Pattison introduces 89.5 JR Country to Chilliwack

Pattison Media is introducing 89.5 JR Country (CHWK-FM) to Chilliwack, BC, replacing Classic Hits format 89.5 The Drive.

Program Director Russell James, who also oversees Pattison’s Vancouver stations 93.7 JR Country (CJJR-FM) and 102.7 The Peak (CJPK-FM), describes the new format as “a little bit new Country, a little bit old Country…”

“Chilliwack is the heartbeat of the Fraser Valley and now it has a radio station that matches it beat for beat, with some of the greatest songs ever made,” said James in a Pattison Media announcement. “89.5 JR Country will play artists like Luke Combs, Miranda Lambert, Garth Brooks, Chris Stapleton, Lady A, Eric Church, Keith Urban, and the best of the best, from Kenny Rogers to Kane Brown and everything in between.”

The station’s talent lineup includes Glen Slingerland, who’ll remain in mornings, and John Vosper, who will continue hosting afternoon drive. 89.5 JR Country will also pick up two shows from its Vancouver sister station – midday show “JR at Work” with Kristen Jade, airing from 9 a.m. – 2p.m., and 6 – 10 p.m. weeknight show “Country Nights” with Logan.

Music Director Jaxon Hawks will do double duty programming both the Vancouver and Chilliwack JR stations.

Pattison Media is also establishing community portal as a go-to for news and community information, which will include its own downloadable app. Run by the same team behind 89.5 JR Country, the FraserValleyToday cohort includes Mark Patric, General Manager; Katie O’Connor, Sales Manager; Dave Barry, News Director, and news team Laurice Gomes and Mike Vanden Bosch.

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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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