Paul Hesketh in Nelson – first job


CKLN began broadcasting on July 15, operating on 1420 kHz with a power of 100 watts.

CKLN moved to 1240 kHz with 100 of power.

Power increased to 250 watts.

On July 4, CBC national radio sportscaster Bill Good Sr. spread the news across the Trans-Canada network of the highly successful Midsummer Curling Bonspiel held in Nelson on July 1.  According to local news reports, this was the first time a national program had originated at CKLN.

CKLN 1240 was noted as being owned by News Publishing Co. Ltd., and was a CBC Trans-Canada affiliate. Studios and transmitter were on Radio Avenue.

The largest shareholders of News Publishing Co. Ltd. were listed as the Estate of R.F. Green 43.0% and R.H. Green 33.6%.

CKLN moved from 1240 to 1390 kHz and increased power from 250 to 1,000 watts, from a new transmitter site.

On September 21, Kokanee Broadcasting Ltd. launched a new AM station at Creston. It was a semi-satellite of CKLN.

J. David Schmidt was given permission to purchase CKKC (formerly CKLN) and CFKC (Creston) from Kokanee Broadcasting Ltd.  which was sold to K.C. Broadcasting Ltd in 1984

On August 30, Four Seasons Radio Ltd. (owner of CJAT Trail) was given approval to acquire CKKC and  CFKC Creston from K.C. Broadcasting Ltd. Most programming from both stations would now originate from CJAT and the group would be known as the Kootenay Broadcasting System.

CKKC added a transmitter at Crawford Bay. CKKC-1-FM operated on 101.9 MHz with an effective radiated power of 140 watts.

By this time, CKKC was producing 37 hours 30 minutes per week of local programming. All other pgorams originated with CJAT.
CKKC began simulcasting its programming over High Sierra Broadcasting Limited’s  CICF-2-FM New Denver and CICF-3-FM Kaslo. Their programming had originated with CICF Vernon. The call letters changed to CKZX-FM and CKZX-FM-1.

On April 25, CKKC was given approval to change frequency from 1390 to 880 kHz, to decrease night power from 1,000 to 700 watts and to relocate the transmitter to a new site located one half kilometre away from the existing site.

CKKC added a transmitter at Nakusp (CKBS-FM), operating on 97.7 MHz with an effective radiated power of 44 watts. 

73.2% of West Global Broadcast Holding Ltd. was sold by Walter Gray (19.91%), Doreen Gray (2.17%), 479229 B.C. Ltd. (4.86%), C.W. Gray (3.18%), Robert J. Hall (18.10%), Hall-Gray Broadcasting Co. Ltd. (13.88%), Jeanne Hall (3.66%), Phyllis Tostenson (4.24%) and Roger Cottle (3.2%) to Okanagan Skeena Group Limited. OSGL already owned 26.8% of West Global. West Global in turn owned 100% of Four Seasons
Radio Ltd.

CICF Vernon’s transmitter CICF-FM-1 Nakusp was deleted. As a result, CKKC changed the frequency of  its Nakusp transmitter (CKBS-FM) from 97.7 to 103.1 MHz (CICF-FM-1’s old frequency). 

Telemedia Radio Inc. purchased Okanagan Skeena Group Ltd.

Standard Radio Inc. purchased Telemedia’s Alberta, Ontario and British Columbia stations. Some of these stations were sold to other companies but Standard chose to retain the Okanagan Skeena Group.

On February 3, CKKC was authorized to convert to the FM band, operating on 106.9 MHz directional, with an average effective radiated power of 920 watts (2000 watts peak). The existing rebroadcast transmitters would remain in operation.  The station was to continue to offer the same format consisting of adult contemporary hit music.  It was authorized to simulcast programming on its old AM 880 frequency for a period of three months.

On August 4, the station moved to 106.9 FM, continuing to identify as “All Hit KBS, the Best of the 80’s, 90’s and Now”.







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