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City Stratford, Ontario
Broadcast area Southwestern Ontario
Branding CJCS 1240
Slogan Stratford's Greatest Hits
Frequency 1240 kHz (AM)
(approved to relocate to 107.1 MHz (FM))
First air date 1928
Format oldies/classic hits
Power 1,000 watts
ERP (FM: 900 watts (maximum ERP 4,000 watts))
Class C
Owner Vista Radio
Website CJCS 1240

CJCS is a Canadian radio station in Stratford, Ontario broadcasting at 1240 AM with an oldies format branded as CJCS 1240 Stratford's Greatest Hits. The station is owned by Vista Radio.

The station, known as "10AK" began broadcasting in 1928 as an amateur station at 250 metres. In 1933, the station changed to 1200 kHz, moved to 1210 kHz in 1936 and then moved to its present frequency at 1240 kHz on March 29, 1941. 10AK switched to its present callsign CJCS in 1935.

Lloyd Robertson, Bob Bratina and Tony Parsons all started their respective broadcasting careers at this station.

Over the years since the station began broadcasting in 1928, CJCS went through a number of different ownerships.

On May 11, 1990, the CRTC denied an application by Telemedia Communications to convert CJCS operating at 1240 kHz to the FM band at 104.1 MHz.[1]

On June 25, 1997, Raedio Inc., received approval from the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission to acquire CJCS from Telemedia Communications.[2]

CJCS was owned by Raedio Inc. and opened up a new FM sister station CHGK-FM on September 2, 2003.

In September 2010, Raedio Inc. announced a tentative deal, pending CRTC approval, to sell the station to Haliburton Broadcasting Group which received CRTC approval on February 21, 2011.[3][4]

On April 23, 2012 Vista Broadcast Group, which owns a number of radio stations in western Canada, announced a deal to acquire Haliburton Broadcasting, in cooperation with Westerkirk Capital.[5] The transaction was approved by the CRTC on October 19, 2012.[6]

On January 23, 2015, Vista applied with the CRTC to convert CJCS from AM 1240 kHz to the FM band, at 107.1 MHz with an average effective radiated power (ERP) of 900 watts (maximum ERP of 4,000 watts with an effective height of antenna above average terrain of 32.6 metres). The application was approved on August 10, 2015. [7]


  1. ^ Decision CRTC 90-441, CJCS Stratford - Conversion to FM band (denied), CRTC, May 11, 1990
  2. ^ Decision CRTC 97-272, Acquisition of assets, CRTC, June 25, 1997
  3. ^ "Haliburton Broadcasting Group Inc. buys three Ontario radio stations". Canadian Press, September 17, 2010.
  4. ^ Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2011-110
  5. ^ "Westerkirk Capital Acquires Vista and Haliburton Broadcast Groups". Broadcaster, April 26, 2012.
  6. ^ Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2012-577 Various radio programming undertakings – Acquisition of assets, CRTC, October 19, 2012
  7. ^ Broadcasting Decision 2015-365, CJCS Stratford - Conversion to the FM band, CRTC, August 10, 2015

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Coordinates: 43°21′59″N 80°57′49″W / 43.36637°N 80.96359°W / 43.36637; -80.96359