CJRQ-FM

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CJRQ-FM
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City of license Sudbury, Ontario
Branding Q92
Slogan Sudbury's best rock.
Frequency 92.7 MHz (FM)
First air date 1935 (CKSO)
1990 (CJRQ)
Format mainstream rock
ERP 100 kW
Class C
Owner Rogers Media
Sister stations CJMX-FM
Website Q92

CJRQ-FM is a Canadian radio station, which broadcasts in Sudbury, Ontario. The station uses the on-air brand Q92, and airs at 92.7 MHz on the FM band. The station airs a mainstream/active rock format.

The station first aired as CJRQ in 1990. From 1935 to 1990, it was an AM station, airing under the call letters CKSO. When the station began broadcasting in 1935, CKSO's original frequency was at 780 kHz, until it moved to 790 kHz in 1941. For much of its history, the station was an affiliate of the CBC's Trans-Canada Network.

In 1976, 790 CKSO received approval to increase their power from 10,000 watts day and 5,000 watts night to 50,000 watts, full-time. Since the power increase, the station's AM signal has been heard as far away as Europe and some areas of the United States during the nighttime hours.

CKSO and sister station CIGM were owned by Cambrian Broadcasting, who sold them to United Broadcasting in 1979. Cambrian was in a financial crisis due to the near-bankruptcy of its television station in the city, CICI, but the sale failed to resolve the crisis.

In 1986, United sold CKSO and CIGM to Telemedia. [1]

On March 16, 1990, the CRTC approved Telemedia Communications Ontario Inc.'s application to amend the Promise of Performance for CIGM-FM Sudbury by changing the music format from Group III (Country and Country-Oriented) to Group IV (40% Pop and Rock-Softer; 60% Pop and Rock-Harder). [2] Two months later on May 18, 1990, CKSO and CIGM swapped frequencies. CIGM moved to CKSO's 790 slot on the AM band, and CKSO took on the new call letters CJRQ and CIGM's 92.7 MHz FM frequency. While CKSO had struggled in the radio ratings against CHNO, CJRQ quickly became the most-listened to radio station in Northern Ontario, and retained that status until the late 1990s, when CJMX's adult contemporary format overtook Q92 in the ratings. Prior to the 1990 swap, CKSO had been a Top 40/adult contemporary format over the years, with some of the following brandings such as: "Radio 79 CKSO", "Music Radio CKSO" and "Favourite hits AM 790".

After the 1990 swap, the CKSO call sign no longer existed in the Sudbury area until CKSO-FM, a Christian music station which had no ownership affiliation with CJRQ, signed on in 2003.

In 1999, Telemedia acquired CJMX from the Pelmorex Radio Network as well. In 2002, Telemedia was purchased by Standard Broadcasting. Shortly afterward, Standard sold CJRQ, CIGM and CJMX to Rogers Communications.

In 2009, CJRQ's longtime sister station AM 790 CIGM was sold to Newcap Broadcasting and moved to the FM dial in August that same year.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Decision CRTC 86-862
  2. ^ Decision CRTC 90-246, Promise of Performance for CIGM-FM Sudbury, CRTC, March 16, 1990

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Coordinates: 46°30′03″N 81°01′12″W / 46.50083°N 81.02000°W / 46.50083; -81.02000