CKNL-FM

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CKNL-FM
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City of license Fort St. John, British Columbia
Branding 101.5 The Bear
Slogan Fort St. John's best rock!
Frequency 101.5 MHz
First air date June 20, 1962
Format Mainstream rock
ERP 40,000 watts
Callsign meaning C K NorthLand
Owner Bell Media
(Bell Media Radio)
Sister stations CHRX-FM
Webcast Listen live
Website 101.5 The Bear

CKNL-FM is a Canadian radio station that broadcasts a mainstream rock format at 101.5 FM in Fort St. John, British Columbia. The station is branded as 101.5 The Bear and is owned by Bell Media. It is the third "Bear" rock station in Canada after CFBR-FM in Edmonton, Alberta and CKQB-FM in Ottawa, Ontario (which switched brandings to Virgin Radio in January 2009, as it retained its mainstream rock format), leaving only two "Bear" stations under ownership of Astral Media. However, Ottawa's Virgin Radio changed its identity back to The Bear on February 4, 2011, which means there are now three "Bear"-branded radio stations in Canada. Sister station CKRX-FM in Fort Nelson, British Columbia became the fourth "Bear"-branded station in mid-2011.

The station originally began broadcasting June 20, 1962 at 970 AM, and later moved to 560 AM and finally to the FM dial at 101.5 FM in 2003.[1] When the FM flip was approved, the station was to continue the country music format of the former 560 CKNL. However, likely in response to the recent licensing of CKFU-FM in the same market at that time, when the station flipped to FM the format was switched to a rock station.

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Coordinates: 56°04′38″N 120°38′05″W / 56.07722°N 120.63472°W / 56.07722; -120.63472