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CKGA opened as a semi-satellite station of VOCM St. John’s. The station was owned by The Colonial Broadcasting System Ltd. and broadcast on 730 kHz with a power of 1,000 watts (day and night).


Colonial Broadcasting System Ltd. was now also operating under the name Radio Newfoundland Ltd.


On July 19, CKGA was given approval to change frequency from 730 to 650 kHz and to increase power from 1,000 to 5,000 watts (day and night).


On February 16, the CRTC approved the applications to amend the licences for CHCM Marystown and CKGA Gander by changing their program source to local programming and programs received from VOCM St. John’s. CKGA was now broadcasting 49 hours of local programming per week with the remainder of its schedule originating from VOCM.


NewCap announced plans to buy all VOCM Radio Newfoundland stations (VOCM-AM/Magic 97 St. John’s, CKVO Clarenville, CHVO Carbonear, CHCM Marystown, CKGA Gander, CKCM Grand Falls/Windsor and CKIM Baie Verte). The deal would bring the VOCM stations together with Newcap’s CJYQ group in the province. 


Newcap Broadcasting Ltd. purchased CKGA and the other VOCM stations.


On May 28, the CRTC renewed the licence of CKGA until August 31, 2016.


On October 23, the CRTC approved an application by Newfoundland Capital Corporation Limited, on behalf of Newcap Inc. and its licensed broadcasting subsidiaries, for authorization to effect a change in the ownership and effective control of various radio and television broadcasting undertakings in British Columbia, Alberta, Ontario, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, and Newfoundland and Labrador, so that effective control of the undertakings would be exercised by Eric Boyko (Stingray Digital Group Inc.). Stingray took ownership of the stations just a few days later.

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