|City of license||Kitchener, Ontario|
|Broadcast area||Waterloo Region|
|Branding||105.3 Kool FM|
|Slogan||Today's Best Variety|
|Frequency||105.3 MHz (FM)|
|First air date||1949|
|Format||Rock leaning Hot AC|
(Bell Media Radio)
|Sister stations||CKKW-FM, CKCO-TV|
|Website||105.3 Kool FM|
CFCA-FM, branded as 105.3 Kool FM, is a Canadian radio station, airing at 105.3 FM and licensed to Kitchener, Ontario, with studios in Waterloo. The station is owned by Bell Media. Unlike other Hot AC stations in Canada, which have rhythmic-leans, Kool FM is a rock-leaning Hot AC station.
CFCA was first launched on 106.1 FM in 1949 by local broadcaster Carl A. Pollock. It was the first FM radio station in Canada to operate independently, without an AM radio sister station. Due to the limited audience reach of FM radio at the time, however, the station left the air in 1951. Pollock subsequently launched television station CKCO-TV in 1954 and AM radio station CKKW in 1959, and then relaunched CFCA in 1967 as an easy listening station. Pollock's broadcast holdings became part of Electrohome in 1970.
CFCA and CKKW were tentatively sold in 1992 to a local consortium consisting of Jack Schoone, a former local radio announcer, and Irving Zucker, a former owner of competing stations CKGL and CHYM-FM, but the deal fell through and the stations were instead acquired by CHUM Radio in 1993. On August 12, 1994 at Noon, CFCA flipped to Classic rock as "105.3 Kool FM."
During the early 2000s, the station added pop/rock songs into their playlist. Today, Kool FM is a pop/rock station that still plays a mix of classic and new songs. Artists include Daughtry, Nickelback, Bon Jovi, Katy Perry, Matchbox 20, Hedley, Theory of a Deadman, P!nk, Aerosmith, Adele, and Train.
Most recently, Mediabase delisted the station on the hot AC panel for adds, although the station's playlist still remains on Mediabase.
Dave Schneider (program director, until April 2014)
- 105.3 Kool FM
- CFCA-FM history at Canadian Communications Foundation
- Query the REC's Canadian station database for CFCA-FM
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