CFCO

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CFCO
CFCO-AM new 2008.jpg
City of license Chatham–Kent, Ontario
Branding Country 92-9 FM CFCO
Slogan "Chatham-Kent's Country"
Frequency 630 kHz (AM) / 92.9 (MHz)
First air date 1926
Format Country
Power AM: 10,000 watts Daytime, 6,000 watts Nighttime
ERP FM: 250 watts
Class AM Class B / FM Class A1
Callsign meaning Coming From Chatham Ontario
Former callsigns 10BT
Owner Blackburn Radio
Sister stations CKSY-FM, CKUE-FM
Webcast Listen Live!
Website Country 92.9

CFCO (630 AM and 92.9 FM) is a news, sports, and country music radio station located in Chatham–Kent, Ontario. The station, owned by London, Ontario-based Blackburn Radio, features a heavy local news commitment. The AM station broadcasts in C-QUAM AM Stereo and has a Night signal that reaches as far northwest as Grand Rapids, Michigan and as far south as Toledo, Ohio and other cities in Northern Ohio along the shores of Lake Erie, as well as a signal that reaches as far east as Metro Toronto. 630 AM broadcasts using C-QUAM AM Stereo.

History[edit]

Classic Gold 630[edit]

The AM radio station has been on the air since 1926. CFCO, which stands for "Coming From Chatham Ontario", featured middle of the road and adult contemporary formats through much of its history, moving to an oldies format around 1992, as Classic Gold 630.

The station made several upgrades during this period under the ownership of Bea-Ver Broadcasting, including an increase in nighttime power from 1,000 to 6,000 watts (the station broadcasts with 10,000 watts by day). The high quality of the AM stereo audio of CFCO was for a time even featured on a tuner manufacturer's website.

In 2000, the station added its FM signal at 92.9 (CFCO-1-FM) to improve reception of the station's programming in office buildings in Chatham. The FM simulcasts the AM 100% and initially broadcast with only 50 watts of power[1] (later quintupled to 250 watts).

Country 92.9 & AM 630[edit]

On March 3, 2008 at 9AM, after sixteen years as an oldies station, "Classic Gold 630" came to an end with the song "The Beat Goes On" by Sonny and Cher, after which CFCO signed on the new country format with "Play Something Country" by Brooks & Dunn. Opening the station was thirty two year CFCO vet George Brooks. This is the first time Chatham-Kent has had its own country music station, although now-sister station CHYR in nearby Leamington was a country station for most of the 1990s and sister station CJSP, also in Leamington, debuted its own country format prior to CFCO's change. Besides CFCO and CJSP, other country stations owned by Blackburn Radio are CHOK in Sarnia-Lambton, CJWF-FM in Windsor, and CKNX in Wingham.

In March 2011 CFCO began referring the station as "Country 92-9 FM CFCO" with no mention of 630AM.

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Coordinates: 42°20′03″N 82°16′53″W / 42.33417°N 82.28139°W / 42.33417; -82.28139