CKBE-FM

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CKBE-FM
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Broadcast area Greater Montreal Area
Branding 9-2-5 The Beat
Slogan "Montreal's Perfect Mix"
Frequency 92.5 MHz (FM)
First air date 1947 (experimental as VE9CM 1945-1947)
Format Rhythmic Adult Contemporary
ERP 100,000 watts
Class C1
Callsign meaning CK BEat
Former callsigns CFCF-FM (1947-1966)
CFQR-FM (1966-2011)
Owner Cogeco
(Metromedia CMR Broadcasting Inc.)
Sister stations CHMP-FM, CKAC, CKOI-FM, CFGL-FM
Website 925theBeat.ca

CKBE-FM (9-2-5 the Beat) is an English language Canadian radio station located in Montreal, Quebec. Owned and operated by Cogeco, it broadcasts on 92.5 MHz with an effective radiated power (ERP) of 41,400 watts (class C1) using an omnidirectional antenna.

History[edit]

Q92 logo from 2004-2009. Note "Lite Rock" was replaced with "Montreal" for 2005.

CKBE first broadcast in 1945 as VE9CM, a 25-watt experimental FM station owned by the Canadian Marconi Company along with CFCF radio (AM 600, later CIQC and subsequently CINW on AM 940, before its 2010 closure). It simulcast nearly all of its AM sister's programming. In 1947, Marconi gained a full licence on 106.5 FM with the calls CFCF-FM. Its 3000 watts antenna was on the roof of the Sun Life Building, its power was increased to 7700 watts in 1957. After changing frequency to 92.5 MHz in 1963, CFCF-FM was 1 of 4 FM stations using common transmitting facilities on the new Mount Royal tower. The 106.5 frequency is now used by CFEI-FM in suburban Saint-Hyacinthe, Quebec. The other stations were CJMS-FM on 94.3, CJFM on 95.9 and CKGM-FM on 97.7. In October 1966, the station changed call letters to CFQR-FM and adopted a beautiful music format. It kept this format for several years, running advertisements on its television sister station CFCF-TV promoting itself as "CFQR 92.5...the sound you can almost see".

Q92 (1992-2009)[edit]

The 92.5 FM / 600 AM pair underwent an ownership change in 1991. The station adopted the branding Q92.

Gordon Courtenay died suddenly Saturday October 29, 2005, only an hour before he was supposed to host his Saturday night show live from D'Aversa restaurant, a show that had been running on Q92 for almost 30 years, starting at the Montreal Airport Hilton in 1981.

Marc Denis joined on September 10, 2005 to host Winning Weekends on the station,[1] eventually becoming the host, programmer and producer of Saturday Night Oldies (The New SNO with Marc Denis) on July 27, 2007. The program aired from 6 to 8pm prior to the Saturday Night Show Live From D’Aversa with Gordon Courtenay, a show also hosted briefly by Larry Day following Courtenay’s sudden death. The New SNO eventually came to a conclusion some 70 programs later, January 1, 2009. By then, Marc Denis was also the morning host at sister-station CINW in its Oldies incarnation (Montreal’s Greatest Hits of the 60s,70s and 80s) since July1st, 2008, also providing the Oldies from there.

On July 14 and 15, 2006(?), Q92 launched its Summer Concert Series, drawing more than 300,000 for several outdoor concerts at the corner of Ste-Catherine and Peel.[2][not in citation given]

In August 27, 2007, the station launched the Live Drive Show with hosts Ken Connors, Sonia Benezra, and Judy Croon.

In September 2008, Q92 stopped playing classic hits because of sister CINW changing to oldies in July 2008. The on air lineup was also changed, Q92 midday presenter David Tyler was replaced by Donna Saker. Terry DiMonte started a noon-hour show which originated from co-owned classic rock station Q107 in Calgary, Alberta. It was cancelled during the station rebanding as "92-5 The Q". Terry DiMonte, remained the morning announcer on Calgary's Q107. He had formerly been a host on all three of Montreal's Standard Radio stations, including during Standard's sale of their terrestrial broadcasting assets to Astral in October 2007. DiMonte ended his career in Montreal on CHOM 97.7 in February 2008.

Morning host Aaron Rand played a featured role in YTV's Prank Patrol (a nationally viewed kids show on cable) debuting that show's 3rd season.[3]

The annual 1-day Corus Montreal Radiothon for Centre hospitalier universitaire Sainte-Justine, hosted by CFQR and its sister stations, raised more than $560,000 on November 16, 2007.[citation needed]

92-5 The Q (2009-2011)[edit]

On April 14, 2009, the station, changed its identity from "Q92" to "The Q 92.5" (pronounced ninety-two five), with a new logo and website.

On August 19, 2009, Tasso Patsikakis and Suzanne Desautels left the morning show, and Aaron Rand remained as the presenter. Rand and Patsikakis had worked together for 23 years.

