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|City of license||Ottawa, Ontario|
|Broadcast area||National Capital Region
(Eastern Ontario, Western Quebec, Upstate New York)
|Slogan||World Class Rock|
|Frequency||106.1 MHz (FM)|
|First air date||March 25, 1977|
|Callsign meaning||from a French word meaning "at the home of"|
|Sister stations||CIWW, CISS-FM, CJET-FM, CKBY-FM|
CHEZ was launched at 6pm on March 25, 1977 by CHEZ-FM Inc., a company owned and operated by Harvey Glatt. Glatt owned Treble Clef music stores, a chain of retail record stores, and was also a major local concert promoter.
The initial signal strength was 100,000 watts, and the first song was "Isn't She Lovely" by Stevie Wonder. The original morning show host was Mike O'Reilly, better known at the time as frontman in the rock group Bolt Upright and the Erections.
The station focused on the 18-34 year old demographic by playing English progressive rock music. CHEZ also ran children's programming, talk programming and even some French programming when it first launched on air. Shows like CHEZ Ottawa, The Source, Jazz 106, Medium Rare and In the City distinguished the station from others in the Ottawa market. Radio personalities developed at the station included Ken Rockburn, Brian Murphy and Darren Stevens.
During the first few years on air, CHEZ-FM competed with AM station CFRA, then a pop leaning music station, and after less than 10 years on the air CHEZ attained the number one position in the Ottawa market with nearly 300,000 weekly listeners.
The station and its holdings (Rideau Broadcasting), Canada's last major independent radio station, was sold to Rogers Radio in 1999, joining CKBY (Y105) and CIWW (1310 News) as Rogers-owned stations in the Ottawa market.
In 2011, Chez 106 dropped their slogan classic rock to world class rock. Today classic rock music is still played along with today's rock music.
- CHEZ 106
- CHEZ history at Canadian Communications Foundation
- Query the REC's Canadian station database for CHEZ-FM