CIBH-FM, The Beach, Parksville

Pattison Media Ltd.

CIBH-FM200588.82,000Island Radio Ltd.
CIBH-FM200288.52,000Central Island Broadcasting Ltd.
CKCI-AM197313501,000Central Island Broadcasting Ltd.


On April 30,  Nanaimo Broadcasting Corp. Ltd. was given approval to operate an AM station at Parksville, operating on 1370 kHz with power of 1,000 watts. The new station would rebroadcast some of the programming of CHUB Nanaimo.

On December 7, CHPQ 1370 signed on the air to serve the Parksville/Qualicum area. The PQ in the call sign: Parksville/Qualicum.


On June 9, Anchor Developments Ltd. was given permission to acquire CHPQ from Nanaimo Broadcasting Corp. Ltd.


Benchmark Ventures Inc. purchased CHPQ and CHUB from Nanaimo Broadcasting Corp. Ltd. and Anchor Developments Ltd.


By this time, CHPQ was producing 43 hours of local programming per week. All other programming originated with CHUB.


Benchmark Ventrues Inc. (CHPQ and CHUB) and Central Island Broadcasting Ltd. (CKEG Nanaimo) amalgamated.

CHUB was given approval to move to the FM dial and CKEG was granted permission to take over CHUB’s 1570 frequency.


CHUB Nanaimo became CKWV-FM with a rebroadcaster (CKWV-FM-1) at Parksville.

On July 31, CHPQ was given approval to move from 1370 to 1350 kHz and to increase power from 1,000 to 10,000 watts. 1350 was CKEG Nanaimo’s old frequency.

CHPQ became CKCI (“CI” for Central Island).


On September 12, CKCI was given approval to move to the FM dial, operating on 88.5 MHz with an effective radiated power of 960 watts.


After a test period, CKCI-AM became CIBH-FM “The Beach” at 6 a.m., January 14. 
The CKCI 1350 signal went silent on February 22 at 3:00 p.m.


On January 19 Central Island Broadcasting Ltd. announced it had changed its corporate name to Island Radio Ltd. to more closely reflect the company’s geographic presence due to expansion north and west on Vancouver Island. 

On November 1, it was announced in a joint press release that Island Radio Ltd. had agreed to sell its six Vancouver Island radio stations (and related assets) to the Jim Pattison Broadcast Group pending approval by the CRTC.


On June 27, the Commission approved application by Jim Pattison Broadcast Group Ltd. (the general partner) and Jim Pattison Industries Ltd. (the limited partner), carrying on business as Jim Pattison Broadcast Group Limited Partnership, to acquire the assets of CHWF-FM and CKWV-FM Nanaimo, CIBH-FM and CHPQ-FM Parksville, CKLR-FM Courtenay and CJAV-FM Port Alberni, from Island Radio Ltd.  The applicant stated that the value of the transaction was $12.5 million.

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