CKKW-FM

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CKKW-FM
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CityKitchener, Ontario
Broadcast areaWaterloo Region
BrandingKFUN 99.5
SloganClassic Hits
Frequency99.5 MHz (FM)
First air date1959
FormatAdult Hits
ERP1.7 kWs (average)
4.3 kilowatts (peak)
HAAT110.8 meters (364 ft)
ClassB1
Callsign meaningCK Kitchener Waterloo
Former frequencies1320 kHz (AM) (1959-1975)
1090 AM (1975-2009)
OwnerBell Media
Sister stationsCFCA-FM, CKCO-DT
WebcastListen Live
Websitewww.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 an adult 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.

KFUN now airs an Adult Hits format playing hits from the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s.

Personalities[edit]

Current Line-Up:

Angie Hill, Michelle Cruise, Jack Peets, Dan Delorme, Kyle "The Sarge" McKone, Rob White

Past On-air Personalities:

Ross Poll, Kat Callaghan, Larry Silver, Stacey Thompson, Mark Paine, John Harada, Kara Judge, Dave Schneider

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