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98.9 The Drive (CKLC-FM)

98.9 The Drive (CKLC-FM)
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Last updated:
2010-11-07 14:06:46
Country: CanadaListen to radio stations broadcasting from Canada
City: KingstonON
Address: 98.9 THE DRIVE CHUM Radio Kingston 993 Princess Street, Suite 10 Kingston, Ontario K7L 1H3
FM (MHz): 98.9
Genre: Alternative
Phone: 613-544-1380
Description: CKLC-FM is a Canadian radio station, which airs at 98.9 FM in Kingston, Ontario. Owned by CTVglobemedia, the station airs a modern rock music format.CKLC, along with its sister station CKLC-FM, began operations in 1953 as affiliate of the CBC's Dominion Network. The call letters are taken from Kingston's nickname, the "Limestone City". Some of its earliest alumni include newscaster Allan Saunders (Sandzelius), Al Boliska as morning man, and disk jockeys Buddy Guilfoyle and Ron Bertrand. The original station manager was John Bermingham.In April 2007, CKLC applied to move from the AM band to the FM band at 98.9 MHz and was given approval by the CRTC on August 28, 2007.CKLC-FM began broadcasting a test signal on 98.9 in October 2007, with an announcement that "Kingston's newest radio station" will be launching either "soon" or "in the weeks to come". The test signal included classic alternative rock music. The test announcements featured the voice of CHUM-FM's Darren B Lamb. On November 29, 2007, after a short test period, CKLC made the flip from AM to FM.The new CKLC-FM tower was to be installed on the same land as the 1380 AM transmitter site located on Wolfe Island. Due to safety concerns, the construction could not commence on the new 500' FM tower while the 4 175' AM towers remained on and standing. So for the first several weeks on air, CKLC-FM broadcast from a temporary 1 kW transmitter on the old AM STL tower attached to the transmitter building. Once the main transmitter was completed, the station powered up to its full authorized power of 15,000 watts.2007 CHUM Limited was acquired by CTVglobemedia. Before CHUM was purchased, the company had applied to the CRTC to convert CKLC to the FM band. On August 28, the Commission approved that application. CKLC would broadcast on a frequency of 98.9 MHz with an average effective radiated power of 8,700 watts. The station would continue to offer an Adult standards/middle-of-the-road music format and target adults over 45 years of age.On November 29 at 3:00 p.m., after a short test period, CKLC made the flip from AM to FM. The new station was known as the Essential Alternative 98.9 The Drive! The format changed from Standards on AM to Classic Alternative on FM. CKLC-AM 1380 left the air in December without ever simulcasting the new CKLC-FM. The AM had authorization to simulcast the FM for three per for it being copy righted, there is no other source that has this much info available on the net that I have found.

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