|City of license||Victoria, BC|
|Slogan||Victoria's News Authority|
|Frequency||1070 kHz (AM)|
|First air date||1959|
(Bell Media Radio)
|Sister stations||CHBE-FM, CIVI-DT|
CFAX 1070 AM is a news-talk radio station in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. It was independently run until September 30, 2004, when it was taken over by Canadian media company CHUM Limited. Its sister station is CHBE-FM, which began broadcasting in 2000. It is now owned by Bell Media through its Bell Media Radio division.
The station moved into the same building as CIVI-TV, also owned by Bell Media, in March 2008. It is located at the corner of Pandora and Broad Streets across from Victoria City Hall. CFAX's transmitter is located on the Trial Islands.
The station placed 3rd in the Spring 2013 BBM Ratings for Victoria.
C-FAX signed on in 1959 as a daytime-only 1000-watt radio station on 810 kHz, shutting down every night to accommodate clear-channel KGO. Its transmitter was at a site near Swan Lake. The original owner's group included the Queale family, who also owned the local Queale Electronics store. The station, undercapitalized from the beginning, quickly ran into financial trouble, with Clare Copeland emerging as owner and manager. In 1964, the station changed dial position to 1070 kHz, and commenced 24/7 operation, transmitting from the Trial Islands. In 1967, power was increased to 10,000 watts.
Clare Copeland sold the station in 1975 to Mel Cooper, who stepped down as General Manager of CKNW Vancouver to assume ownership of CFAX. Under Cooper's direction, the station increased its emphasis on news and information programming, and developed a subsidiary company specializing in recording original commercial jingles for sale throughout North America, and syndicating radio programming, "Seacoast Sound."
On June 22, 2007, CTVglobemedia became the owner of CFAX and sister stations CHBE-FM and CIVI-TV through its purchase of CHUM Limited, which had been approved by the CRTC on June 8.
As of 2013, some of the on-air personalities heard on C-FAX:
•Al Ferraby hosts the C-FAX morning show, along with morning news anchor Ryan Price and sports anchor Steve Duffy.
•30-year C-FAX veteran Frank Stanford hosts a call-in talk show.
- C-FAX 1070
- CFAX history at the Canadian Communications Foundation
- Query the REC's Canadian station database for CFAX
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