CKOT-FM

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CKOT-FM
CityTillsonburg, Ontario
Broadcast areaSouthwestern Ontario
BrandingEasy 101.3
SloganThe Perfect Music Mix
Frequency101.3 MHz (FM)
First air dateOctober 1, 1965
FormatAdult contemporary
ERP26,000 watts
HAAT205.5 meters (674 ft)
ClassB
Former frequencies1510 kHz (AM)
OwnerRogers Media
Sister stationsCJDL-FM
Websitewww.easy101.com

CKOT-FM is a Canadian radio station licensed to Tillsonburg, Ontario, broadcasting at 101.3 FM. Owned by Rogers Media, the station broadcasts an adult contemporary format. Its transmitter is located near the interchange of Highway 19 and Highway 401 (Exit 218), close to Ingersoll.

History[edit]

CKOT-FM is the second radio station to serve Tillsonburg, Ontario, and is the sister station to the now defunct CKOT and the current operating CJDL-FM.

The station's history dates back to 1964. Its owner was the late John B. Lamers (1905- April 17, 1994). His application for a radio station on the FM dial at 106.7 FM was accepted, but he was advised to use the frequency of 100.5 FM instead. The station first aired on October 1, 1965. Its ERP was 1.135 kW. Its studios were in Tillsonburg, while its transmitter was located to the northwest of the town. CKOT-FM originally acted as a simulcast transmitter while CKOT was on the air (the FM transmitter was able to operate from 6 a.m. to midnight, even though the AM station could only air from sunrise to sunset, as it was a daytimer station). Since the FM station was on the air longer, it proved to be successful.

By January 1970, CKOT-FM and CKOT had adopted different programming. CKOT-FM adopted "The Sound of Music" easy listening format, while the AM station became known as "Active, Lively, Community Information Radio."

In 1974, the station was granted permission to move from 100.5 to 101.3 MHz, to increase its power from 1,135 watts to 50,000 wats, and to move its transmitter to a new site (its current location). This went into effect in December 1974.

In 1996, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) approved a change of ownership of Tillsonburg Broadcasting Co. Ltd., resulting in John D. Lamers, Jr. increasing his ownership interest from 36.8 to 50.3%. This gave him a controlling interest in his Tillsonburg Broadcasting (also known as the "John D. Lamers Group"), and its two radio stations (CKOT-AM-FM). Other shareholders are Robert Lamers and Joanne Fenton.

On February 17, 2013, CKOT operating at 1510 kHz on the AM band left the air and was one of Canada's last daytime-only radio stations.

On September 27, 2016, Tillsonburg Broadcasting Company announced that it had sold its stations to Rogers Media pending CRTC approval, ending over 50 years of local ownership. The CRTC approved the transfer of ownership on July 13, 2017.[1][2][3]

On August 15, 2018, the station re-branded as Easy 101.3 (with branding modelled upon other Rogers-owned AC stations such as CHFI-FM in Toronto) and revamped its programming,[4] replacing its local personalities with voice tracked talent from other Rogers stations (as well as the syndicated John Tesh program on nights), and dropping older music in favor of a mainstream adult contemporary format.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Tillsonburg radio stations bought by Rogers communications". The London Free Press. Postmedia Network. Retrieved 27 September 2016.
  2. ^ Broadcasting Notice of Consultation CRTC 2017-90, CRTC, April 5, 2017
  3. ^ Broadcasting Notice of Consultation CRTC 2017-251, CRTC, July 13, 2017
  4. ^ "Rogers Media Rebrands Tillsonburg's Easy 101 to Easy 101.3, Beginning Today". Rogers Media. 2018-08-15. Retrieved 2018-09-02.

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Coordinates: 43°00′44″N 80°50′09″W / 43.01222°N 80.83583°W / 43.01222; -80.83583