2016 marks a very significant year for Harvard Broadcasting, as The Source 620 CKRM, has stood the test of time and is celebrating a major milestone this year.
620 CKRM was established in 1926 in Moose Jaw under the call letters CJRM. Its original owner was the Winnipeg, Manitoba grain merchant James Richardson and Sons
In 1928, the Richardson opened CJRW in Winnipeg and networked their two stations. CJRM opened a studio in Regina in 1933, and by 1935 all station operations were based in Regina. The stations were purchased by the Sifton family, owners of the Regina Leader-Post and CKCK Radio in 1940, and CJRM became CKRM. In 1944, CKRM affiliated with the CBC’s Dominion Network until 1962 when the network was disbanded and CKRM became independent.
In late 1971, CKRM dropped its easy listening format and became a country music station.
In 2001, the station would relocate from 980 AM to 620 AM, shortly after the original CKCK radio closed down. The move gave CKRM access to the second-most powerful transmitting facility in Saskatchewan, and one of the largest coverage areas in North America. Due to its location on the lower end of the AM dial, transmitter power, and Saskatchewan’s flat land (with near-perfect ground conductivity), CKRM now covered most of Saskatchewan’s densely populated area, as well as parts of North Dakota and Montana. CJME, formerly at 1300 AM, took CKRM’s former spot.
CKRM changed hands a number of times before its acquisition by Regina’s Hill family, then-owners of CKCK-TV in 1981, under the Harvard Broadcasting banner. By this time the station’s country format had become quite popular. CKRM also acquired the radio rights to the Western Hockey League’s Regina Pats, and the Saskatchewan Roughriders of the Canadian Football League.
The station moved into its current facility in April 2006. It is at the corner of 12th and Rose in downtown Regina.
I am very proud to be a small part of the legacy of 620 CKRM and it was great to share in the celebrations with some lucky and loyal listeners at the Turvey Convention Center. Big Shout out and thanks to our entertainers which included The Alley Dawgs, Alex Runions and Bobby Wills. Shout our to Boh! also celebrating 90 years and helping to present our party.
Please enjoy the photo’s and videos….. and again on behalf of myself and the 620 CKRM gang……Thanks for coming along for the ride with 90 years under the belt and many more to come.
Some of the photos might be blurry and I apologize for that.