CHUR-FM

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CHUR-FM
City of license North Bay, Ontario
Branding KiSS 100.5
Slogan Today's Best Music
Frequency 100.5 MHz (FM)
First air date 1984 (AM)
1996 (FM)
Format hot adult contemporary
Power 100 KW
Owner Rogers Radio
Sister stations CKAT, CKFX-FM
Website KiSS 10.5

CHUR-FM is a Canadian radio station, which broadcasts a hot adult contemporary format at 100.5 FM in North Bay, Ontario. The station uses the on-air brand KiSS 100.5.

History[edit]

The station was launched in 1984 by Gateway City Broadcasting, at 1110 AM.[1] It was subsequently acquired in 1985 by Mid-Canada Radio,[2] who also changed the station's frequency to 840 AM.[3] In 1990, the station was acquired by the Pelmorex Radio Network.

Pelmorex converted the station to FM in 1994,[4] and sold it to Telemedia the following year.[5] Under Telemedia's ownership, the station adopted the EZ Rock brand in 1999.

In 2002, Telemedia was acquired by Standard Broadcasting, and CHUR was one of the stations sold by Standard to Rogers Radio.

In July 2010, the station altered its musical format to present a more contemporary version of its AC Mainstream Plus blend more in line with the Hot AC version of American Top 40 with Ryan Seacrest. With this shift, the station cancelled The 80's Lunch program and Sunday at the 70's. Solid Gold Saturday Night was replaced by American Top 40 (which now airs at 9 AM Saturday mornings).[6] In July 2011 the station also adopted a new logo as well as the positioning statement 'Today's Best Music.'

By January 2012, more hot adult contemporary and rhythmic contemporary hits were added to the playlist. The station also unveiled the HitStorm countdown, based out of Toronto's CKIS-FM. In March 2012 all of the Rogers-owned EZ Rock stations in Northern Ontario started to air the Top 20 Most Wanted, a countdown show produced by CJMX-FM in Sudbury. By June 2012, the station dropped the entire 1980s library and most pre-2000 music from its playlist, making it one of the few AC stations to not follow the adult contemporary pattern.

CHUR was one of four EZ Rock-branded stations owned and operated by Rogers Media, all of which are located in Northern Ontario (the others are located in Sudbury, Sault Ste. Marie, and Timmins); as of July 2013, Rogers is in the process of rebranding all 4 stations, and is entertaining listener input through surveys on the stations' websites and through social media.[7] On August 29, 2013, all EZ Rock stations rebranded to "Kiss", discarding the EZ Rock branding now owned by Bell Media Radio.

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Coordinates: 46°18′10″N 79°24′39″W / 46.30278°N 79.41083°W / 46.30278; -79.41083