CKTG-FM

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CKTG-FM
City of license Thunder Bay, Ontario
Branding Country 105 FM
Frequency 105.3 MHz (FM)
First air date 1944 (AM)
1996 (FM)
Format Country
Former callsigns CFPA (1944-1980)
CJLB (1980-2005)
Owner Acadia Broadcasting
Sister stations CJUK-FM
Website Country 105 FM

CKTG-FM is a Canadian radio station, broadcasting at 105.3 FM in Thunder Bay, Ontario. The station is owned by Acadia Broadcasting, and broadcasts Country using the brand name Country 105.

History[edit]

The station was launched in 1944 as CFPA at 1230 kHz, an AM CBC Dominion Network station owned by local businessman Ralph Parker[1] The station ceased airing CBC programming in 1972, adopting a country music format.

In 1980, the station was purchased by Leader Broadcasting and adopted the call sign CJLB. In 1988, the station was acquired by Newcap Broadcasting.

In 1986, CJLB received CRTC approval to add a low-power FM transmitter in Nipigon/Red Rock, Ontario on 96.3 MHz to rebroadcast the programs of CJLB Thunder Bay. CJLB applied to move Nipigon's frequency from 96.3 to 96.1 MHz and its uncertain if this was ever implemented.[2]

In 1995, Newcap entered a local management agreement with Dougall Media, giving Dougall the right to manage the station. On November 2, 1994, CJLB was given approval by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) to convert from the AM band to the FM band.[3] In 1996, the station moved to its current FM frequency at 105.3 MHz.

In 2002, CJLB-FM dropped its KIXX 105 country music format and adopted a hot adult contemporary/CHR format as Hot 105. In 2004, Dougall terminated the LMA when Newcap applied to purchase CJUK. Newcap changed CJLB's callsign to its current CKTG calls and adopted its current classic rock format as 105.3 The Giant in early 2005. In mid-2005, CFQK-FM in Kaministiquia, Ontario, located near Thunder Bay which had no affiliation with CKTG dropped their "Larry FM" variety hits format to Hot AC/CHR as "HOT FM".

On March 16, 2009, CKTG became the first radio station in Canada to carry The Bob & Tom Show, a syndicated radio show from the United States.[4]

On July 14, 2009, Newcap announced it would be selling CKTG and sister station CJUK-FM to Acadia Broadcasting for $4.5 million CAD plus working capital. The sale received CRTC approval on December 2, 2009.[5][6][7]

In early October 2010, CKTG-FM changed its format again, to adult hits, playing a variety of music "from the '60s, 70's, 80's and beyond", and rebranded as The New Giant FM.

In March 2014, CKTG made another change to its format, switching to Country, playing today's country hits, rebranded as Country 105.

When atmosheric conditions are right, "Country 105" can be heard across Lake Superior in Munising and Marquette, Michigan.

Announcers[edit]

  • 05:30 AM - Morning Wake Up Crew with John, Gen & Bryan
  • 10:00 AM - Rosie
  • 03:00 PM - Ed

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Coordinates: 48°26′01″N 89°13′10″W / 48.4335°N 89.21942°W / 48.4335; -89.21942