CIMG-FM, The Eagle 94.1, Swift Current
|Frontier City Broadcasting
|Grasslands Broadcasting Ltd.
On October 20, 1979, CIMG signed on the air with 100,000 watts on 94.1 MHz. CIMG was owned by Grasslands Broadcasting Ltd. The licensee consisted of six limited partners (Stanley R. Horner, James F. Warren, Kenneth Baba, Eugene Walker, Joyce Walker and Naseeb James Shaheen) and a general partner named Grasslands Broadcasting Ltd., and operated collectively as Grasslands FM, a Limited Partnership.
On August 24, CIMG-FM had its licence renewed until August of 1997. This was the third time that CIMG-FM has been issued a short-term licence renewal due to concerns relating to the licensee’s non-compliance with the logger tape provisions of the regulations. The CRTC advised the licensee that it would be expected to show cause at the hearing why the Commission should not issue a mandatory order requiring CIMG-FM to comply with section 8 of the regulations.
At the public hearing, the licensee acknowledged its non-compliance with the requirements of section 8 of the regulations, and outlined the further steps that it had taken to ensure that CIMG-FM operates in compliance. Specifically, the licensee stated that it had contracted the services of technical personnel from CKSW-AM.
The Commission noted the licensee consists of six limited partners and a general partner named Grasslands Broadcasting Ltd., and operates collectively as Grasslands FM, a Limited Partnership. The partnership leases the assets of CIMG-FM from Grasslands Broadcasting Ltd. and the general partner oversees the day-to-day operations of the station.
On November 8, Frontier City Broadcasting Co. Ltd. received approval to purchase CIMG-FM from Grasslands Broadcasting Ltd. It was noted that CIMG-FM had been unprofitable over the three years preceding filing of this application. Frontier City is the owner of CKSW-AM in Swift Current.
Kris Sheldon Mazurak joined CIMG/CKSW as program director and morning host on CIMG-FM. He had been at CHAB in Moose Jaw. Kris would also handle music duties for the Swift Current stations, CHAB and Shaunavon’s CJSN.
On February 3, Golden West Broadcasting Ltd. was awarded a licence for a second FM station in Swift Current. The station went on the air later in the year as CKFI-FM.
In March, CIMG received CRTC approval to decrease average effective radiated power from 100,000 to 43,000 watts. Maximum ERP would remain 100,000 watts. Antenna height would be raised from 137.0 to 140.4 metres (EHAAT). Antenna polarization would change from elliptical to circular.
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