CIKZ-FM

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CIKZ-FM
City of license Kitchener, Ontario
Broadcast area Waterloo Region
Branding Country 106.7
Slogan Today's Best Country
Frequency 106.7 MHz (FM)
First air date 2004
Format country music
ERP 5,000 watts
Callsign meaning Play on the word "Kicks", reflecting its former branding as "Kicx" and later, "Kix"
Owner Rogers Radio
Sister stations CKGL, CHYM-FM
Website country1067.com

CIKZ-FM is a Canadian radio station, broadcasting at 106.7 FM in Kitchener, Ontario. The station, owned by Rogers Radio, airs a country music format branded as Country 106.7.

CIKZ was licensed to Larche Communications, the station's original owner, by the Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission in 2003,[1] and began broadcasting in 2004 at 99.5 FM. However, the station later changed from 99.5 to 106.7 FM in 2005, due to interference from WDCX-FM in Buffalo.[2]

Larche Communications later also launched CICZ-FM in Midland and CICS-FM in Sudbury.

On June 4, 2007, Larche announced a deal to sell CIKZ to Rogers in exchange for CICX in Orillia. The deal, which was approved by the CRTC on December 24, 2007, placed CIKZ in a cluster with Rogers' existing CKGL and CHYM in Kitchener.[3]

On January 28, 2008, the station modified its on-air identity to reflect the new ownership. This included some of the on-air personalities and its web site, as well as the adjustment of its branding and logo from "KICX" (the spelling used by Larche) to "KIX". Shortly thereafter, Rogers moved the station's studios, previously in Waterloo, to the Rogers facility in downtown Kitchener.[4]

On May 30, 2013, the station was rebranded as Country 106.7, as part of Rogers' rebranding of its country-formatted stations to a unified brand. Other than the branding change, no format or staff changes are expected. [5]

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Coordinates: 43°27′00″N 80°36′07″W / 43.45000°N 80.60194°W / 43.45000; -80.60194