CJME is a radio station in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada, broadcasting at 980 kHz. Its format is news/talk. It shares studios with sister stations CIZL-FM and CKCK-FM at 2401 Saskatchewan Drive in Regina.

CJME
Broadcast areaSouthern Saskatchewan
Frequency980 kHz (AM)
BrandingNews Talk 980 CJME
Programming
FormatNews/Talk
Ownership
OwnerRawlco Communications
CIZL-FM, CKCK-FM
History
First air date
November 25, 1959
Former frequencies
1300 kHz (1959-2002)
Technical information
Licensing authority
CRTC
ClassB
Power10 kW
Links
WebcastListen live
Websitecjme.com

History edit

CJME was founded and signed on the air on November 25, 1959, by a group of businessmen led by J. Marsh Ellis, a former radio salesman. Its original format was easy listening, but the station was not successful until it began playing top 40 music in 1963.

In 1967, CJME was purchased by the Rawlinson family, owners of CKBI radio and CKBI-TV in Prince Albert. Their company later came to be called Rawlco Communications.

Continuing its successful top 40 format, the station was renamed as CJME Power 13 in early 1987.

During its 25th anniversary of being a top 40 station on April 7, 1988; a random mix of former songs from the '60s, '70s, and '80s started to mix in for a short time, although still continued to air a strong top 40 focus.

By the 1990s the station's format had evolved from Top 40 to oldies.

In 1998, CJME relaunched as News Talk CJME, forming a network with Saskatoon station CKOM, then known as NTR.[1]

At midnight on September 7, 1998, the last song played on CJME was "American Pie" by Don McLean, then the station stunted a loop recording of "a new station is coming" for an entire day.

At 5:30AM on September 8, 1998, CJME was relaunched as a news/talk radio station.

In 2001, CJME moved from their longtime position at 1300 kHz to the 980 kHz frequency.

On September 11, 2006, the station changed its on-air brand from 980 CJME to News Talk 980.

In late 2008, the station added the CJME call letters back to its on-air brand, becoming known as 'News Talk 980 CJME'.

 
Former logo used for News Talk 980 CJME.

On September 29, 2009, CJME applied to add new FM rebroadcasters to extend its coverage into south Saskatchewan. The new transmitters would be located at Gravelbourg (107.1), Swift Current (101.7) and Warmley (107.3), all with the ERP of 100,000 watts.[2] This application received CRTC approval on February 26, 2010.[3][4][5][6]

Rebroadcasters edit

Call sign Frequency City of License
CJME-1-FM 0101.7 FM Swift Current
CJME-2-FM 0107.1 FM Gravelbourg
CJME-3-FM 0107.3 FM Warmley

Programming edit

Most of CJME's weekday lineup is shared with its Saskatoon sister station CKOM, aside from a local morning show (hosted on CJME by Greg Morgan, with news anchor Kevin Martel), including John Gormley, Saskatchewan Afternoon with Justin Blackwell, and sports talk show The Green Zone on afternoon drive.

In November 2023, John Gormley announced that he would end his program after 25 years; former Regina police chief Evan Bray was announced as his successor beginning November 27, 2023.[7]

Current and former on-air personalities edit

References edit

  1. ^ Trask, Ashley. "News Talk Radio celebrates 25 years on Sask. airwaves – a timeline". 650 CKOM. Retrieved 2023-09-24.
  2. ^ (CRTC), Government of Canada, Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission. "ARCHIVED - Notice of applications received - Various locations - Deadline for submission of interventions/comments: 3 November 2009". Crtc.gc.ca. Retrieved 26 December 2017.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  3. ^ (CRTC), Government of Canada, Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission. "ARCHIVED - CJME Regina - New transmitters in Gravelbourg, Swift Current and Warmley". Crtc.gc.ca. Retrieved 26 December 2017.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  4. ^ "Licensee Name Search Results | Spectrum Direct | Industry Canada". Archived from the original on 2011-07-06. Retrieved 2010-12-11.
  5. ^ "Licensee Name Search Results | Spectrum Direct | Industry Canada". Archived from the original on 2011-07-06. Retrieved 2010-12-11.
  6. ^ "Licensee Name Search Results | Spectrum Direct | Industry Canada". Archived from the original on 2011-07-06. Retrieved 2010-12-11.
  7. ^ "Former Regina police chief Evan Bray to replace John Gormley". CTV News Regina. 2023-11-09. Retrieved 2023-11-09.

External links edit

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