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CHDR 102.9TheDrive logo.png
City Cranbrook, British Columbia
Branding 102.9 The Drive FM
Slogan The Kootenay's Best Rock!
Frequency 102.9 MHz
First air date October 19, 1957 as CKEK
Format Active rock
ERP 1.6 kWs
(horizontal only)
HAAT 1,047.7 meters (3,437 ft)
Class C
Transmitter coordinates 49°27′33.84″N 115°37′48.00″W / 49.4594000°N 115.6300000°W / 49.4594000; -115.6300000
Callsign meaning C H DRive
Owner Jim Pattison Group

CHDR-FM is a Canadian radio station in Cranbrook, British Columbia that broadcasts an active rock format at 102.9 FM branded as 102.9 The Drive FM. The station is owned by the Jim Pattison Group.


The station originally began broadcasting on October 19, 1957 as CKEK at a frequency of 570 kHz on the AM dial. The EK in the call letters stood for East Kootenay Broadcasting Ltd. (Robert A. Reagh). In the 1960s, the stations' slogan was "The Voice of the Rockies".

On July 24, 1972, EK Radio Ltd. received approval to acquire CKEK and CFEK from East Kootenay Broadcasting Co Ltd.

On July 27, 1973, CKEK was authorized to increase its daytime power from 1,000 to 10,000 watts, its nighttime power would remain at 1,000 watts.

By 1984, CKEK was owned by Columbia Kootenay Broadcasting Co. Ltd.

In 1984, CFEK Fernie received approval to add an AM transmitter at Sparwood on the frequency 1400 AM.[1]

In 1990, CKEK received approval to add two AM transmitters, CFIW 1200 kHz in Canal Flats and CKKI 1460 kHz in Kimberley, with the license for CFIW renewed again in 2004.[2][3]

In 2000, Monarch Broadcasting Limited (division of Jim Pattison Industries Ltd.) purchased Columbia Kootenay Broadcasting Co. Ltd.

On September 12, 2001, Columbia Kootenay Broadcasting Co. Ltd., a division of Jim Pattison Industries Ltd. Cranbrook, British Columbia received CRTC approval to move CKEK from the AM band (570 kHz) to the FM band at 102.9 MHz, which moved there in 2002 and became CHDR "The Drive".[4]

It is uncertain when CKKI Kimberley was deleted, although the FM transmitters that went on in 2002 reach Kimberley. Also, it is uncertain if CFIW Canal Flats is currently still in operation, as CFIW was last listed in the 2008 CRTC renewals [5] and is not listed in the 2015 licence renewals (pending approval).[6] As of 2016, CFIW was deleted from the Industry Canada database.


Rebroadcasters of CHDR-FM
City of license Identifier Frequency Power Class CRTC Decision
Fernie, British Columbia CJDR-FM 99.1 FM (Horizontal polarization only)
1,600 watts
B "Conversion of AM radio station CFEK to FM" - Decision CRTC 2001-624
Sparwood, British Columbia CJDR-FM-1 93.5 FM (Horizontal polarization only)
240 watts
LP "Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2004-489"


  1. ^ "Decision CRTC 84-18", CRTC, January 12, 1984
  2. ^ "Decision CRTC 90-939", CRTC, September 21, 1990.
  3. ^ "Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2004-361", CRTC, August 20, 2004
  4. ^ "Conversion of AM radio station CKEK to FM" - Decision CRTC 2001-573, CRTC, September 12, 2001
  5. ^ Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2008-301, Licence renewals, CRTC, November 5, 2008
  6. ^ Broadcasting Notice of Consultation CRTC 2015-45, Various locations - Renewal of the broadcasting licences for certain radio stations and a radio network, CRTC, February 16, 2015

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