Lake 88.1 Radio To Join ‘My Broadcasting’ Group
As one of the few independent radio stations in Ontario for close to 14 years, Lake 88.1 Radio is being sold to Renfrew-based ‘My Broadcasting Corporation’ (MBC) by station owner Brian Perkin. “It’s been an extremely difficult decision,” stated Perkin in announcing the sale this week. “You get so attached to the station, the staff, our listeners and advertisers. Radio has been my passion for over 40 years, and there’s nothing quite like starting a station from scratch, and seeing it grow into a trusted and accessible service used by so many in the region.”
Lake 88.1 (CHLK-FM), which is co-owned by Perkin’s wife Jennifer, is joining a company that operates 21 radio stations in small to medium-sized markets in Ontario including nearby Renfrew, Arnprior, Pembroke and Gananoque. MBC is owned by President Jon Pole and Executive VP Andrew Dickson, who has family roots in the Perth area. “We have long admired the good work, reputation and leadership of Lake 88 in Perth, and we are honoured to welcome this great station into the MBC family. It’s a natural addition to our Eastern Ontario cluster of stations” noted Pole.
Perkin stated, “MBC is a well-respected broadcaster with many of the same values that Lake 88 has embraced over the years. These include a strong commitment to the coverage of local news and information and a dedication to maintaining a real presence in the community. We felt MBC’s long-term strategy was the right fit for Lake 88.”
There will be no immediate changes in programming or staffing at Lake 88 as Perkin will continue as station manager for the next two years as part of the sale agreement before retiring.
Lake 88 was originally established by Perkin and Perth’s Norm Wright, launching on-air at 88.1 FM in August of 2007 after three year’s work to obtain a broadcast license from the CRTC. The pair won a power increase in 2010 to strengthen and extend the signal in Lanark, northern Leeds-Grenville and eastern Frontenac Counties. Perkin and his wife took full ownership of the station when Wright retired in 2014.
Perkin said he is proud of the work that station staff is doing with coverage of municipal councils in Perth, Smiths Falls, Carleton Place and Lanark County, as well as reporting on Almonte, Westport, Lanark and neighbouring townships. He added, “Thousands of folks have been interviewed in our studios over the years. We’ve done elections, golf fundraisers, the ‘Build A Mountain’ food bank drives, our hospital ‘Radiothons’ and numerous other charity campaigns. During this last year, it’s been extremely busy keeping listeners up-to-date on local pandemic news and developments. And through it all, we continue to appreciate the support of our loyal listeners, local business owners and advertisers who, in turn, make this programming possible.”
The sale of Lake 88.1 is expected to be finalized upon CRTC approval in early spring. In related transactions, MBC is selling 4 of their stations in Ontario including Orangeville, Milton, Alliston and Kincardine, as they add Lake 88 to the fold.