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CHYM 96.7CHYM logo.png
City Kitchener, Ontario
Broadcast area Waterloo Region
Branding 96.7 CHYM FM
Slogan Today's Best Music
Frequency 96.7 MHz (FM)
First air date 1929
Format hot adult contemporary
ERP 80 kW
HAAT 250 meters (820 ft)
Class C1
Callsign meaning Sounds like "chime"
Owner Rogers Media, a division of Rogers Communications
(Rogers Radio)
Sister stations CKGL, CIKZ-FM

CHYM-FM is a Canadian radio station broadcasting at 96.7 FM in Kitchener, Ontario. The station currently airs a Hot adult contemporary format using its on-air brand name as 96.7 CHYM and is owned by Rogers Media.

CHYM-FM can be received in far eastern parts of the Thumb region of Michigan. However, it often interferes with CHYR 96.7 in Leamington, Ontario. CHYM can also be well received in Erie, Pennsylvania as well.

CHYM-FM is now the only station with Hot AC in the Region of Waterloo; previously, CFCA-FM had a similar format but in June 2016, changed to Contemporary hit radio format and branded as 105.3 Virgin Radio. Stations outside the Tri Cities, CIMJ-FM, CING-FM and CKLH-FM also play Hot AC and are accessible in the Region.


Previous CHYM-FM logo
For the history of the 96.7 FM frequency in Kitchener from 1949 to 1993, see CKGL.

The station was originally launched in 1929 as AM 645 CKCR. The station's frequency moved to 1510 in 1934. In 1949, FM sister station CKCR-FM was launched.

In 1965, the stations were acquired by Great Lakes Broadcasting, a consortium that included Maclean-Hunter. Both stations changed their callsigns to CHYM (pronounced as "chime") that year. In 1972, the FM outlet's callsign was changed again, to CKGL (evidently for 'Kitchener, Great Lakes').

In 1982, Maclean-Hunter took over full ownership of the stations.

The CHYM and CKGL intellectual units (call signs, branding, and programming, but not the licences themselves) swapped frequencies in 1992, with CHYM moving to the FM band. (CRTC approval was required, but only as a format swap between the existing stations at 570 and 96.7 as required under the regulations at the time, not a formal exchange of frequencies.)[1] The stations became part of Rogers in 1994 when that company acquired Maclean-Hunter.


  1. ^ "Decision CRTC 92-599". 1992-08-20. Retrieved 2011-12-16. 

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Coordinates: 43°24′15″N 80°38′04″W / 43.40417°N 80.63444°W / 43.40417; -80.63444