In November 2009, Murray Sheriffs was added as news announcer (replacing Barry Morgan) and Sarah Bartok hired from Vancouver as traffic reporter (replacing Shaun McMahon - now producer). At the end of November, Chris Reiser, previously the morning host of Krater 96 in Honolulu, Hawaii, was added to the mid-day line-up, replacing Tammy Moyer as she took a temporary personal leave.[citation needed] She was expected to return to work in the new year, but Reiser later became the permanent host of the show. Tammy Moyer has since moved to CKWX in Vancouver, British Columbia.

In December 2009, a new 2-hour weekend tabloid show was introduced, All Access Weekend with Anne-Marie Withenshaw with entertainment headlines and music news, airing Saturday mornings, with reprises on Sunday afternoons.

Beginning in 2010, host Leta Polson stopped doing her afternoon shift on the weekends, but continued doing promotional remotes, commercials, and other features for the station. The main weekday hosts (like Donna Saker, Ken Connors, Sarah Bartok, Chris Reiser) alternated for the Saturday shift. CJ Christin Jerome hosted Sundays in addition to acting as Music Director.

On April 30, 2010, Cogeco announced that it would acquire most radio stations owned by Corus Entertainment in Quebec.[4]

In the summer of 2010, the station's main tagline became "More Music Variety" along with new jingles retaining the catchphrase "The Q's just right for you!". The Q also began running 92 minutes of commercial-free music during the daytime, replacing 10-songs-in-a-row format introduced in April 2009.

In late July, "The Last Word with Maureen Holloway" was cancelled due to the station's pending sale from Corus to Cogeco, as Holloway works for Corus.[citation needed] The feature was replaced with "Startalk with Bartok", with the show's traffic reporter Sarah Bartok.

On December 17, 2010, the CRTC approved the sale of most of Corus' radio stations in Quebec, including CFQR, to Cogeco. CFQR is Cogeco's first English-language radio station, as all of its other stations are francophone.[5] The deal was finalized on February 1, 2011.

On May 26, 2011 (following his announcement in February), morning host Rand aired his final show on CFQR, and moved to host an afternoon talk show on CJAD.

9-2-5 The Beat (2011-present)[edit]

In August 2011, the station began airing promos about "The Beat of Montreal", along with a countdown clock on its website and the slogan "You're Going To Feel It!"[6]

On September 6, 2011, CFQR was relaunched as The Beat, adopting the moniker "9-2-5 The Beat" (the 9-2-5 referring to "9 to 5") Shortly after the rebrand, the station changed its call letters to CKBE-FM. In June 2013 their ratings exceeded those of Hot AC-formatted CJFM among overall listeners.[7]

On November 29, 2013, the CRTC approved an application for the station to increase its power from 41,400 to 100,000 watts, and to increase its antenna from 297.4 to 298.9 metres EHAAT.[8]

In November 2014, presenter Anne-Marie Withenshaw's show was cancelled after five years. Withenshaw sued the station over alleged breach of contract.[9]

Management[edit]

Ted Silver was Program Director (PD) of CFQR/CKBE since September 1992, relaunching the station as "Lite Rock Q92" and until his departure in April 2007. Kara was Assistant Program Director from 2002 and stepped down in 2010.

In May 2007 Chris Kennedy was appointed as Q92's program director. Kennedy left the station prior to Christmas of 2008.[10]

Brian DePoe became program director of CFQR and CINW in February 2009. DePoe had been operations manager and program director at CJEZ-FM in Toronto. He left in late 2010, replaced until the end of 2013 by Leo Da Estrela. In 2014 Sam Zniber was made program director.[11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The "Mais Oui" Files". Retrieved 7 May 2014. 
  2. ^ Dewolf, Christopher (July 20, 2007). "Great Publics Spaces". Project for Public Spaces (PPS). Retrieved 2007-07-08. 
  3. ^ Entertainment, Corus (August 27, 2007). "press release". Corus/YTV. Archived from the original on 2007-12-18. Retrieved 2007-08-27. 
  4. ^ "Canada's Corus Entertainment sells all its stations in Quebec, including Montreal". Radio-Info.com. April 30, 2010. 
  5. ^ Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2010-942: "Transfer of effective control of various commercial radio programming undertakings from Corus Entertainment Inc. to Cogeco inc.", issued December 17, 2010.
  6. ^ "The Beat Dropping Into Montreal On September 6". RadioInsight. 6 September 2011. 
  7. ^ The Beat Tops Virgin Radio Again from The Montreal Gazette (June 6, 2013)
  8. ^ Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2013-641, November 29, 2013.
  9. ^ "Anne-Marie Withenshaw suing 92.5 The Beat over contract termination". Montreal Gazette. 21 November 2014. Retrieved 3 December 2014. 
  10. ^ Press release distributed by CNW Telbec (10 May 2007). "A man who's up on the latest music and radio trends – New Q92 FM program director, Chris Kennedy". CNW Group. 
  11. ^ "Sam Zniber To Program CKBE". All Access Music Group. 

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Coordinates: 45°30′20″N 73°35′30″W / 45.50556°N 73.59167°W / 45.50556; -73.59167