CJCQ-FM, Q98 FM, North Battleford
|CJCQ-FM||2014||97.9||100,000||Jim Pattison Broadcast Group Limited Partnership|
|CJCQ-FM||2001||97.9||100,000||Northwestern Radio Partnership|
On April 28, Northwestern Radio Partnership, owners of CJNB, were granted a licence for a new FM station at North Battleford, operating on 97.9 MHz, with an effective radiated power of 100,000 watts.
On September 26, at 5 p.m., “Today’s Best Music / Yesterday’s Favourites” CJCQ “Q-98” signed on the air.
On October 6, Northwestern Radio Partnership (587681 Saskatchewan Ltd., Dekkerco Holdings Limited and Rawlco Radio Ltd.) was given approval to add a transmitter at Meadow Lake for CJCQ-FM North Battleford, operating on 104.5 MHz with an effective radiated power of 45,000 watts. The CBC tower would be used and antenna height would be 157.6 metres.
On the same date, Northwestern was licenced to operate a second FM station in North Battleford (93.3 MHz).
Studios and offices were noted at this time as being at 1711-100th Street in North Battleford.
On July 8 the CRTC renewed CJCQ-FM’s licence to August 31, 2012. This included CJCQ-FM-1 at Meadow Lake, not yet on the air.
Former CJME Anchor/Reporter Geoff Smith moved to sister Rawlco stations CJNB/Q98/ 93.3 The Rock in North Battleford as News Director.
On June 11, the CRTC approved the applications by Rawlco Radio Ltd., 587681 Saskatchewan Ltd. and 591666 Saskatchewan Ltd., partners in a general partnership carrying on business as Northwestern Radio Partnership, and by Rawlco, 587681 Saskatchewan, 101155515 Saskatchewan Ltd. and 101155510 Saskatchewan Ltd., the subsequent partners in Northwestern Radio Partnership, for authority to effect a multi-step corporate reorganization affecting the ownership of CJCQ-FM, CJHD-FM and CJNB North Battleford and CJNS-FM Meadow Lake. The corporate reorganization will be implemented as follows: Step 1 – The partners of Northwestern Radio Partnership currently consist of Rawlco, 587681 Saskatchewan and Dekkerco Holdings Ltd. Dekkerco, which holds 31 voting units (31%) and 50 equity units (50%) in the partnership, will be wound up (The Commission notes that although the multi-step reorganization involves a change of partners, the partnership under which they carry on business remains the same [i.e., Northwestern Radio Partnership]) into its parent corporation 591666 Saskatchewan. As a result, 591666 Saskatchewan will hold the 31% voting interest and the 50 equity units in the partnership. Upon surrender of the broadcasting licences issued to the current partners, the Commission will issue new licences to Rawlco Radio Ltd., 587681 Saskatchewan Ltd. and 591666 Saskatchewan Ltd., partners in a general partnership carrying on business as Northwestern Radio Partnership. Step 2 – 591666 Saskatchewan, a corporation owned by David Dekker (100% of the voting shares and 80% of the non-voting shares) and Harry Dekker Jr. (20% of the non-voting shares), will transfer its voting and equity units in Northwestern Radio Partnership as follows: 40 equity units and all of its voting units (31%) in the partnership to 101155515 Saskatchewan (wholly owned by David Dekker); and 10 equity units in the partnership to 101155510 Saskatchewan (wholly owned by Harry Dekker Jr.). Following the above transfers, 591666 Saskatchewan will be wound up into 101155515 Saskatchewan. As a result, 101155515 Saskatchewan and 101155510 Saskatchewan will become partners in Northwestern Radio Partnership with Rawlco and 587681 Saskatchewan. Upon surrender of the broadcasting licences issued as part of Step 1, the Commission will issue new licences to Rawlco Radio Ltd., 587681 Saskatchewan Ltd., 101155515 Saskatchewan Ltd. and 101155510 Saskatchewan Ltd., partners in a general partnership carrying on business as Northwestern Radio Partnership. The Commission further notes that this multi-step corporate reorganization will not affect the effective control of the broadcasting undertakings, which will continue to be exercised by Rawlco, a corporation ultimately controlled by Gordon S. Rawlinson.
On April 24, the CRTC approved the applications by Rawlco Radio Ltd. on behalf of itself and two of its partners in the Northwestern Radio Partnership, namely 587681 Saskatchewan Ltd. and 101155515 Saskatchewan Ltd., for authority to effect a multi-step corporate reorganization involving the assets of the radio programming undertakings CJCQ-FM, CJHD-FM and CJNB North Battleford and CJNS-FM Meadow Lake. The proposed corporate reorganization would be executed in three steps, each requiring the issuance of licences: Step 1 – Transfer of all equity units (non-voting) held by 101155515 Saskatchewan (40 units) and 101155510 Saskatchewan (10 units) in the Partnership to 587681 Saskatchewan. As a result, 101155510 Saskatchewan would no longer be a partner. Step 2 – Transfer of all voting units (31%) held by 101155515 Saskatchewan in the Partnership to Rawlco. As a result, 101155515 Saskatchewan would no longer be a partner. Step 3 – Transfer of all equity units and all voting units held by 587681 Saskatchewan in the Partnership to Rawlco. As a result, the Partnership would be dissolved and Rawlco would become the licensee of the broadcasting undertakings. Subsequent to this multi-step corporate reorganization, the control of the undertakings would continue to be exercised by Rawlco Inc. The new licences for CJCQ-FM and CJNB would expire on the same dates as the existing licences (31 August 2012 and 31 August 2014).
On August 8, the CRTC administratively renewed the licence for CJCQ-FM North Battleford, and its transmitter CJCQ-FM-1 Meadow Lake until August 31, 2013.
On December 16, the CRTC approved the 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, for authority to acquire from Rawlco Radio Ltd. the assets of the following radio stations: CKNO-FM Edmonton, CIUP-FM Edmonton, CKBI Prince Albert and its transmitters CKBI-FM La Ronge and CKBI-FM-1 Big River, CFMM-FM Prince Albert and its transmitter CFMM-FM-1 Waskesiu Lake, CHQX-FM Prince Albert and its transmitters CHQX-FM-1 Waskesiu Lake, CHQX-FM-2 La Ronge and CHQX-FM-3 Big River, CJCQ-FM North Battleford and its transmitter CJCQ-FM-1 Meadow Lake, CJHD-FM North Battleford, CJNB North Battleford and CJNS-FM Meadow Lake.
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