CJAQ-FM

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CJAQ-FM
City Calgary, Alberta
Branding JACK 96.9
Slogan Playing whatever! Whenever!
Frequency 96.9 MHz
First air date 1927 (on AM)
1996 (on FM)
Format adult hits
ERP 48,000 watts average
100,000 watts peak
HAAT 160 meters (520 ft)
Class C1
Transmitter coordinates 51°05′10″N 113°59′49″W / 51.086°N 113.997°W / 51.086; -113.997Coordinates: 51°05′10″N 113°59′49″W / 51.086°N 113.997°W / 51.086; -113.997
Callsign meaning C JAQ (sounds like Jack)
Former callsigns CJCJ (1927-1950)
CKXL (1950-1987)
CISS (1987-1991)
CFXX (1991-1992)
CFXL (1992-1996)
CKIS-FM (1996-1999)
CHRK-FM (1999-2003)
CKIS-FM (2003-2009)
Former frequencies 690 kHz (1927-1941)
1230 kHz (1941-1947)
1140 kHz (1947-1996)
Owner Rogers Media
(Rogers Media, Inc.)
Sister stations Radio: CHFM-FM, CFFR, CFAC
TV: CKAL-DT, CJCO-DT
Webcast Listen Live
Website JACK 96.9

CJAQ-FM is a Canadian radio station, which broadcasts at 96.9 FM in Calgary, Alberta. The station uses the on-air brand name Jack FM. It is the second Jack FM station in Canada and the world, after its sister CJAX-FM in Vancouver. CJAQ's studios are located on 7th Avenue Southwest in downtown Calgary, while its transmitter is located on Patina Hill Drive Southwest in the Prominence Point neighbourhood in west Calgary.

As of Fall 2014, CJAQ is ranked #8 in the Calgary market ratings according to Numeris Canada.[1]

History[edit]

The station originally signed on in 1927 as CJCJ, an AM radio station located on 1230 AM. In the 1941 great frequency shuffle of most North American AM stations it moved to its longtime frequency of 1140. In 1950, it adopted the call letters that it would become most historically identified with by most Calgary radio listeners, CKXL (or simply "XL" for short). It adopted a Top 40 format in 1964. On September 4, 1987, the station dropped Top 40 for adult contemporary as "Kiss AM 1140" with the CISS call letters. A year later it went oldies full-time. 2 talk shows (Charles Adler and the Larry King Show) were also added briefly in 1990. In September 1991, the station flipped to classic rock as "The Fox" with the CFXX, and, later on, CFXL call letters. On June 3, 1996, the station moved to the FM band and changed formats to Hot AC as Kiss FM, with the CKIS calls (previously, they were used by CHUM Radio-owned CKGM Montreal).[2] "Pirate Radio with Chris Sheppard" was a featured show on the station at the time. The station changed calls to CHRK in 1999 and returned to classic rock as Rock 97 when Rogers acquired the station. CHRK was one of three rock stations in Calgary at the time, alongside Power 107 and CJAY 92; the latter rock station still uses this brand today. The station changed to urban music on July 19, 2002, and returned the "Kiss" branding to the station. On April 1, 2003, at midnight MT, the station returned to its CKIS calls and flipped to its current format.

The station flipped call signs with CJAQ in Toronto, Ontario in June 2009, after the Toronto station was rebranded from Jack FM to KiSS 92.5.

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Rebroadcasters[edit]

CJAQ-FM has repeaters in Alberta and British Columbia:

Rebroadcasters of CJAQ-FM
City of license Identifier Frequency RECNet CRTC Decision
Banff 1 CJAQ-FM-1 94.1 Query 2004-466
Lake Louise CJAQ-FM-2 93.9 Query 98-485
Invermere, British Columbia CJAQ-FM-3 97.3 Query

1 In 1997, rebroadcaster CJAQ-FM-1 received CRTC approval to operate at 94.3 FM,[3] until it moved to its current frequency at 94.1 FM in 2004.

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