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CityHalifax, Nova Scotia
Broadcast areaHalifax Regional Municipality
BrandingHot Country 103.5
SloganHalifax's New Country
Frequency103.5 (MHz) FM
First air dateJune 28, 2006
ERP100,000 watts
HAAT185.1 meters (607 ft)
Callsign meaningCK Halifax's Z (Former format)
AffiliationsPremiere Networks (Bobby Bones Show)
OwnerEvanov Radio Group
(HFX Broadcasting)
Sister stationsCKHY-FM
WebcastListen Live

CKHZ-FM (103.5 FM, "Hot Country 103.5") is a radio station in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Owned by Evanov Radio Group, it broadcasts a country music format. CKHZ's studios are located on Cogswell Street in Halifax, while its transmitter is located on Washmill Lake Drive in Clayton Park.


CKHZ occupies the 103.5 FM frequency that was once Halifax's home to the all-news radio network CKO, which began broadcasting in several major Canadian cities, including Halifax, in 1985. In 1989, CKO ceased broadcasting. The frequency remained dark until 2006. In 2003, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) awarded the vacant frequency license to Evanov. On November 26, 2004, CKMW Radio Ltd., a subsidiary of Evanov, received CRTC approval to operate on 103.5 MHz.[1] After several days of fine tuning it began on-air testing on June 28, 2006. The official sign-on date of the new station was August 14, 2006.

On August 14, 2006, the station officially launched as the rhythmic contemporary station Z103.5; its branding and format was modelled upon Orangeville, Ontario sister station CIDC-FM, with a dance-oriented presentation. In 2009, the station segued to a mainstream Top 40/CHR format, and rebranded as Z103 the following year. On January 6, 2012, the station re-launched as Energy 103.5 (with its branding modelled upon CHWE-FM in Winnipeg), returning once again to a rhythmic, dance-oriented presentation.[2]

On March 4, 2013, CKHZ transitioned to hot adult contemporary while maintaining the Energy branding, but returned once again to a mainstream CHR format later in the year. On February 12, 2014, after continued low ratings against rival top 40 station CJCH-FM, CKHZ transitioned back to hot AC, although promoting itself with a larger focus on classic hits from the 1990's and 2000's.

The new format continued to perform poorly, with CKHZ only holding a 1.9 share in Numeris ratings. On September 3, 2015, CKHZ flipped to country, branded as Hot Country 103.5. CKHZ's general manager, Trevor Romkey, explained that unlike its new competitor, CHFX-FM (which, in comparison, had a 11.4 share and was the second-place station in the market), the station would focus more on newer songs.[3][4]


  1. ^ Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2004-514
  2. ^ "Halifax Gets Energy Boost". RadioInsight. 2012-01-06. Retrieved 2019-01-17.
  3. ^ "Halifax gets second all-country radio station as Energy 103.5 changes playlist". Metro Halifax. Retrieved 13 September 2015.
  4. ^ "CKHZ Brings Hot Country Battle To Halifax". RadioInsight. 2015-09-03. Retrieved 2019-01-17.

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Coordinates: 44°38′47″N 63°39′37″W / 44.64639°N 63.66028°W / 44.64639; -63.66028