CKEC-FM, Mix 94.1, New Glasgow

Stingray Group Inc.

CKEC-FM201894.136,680Stingray Group Inc.
CKEC-FM201894.136,680Newcap Inc.
CKEC-FM200794.136,680Hector Broadcasting Co. Ltd. (D. Freeman)
CKEC-AM1998132025,000Hector Broadcasting Co. Ltd. (D. Freeman)
CKEC-AM19531230250Hector Broadcasting Co. Ltd. (J.M.Cameron)


Hector Publishing Co. Ltd. applied for a radio station licence – 1230 kHz with 250 watts of power (non-directional). The application was approved by the CBC. The company was headed by James M. Cameron, publisher of the weekly paper, Eastern Chronicle, of New Glasgow. Construction of CKED was underway in September and the station was expected on the air later in the fall. CKEC signed on the air on December 23.


Howard MacLean was manager. On-air: Ken Betts, Gary Murphy and Ross Ingram.


Bob Hale was a reporter.


Douglas B. Freeman acquired Hector Broadcasting from James M. Cameron and partners.


CKEC was a CBC Trans-Canada affiliate. Hector Broadcasting Co. Ltd. ownership: J. M. Cameron 82.9%, J. L Cavanagh 0.4%, C. D. Fraser 0.2%, W. J. Graham 0.2%, A. T. Logan 0.1%, 52 other shareholders 16.2%. James M. Cameron was president of the company and CKEC’s manager.


CKEC moved to 1320 kHz and increased power to 1,000 watts.


The Trans-Canada and Dominion networks were consolidated into a single CBC radio service. Following the merger, CKEC remained as a CBC affiliate.


Douglas B. Freeman acquired Hector Broadcasting.


By this time, CKEC 1320 had increased power to 5,000 watts. Douglas Freeman was President of Hector Broadcasting Co. Ltd. and Don Campbell was CKEC’s General Manager.


By this time, CKEC had increased power to 5,000 watts.


Bob Wallace and Bob Cooke were on-air at CKEC.


On August 10, CKEC was given approval do disaffiliate from the CBC as network service was now available via CBHN-FM.


CKEC was granted a power increase from 5,000 watts to 25,000 watts and the relocation of the transmitter site from Frasers Mountain near New Glasgow, to Frasers Road in Abercrombie, approximately 8.3 kilometers to the northwest of the existing site. CKEC marked its 35th anniversary on December 23 and marked the event by boosting its power from 5,000 watts to 25,000 watts.


The move to the new transmitter site took place.


James Cameron died in January, three days after the death of his wife of 55 years. He was 81. Cameron founded CKEC in 1953 and sold the station in 1964. He was the author of 14 books on the history of Nova Scotia and received the Order of Canada.


Michael D. Freeman became General Manager of CKEC.


On June 23 the CRTC renewed CKEC’s licence until August 31, 2011.


On March 24, the CRTC approved an application by Hector Broadcasting Company Limited for a broadcasting licence to operate a new English-language FM radio station at New Glasgow to replace its AM station CKEC, which was the only local commercial radio station in that market. The Commission denied the applications by Astral Media Radio Atlantic Inc., Atlantic Broadcasters Limited and Acadia Broadcasting Limited for broadcasting licences to operate English-language commercial FM radio stations at New Glasgow. Hector had operated AM radio station CKEC, the only local commercial radio station in New Glasgow, since 1953. The applicant indicated that the proposed conversion of its AM station to the FM band would alleviate night-time technical difficulties, thereby allowing Hector to provide better quality service to the community at all times of the day. The applicant’s use of frequency 94.1 MHz would result in the proposed new FM radio station’s secondary 0.5 mV/m contour enclosing the communities of Antigonish, Truro, Kenzieville, Melrose and Tatamagouche. Hector’s proposed new FM radio station would maintain CKEC’s existing format, a broad-based AC format targeting an audience aged 25 to 54. The applicant indicated that 100% of its programming would continue to be station-produced, and that its music programming would continue to include specialty music in the genres of Country, Celtic and Nostalgia, all of which would compliment its general Adult Contemporary format. Hector further committed to provide the same levels of community-oriented spoken word and specialty music programming as offered on CKEC. During each broadcast week, at least 21 hours would be devoted to spoken word programming, of which 9 hours each week would be devoted to news, weather, and traffic information. Of the 9 hours of news and related surveillance material to be broadcast by the new station each week, 50% would be devoted to local New Glasgow stories, as well as a one-hour news magazine program. The Commission noted that, in addition to CKEC, area listeners were served by a variety of out-of-market stations, including CBHA-FM Halifax and CBCH-FM Charlottetown, both of which offered CBC’s Radio Two network programming; CKTY-FM and CKTO-FM Truro, which offered Country music and “EZ Rock” programming, respectively; CHLQ-FM and CFCY Charlottetown with Hot AC and Country music respectively; CHTN Charlottetown, with Oldies; and CJFX-FM Antigonish, which provided a Hot AC/Classic Rock Gold musical format. The new station would operate at 94.1 MHz (channel 231C1) with an average effective radiated power of 36,680 watts. The licence would expire August 31, 2012.


After 54 years on the AM band, CKEC (“94.1 East Coast FM”) made the flip to the FM band at 9:41 a.m. on December 11. The new format was Hot AC, highlighting established and emerging East Coast artists. Station owner and President Doug Freeman was on hand for the move to FM. Before the December 11 launch, CKEC-FM went through a period of on-air testing.


Doug Freeman noted that he started in radio while in high school and that September would mark his anniversary of working at CKEC full-time. It was September of 1951 the move to full-time. In 2009 he was still doing a weekly show and a lot of specialty programs throughout the year.


On August 17, the CRTC administratively renewed the licence of CKEC-FM to August 31, 2013.


Doug Freeman died at the age of 84 on August 2. His radio and TV career spanned 69 years. At the age of 19 he was thought to be the youngest program director in Canadian radio, at CKCL Truro. In 1964 he purchased Hector Broadcasting, becoming owner of CKEC and making public service a key priority for the company over the years.


Carlton Munroe (48) passed away on November 22. Munroe spent 15 years at CKEC-FM as an anchor, reporter, and assignment editor.


On July 12, the CRTC approved the application by Newcap Inc. for authority to acquire the assets of CKEC-FM and CKEZ-FM from Hector Broadcasting Limited.

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.

In November, CKEC rebranded from East Coast FM to Mix 94.1. The format remained Adult Contemporary.

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