CKOR
Broadcast areaOkanagan-Similkameen
Frequency800 kHz
BrandingBounce 800
Programming
FormatAdult hits
AffiliationsPenticton Vees
Ownership
Owner
CJMG-FM
History
First air date
1946 (as a rebroadcaster of CKOV)
September 1948 (as a separate station)
Former call signs
CKOK (1946–1991)
Call sign meaning
CK Okanagan Radio
Technical information
ClassB
Power10,000 watts day
500 watts night
Links
WebcastListen Live
Websiteiheartradio.ca/bounce/penticton

CKOR (800 AM) is a Canadian radio station in Penticton, British Columbia. Bell Media owns the station, which operates with 10,000 watts of transmission power in the daytime and 500 watts at night, and airs an adult hits format under the Bounce brand. CKOR uses a non-directional antenna at all times.

History

CKOR was first signed on in 1946 by Okanagan Broadcasters Ltd., the owner of Kelowna radio station CKOV, as CKOK, a rebroadcaster of the Kelowna station, at its original frequency of 1450 AM with 250 watts of power.[1] In 1948, CKOK moved to its current spot on the AM dial, and in September that year, became autonomous from CKOV as it began airing its own schedule.

In 1950, CKOK increased its power to 1000 watts in the daytime and 500 watts at night. By 1957, CKOK Ltd. was established as the station's owner, and it was an affiliate of CBC Radio's Dominion Network. After the Dominion Network dissolved, the station was an affiliate of the main CBC Radio network until 1977. Two of the principal owners were Maurice Finnerty and Roy Chapman. Chapman eventually relinquished his portion to the Finnerty family. Maurice Finnerty served as Provincial MLA for Okanagan-Similkameen from 1949 to 1952[2] and was mayor of Penticton from 1962 to 1967.[3] CKOK's daytime power was increased to 10 kilowatts in 1960, and on June 1, 1965, station parent CKOK Ltd. signed on CKOK-FM, which mostly simulcast its AM sister's programming in the beginning. On April 14, 1972, ownership of CKOK, CKOK-FM and parent company Okanagan Radio Ltd. (the successor of CKOK Ltd.) was transferred from the Finnerty family to Fraser Valley Broadcasters Ltd. (the owner of CHWK Chilliwack and CFVR Abbotsford). With Gerald Pash as the Managing Director, the station was named AM Station of the Year by the British Columbia Association of Broadcasters in 1973. In September 1974 Fraser Valley Broadcasters sold Okanagan Radio Limited to Dennis Barkman, Ken Davis and Gerald Pash. Pash was named BC Associations of Broadcasters "Broadcaster Citizen of the Year" in 1983 and he was Penticton "Citizen of the Year" in 1985.

CKOK disaffiliated from the CBC in 1977. CKOK-FM changed its call sign to CKOR-FM and in 1986 to its present call sign of CJMG. In 1985, the CRTC granted CKOK permission to move to 780 AM and to increase its power to 20,000 watts in the daytime and 10,000 watts at night, but the station never made the move as it remained at its present frequency and power.[4][5] In 1988, Okanagan Skeena Group acquired the interest of Barkman and Pash, and then the interest of Ken Davis in 1990. CKOK adopted its present call sign of CKOR (taken from the former calls of its FM sister) in 1991.

In 1999, Telemedia purchased Okanagan Skeena Group and its broadcasting assets (including CKOR); shortly after, CKOR adopted Telemedia's EZ Rock brand. In 2002, CKOR and the other former Okanagan Skeena stations were purchased by Standard Radio, which in turn was purchased on September 27, 2007 by Astral Media, the current owner of CKOR. Bell Media then acquired the stations when it purchased Astral Media.

As part of a mass format reorganization by Bell Media, on May 18, 2021, CKOR flipped to adult hits under the Bounce branding.[6] It is currently one of only two AM stations under the brand.

On February 8, 2024, Bell announced a restructuring that included the sale of 45 of its 103 radio stations to seven buyers, subject to approval by the CRTC, including CKOR, which is to be sold to Vista Radio.[7]

Former logos

References

  1. ^ "CKOK readies" (PDF). Broadcasting. November 18, 1946. p. 64. Retrieved 2 July 2018.
  2. ^ "Hansard". Legislative Assembly of British Columbia. June 13, 1977. Retrieved 2011-11-27.
  3. ^ "Previous Councils". City of Penticton. Retrieved 2011-11-27.
  4. ^ Decision CRTC 85-50
  5. ^ Decision CRTC 92-10
  6. ^ Bell Media Bounces 25 Stations Across Canada to New Variety Hits Brand
  7. ^ Hudes, Sammy (8 February 2024). "'Not a viable business anymore': Bell Media selling 45 radio stations amid layoffs". Toronto Star. The Canadian Press. Retrieved 8 February 2024.

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