CKKL-FM

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Coordinates: 45°25′39.1″N 75°41′28.2″W / 45.427528°N 75.691167°W / 45.427528; -75.691167 (CKKL's broadcast location)

CKKL-FM
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
Format Country
ERP 95,000 watts
Class C1
Callsign meaning CK KooL FM (former branding)
Owner Bell Media
(Bell Media Radio)
Sister stations CFGO, CFRA, CJMJ-FM, CJOH-DT, CHRO-TV
Webcast Listen Live
Website newcountry94.com

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.

History[edit]

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.[1][2] 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.

In 2007, CTVglobemedia bought CKKL-FM along with the other CHUM Limited properties. In 2011, Bell Canada acquired CTVglobemedia, renaming the company as Bell Media.

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.[3]

Former logo as Bob FM

Flip to country[edit]

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, was dropped and 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.[4][5] On November 12, 2014 at 12:00 p.m., CKKL flipped to country music as New Country 94—launching with a marathon of 10,000 songs played commercial-free.[4][6][7]

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