On September 15, 2014, the CRTC approved the application by Blackgold Broadcasting to operate a new English language station to serve The Town of Stony Plain, the City of Spruce Grove and Parkland County, Alberta. The new station, CKSS | 88.1 FM | The One: “Parkland’s Best Country” promises to provide local news, sports and weather and other community information.
Blackgold’s application listed 80 newscasts per week, which will total 81 hours of spoken word content. This will include energy updates, agricultural updates, sports, commuter traffic, community calendar and weather content.
The application separately lists news programming per broadcast week, indicating 13.5 hours of pure news, primarily locally based, but with a slight focus on national and international coverage. They also committed to $52,500 in community giving over a seven-year term, which is above and beyond the requirements the CRTC lists for Canadian Content Development.
This funding will be provided to the Parkland Music Festival, the Blueberry Bluegrass and Country Music Festival, the Parkland School Division for the purchase of musical instruments and to non-profit organizations involved in the growth of the Canadian music industry.
Additionally, the application indicates the station will dedicate 15 per cent of its weekly programming to emerging Canadian country artists.
In April 2013, Blackgold launched CJLD, a new radio station in Leduc branded as The One 93.1 FM broadcasting at 93.1 FM and online.
Over the next few months, Blackgold will work to secure office and studio space in Stony Plain, install infrastructure to support the station and hire a full news staff. A three-week testing period will be completed before the station’s official first broadcast is made which is expected to take place sometime in Spring 2015.