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City Newmarket, Ontario
Broadcast area Greater Toronto Area
Branding Jewel 88.5
Slogan Lite & Refreshing
Frequency 88.5 MHz (FM)
First air date 1980 (AM) 1994 (FM)
Format soft adult contemporary/adult standards
ERP 11.3 kWs average
30.0 kWs peak
HAAT 183.5 meters (602 ft)
Class B
Former frequencies 1480 kHz
Owner Evanov Communications
Webcast Listen Live

CKDX-FM is a Canadian radio station, broadcasting at 88.5 FM in the Greater Toronto Area, although the station is officially licensed to Newmarket, Ontario, CKDX's studios are located on Dundas Street West in the Eatonville neighbourhood of Toronto, while its transmitter is located near Aurora. The station broadcasts a soft, gold-based adult contemporary format under the brand name Jewel 88.5.

The station is currently owned & operated by Evanov Communications.


The station was launched on February 28, 1980 as AM 1480 CKAN, broadcasting from 6 am to midnight with a hybrid easy listening/beautiful music format. The station switched to a country music format in 1984. In 1986, the station switched to a Top 40 format, and in 1988 the station began broadcasting 24 hours a day.

The station shut down on March 17, 1992 due to financial problems, and resumed broadcasting on May 17 of that year when the problems were resolved. At the time of the shutdown, the station was known as "Energy 1480". In December of that year, the station adopted its current CKDX callsign with an oldies/easy listening format. CKDX subsequently moved to the FM dial in 1994, branding itself as "The Phoenix".[1] Since moving to FM, the station has gone through several technical changes.[2]

The station went through a number of format changes in the next several years, adopting a dance music format again as "Power 88.5" (after a brief period as "88.5 The X") on February 21, 1997 at 8 AM. On July 19, 1999, at 5pm, the station returned to country as "88.5 The Kat". On June 1, 2000, at Noon, the station flipped to a format that has never been tried in Canada before: "Rhythmic oldies" as "Dancing Oldies 88.5". In 2001, the "Dancing Oldies" format aired throughout the day, while modern dance music was broadcast at night. It was at this point in time that the station became known as "Foxy 88.5: The Dance Music Station". This lasted until January 2002, when it flipped to adult standards while retaining the "Foxy" branding. In April 2007, the station rebranded as "88.5 The Jewel". It adopted the "Jewel" branding shortly after the launch of sister station CJWL in Ottawa, which is also branded as "The Jewel".

The station is 70% owned by Evanov Communications, and 30 percent by the private numbered company 1093641 Ontario Ltd.

In 2009, after a few years with the adult standards format, the station changed to more of an older-skewing adult contemporary format to replace CJEZ-FM (which became adult hits as CHBM-FM) as CHFI's competing adult contemporary station. It was at this point that CHFI began skewing at a younger audience for its AC format. "The Jewel" still features traditional easy listening/adult standards music on "The Lounge" program on weekday evenings from 7 to 10 pm.

In addition to competing with CHFI, the station also competes with Hamilton's CKLH-FM and St. Catherines's CHRE-FM.


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Coordinates: 44°00′40″N 79°31′08″W / 44.01111°N 79.51889°W / 44.01111; -79.51889