Rawlco Communications

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Rawlco Radio Ltd. is a Canadian media company. The company is the sole proprietor of thirteen radio stations in the provinces of Alberta and Saskatchewan, and the majority partner in Northwestern Radio Partnership, which owns four other stations in Saskatchewan. Rawlco Radio is Saskatchewan’s largest radio broadcaster.

The Rawlco Radio Corporate Office is just south of Downtown Saskatoon, overlooking the South Saskatchewan River, at 715 Saskatchewan Crescent West. This complex also is home to their local stations; CKOM, CFMC and CJDJ.


Started in 1946 by Edward Rawlinson (1912–1992), a Saskatchewan resident born in Qu'Appelle, it became one of Canada’s most successful broadcasting companies. Rawlinson had a fascination for radio broadcasting, and in 1946 he purchased CKBI radio in Prince Albert, and soon after became chairman of his own company, Rawlco Communications. The company has since acquired prominent radio and television stations in Prince Albert, North Battleford, Meadow Lake, Saskatoon, Regina, Edmonton and Calgary.

In 1975, Rawlinson’s two sons, Gordon and Doug, both from Prince Albert, entered the business. The Rawlinson brothers formed Rawlco Radio, a Saskatchewan-based radio broadcasting company. During the next twenty years, Rawlco Radio purchased and operated radio stations in Saskatchewan, Alberta, and Ontario. In 1999, they consolidated holdings to focus only on Saskatchewan and Alberta radio. It currently operates sixteen stations in the provinces.

Ed Rawlinson died in 1992, and his son Gordon is now president and CEO of Rawlco Communications.

Former holdings[edit]

Rawlco formerly owned a number of other radio stations elsewhere in Canada, including CISS FM in Toronto, CFFR and CJAQ in Calgary and CFGO and CJMJ in Ottawa, all of which were subsequently sold to other media companies. In partnership with Maclean-Hunter, Rawlco was also part of the original consortium licensed to launch NCN, a Canadian country music video channel which was later renamed CMT.

On July 10, 2014, Rawlco announced that it would sell its radio station clusters in Edmonton, North Battleford/Meadow Lake, and Prince Albert to The Jim Pattison Group.[1]

Radio stations[edit]



Northwestern Radio Partnership[edit]


  1. ^ "Rawlco sells radio stations in P.A., N.B. and Meadow lake". The Star-Phoenix. July 10, 2014. Retrieved July 21, 2014. 

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