Gerry Pash as reporter for CHWK interviewing officers at CFB Chilliwack


1927: June 27:  CHWK 1210 signed on the air in Chilliwack for 2 hours a day from noon-1 pm & 6-7 pm. Power: 5 watts.  


1930: CHWK 1210 moves to AM 665.  Power increases to 100 watts.


1951: April 14: CHWK 1340 moves to AM 1270.


1962: Aug. 20: CFVR 1240 signed on as Abbottsford’s first radio station mainly as a rebroadcaster of CHWK.  Power was 250 watts.  CFVR started out with its own morning show and the rest of the day's programming was from Chilliwack. 

Dennis Barkman, took over the station with the assistance of Gerry Pash, Bob Singleton, Ken Davis Harold Roberts  and Gene Ross.

1972:  May 8: CKGO 1490 Hope goes on the air with 250 watts. It broadcasts two hours a day of local programming and the rest from CHWK.

Bill Coombes succeeded Barkman as President of the company.

1977: Feb. CFVR 1240 Abbotsford moves to AM 850 and increases its power to 10,000 watts. Later in the year, CKGO 1490 Hope moves to AM 1240.


1986: Oct. 1: STAR FM becomes the Fraser Valley’s own FM radio station.  It broadcast a mix of adult contemporary and easy listening at 104.9 in Abbotsford and 107.5 in Chilliwack.


1994:  June 25: Following CFVR 850’s major 5 pm newscast, the station changes it’s call letters to CKMA playing rock & roll from 1955-1980 and calling itself 85 Radio MAX.


1997: Aug. 18: STAR FM expands its signal from the Fraser Valley to include Greater Vancouver.  It now broadcasts at 104.9 FM from Mt. Seymour and a new transmitter is installed to serve Mission and Abbotsford at 92.5 FM.  Its big name morning personality is Rick Honey.  STAR FM also simulcasts the first 20 minutes of “Global News at 6.”  This move proved to be a flop.

Fraser Valley Broadcasters was sold to Rogers Broadcasting Ltd.











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