CHLG-FM

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CHLG-FM
LG 104.3 Logo.png
City of license Vancouver, BC
Broadcast area Metro Vancouver
Branding LG 104.3
Slogan "Vancouver's Greatest Hits"
Frequency 104.3 MHz (FM)
First air date July 1, 2009
Format Classic hits
ERP 10 kilowatts
HAAT 600 metres
Class C
Transmitter coordinates 49°21′15″N 122°57′30″W / 49.354252°N 122.958308°W / 49.354252; -122.958308 (CHHR-FM Tower)Coordinates: 49°21′15″N 122°57′30″W / 49.354252°N 122.958308°W / 49.354252; -122.958308 (CHHR-FM Tower)
Callsign meaning Reference to former contemporary hit radio station LG73
"LG" can also refer to the Lion's Gate Bridge
Former callsigns CHHR-FM (2009-2014)
Owner Newcap Radio
Sister stations CISL, CKZZ-FM
Webcast Listen Live
Website LG 104.3

CHLG-FM (104.3 FM) is a radio station licensed to Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada and serving the Metro Vancouver area and its studios are located in Richmond. The station is owned and operated by Newcap Radio, and currently broadcasts a classic hits music format as "LG 104.3."

The station was licensed as CHHR-FM by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission on May 30, 2008.[1] The station started test transmissions at 104.1 MHz on June 1, 2009, and officially commenced broadcasting on July 1, 2009, under the ownership of Shore Media Group, and aired an adult album alternative format, branded as "Shore 104". It was the second AAA station in Metro Vancouver, the other being CKPK-FM, owned by The Jim Pattison Group. On January 14, 2010, CHHR changed frequency to 104.3 MHz in a swap with Bellingham, Washington's KAFE,[2] a move to reduce interference between KAFE and Covington, Washington-based KMCQ (104.5 FM).[3]

In 2011, Astral Media proposed the takeover of CHHR from Shore Media Group, a proposal initially rejected by the CRTC. Astral would try again and announced a new planned purchase of CHHR on December 19, 2011, with a purchase price of $13.4 million.[4] Astral's purchase was completed in February 2012.[5] Since Astral's takeover, the dismissal of CHHR's on-air staff and reservation of web domain names have led to speculation that the station will change formats.[6] As of February 2012, the CHHR website displayed only a message stating that "We’re making changes to make Shore FM a better radio station. We appreciate your patience. For now, we’re playing even more of your favourite Shore music..." along with an invitation for listeners to submit suggestions or ideas.

CHHR logo, 2011-2014

On March 16, 2012, merely a month after Astral's takeover of CHHR-FM, Astral announced that an agreement was made to merge its assets with Bell Media for $3.38 billion.[7] An early decision by the CRTC on October 18, 2012 denied the merger, but a later decision on March 4, 2013 approved the merger, on condition that Bell sells off various Astral properties, including CHHR-FM.[8]

On April 6, 2012, after two months without jocks, the station updated its logo and slogan from "Music First!" to "Vancouver's Adult Alternative". Astral also announced jocks would return on April 16.[9]

On August 26, 2013, Newcap Radio announced it would acquire CHHR along with four other former Astral Media radio stations held under blind trust by Bell Media for $112 million; this would give CHHR-FM its fourth owner (including Bell in the interim) in a two-year period.[10] The deal was approved by the CRTC on March 19, 2014 and the sale closed on March 31, 2014.[11][12] The station's call letters were changed to CHLG-FM in June 2014, and after letting go much of the airstaff, CHLG changed formats to Classic Hits as LG 104.3 at 12:02 AM on June 20, 2014. [13] The final song on "Shore" was "Peace of Mind" by Grapes of Wrath, while the first song on "LG" was "You Can't Hurry Love" by Phil Collins.

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