On September 15, 2014 the CRTC approved an application by Blackgold Broadcasting to operate a commercial FM radio station to serve Spruce Grove and Stony Plain. Nine months later, on June 4, 2015, at 8:01, 88.1 – The One officially launched. The first song played was Rock This Country, signalling the station’s Country format. The official Industry Canada call sign is CKSS. 88.1 The One “Parkland’s Best Country” broadcasts local news and sports, local weather, and community information.
On Air Hosts and News Reporters:
|Kevin Albus, morning host from 5:30 to 9am, formerly host at 93.3 FM CJOK in Fort McMurray.
|Chad Coughlin, morning news anchor/reporter, born in Edmonton, studied drama at U of A, graduate of SAIT’s broadcast news program.
|Jenn Dalen, middays from 10:30 to 2pm, formerly program director for 93.1 FM – The One, CJLD its sister station in Leduc.
|Thomas Strangward, afternoon news anchor/sports reporter from 2 to 7 pm, graduate of SAIT’s broadcast news program.
|Katie Stanners, announcer/producer, graduate of NAIT’s radio and television broadcasting program.
The new station joins its sister station, CJLD, 93.1 FM – The One: Leduc’s Best Country, launched by Blackgold Broadcasting in April 2013.
See more about The One – Parkland’s Best Country at: http://881theone.ca.