CJOR-AM, EZ Rock, Osoyoos / Oliver

Bell Media Inc.

CJOR-AM201312401,000Bell Media
CJOR-AM200712401,000Astral Media Inc.
CJOR-AM200212401,000Standard Radio Inc.
CJOR-AM199912401,000Telemedia Communications
CJOR-AM199112401,000Okanagan Skeena Group Ltd.
CJOR-AM199012401,000Okanagan Skeena Group Ltd.
CKOO-AM198612401,000Davis Communicatios Ltd.
CKOO-AM198612401,000Davis Communications Ltd
CKOO-AM198412401,000Fraser Valley Broadcasters Ltd.
CKOO-AM197912401,000/250Fraser Valley Broadcasters Ltd
CKOO-AM19721240250Fraser Valley Broadcasters Ltd
CKOO-AM19661240250Okanagan Radio Ltd.


CKOK Ltd. launched CKOO in December to serve Osoyoos & Oliver, Canada and Oroville, U.S.A. Power was 250 watts.


On April 14, permission was granted for the transfer of Okanagan Radio Ltd. (CKOK-AM-FM, CKOO, CKGF and the proposed CKSP Summerland) from M. P. Finnerty, L. M. Finnerty, P. C. Finnerty and L. C. Wells to Fraser Valley Broadcasters Ltd. and D. C. Barkman.


On June 9, approval was granted for the transfer of Okanagan Radio Ltd. from Fraser Valley Broadcasters Ltd. and Dennis Cornelius Barkman to Barkman, Kenneth Lewis Davis and Gerald William Pash.


By this time, CKOO was operating on 1240 kHz with a power of 1,000 watts day and 250 watts night.


CKOO added a rebroadcaster (CKOO-1) at Oliver.


CKOO and CKOO-1 were authorized to increase night power from 250 to 1,000 watts.


Davis Communications Ltd. took control of Okanagan Radio Ltd. when it increased its ownership from 50 to 52.5%. (Davis purchased a further 2.5% interest from Frederick W. Trainor).


CKOO was noted as broadcasting 111 hours and 29 minutes per week of locally-produced programs. All other programming originated with CKOK Penticton. 


Okanagan Skeena Group Ltd. acquired control of Okanagan Radio Limited. OSG already held 40.7% of OKR. It acquired all the shares of Davis Communications Ltd., which held 52.6% of OKR.


In March CKOO and CKOO-1 became CJOR and CJOR-1 respectively.


On October 19 the CRTC approved application to convert CJOR-1 Oliver to the FM band, operating on 102.9 MHz directional with an effective radiated power of 58 watts (180 watts peak).   CJOR-1 became CJOR-FM.


Okanagan Skeena Group Ltd. was purchased by Telemedia Radio Inc.


Standard Radio Inc. purchased the Ontario and Western properties of Telemedia. Some stations were then sold to other companies. The Okanagan Skeena stations were retained by SRI.


On September 27, Astral Media Radio G.P. received CRTC approval to acquire the assets of the radio and TV undertakings owned by Standard Radio Ltd., subject to certain conditions.  The purchase included CJOR-AM and CJOR-FM.  


On August 31, the CRTC administratively renewed the licence for CJOR and its transmitter CJOR-FM Oliver until March 31, 2012.

Roy McKenzie, the regional sales manager for Astral’s B.C. Interior stations, was no longer with the company. His position was eliminated.


On March 20, the CRTC administratively renewed the licence for CJOR and its transmitter CJOR-FM Oliver to August 31, 2012. On July 10, the licence was administratively renewed to March 31, 2013.


On February 6, the CRTC administratively renewed the licence of CJOR Osoyoos and its transmitter CJOR-FM Oliver to August 31, 2013.

On June 27, 2013, after a previous such application had been denied in 2012, the CRTC approved an application by Astral Media Inc. to sell its pay and specialty television channels, conventional television stations and radio stations to BCE Inc., including CJOR.


On April 17, the CRTC approved an application to convert CIOR Princeton into a rebroadcasting transmitter of CJOR Osoyoos. 

On May 20, the CRTC approved the revocation of CIOR’s licence. CIOR would become a rebroadcast transmitter of CJOR.

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