Those who attended were tuned in as the local Shaunavon radio station became immortalized in display.
Community members congregated at the Grand Coteau Heritage & Cultural Centre to remember fond memories of CJSN 1490, which recently migrated to a remotely operated station.
In attendance amongst the devoted listeners were some long-time employees at the station, one being Fred Farnworth. Farnworth had worked at the station for a combined total of nine years, from 1974 to 1990.
"I thought it was an excellent day," shared Farnworth. "The museum staff went all out to set up displays like items from the office. I particularly enjoyed the control board that Penny used during her final broadcast and the video presentation was great."
On display were articles from over the years that featured local stories from Shaunavon, along with the aforementioned elements Farnworth highlighted.
Included in the mix of memorabilia was the control board that Penny Schreiner had used for many years to help deliver the afternoon news, including up until her final broadcast earlier this year.
"I enjoyed it a lot," Schreiner said. "It was great to talk to past coworkers and share some experiences, and it was great to talk to the people from the community that was there."
Various members from around the Shaunavon community came out to the art gallery, where the event was hosted, to relive some of their favourite memories alongside some of their favourite radio personalities.
Tales were told of prizes won, trips taken, and cruises sailed. People noted the impact of having a local station with a local voice speaking on behalf of the community had over 56 years of broadcasting. From the early days of doing everything live to the first prerecorded commercials to the live broadcasts that popped up all over the small town. The various memories paved the way for the conversation, that celebrated the station's long tenure in the lives of those that listened and worked there.
"It's part of their memories and hopefully it will continue to be," hoped Schreiner. "CJSN is still on and still Shaunavon radio, just no office. That's the only thing."
1490 is still available on the airwaves, blasting country classics and modern southern music even at this moment. There is no plan to cease the station's broadcast, with it still being enjoyed by many in the southwest of the province.
Folks can head to the museum section of the Grand Coteau Heritage & Cultural Centre and check out some of the history of the station. If you would like to help CJSN continue being a local voice in Shaunavon, you can always submit any news angles from the Shaunavon area to email@example.com.