Today is a big day in the history of 620 CKRM. It’s our 90th Birthday.
Things started off on July 27th, 1926 in Moose Jaw as CJRM Radio. In 1933, studios and offices were established on Cornwall St. in Regina and in 1940 the call letters were changed to CKRM.
It wasn’t until August 17th, 69 years later that a younger Jamie Lewis would climb aboard the CKRM train. When I started that day we were 980 CKRM. It was on my 39th birthday, October 1st, 2001 that we switched frequencies to 620, which is where we sit today. This August will be 21 years for me!
Colin Lovequist and I are the only two on-air personalities that remain from the team that was on board when I was hired in 1995. We’ve seen a lot of people come and go over that time. Legends like Willy Cole, Fred King,Lorne Harasen, James Allan and many others have rolled through the doors during my time. Some still remain. Jim Smalley still pounds out the farm news while Perry Nyhus pounds the pavement as the top sales executive in the entire Harvard chain!
When I started, our studios were located on Halifax St. before moving to our current location at 12th and Rose, downtown Regina, in May of 2006.
Radio has gotten so much easier over the course of the last 90 years. Gone are the albums, the 45’s, the commercial carts, the tape machines, and the teletypes that were louder than an airplane while printing out the days news stories. Radio personalities of the past would marvel at today’s technology. Nowadays we complain when a computer goes down. I can only imagine how much work went in to putting a program together 90 years ago!
This morning we’ll be serving up some birthday cake in the lobby after 8. Feel free to drop by and have a piece or two to help us celebrate.
After all, we wouldn’t be here for 90 years if it wasn’t for our listeners. I know it sounds like a cliché, but we do have the best listeners of any radio station I’ve ever worked for. We definitely have the most!
Thank you for that!