The station began broadcasting on October 23, 1978 on the AM band at 1050 kHz as CKAL. In 1981, CKAL added FM transmitters to rebroadcast the programing of CKAL AM Vernon in Nakusp, New Denver, and Kalso, while another one was added to Armstrong/Enderby on 89.7 MHz in 1986. CKAL became CICF in 1987. The rebroadcasters CICF-FM-2 New Denver and CICF-FM-3 Kalso were granted to change their programming source from CICF Vernon to CKKC in Nelson in 1990 and CICF-FM-1 Nakusp was shut down in 1997 and taken over by CKKC Nelson. The CKAL calls are now used by a television station in Calgary, Alberta.