63000