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City Athabasca, Alberta
Branding Boom 94.1
Slogan 80s 90s & more
Frequency 94.1 MHz (FM)
First air date August 1, 1989
Format classic hits
ERP 9 kws
HAAT 54 meters (177 ft)
Class B1
Former frequencies 850 AM
Owner Newcap Broadcasting
(3937844 Canada Inc.)
Website Boom 94.1

CKBA-FM is a Canadian radio station broadcasting at 94.1 FM in Athabasca, Alberta with a classic hits format branded as Boom 94.1. The station is owned by Newcap Broadcasting. Formerly known as 94.1 The river


CKBA was granted a broadcast license for AM 850 kHz in 1988.[1] CKBA began broadcasting on August 1, 1989.[2] In those original days, CKBA's license was to provide 24 hours of local programming per week, including 2 hours and 18 minutes of local news. The rest of the programming was re-broadcast from CFOK in Westlock. In those days, the station was known only by its call letters, CKBA.

In 2002, CKBA was acquired by Newcap Broadcasting, and became part of Newcap's Cat Country radio network. The station's name was changed to 850 CKBA Cat Country. On September 29, 2006, CKBA changed formats from country music to classic hits. Along with the format change came a new name, 850 the Fox.

Switch to FM[edit]

On December 23, 2008, CKBA received CRTC approval to convert from the AM band to the FM band on the frequency 94.1 MHz.[3] The FM transmitter began broadcasting on July 14, 2009. On August 17, 2009, CKBA made the flip from AM to its current frequency at 94.1 FM. The station was rebranded as 94.1 The River retaining the classic hits format.

Athabasca's old 850 AM transmitter was shut down on September 17, 2009.

On July 7, 2017, the station adopted the Boom FM brand and became "Boom 94.1".


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Coordinates: 54°42′14″N 113°17′23″W / 54.70389°N 113.28972°W / 54.70389; -113.28972