CKXR-FM

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CKXR-FM
EZ Rock 91.5 CKXR.jpg
Broadcast area Salmon Arm, BC
Branding EZ Rock
Slogan Today's Soft Rock with Less Talk
Frequency 91.5 MHz (FM)
Repeater(s) CKXR-FM-1
CKXR-FM-2
CKXR-FM-3
First air date November 18, 1965
Format adult contemporary
ERP 400 watts (average)
810 watts (peak)
(Horizontal only)
HAAT 741 meters (2,431 ft)
Class B
Transmitter coordinates 50°45′31″N 119°21′58″W / 50.7586°N 119.366°W / 50.7586; -119.366
Owner Bell Media
(Bell Media Radio)
Website www.iheartradio.ca

CKXR-FM is a Canadian radio station in Salmon Arm, British Columbia. The station is owned by Bell Media and airs an adult contemporary format under the EZ Rock on-air brand.

History[edit]

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.[1][2][3]

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).[4]

In October 2007, the assets of Standard Radio (including CKXR) were purchased by Astral Media. Astral's assets were acquired by the station's current owner, Bell Media, in September 2013.

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.[5]

On October 15, 2010, CKGR received approval to move from the AM band to the FM band on the frequency of 106.3 MHz.[6]

Rebroadcasters[edit]

Rebroadcasters of CKXR-FM
City of license Identifier Frequency Power Class RECNet CRTC Decision
Sorrento, British Columbia CKXR-FM-1 102.1 (Horizontal only)
86 watts
A1 Query 2007-378
Enderby, British Columbia CKXR-FM-2 104.3 (Horizontal only)
200 watts
A1 Query
Sicamous, British Columbia CKXR-FM-3 102.1 (Horizontal only)
200 watts
A1 Query

References[edit]

  1. ^ CRTC (October 5, 1984). "Decision CRTC 84-866". CRTC. Retrieved March 3, 2016. 
  2. ^ "CKGR-FM History of Canadian Broadcasting". Canadian Communications Foundation. Retrieved October 27, 2017. 
  3. ^ "CKCR-FM History of Canadian Broadcasting". Canadian Communications Foundation. Retrieved October 27, 2017. 
  4. ^ CRTC (February 6, 2006). "Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2006-32". CRTC. Retrieved August 25, 2017. 
  5. ^ CRTC (March 3, 2009). "Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2009-108". CRTC. Retrieved August 25, 2017. 
  6. ^ CRTC (October 15, 2010). "Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2010-764". CRTC. Retrieved August 25, 2017. 

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Coordinates: 50°45′31″N 119°21′57″W / 50.75861°N 119.36583°W / 50.75861; -119.36583