Sunday, October 1, 2023

Kelowna’s 103.9 The Lake to debut veteran talent lineup

Kelowna’s 103.9 The Lake (CKOV-FM) has revealed its on-air lineup, set to debut Monday, May 10.

The station, which launched March 26, has been playing non-stop music for the past month. Helmed by former Clear Sky Radio President Paul Larsen, The Lake format is rooted in Gold-based Soft AC, aimed at appealing to a Kelowna market that counts half its residents as over age 45.

Andy & TJ

Larsen has assembled an on-air team of veteran radio talent that will see long-running local morning show duo Andy & TJ host weekdays from 6 to 9 a.m. The husband and wife team, aka Andy James and Tamara “TJ” Joel, were formerly heard on Bell Media’s 101.5 EZ Rock (CILK-FM) in the market, up until December when the station rebranded as The Move. They’d been hosting the morning show together since 2003.

Mark Jeffries

Another market veteran, Mark Jeffries, will be heard in middays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Jeffries has been in radio for four decades, spending the early part of his career at CKLG-FM Vancouver, and did a previous stint hosting on the original CKOV-AM, before going on to host middays at EZ Rock for 19 years.

Crystal Darche

Crystal Darche will host afternoon drive from 2 to 7 p.m. Darche, who grew up in Penticton and relocated to West Kelowna with her family last year, was most recently with Corus Radio Edmonton. Darche first joined Fresh 92.5 (now Chuck @ 92.5) (CKNG-FM) in 2015, and previously voicetracked middays on both 93.1 Fresh (CHAY-FM) Barrie and Peggy 99.1 (CFPG-FM) Winnipeg. She also filled-in for Jacqueline Sweeney on CISN in the Mornings, during the co-host’s maternity leave.

“The familiar sounds of Andy, TJ & Mark and Crystal’s fresh new voice will really add to the overall dynamic of the station and complement our adult- focused music format,” said Larsen, in a release. “Being locally owned and operated, it was important to us to bring together an on-air staff who live in the community and really know Kelowna and the Okanagan Valley. To get some of Kelowna’s best-known personalities is an added bonus.”

Larsen said more details around evening and weekend programming will be revealed in the coming weeks. In addition to broadcasting at 103.9 FM, The Lake can be found at, and available to stream online.


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Connie Thiessen
Connie Thiessen
Connie has worked coast-to-coast as a reporter, editor, anchor and host at CKNW and News 1130 in Vancouver, News 95.7 and CBC in Halifax, and CFCW Edmonton, among other stations. With a passion for music, film and community service, she led News 95.7 to a 2013 Atlantic Journalism Award and regional RTDNA award for Best Radio Newscast. More recently, she was nominated for Music Journalist of the Year at Canadian Music Week 2019. To report a typo or error please email -

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