In April 2014, Pattison launched Calgary’s newest radio station. In June they announced the top 12 winners of Alberta’s (and one of Canada’s) most lucrative talent contest with awards of $102,700 to a grand-prize winner, $75,000 to second place and $50,000 to third. In July they announced the purchase of nine radio stations in Alberta and Saskatchewan, two of them located in Edmonton: 102.9 FM NOW! Radio, and UP! 99.3 FM.
The CRTC approved Calgary’s The Peak on May 24, 2012 and it officially launched on April 25, 2014 as:
a music intensive Adult Album Alternative (AAA) format targeting female listeners from 25 to 49 years of age.
The station promised to focus on new and emerging artists with a secondary focus on alternative music from the last decade (2009 – 2010). They proposed to play local artists such as Sidney York, The Dudes, Michael Bernard Fitzgerald and Port Juvee, along with artists Said the Whale, Zerbin, Current Swell and Dear Rouge.
In Pattison’s application, they stated that all of the new station’s programming would be local to the Calgary community, with the exception of 21 minutes per broadcast week, which would be devoted to the David Suzuki Report. And that within each broadcast week, 21 hours and 18 minutes would be devoted to spoken word programming, three hours and seven minutes of which would be news programming with a special focus on Calgary and southern Alberta. They proposed to broadcast various long and short form programs, as well as music shows, and that 15% of the programming broadcast each broadcast week would be devoted to emerging artists.
In all, the Jim Pattison Broadcast Group committed $8.75 million over 7 years to the promotion and development of Canadian Content (CCD), all of which they claim will benefit emerging Canadian artists. Those initiatives include $4.9 million for the Alberta PEAK Performance Project supported by the Alberta Music Industry Association. The PEAK Performance Project is dedicated to the discovery and growth of Emerging Canadian artists throughout the province of Alberta. It models the Peak Performance Project competition of their sister station in Vancouver. Now in its seventh year, the $5.2 Million BC PEAK Performance Project was initially launched in 2009 with 102.7 The PEAK, Canada’s first AAA format station.
Pattison announced the Alberta Top 12 in June and that these musicians will be performing live at the first ever all-day PEAK Performance Project BBQ at the Palomino Smokehouse in Calgary, on Saturday July 19th.
- Boreal Sons – Calgary
- The Royal Foundry – Sherwood Park
- 36? – Calgary
- Mitchmatic – Edmonton
- SAVK – Calgary
- Nuela Charles – Edmonton
- PORT JUVEE – Calgary
- The Wet Secrets – Edmonton
- Sidney York – Calgary
- Lauren Mann and the Fairly Odd Folk – Brooks
- Scenic Route To Alaska – Edmonton
- Samantha Savage Smith – Calgary
Links to free downloads of the artist’s songs will be available on the Project’s website.
Assuming the approval of the CRTC for Pattison’s purchase of the nine radio stations in Alberta and Saskatchewan from Rawlco announced in July 2014, Pattison now owns these radio stations in Alberta:
- CHPK | 95.3 FM | Calgary | adult album alternative
- CKCE | 101.5 FM | Calgary | hot adult contemporary
- CIBW | 92.9 FM | Drayton Valley | country
- CKNO | 102.3 FM | Edmonton | hot adult contemporary
- CIUP | 99.3 FM | Edmonton | adult hits
- CJXX | 93.1 FM | Grande Prairie | country
- CJBZ | 93.3 FM | Lethbridge | hot adult contemporary
- CHLB | 95.5 FM | Lethbridge | country
- CHAT | 94.5 FM | Medicine Hat | country
- CFMY | 96.1 FM | Medicine Hat | hot adult contemporary
- CHBW | 93.9 FM | Rocky Mountain House | country
- CHUB | 105.5 FM | Red Deer | hot adult contemporary
- CFDV | 106.7 FM | Red Deer | classic rock
- CHBW | 94.5 FM | Rocky Mountain House | country
About Jim Pattison Broadcast Group
The Jim Pattison Broadcast Group, with its head office in Kamloops, B.C. is the country’s largest private, western-based broadcast group, currently operating 33 FM radio stations, as well as three conventional television stations in 21 different markets, in British Columbia, Alberta and Manitoba. Pattison is also a minority shareholder in Bear Creek Broadcasting Limited Partnership, operating CIKT-FM in Grande Prairie, Alberta. The Jim Pattison Broadcast Group is a proud division of the Jim Pattison Group, a diversified group of operating businesses, based in Vancouver, which has grown to become the second largest privately-held company in Canada.