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City Victoria, British Columbia
Branding The Zone @ 91.3
Frequency 91.3 MHz (FM)
First air date January 18, 1950
Format Modern rock
ERP 1,766 watts (average)
3,500 watts (peak)
horizontal polarization only
HAAT 494 meters (1,621 ft)
Class C
Callsign meaning C J ZoNe
Former callsigns CKDA (1950-1995)
CKXM (1995-2000)
CKXM-FM (2000-2001)
Owner Jim Pattison Group
Sister stations CKKQ-FM
Website www.TheZone.fm

CJZN-FM, known as The Zone @ 91.3 or The Zone, is a Canadian broadcast radio station in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. CJZN broadcasts a modern rock format 91.3 on the FM band. The station can also be heard in the interior Northwest of Washington. The signal overpowers KBCS from Bellevue Community College, which is a public radio station.

The station placed 6th in the Spring 2012 BBM Ratings for Victoria.[1]


CJZN signed on for the first time on January 18, 1950 as CKDA, initially broadcasting on 1340 AM at 250 watts under the ownership of Capital Broadcasting System Ltd. (headed by founder David Armstrong). On August 1, 1954, CKDA moved to 1280 AM and increased its power to 5000 watts; in 1955, CKDA-FM was signed on as a simulcast of CKDA-AM, and was for all intent the studio transmitter link to the off-shore transmitter site. On September 18, 1957, the AM station moved to 1220 kHz and doubled its power to 10,000 watts.

In compliance with new broadcaster regulations regarding simulcasting, on March 21, 1965, CKDA-FM ended its simulcast of its AM sister and became CFMS-FM, airing an easy listening format from noon to midnight seven days a week. In 1971, CKDA increased its power to 50,000 watts, moved to 1200 AM on July 1, 1986, and dropped its oldies format for an all-'70s music format in 1994. CKDA and CFMS founder David Armstrong died on April 22, 1985, after which point his widow, Sheridan Armstrong, took over running the stations.

In August 1995, the OK Radio Group Ltd. purchased CKDA from Capital Broadcasting and relaunched it as CKXM-AM in October 1995, broadcasting a country music format at 1200 on the AM band and known as 1200 CKXM Country. At that time, CKXM and its sister station CKKQ were located at 3795 Carey Road in Victoria. CKKQ was on the second floor while CKXM was on the first floor.

In May 1999, both CKXM and CKKQ moved to the top floor of 2750 Quadra Street, a three-storey Victoria office building purchased by the OK Radio Group Ltd. in the fall of 1998.

In March 2000, CKXM moved from the AM band to the FM band at a frequency of 91.3, maintaining its country music format and rebranded as The New X 91 Three. The AM signal continued until May 2000.[2]

On June 21, 2001, CKXM changed its call sign to the current CJZN and relaunched as The Zone @ 91.3 with a modern rock format. The first song played was Blink 182's Rock Show.[3]

With the shift in format, the station introduced a Band Of The Month promotion supporting local Victoria artists. Some of those artists include: Jets Overhead, Armchair Cynics, Moneyshot, Acres Of Lions, Leeroy Stagger, Kincaide, Theset, and Vince Vaccaro.

On December 1, 2006, CJZN and CKKQ came under the ownership of the Jim Pattison Group.


Rebroadcasters of CJZN-FM
City of license Identifier Frequency Power Class RECNet CRTC Decision
Sooke CJZN-FM-1 97.1 FM 64 watts A Query 2000-79


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Coordinates: 48°35′40″N 123°32′42″W / 48.59444°N 123.54500°W / 48.59444; -123.54500