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City Whitehorse, Yukon
Branding The Rush
Frequency 96.1 MHz (FM)
CKRW (AM) 610 AM
First air date 1969 (AM)
2004 (FM)
Format hot adult contemporary
ERP horizontal polarization only:
380 watts average
1 kW peak
HAAT 364 meters (1,194 ft)
Class B1
Callsign meaning C K Radio Whitehorse
Owner Klondike Broadcasting

CKRW-FM, also branded The Rush, is a hot adult contemporary radio station in Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada.


Its first transmission was in 1969; it began simulcasting on AM and FM in 2004 at 610 kHz (AM) and 96.1 MHz (FM).[1] The FM station was considered the primary signal by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission, although unlike most AM to FM conversions the station retained its AM transmitter in order to serve listeners who were unable to receive the FM signal due to the Whitehorse area's mountainous terrain. However, as of 2017 the AM transmitter is off the air, and with a defective transmitter and a previously damaged and unrepairable radio tower at hand, it is unlikely that CKRW will restore the AM service.

CKRW's programming is also transmitted into other Yukon communities, including Watson Lake, Haines Junction, Faro, Mayo and Teslin. CKRW is also rebroadcast on CFYT in Dawson City when that station is not originating its own programming.

The Shaw Direct direct broadcast satellite service carries CKRW on channel 856, and the NorthWesTel television service in Whitehorse carries CKRW on channel 8.


Rebroadcasters of CKRW-FM
City of license Identifier Frequency Power Class RECNet CRTC Decision
Carmacks VF2267 98.7 FM 10 watts LP Query 94-246
Faro VF2063 98.7 FM 12 watts LP Query 89-214
Haines Junction VF2269 98.7 FM 10 watts LP Query
Mayo VF2268 98.7 FM 10 watts LP Query
Old Crow CKRF-FM 88.9 FM 1 watt D Query
Teslin VF2270 98.7 FM 10 watts LP Query
Watson Lake VF2143 98.7 FM 10 watts LP Query 92-4
Whitehorse CKRW 96.1 FM 1000 watts B1 Query
Atlin, British Columbia CKRW-FM-1 98.7 FM 36 watts LP Query
Inuvik, Northwest Territories CKRW-FM-2 98.7 FM 44 watts LP Query 2010-609
Whitehorse, Yukon CKRW 610 AM 1,000 watts C Query

Some CKRW programming can also be heard on CFYT-FM in Dawson City which repeats CKRW during hours that local programming is not broadcast.

On April 5, 2017, the CRTC approved the application by Klondike Broadcasting Company Limited to amend the broadcasting licence for the English-language commercial AM radio programming undertaking CKRW Whitehorse, Yukon Territory, in order to authorize the station to originate programming from its rebroadcasting transmitter CKRW-FM Whitehorse under its existing technical parameters until 5 April 2018.[2]

On June 29, 2017, Klondike Broadcasting Company Limited (Klondike) submitted an application to operate an English-language commercial FM radio station in Whitehorse to replace its commercial AM radio station CKRW Whitehorse. The station would operate at 96.1 MHz (channel 241B) with an effective radiated power of 4,400 watts (non-directional antenna with an effective height of antenna above average terrain of 359 metres).[3] The CRTC approved Klondike Broadcasting Company Limited (Klondike's) application to convert CKRW from the AM band to the FM band on January 4, 2018.[4]


  1. ^ Decision CRTC 2004-169
  2. ^ Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2017-89, CKRW Whitehorse – Licence amendment, CRTC, April 5, 2017
  3. ^ Broadcasting Notice of Consultation CRTC 2017-223, CRTC, June 29, 2017
  4. ^ Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2018-2, CKRW Whitehorse – Conversion to the FM band, CRTC, January 4, 2018

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Coordinates: 60°39′28″N 134°53′11″W / 60.65778°N 134.88639°W / 60.65778; -134.88639