|City||Thunder Bay, Ontario|
|Branding||Country 105 FM|
|Frequency||105.3 MHz (FM)|
|First air date||1944 (AM)
|Former callsigns||CFPA (1944-1980)
CKTG-FM is a Canadian radio station, broadcasting at 105.3 FM in Thunder Bay, Ontario, owned by Acadia Broadcasting. The station broadcasts a Country music format using the on-air brand name as Country 105.
The station was launched in 1944 as CFPA at 1230 kHz, an AM CBC Dominion Network station owned by local businessman Ralph Parker. The station ceased airing CBC programming in 1972, adopting a country music format.
In 1980, the station was purchased by Leader Broadcasting and adopted the call sign CJLB. In 1988, the station was acquired by Newcap Broadcasting.
In 1986, CJLB received CRTC approval to add a low-power FM transmitter in Nipigon/Red Rock, Ontario on 96.3 MHz to rebroadcast the programs of CJLB Thunder Bay. CJLB applied to move Nipigon's frequency from 96.3 to 96.1 MHz and its uncertain if this was ever implemented.
In 1995, Newcap entered a local management agreement with Dougall Media, giving Dougall the right to manage the station. On November 2, 1994, CJLB was given approval by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) to convert from the AM band to the FM band. In 1996, the station moved to its current FM frequency at 105.3 MHz.
In 2002, CJLB-FM dropped its KIXX 105 country music format and adopted a hot adult contemporary/CHR format as Hot 105. In 2004, Dougall terminated the LMA when Newcap applied to purchase CJUK. Newcap changed CJLB's callsign to its current CKTG calls and adopted its current classic rock format as 105.3 The Giant in early 2005. In mid-2005, CFQK-FM in Kaministiquia, Ontario, located near Thunder Bay which had no affiliation with CKTG dropped their "Larry FM" variety hits format to Hot AC/CHR as "HOT FM".
On July 14, 2009, Newcap announced it would be selling CKTG and sister station CJUK-FM to Acadia Broadcasting for $4.5 million CAD plus working capital. The sale received CRTC approval on December 2, 2009.
In early October 2010, CKTG-FM changed its format again, to adult hits, playing a variety of music "from the '60s, 70's, 80's and beyond", and re-branded as The New Giant FM.
In March 2014, CKTG made the change to its format, switching to Country, playing today's best and most Country, re-branded as Country 105.
- 05:30 AM to 10:00 AM - Morning Wake Up Crew with John, Gen & Bryan
- 10:00 AM to 03:00 PM - Rosie
- 03:00 PM to 07:00 PM - Ed Lavoie
- Country 105.3 FM
- CKTG-FM history - Canadian Communications Foundation
- Query the REC's Canadian station database for CKTG-FM