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CHLX WOW97.1 logo.png
City Gatineau, Quebec
Broadcast area National Capital Region
(Eastern Ontario, Western Quebec, Upstate New York)
Branding Wow 97.1
Frequency 97.1 MHz (FM)
First air date 2002
Format adult contemporary
ERP 11.2 kW
HAAT 71.5 meters (235 ft)
Class B1
Owner RNC Media

CHLX-FM is a Canadian radio station, which broadcasts at 97.1 FM in Gatineau, Quebec. A francophone station owned by RNC Media, CHLX airs a mixed format of adult contemporary and jazz, branded as Wow 97.1. CHLX's studios are located on Jean-Prioux Avenue in Gatineau, while its transmitter is located in Camp Fortune.

CHLX was licensed by the CRTC in 2001, and launched on September 23, 2002.[1]

It was briefly branded as Classique 97,1[2] before becoming Couleur FM, airing classical music. In 2008, after a licence amendment was accepted by the CRTC, it became Planète 97,1, an adult contemporary-formatted station, with 20% of its airtime devoted to jazz.[3]

On July 11, 2014, it was announced that CHLX would flip to Hot AC as 97.1 Rythme FM on August 25th, as part of a licensing deal between Cogeco and RNC.[3][4] CHLX became the first non-Cogeco station to carry the Rythme FM format (other than CJEC-FM Quebec City, which was briefly affiliated with Rythme FM after being sold by Cogeco to another broadcaster). As of October 2014, it was still broadcasting two hours a day of jazz music,[5] but since June 2017 the CRTC amended the licence removing the requirement to broadcast such genres.[6]

In January 2017, the station dropped Rhythme FM and re-branded as Wow 97.1.


  1. ^ Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2002-250
  2. ^ "De Classique à Couleur FM 97,1". Infopresse. 4 September 2003. Retrieved 13 October 2014.
  3. ^ a b Fagstein: "Radio stations rebranded in Cornwall, Quebec City", August 29, 2014.
  4. ^ "A new radio station in the Outaouais Region: Rythme FM!" (PDF). Cogeco. 14 July 2014. Retrieved 11 July 2014.
  5. ^ Rythme FM 97.1 - Émissions
  6. ^ Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2017-218, CRTC, 27 June 2017.

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Coordinates: 45°26′34″N 75°43′58″W / 45.44278°N 75.73278°W / 45.44278; -75.73278