CKHL-FM, YL Country, High Level

Peace River Broadcasting Corp.

CKHL-FM1999102.18,765Peace River Broadcasting Corp.


Peace River Broadcasting Ltd. received approval on August 29 to operate a transmitter at High Level, using frequency 530 kHz, with a transmitter power of 400 watts day-time and 250 watts night-time to rebroadcast the programs of CKYL Peace River. Some local news, sports and community announcements particular to High Level would be included in CKYL’s regular programming.


On October 6, CKHL High Level (transmitter of CKYL) received approval to increase daytime power from 400 watts to 1,000 watts.


Peace River Broadcasting received approval on October 5 for a new FM station at High Level, using the frequency 102.1 MHz, with an effective radiated power of 8,765 watts. The station would broadcast 25 hours a week of local programming consisting of a live weekday morning show from 6:00 a.m. to 11 a.m., with the remainder of the programming originating from CKYL. The licence for CKYL included authorization for an AM transmitter at High Level (CKHL) and an FM transmitter at La Crete (CKLA-FM). The signal of the new station would serve La Crete as well as High Level. Peace River would surrender the licences for the transmitters CKHL and CKLA-FM.


On December 3, CKYL was authorized to delete its transmitter, CKHL High Level. In October, 1998, the CRTC approved Peace River’s application for a new FM station at High Level. Peace River intended to surrender its authority for CKHL once the new FM station went on air.


On June 20, the transfer of control and shares of Peace River Broadcasting Corporation Ltd., (CKHL-FM High Level, CKKX-FM and CKYL Peace River, and CKLM-FM Lloydminster) was approved. The transfer was of the voting shares held by J. Stewart Dent and Anita Dent in Peace Radio Network Ltd., a company holding all the issued and outstanding shares of Peace River Broadcasting Corporation Ltd., to 937593 Alberta Ltd., a company jointly owned by Terrence Babiy and Cynthia Babiy. Following the transaction, 937593 Alberta Ltd. would amalgamate with Peace Radio Network Ltd. This would be the first step of a multi-step transaction. Mr. and Mrs. Dent would subsequently acquire the assets of CKLM-FM Lloydminster, through 912038 Alberta Ltd., their personal holding company.


On February 19, CKYL was authorized to delete transmitters CJRA-FM Rainbow Lake (92.1 MHz with effective radiated power of 27 watts) and CKLA-FM La Crete (93.1 MHz with ERP of 29 watts).  These transmitters would be added to the licence of CKHL-FM at High Level. 


The CRTC approved the change to the ownership structure of Peace River Broadcasting Corporation Ltd. through the transfer of the shares of the parent corporation of Peace River to a new corporation owned by the initial shareholders of the parent corporation. This transaction does not affect the effecitve control of Peace River, which is exercised by Terrence and Cynthia Babiy. Peace River is the licensee of CKHL-FM High Level, CKKX-FM Peace River and its transmitters and CKYL Peace River and its transmitters, Alberta.

On October 21, the CRTC renewed the licence for CKHL-FM High Level and its transmitters (CKLA-FM La Crete and CJRA-FM Rainbow Lake) from 1 December 2010 to 31 August 2014. This short-term licence renewal would enable the Commission to review, at an earlier date, the licensee’s compliance with the Radio Regulations, 1986 and with its conditions of licence.


In April, CKHL received CRTC approval to decrease power from 34,000 to 29,000 watts, and to raise antenna height.

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