CHTT-FM (103.1 MHz) is a commercial radio station in Victoria, British Columbia. The station is owned by Rogers Radio, a division of Rogers Sports & Media, and airs an adult hits radio format. It subscribes to the JACK FM radio service and is branded as Jack 103.1. Its studios are at 817 Fort Street in Downtown Victoria. While some JACK FM stations are automated, CHTT-FM has DJs on weekdays.

Broadcast areaGreater Victoria
Frequency103.1 MHz
BrandingJack 103.1
FormatAdult hits
First air date
AM: April 1, 1923; 101 years ago (1923-04-01)
FM: September 2, 2000; 23 years ago (2000-09-02)
Former call signs
CFCL (1923–1925)
CFCT (1925–1941)
CJVI (1941–2000)
Former frequencies
410 metres (1923–1925)
910 kHz (AM) (1925–1928)
630 kHz (1928–1933)
1430 kHz (1933–1935)
1450 kHz (1935–1941)
1480 kHz (1941–1945)
900 kHz (1945–2000)
Call sign meaning
C HoT T (previous branding)
Technical information
ERP20,000 watts
HAAT147.4 metres (484 ft)
WebcastListen Live

CHTT-FM has an effective radiated power (ERP) of 20,000 watts. The transmitter is on Fulton Road in the Colwood.[1] The signal can be heard around lower Vancouver Island and in some sections of Washington state.





The station began broadcasting on April 1, 1923; 101 years ago (April 1, 1923). It was originally on the AM band and had the call sign CFCL. It aired on 410 meters (later on 910 kHz) with 500 watts of power. It was owned by the Centennial Methodist Church and offered Christian radio programming. In 1924, the CFCL studios relocated from the church to the Fletcher Brothers store on Douglas Street in Downtown Victoria. CFCL dropped its religious programming in 1925 when George Deauville bought the station and acquired a new licence for it. He changed its call letters to CFCT and moved its studios to the Bank of Toronto (now part of Toronto-Dominion Bank) building on Douglas Street.

CFCT moved around on the AM band several times during the next 16 years as it switched to 630 kHz in 1928, to 1430 (with a power reduction to 50 watts) in 1933, and then to 1450 in 1935. It increased power back to 500 watts in 1939. With the enactment of the North American Regional Broadcasting Agreement (NARBA) in 1941, it switched to 1480 kHz on March 29, 1941. The Victoria Times-Colonist bought CFCT on October 1, 1941 and sold a half-interest in the station to Taylor, Pearson & Carson Ltd. The two entities formed the Island Broadcasting Co. as CFCT's parent company and changed its call letters to CJVI. It became a charter affiliate of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation's Dominion Network shortly after its formation in January 1944. When the Dominion Network dissolved in 1962, the station transferred its affiliation to the main CBC radio network.

900 AM


CJVI moved to 900 AM on May 15, 1945. Taylor, Pearson & Carson acquired majority ownership of CJVI in 1951, and its studios relocated to its present location at 817 Fort Street in downtown Victoria in 1952. CJVI increased its power to 5,000 watts on July 28, 1954 at 2:26 PM. The boost increased its coverage on Vancouver Island to north of Nanaimo, south to Seattle and east to the Lower Mainland as far as Chilliwack. Power was further increased to 10,000 watts in April 1957. Harold Carson, part of the Taylor, Pearson & Carson firm that owned CJVI, died in 1959, and his company became Selkirk Communications that year.

In 1970, Selkirk acquired 100% ownership of CJVI. It switched to a country format in November 1972 and began branding as VI 90 on January 22, 1979.[2] The country format was dropped for a mix of soft adult contemporary and adult standards music in January 1984 as CJVI began broadcasting in AM stereo. The format switched to full service adult contemporary about a year later. More oldies music was gradually brought into the programming until CJVI had an all-oldies format by 1988. Maclean-Hunter Ltd. bought CJVI parent Selkirk Communications in 1989 and transferred the ownership to Rogers Media immediately afterward. CJVI dropped its CBC affiliation in 1991 (one of the last privately owned former affiliates to do so).

On September 1, 1995, CFMS-FM was purchased by Rogers from then-owner Capital Broadcasting, paired up with CJVI and renamed CIOC-FM on December 11. On April 1, 1997, CJVI dropped its oldies format for a talk radio format, identifying on-air as "AM 900, Victoria's Information Superstation." It dropped that format and returned to oldies music on July 10, 1999.

Move to FM


On September 2, 2000, CJVI moved to the FM dial.[3] It exchanged frequencies and bands with Camosun College station CKMO. It began broadcasting on 103.1 MHz and became CHTT-FM. At the same time, college radio station CKMO began broadcasting on 900 AM. In 2012, CKMO went dark and the licence was handed in.

CHTT-FM played a Top 40/CHR format branded as "Hot 103." The first song heard on Hot 103 was "Bye, Bye, Bye" by N'Sync. In 2003, the format shifted to hot adult contemporary.

Jack FM twice


On January 29, 2004, after playing "Love Song" by Sky, CHTT flipped to adult hits branded as Jack FM. The first song played on "Jack" was "Sharp Dressed Man" by ZZ Top.

On February 24, 2015, CHTT flipped back to Top 40/CHR as KiSS 103.1. The last song played on "Jack FM" was "Hit the Road, Jack" by The Stampeders, while the first song on "KiSS" was "Uptown Funk" by Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars.[4]

On August 7, 2019, all of the "KiSS" on-air staff were let go, and the station began promoting a major change to come the following week. On August 15, after playing a block of "goodbye"-themed songs ending with "Bye, Bye, Bye" by N'Sync, CHTT changed its format back to adult hits and returned to its former "Jack" branding. The first song on the newly relaunched "Jack" was "Bohemian Rhapsody" by Queen.[5]


  1. ^
  2. ^ Broadcasting Yearbook 1977 page C-244, Broadcasting & Cable
  3. ^ Decision CRTC 2000-215
  4. ^ "Victoria's Jack FM Flips to KiSS 103.1, then back to Jack!". 25 February 2015.
  5. ^ The Final Minutes of KISS 103.1 Victoria

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