CJXY-FM

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CJXY-FM
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City of license Burlington, Ontario
Broadcast area Hamilton-Niagara
Greater Toronto Area
Branding Y108
Slogan Y108 Rocks! (primary) Hamilton's Rock Station (secondary)
Frequency 107.9 MHz (FM)
First air date 1948
Format Active rock
ERP 26,100 watts
Owner Corus Entertainment
(Corus Radio)
Website Y108

CJXY-FM is a Canadian radio station, broadcasting at 107.9 FM and serving the Hamilton, Ontario market, but licensed to the nearby city of Burlington. The station broadcasts an active rock format as Y108. Its signal can be heard as far north as Toronto and Vaughan and as far south as St. Catharines. In the United States, Y108 can be received in Buffalo and Erie, Pennsylvania with relative ease.

History[edit]

The station was originally launched in 1948 as FM 94.1 CHML, a simulcast of AM station CHML. The simulcast was subsequently dropped in the 1950s, leaving the station silent. The owners relaunched the FM signal on the 95.3 frequency in 1964, with distinct programming from its AM sister station. In 1967 the station adopted the new callsign CKDS, in honour of company founder Kenneth D. Soble who had died in 1966.

In 1974, CHML and CKDS were purchased by ML Radio, a division of what was to become Western International Communications. On September 1, 1991, CKDS dropped its adult contemporary/easy listening format, and adopted the CJXY callsign and a rock music format as Y95.3.

In 2000, CHML and CJXY were acquired by Corus Entertainment. The following year, CJXY swapped frequencies with Corus' CING, taking over CING's former 107.9 frequency; at the same time, it changed its moniker to Y108.

Y108 had old-time CFNY host Alan Cross as program director until 2004, when he returned to CFNY. Jim McCourtie is currently CJXY's program director. Recently, CJXY has changed to a more modern rock format under the slogan 'Y108 Rocks!' with a substantial increase in new rock in its playlists. Y108 also regularly plays new rock from The Black Keys, Billy Talent, Foo Fighters, Monster Truck, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Soundgarden, The Sheepdogs, Nickelback, Oasis, The Trews, The Tragically Hip, Offspring and Smashing Pumpkins with some classic rock acts including Pink Floyd, Rolling Stones, AC/DC, Led Zeppelin and Ozzy Osbourne. Barry Taylor (formerly of 102.1 the Edge) and Brian West have also recently joined CJXY as on-air personalities. West is also a voice actor heard in cartoons including BeyBlade and BeyWheelz, and is also the station promo voice for CMT Television.

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Coordinates: 43°23′12″N 79°52′33″W / 43.38667°N 79.87583°W / 43.38667; -79.87583