|City||Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario|
|Frequency||920 kHz (AM)|
|First air date||May 25, 1955 - August 30, 1992|
|Owner||Algonquin Radio (1955-1976)
Huron Broadcasting (1976-1985)
CKCY 920 Ltd. (1985-1988)
Mid-Canada Communications (1988-1990)
Pelmorex Radio Network (1990-1992)
The station was originally launched by Algonquin Radio, a local business consortium led by Carmen Greco, with a 250 watt signal at 1400 on the AM dial. In 1961, the station moved to 920 AM, and increased its signal to 10,000 watts daytime and 5,000 watts nighttime. In 1965, Algonquin launched CKCY-FM. In the early 1970s, Harry Wolfe, the play-by-play voice of the Ontario Hockey League's Sault Greyhounds, hosted a daily call-in talk show called Open Mike. By then, CKCY had become the principal Top 40 music station in the Twin Saults.
Among the station's alumni is current Hamilton City Councillor Bob Bratina.
In 1976, the stations were acquired by Huron Broadcasting, who also launched CKCY-TV in 1978. Huron subsequently sold the radio stations to a new business consortium, CKCY 920 Ltd., in 1985. That group subsequently sold them to Mid-Canada Radio in 1988, and Mid-Canada in turn was acquired by the Pelmorex Radio Network in 1990.
Due to the economic circumstances of the Sault Ste. Marie market, with competition from stations in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan severely curtailing the profitability of the Ontario stations, Pelmorex shut down the AM station in 1992. The FM station is still operating as CJQM-FM.
The final song to be played by CKCY was Sweeney Todd's 1975 single "Roxy Roller" at approximately 11:56 pm on August 30, 1992. Once the song was completed, an automated, repeating farewell message was broadcast past midnight and continued for several days. The actual date when CKCY ceased transmitting is not known.
- History of CKCY at Canadian Communications Foundation
- Query the REC's Canadian station database for CKCY
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