|City of license||Montreal, Quebec|
|Broadcast area||Greater Montreal|
|Slogan||The Spirit of Rock|
|First air date||July 16, 1963 (as CKGM-FM)
October 19, 1970 (as CHOM-FM)
|Callsign meaning||Arbitrary coinage|
(Bell Media Radio)
|Sister stations||CITE-FM, CJAD, CJFM-FM, CKGM, CKMF-FM|
CHOM-FM is an English language radio station located in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Owned and operated by Bell Media, it broadcasts on 97.7 MHz from the Mount Royal candelabra tower, with an effective radiated power of 41,200 watts (class C1) using an omnidirectional antenna.
The station has a mainstream rock format since the station started using the brand name CHOM, and is sometimes pronounced // shoam as if it were a French word, but other Bell Media Radio personalities have also pronounced it as // chom.
- 1 History
- 2 Branding history
- 3 References
- 4 External links
Early years (1963-1974)
CKGM-FM, as the station was originally known, was founded by Geoff Stirling as a sister station to AM station CKGM, and opened on July 16, 1963. After a few weeks as a simulcast of CKGM, CKGM-FM launched a beautiful music format on September 1, 1963.
On October 28, 1969 CKGM-FM changed its format to album-oriented rock. The first song played after the format switch was Richard Strauss' "Also Sprach Zarathustra", followed by The Beatles' "Here Comes the Sun". The station would change its call sign to CHOM-FM almost two years later, on October 19, 1971.
CHOM-FM was originally based at 1455 Drummond Street in Montreal alongside CKGM. Like CKGM, it moved to Westmount in the late 1960s at 1310 Greene. In 1972, CHOM relocated to 1355 Greene and was situated right across the street from CKGM. It eventually returned to CKGM's building a few years later and remained located there until its acquisition by CHUM Limited in 2007.
Going bilingual (1974-1977)
In 1974, CHOM-FM proposed to the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission a plan in which the station would become bilingual (English/French). The CRTC accepted this plan but only on an experimental basis that would last three years; it also blocked a plan to implement quadraphonic broadcasting. In 1977, the station was forced by the CRTC to opt between the two languages, and after considering becoming a French-language station, it finally reverted to English full-time.
Rise and fall and CHUM takeover (1979-2002)
The station acquired the rights to the syndicated show by Howard Stern which made its debut on CHOM-FM on September 2, 1997 amid much controversy as he launched himself on his very first show heard in Montreal in an anti-Francophone/anti-French tirade. His show was cancelled a year later, on August 27, 1998, after numerous complaints to the CRTC about politically incorrect remarks interpreted by complainants as sexist and homophobic.
Return to their classic rock direction and Standard Radio takeover (2002-2007)
Effective in January 2002, the station was sold to Standard Broadcasting, which already owned CJAD and CJFM-FM in Montreal, in exchange for Standard's CFWM-FM in Winnipeg. CHOM-FM moved from Westmount to 1411 Fort Street in downtown Montreal.
Astral takeover and new direction (2007-2013)
Ownership changed hands again when on October 29, 2007, Astral Media took control of Standard Broadcasting and its assets.
On October 19, 2010, CHOM-FM celebrated its 40th anniversary as a radio station.
On June 22, 2011, it was announced that Terry DiMonte will be making a return to the station, however it is unlikely that he and Ted Bird will reunite on air.
1971-1980s: CHOM-FM MONTREAL (with logo having a heart in a circle)
1980s: chom 98 ROCK
1990s-2002: chom 97.7 fm
2002–Present: CHOM 97-7 (even since logo change in 2010, the branding is unchanged from 2002.)
- "CRTC approves Bell-Astral merger". CBC. Retrieved 5 July 2013.
- Official website
- CHOM-FM history at Canadian Communications Foundation
- Query the REC's Canadian station database for CHOM-FM
- CHOM 97.7 on FindRadio