|City of license||Halifax Regional Municipality|
|Branding||101.3 The BOUNCE|
|Slogan||Halifax's #1 Hit Music Station|
|Frequency||101.3 MHz (FM)|
|First air date||November 14, 1944 (AM)
May 30, 2008 (FM)
|Callsign meaning||CJ Chronicle-Herald (Newspaper)|
(Bell Media Radio)
|Sister stations||CIOO-FM, CJCH-DT|
|Website||101.3 The BOUNCE|
CJCH-FM is a Canadian radio station owned by Bell Media. It broadcasts on the FM band at 101.3 MHz from Halifax, Nova Scotia. Coincident with its move to FM on May 30, 2008, the station adopted the moniker "101.3 The BOUNCE" and a rhythmic contemporary/top 40 format. The "BOUNCE" logo and fonts were patterned after CHBN-FM in Edmonton, Alberta, which, until 2010, was under the same ownership as CJCH.
Prior to May 30, 2008, it operated at 920 kHz (AM) as "AM 92/CJCH" with an oldies music format.
CJCH-FM competes with Energy 103.5.
The station was established on November 14, 1944 by the Halifax Chronicle, and acquired in 1970 by CHUM Limited. It was co-owned with the city's CJCH-TV until 1997, when CHUM sold the television station to CTV. The approval by the CRTC of the acquisition of CHUM by CTVglobemedia has again brought the stations under common ownership as of June 22, 2007.
For many years, CJCH was a very popular Top 40 station and is credited as the original Top 40 radio station in the area. In 1983, it began broadcasting in AM Stereo, the first in Atlantic Canada. Also, it was once a close rival of another Halifax station, CHNS specifically during the 1970s. In 1986, the station shifted to a gold-based adult contemporary format due to the decline of hit music stations on AM radio. In January 1993, the station switched to a Classic Rock format as "Arrow 92". A year later, it switched formats again and became known as "All Rock and Roll Oldies 92/CJCH". In May 1995, it switched to a hybrid news/talk and oldies format. By the following year, it shifted to full-time talk programming and became known as "News/Talk Radio 920/CJCH". In 2001, CHUM started a sports radio network known as "The Team". CJCH joined this network and became "The Team 920" on May 7. On August 27, 2002, The Team network was shut down and CJCH flipped to an oldies format, becoming "AM 920/CJCH - Yesterday's Favourites".
In July 2006, CHNS, an oldies station for many years, switched from AM to FM and adopted a classic rock format. As a result, CJCH was now the only oldies station in Halifax. Its oldies format was unique in that it boasted a mid-morning call in program called "The Hotline" with host Rick Howe, who has worked with CJCH in the past.
On August 31, 2007, CTVglobemedia applied to the CRTC to move CJCH from AM 920 to FM 101.3, with approval given on November 30, 2007. The application originally indicated that CJCH would retain its oldies format. Industry Canada required a three week test on 101.3 FM, which began on May 8, 2008.
On May 30, 2008 at 10:00am AST, the last oldies song finished playing on 920 CJCH as the station went silent on AM and the new station launched on 101.3 FM with a new CHR format. The first song aired was Kanye West's "Stronger". The station did not take advantage of its right to simulcast on both frequencies for three months as is customary in such cases. This puts the station in direct competition with CKHZ-FM, whose musical direction favors Rhythmic and Dance product, targeted towards young adults.
On Air Staff
CJCH has a full on-air staff that includes:
- The Morning BOUNCE (Turk, Rachel and Amateur Alex)
- Midday/Music Director Mel B
- Afternoons 3p-8p with K8
- Jillian Monday/Tuesday/Wednesday Evenings
- Kat Thursday/Friday Evenings, Saturday/Sunday 9a-3p
- Hannah Saturdays 3p-8p
- The Saturday Night Hit Mix w/ Jillian 8p-12a Music from DJ Starting From Scratch
- The BOUNCE Big 30 Countdown w/ The Morning BOUNCE. Saturdays 7a-9a Sundays 3p-5p
Past On Air Staff
Ruby Carr (Now at CKZZ-FM)
- 101.3 The BOUNCE
- CJCH history at Canadian Communications Foundation
- Query the REC's Canadian station database for CJCH-FM