CKKW-FM

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CKKW-FM
CKKW-FM.PNG
City Kitchener, Ontario
Broadcast area Waterloo Region
Branding KFUN 99.5
Slogan The Tri-Cities' Greatest Hits
Frequency 99.5 MHz (FM)
First air date 1959
Format classic hits/oldies
ERP 1.7 kWs (average)
4.3 kilowatts (peak)
HAAT 110.8 meters (364 ft)
Class B1
Callsign meaning CK Kitchener Waterloo
Owner Bell Media
(Bell Media Radio)
Sister stations CFCA-FM, CKCO-DT
Webcast Listen Live
Website www.kfun995.com

CKKW-FM (99.5 FM) is a Canadian radio station licensed to Kitchener, Ontario, with studios located in Waterloo. The station is owned by Bell Media and airs a classic hits format branded on-air as KFUN 99.5.

History[edit]

The station originally began broadcasting in 1959 at 1320 AM, until it moved to 1090 AM in 1975.

In February 1984, CKKW began AM-stereo broadcasting with a Motorola C-Quam format.[1]

Originally owned by Carl Pollock and later becoming a subsidiary of his company Electrohome, CHUM Limited acquired CKKW in 1993, and shortly thereafter instated the oldies format and "Oldies 1090" branding. This was maintained until 2009, except for a brief period from 2001 to 2002 when it was part of CHUM's short-lived sports radio network, The Team.

"Oldies 1090" logo

On April 10, 2008, CKKW applied to the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission to convert the station from the AM band to the FM band at 99.5 MHz.[2] The application indicated that CKKW will keep its present oldies format on FM. The application was approved on October 3, 2008.[3]

The flip, which occurred on January 6, 2009, resulted in a continuation of the oldies format as "KFUN 99.5".[4] Although the station was allowed to simulcast at 1090 AM until April 6 of that year, the AM signal is believed to have been shut down on January 16; the old AM towers were taken down in March.[5]

The 99.5 MHz frequency was formerly occupied by CIKZ-FM from 2003, until it moved to its current frequency in 2005 due to interference from WDCX-FM in Buffalo, New York.

Personalities[edit]

Dave Schneider (midday host/program director,[6] until April 2014)

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Coordinates: 43°24′13″N 80°31′54″W / 43.40361°N 80.53167°W / 43.40361; -80.53167