|City of license||Gatineau, Quebec|
|Broadcast area||National Capital Region, Eastern Ontario, and the Outaouais region|
|Slogan||"Vous le Savez Maintenant!"
("Now You Know!")
|Frequency||104.7 MHz (FM)|
|First air date||June 3, 1968 (AM)
|Format||talk radio (French)|
|Callsign meaning||disambiguation of sister station CKOI-FM|
|Former callsigns||CJRC (1968-2011)|
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CKOF-FM is a French-language Canadian radio station located in Gatineau, Quebec (near Ottawa, Ontario). Owned and operated by Cogeco, it broadcasts on 104.7 MHz from facilities in the Chemin des Terres neighbourhood of Gatineau, northeast of the capitol.
The station identifies itself as "104,7 FM".
The station originally began broadcasting in 1968 as CJRC, on 1150 kHz with a daytime power of 50,000 watts and a nighttime power of 5,000 watts as a class B station, using a directional antenna with slightly different daytime and nighttime directional patterns in order to protect various other stations on that frequency – particularly CKOC in Hamilton.
The station was launched on June 3, 1968 by Raymond Crepeau, Marcel Joyal, Robert Campeau and Gerard Moreau with the presence of Pierre Elliott Trudeau, the former prime minister of Canada as part of the Radiomutuel network. Originally its headquarters were at the Sparks Street Mall in Ottawa but were later moved in the old city of Gatineau in the 1980s after a stay on Belfast Road in Ottawa. It became part of the Radiomédia network (later known as Corus Québec) on September 30, 1994, after Radiomutuel merged with Télémédia (that network's Gatineau station, CKCH, was closed down).
On April 16, 2007, at 7:00 a.m. EDT, CJRC made the move to the FM band on 104.7 MHz as CJRC-FM Le FM parlé de l'Outaouais.
On June 12, 2008, CJRC-FM received approval to increase power from 2,900 to 36,000 watts.
In March 2009, Corus announced plans to drop the talk radio format on CJRC, CHLT-FM in Sherbrooke, CHLN-FM in Trois-Rivières and CKRS-FM in Saguenay, in favour of a classic hits-oldies format branded as "Souvenirs Garantis", effective on March 28, 2009.
Since the implementation of the new CJRC-FM on 104.7 in 2007, the old 1150 AM has been simulcasting the programming of CJRC-FM which was originally to be shut down on March 16, 2009 although as of April 2009, the 1150 AM signal was still in operation. The old AM 1150 CJRC signal finally left the air on May 1, 2009.
In early 2010, the local morning news show featuring Louis-Philippe Brûlé (previously before for several years by Daniel Séguin) was removed in favor of a provincial newscast broadcast from Montreal by Paul Arcand.
On February 21, 2011, the station rebranded to CKOI 104.7, picking up the hot adult contemporary format and branding similar to its Montreal sister station, CKOI-FM and CJRC-FM change its callsign to CKOF-FM.
On June 20, 2012, Cogeco announced that CKOF-FM, along with CKOY-FM and CKOB-FM, will revert to their talk formats on August 20, 2012, all but dismantling the CKOI network. Apart from an expansion of talk programming, no changes in current talk and sports programming are expected for these stations.
- Astral Communications inc. (2000-01-14). "Notice annuelle -- Exercice terminé le 31 août 1999" (PDF) (in French). Retrieved 2006-12-11.
- Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2006-637 CJRC Gatineau – Conversion to FM band (24 November 2006)
- Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2008-123
- Francophone news-talk listeners across much of Quebec will be out of luck at month's end Scott Fybush/NERW, 2009-03-09
- 1150 finally fell silent on Friday, Scott Fybush/North East Radio Watch, 2009-05-04
- 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.
- Per Industry Canada Broadcasting Database
- Fagstein: "Cogeco to convert three CKOI stations to talk radio", June 20, 2012.
- Cogeco press release: "COGECO Diffusion : expansion de son réseau parlé", June 20, 2012. (French)
- 104,7 FM
- CKOF-FM history at Canadian Communications Foundation
- Query the REC's Canadian station database for CKOF-FM
- Query the REC's Canadian station database for CJRC-FM