|Broadcast area||Salmon Arm, BC|
|Slogan||Today's Soft Rock with Less Talk|
|Frequency||91.5 MHz (FM)|
|First air date||November 18, 1965|
|ERP||400 watts (average)
810 watts (peak)
|HAAT||741 meters (2,431 ft)|
(Bell Media Radio)
CKXR first signed on the air on November 18, 1965 on its original frequency of 580 AM, under original owners Hall-Gray Broadcasting Company Ltd. Three days later, CKXR put its Revelstoke rebroadcaster CKCR on the air at 1340 AM. CKXR and CKCR became the founding stations of a regional radio system called the Big R Network shortly after the stations' establishment.
On July 21, 1972, CKXR increased its transmission power to 10,000 watts in the daytime and 1000 watts at night. On May 16, 1974, CKCR Revelstoke was upgraded from a rebroadcaster of CKXR to a semi-satellite when CKCR began originating programming from its own studio, in addition to receiving the balance of its programs from CKXR. That same year CKCR set up a rebroadcaster of its own when CKGR in Golden began operations at 1400 AM. On December 31, 1984, CKGR also began originating some programming, and CKIR in Invermere began rebroadcasting CKGR at 870 AM.
In 1999, the CRTC approved the purchase of CKXR and its rebroadcasters by Okanagan Skeena Group Ltd., which was subsequently purchased by Telemedia. With the Telemedia purchase, CKXR received the EZ Rock branding shortly afterward. Telemedia's broadcasting assets (including CKXR) were purchased by Standard Broadcasting (through its Standard Radio division) in 2002. On June 5, 2006, CKXR received approval to move to the FM band at its current frequency; it was originally to simulcast programming with its old 580 AM frequency for three months, but the simulcast period was extended to February 27, 2008, due to the new FM signal not reaching the communities of Enderby and Sicamous, to allow CKXR to set up rebroadcast transmitters in those communities (104.3 FM with 210 watts in Enderby, 102.1 FM with 200 watts in Sicamous).
CKCR in Revelstoke has applied to convert from the AM band to the FM band which received approval on March 3, 2009. CKCR will broadcast on 106.1 FM with 800 watts.
On October 15, 2010, CKGR received approval to move from the AM band to the FM band on the frequency of 106.3 MHz.
|City of license||Identifier||Frequency||Power||Class||RECNet||CRTC Decision|
|Sorrento, British Columbia||CKXR-FM-1||102.1||(Horizontal only)
|Enderby, British Columbia||CKXR-FM-2||104.3||(Horizontal only)
|Sicamous, British Columbia||CKXR-FM-3||102.1||(Horizontal only)
- CRTC (October 5, 1984). "Decision CRTC 84-866". CRTC. Retrieved March 3, 2016.
- "CKGR-FM History of Canadian Broadcasting". Canadian Communications Foundation. Retrieved October 27, 2017.
- "CKCR-FM History of Canadian Broadcasting". Canadian Communications Foundation. Retrieved October 27, 2017.
- CRTC (February 6, 2006). "Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2006-32". CRTC. Retrieved August 25, 2017.
- CRTC (March 3, 2009). "Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2009-108". CRTC. Retrieved August 25, 2017.
- CRTC (October 15, 2010). "Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2010-764". CRTC. Retrieved August 25, 2017.
- Query the REC's Canadian station database for CKXR-FM
- Query the REC's Canadian station database for CKCR