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City of license Hamilton, Ontario
Broadcast area Hamilton/Burlington, Ontario
Branding 102-9 K-Lite
Slogan More Music Variety
Frequency 102.9 MHz (FM)
First air date 1986
Format Adult contemporary
ERP 40,300 watts
Callsign meaning Canada Knows Les Horton
C K Lite Hits for Hamilton
Owner Bell Media
(Bell Media Radio)
Website 102-9 K-Lite

CKLH-FM is a Canadian radio station, broadcasting at 102.9 FM in Hamilton, Ontario. The station broadcasts an adult contemporary format branded as 102-9 K-Lite. The station is currently owned by Bell Media.

The station received CRTC approval on May 8, 1986 [1] and was launched on October 7, 1986 by Armadale Communications, the owner of CKOC. The LH in the call sign stood for Les Horton, CKOC's first broadcast engineer.

Armadale sold the stations to London Communications in 1993.[2] London Communications subsequently sold them to Telemedia in 1999,[3] and Telemedia was itself acquired by Standard Broadcasting in 2002.[4] In October 2007, Astral Media acquired Standard Broadcasting's terrestrial radio and television assets, including CKLH. Shortly after Astral acquired the station, CKLH-FM adopted a more adult top 40 format; this ended in November 2009 when the station returned to its adult contemporary status after Boxing Day 2009, and regarding the flip from adult contemporary to adult hits at then-sister CJEZ in Toronto, which became CHBM after that.

CKLH begins playing Christmas music beginning in third week of November up until Boxing Day, as the station is usually the first in Canada on most years to go all-Christmas. Sister station CHRE-FM in St. Catharines (also with an adult contemporary format using the EZ Rock brand) plays Christmas music a week later. Most recently, CKLH has begun to skew towards a younger-leaning direction, like its EZ Rock sisters owned that were owned by Astral (now owned by Bell Media). Even though the station added more adult top 40 songs, they remain adult contemporary due to the fact this station was the only AC owned by Astral Media in the GTA because of sister station CHRE-FM being blocked by CHRY-FM due to adjacent channel interference. In addition, it still reports on Mediabase and Nielsen BDS panels as a Canadian AC station. Most of the classic hits were moved to sister oldies station CKOC and then-sister adult hits station CHBM-FM.

Even though CKLH-FM is the only AC station licensed to Hamilton, other nearby AC stations are Toronto's CHFI, St. Catharines' CHRE (also owned by Bell), Kitchener's CHYM and Brantford's CKPC. Currently, only Vancouver (CHQM-FM), Calgary (CHFM-FM), Edmonton (CKEA-FM) and Winnipeg (CKY-FM) are served by only one AC station in terms of top-10 Canadian markets.

CKLH-FM switched to Christmas music earlier than most Canadian stations on November 12, 2011.[5]

With the merger of Astral Media and Bell Media, CKLH became a Bell station on July 5, 2013.

Current on-air personalities[edit]

  • Sunni Genesco - Weekdays: Sunni & Hayes Morning Show 5:30am-9am
  • Matt Hayes - Weekdays: Sunni & Hayes Morning Show 5:30am-9am
  • Jack Peets - Weekdays: 9am-2pm/Saturdays 6am-9am
  • Aiko Iwashita - Weekdays: 2pm-7pm/Saturdays 7pm-11pm/Sundays 6am-12pm
  • Ryan Seacrest - Weekdays: (syndicated) 7pm-11pm/Saturdays 3pm-7pm/Sundays 6pm-10pm
  • Michelle Cruise - Saturdays 9am-3pm/Sundays 12pm-6pm


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Coordinates: 43°20′12″N 79°52′06″W / 43.33667°N 79.86833°W / 43.33667; -79.86833