|City of license||Ottawa, Ontario|
|Broadcast area||National Capital Region|
|Branding||New Country 94|
|Slogan||Ottawa's New Country|
|Frequency||93.9 MHz (FM)|
|First air date||1947|
|HAAT||323 meters (1,060 ft)|
|Callsign meaning||CK KooL FM (former branding)|
(Bell Media Radio)
|Sister stations||CFGO, CFRA, CJMJ-FM, CJOH-DT, CHRO-TV|
CKKL-FM is a radio station serving Ottawa, Ontario, broadcasting on 93.9 FM. Owned by Bell Media, the station broadcasts a country format branded as New Country 94. CKKL's studios are located in the Bell Media Building on George Street in the ByWard Market, while its transmitter is located in Camp Fortune, Quebec.
Frank Ryan originally launched the station in 1947 as CFRA-FM, simulcasting the programming of its AM sister station. In 1959, the station began airing some separate programming. In 1961 Ryan sought approval to increase power from 860 Watts to 146,000 Watts via a new transmission site at Camp Fortune. The site Ryan Tower would become the area's main radio and television transmission site. Two years later, in 1961, the station's programming became fully independent of CFRA's, and the station adopted the callsign CFMO. CFRA and CFMO were subsequently acquired by CHUM Limited in 1968.
CHUM dropped the station's longtime easy listening format on August 28, 1992, adopting the CKKL-FM calls and the brand name Kool FM for its new Hot AC format. The first song was Time, Love & Tenderness by Michael Bolton. The CFMO calls and format were picked up by CHEZ-FM Inc., and adopted on what is now CKBY. During their Hot AC days, they aired mostly CHR music during the evening hours (in large part due to CRTC regulations banning FM stations for having more than 50% of hit material on their playlists to protect AM stations and French-language stations), as well as the dance music show "Pirate Radio" with Chris Sheppard on Saturday nights. During the 1990s, CKKL competed against Top 40 stations CKTF-FM (which airs in French) and AM station Energy 1200 (which aired in English). After "Energy" flipped to alternative rock in 1997, CKKL was considered the default English-language hit music station in Ottawa. By February 2003, when CIHT-FM (now a CHR station) launched with its Rhythmic CHR format, the station completely shifted to CHR.
On May 31, 2003, at 9:39 AM, CKKL-FM dropped its CHR format, and began stunting with the movie What About Bob?. After the movie aired, snippets of music played, with Bob FM launching at Noon that day, adopting the adult hits format with the first song, I Want A New Drug by Huey Lewis and The News.
Bob FM's morning show, Cub & Company, was hosted by Cub Carson and Melanie Adams, and until February 2013, Sandy Sharkey. The show was formerly hosted by "Stuntman" Stu Schwartz, who is now at CJMJ-FM.
On February 1, 2013, Bell Media announced that longtime Bob FM announcers Steve Gregory and Sandy Sharkey were leaving the station during Bell's yearly cuts.
Flip to country
On November 10, 2014, Bell Media announced that the Bob FM format would be discontinued, citing changing "market conditions" and the need to "pursue a new opportunity". All of the station's on-air talent, including Cub Carson, were laid off, the station began airing blocks of music punctuated by promos indicating that a "new station is coming", and its website referred Bob FM listeners to the online stream of sister station CJPT-FM. On November 12, 2014 at 12:00 p.m., after playing "Like a Virgin" by Madonna and a brief 15-minute stunt of a ticking clock, CKKL flipped to country music as New Country 94—launching with a marathon of 10,000 songs played commercial-free, beginning with "Cruise" by Florida-Georgia Line.
- CFRA Seeks Wider FM Coverage http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=hHsyAAAAIBAJ&sjid=h-UFAAAAIBAJ&pg=5911,1749095&dq=camp-fortune+fm&hl=en
- Operation High Tower http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=AUAyAAAAIBAJ&sjid=qOUFAAAAIBAJ&pg=4785,1862975&dq=camp-fortune+fm&hl=en
- "Country Rising From Bob's Ashes In Ottawa". Radio Insight. Retrieved 12 November 2014.
- "Ottawa's BOB-FM goes silent after decade of music and conversation". Ottawa Citizen. 11 November 2014. Retrieved 11 November 2014.
- "Ottawa’s New Country 94 Launches Today". Bell Media. Retrieved 12 November 2014.
- "Bell Media shakes up radio scene". Ottawa Citizen. 13 November 2014. Retrieved 13 November 2014.
- Official website
- CKKL History at Canadian Communications Foundation
- Query the REC's Canadian station database for CKKL-FM