|City of license||London, Ontario|
|Branding||"102.3 Bob FM"|
|Slogan||Playing whatever! Whenever!|
|Frequency||102.3 MHz (FM)|
|First air date||2000|
|Audience share||8.5% |
|Website||102.3 Bob FM|
CHST-FM is a Canadian radio station, broadcasting at 102.3 FM in London, Ontario. The station uses the on-air brand and format Bob FM. BOB FM broadcasts with an average effective radiated power of 5.84 kW from the CFPL-TV tower in Southwest London. Due to CHST-FM's low ERP relative to some London area radio stations, its broadcast signal covers only Middlesex, Elgin, and Oxford counties.
Approved by the CRTC in 1999, CHST was launched by CHUM Limited in 2000. It originally used the brand STAR 102.3 with a hot adult contemporary format, but was rebranded as Bob FM in July 2003. Bob FM primarily plays adult hits from the 1980s and 1990s, but will occasionally play songs from before and after this time period (hence the "whatever" in the station's slogan).
In 2007, CHST and the other CHUM stations were sold to CTVglobemedia.
On February 9, 2011, Rogers Broadcasting announced that the station would retain the adult hits format, but media analysts speculated that Rogers Media would re-brand the station under its national Jack FM network as "102.3 Jack FM" in the near future, since Rogers owns the Canadian rights. However, this never materialized as Rogers has retained the Bob FM brand. However, the station does have a logo strikingly similar to that of Jack FM's logo. They are one of only 2 Bob FM stations in the U.S. or Canada not to have their signature rectangular logo.
On September 12, 2012, Rogers received approval to change the technical parameters of CHST-FM by increasing the average effective radiated power (ERP) from 5,840 to 20,400 watts (directional antenna with a maximum ERP from 12,100 to 100,000 watts), and by changing its class from B1 to C1.
On Air Personalities
- Steve Stax - morning host (current, former PM drive and music director)
- Viv - morning host (current)
- Taylor - mid-days (since 2003)
- Chris McEwin - afternoons (started 2012)
- Mindy Williamson - morning host from October 2011 to September 2012
- Ken Eastwood - morning host from August 2000 to September 2012
- "Spring 2013 BBM Canada Survey"
- Decision CRTC 99-482
- Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2012-490, CHST-FM London – Technical change, CRTC, September 12, 2012
- 102.3 Bob FM
- Live Audio
- CHST History at Canadian Communications Foundation
- Query the REC's Canadian station database for CHST-FM