|Broadcast area||Winnipeg Capital Region|
|Slogan||Winnipeg's Best Music Mix|
|Format||hot adult contemporary|
|ERP||70,000 watts (100,000 watts peak)|
|HAAT||206.1 meters (676 ft)|
|Former callsigns||CKY (1949-2004)|
|Former frequencies||580 kHz (AM) (1949-2004)|
|Owner||Rogers Media |
(Rogers Media, Inc.)
|Sister stations||CITI-FM, CHMI-DT|
CKY-FM (102.3 MHz) is a Canadian FM radio station broadcasting in Winnipeg, Manitoba. The station airs a hot adult contemporary radio format branded as KiSS 102.3. The station is owned by Rogers Media which also owns sister station CITI-FM. CKY-FM's studios are located on Osborne Avenue south of Downtown Winnipeg, while its transmitter is located at Duff Roblin Provincial Park.
CKY-FM primarily competes with CFPG-FM.
CKY has been the call sign of three radio stations in Winnipeg. The original CKY was formed in 1923 by the Government of Manitoba and operated by the Manitoba Telephone System. The Provincial Government ran the station and in the station's early years, CKY would turn over its signal to the Canadian National Railway and the station would be identified as CNRW. When the Federal Government took over operations of the CNR Network in the 1930s, CKY continued the relationship and much of CKY's programing originated with the CRBC (which later became the CBC). In June 1948, CKY was purchased by the CBC and was renamed CBW. On the last day of 1949, Lloyd Moffat resurrected the CKY call letters to begin the second incarnation of CKY.
The current CKY-FM was established in 1949 by Moffat Communications as CKY, broadcasting at AM 580. The station featured a Top 40 format for much of its broadcast life, which shifted into an Oldies format in the 1980s. In 1963, Moffat also established the first CKY-FM, at 92.1 on the FM dial and for a period of time was the most powerful radio station in North America broadcasting at 360,000 watts. In 1978, CKY-FM was re-branded as CITI-FM.
In 1992, Moffat sold its radio division Rogers Communications. In 1994, Rogers applied to the CRTC to switch CKY to the FM band, due to declining listening to AM stations, which would lead to lower revenues. However, due to the success of CKY's "Don Percy and Friends" morning show, which featured numerous "info chats" from businesses, the station managed to make a considerable profit. As a result, Rogers held off the conversion to FM until 2004.
On January 21, 2004, Rogers moved CKY to FM, at 102.3 FM, with an ERP of 70,000 watts. The 580 frequency at first went silent in Winnipeg, although community broadcasters have attempted to revive the station as CJML. The new CKY-FM aired a soft adult contemporary format with the on-air brand name 102.3 Clear FM. This restored the adult contemporary format to Winnipeg after it was lost with the flip of CFWM-FM from adult contemporary to adult hits in 2002.
A new logo for CKY-FM was unveiled late June 2011, and the station moved in a more rhythmic direction (like sister CHFM-FM Calgary), but was still reporting as adult contemporary per Mediabase & Nielsen BDS.
On February 13, 2015, the station re-branded as 102.3 KiSS FM, without any change in personnel. The re-branding aligned CKY with other Kiss-branded hot AC stations operated by Rogers. The station has since moved to a hot adult contemporary sound and has slightly rebranded itself as KiSS 102.3.
- Historical information on CKY (CJCG 1922-1923) at Canadian Communications Foundation
- Haynes, Dave (July 2, 1980). "AM stations ponder stereo". Winnipeg Free Press.
- "Broadcasting Public Notice CRTC 2003-34". Government of Canada - CRTC. October 9, 2003.
- "Clear FM becomes Kiss on Winnipeg airwaves". Winnipeg Free Press. Retrieved 18 February 2015.
- "Pair Of Winnipeg Hot AC Changes". Radio Insight. Retrieved 18 February 2015.
- KiSS 102.3
- CKY-FM history – Canadian Communications Foundation
- Query the REC's Canadian station database for CKY-FM