CKCK-AM 620 Regina Saskatchewan Canada 1983

One of the great things about visiting my grandparents in North Dakota was being able to hear Canadian radio.  AM signals travel forever in this land of incredible soil conductivity.  From this location, I could hear stations from Winnipeg, Morden, Saint Boniface, Dauphin, Portage La Prairie, Brandon, Yorkton-Melville, Moose Jaw, and Regina.  The two strongest Saskatchewan stations were CBK’s monster signal on 540 and CKCK/620.

CKCK played a Top 40 format with fun, upbeat personalities.  Here are a couple of their breaks from the summer of 1983.  This was recorded from Michigan, ND using a Pioneer AM/FM/cassette stereo portable unit with built-in antenna.  The recording was captured onto a TDK D90 tape.


4 thoughts on “CKCK-AM 620 Regina Saskatchewan Canada 1983

  1. Dave Golterman

    That aircheck brings back some memories of growing up in northeastern Montana and listening to CKCK and CHAB.

  2. Dave Golterman

    It was listening to stations like CKCK that made me want to get into the radio business. CKCK had such a wide range. I remember hearing them near Jamestown, ND while driving down I-94 and also hearing them under the Rims in Billings, MT. The frequency has been taken over by CKRM now and their coverage is still outstanding. In the Fall of ’08 I was able to listen to the 620AM signal halfway between Langdon & Cavalier, ND before power line noise made it impossible. They had a great signal into Langdon in the car.

  3. Drew Post author

    They get out further to the east than they used to because CKRC/Winnipeg is no longer a factor on 630. If you listen closely to my CKCK aircheck, you can some slight adjacent channel splatter. That’s CKRC.

    You can carry them south of Jamestown on US 81. As you get close to the ND/SD border, co-channel interference from KMNS/Sioux City becomes a factor. By Aberdeen, KMNS is dominant on the frequency, but you can still hear CKRM underneath! Amazing coverage!

  4. Drew Post author

    I could just barely hear CHAB from my grandparents’ location in Michigan, ND. Never listened too long because the signal was so weak. But I do remember hearing them when they were Top 40.

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