CJRP-FM (branded as CKO-2) is a Canadian radio station, broadcasting a Christian contemporary format at 103.5 FM in Saint John, New Brunswick.

Frequency103.5 MHz (FM)
FormatChristian contemporary
OwnerHoussen Broadcasting
First air date
2003 as CFHA-FM
Former call signs
CFHA-FM (2003–2006)
CJEF-FM (2006–2009)
Call sign meaning
Christ Jesus Redeems People
Technical information
ERP50 watts vertical polarization
HAAT40 meters (130 ft)

CJRP also has a low-power rebroadcast transmitter, CJRP-FM-1 95.1 MHz in Rothesay, serving the Kennebecasis Valley.[1] This is due to the low power of the transmitter in Saint John and was built and put into use by the previous owner, Geoffrey Rivett, to widen the reach of the station.



On February 14, 2003, Tom Gamblin, on behalf of a corporation to be incorporated (TFG Communications), received Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) approval to operate a new English language FM radio station at Saint John.[2] CJRP would begin broadcasting later that year as CFHA-FM, originally branded as Comedy Radio 103.5.

On March 23, 2006, Thomas F. Gamblin sold TFG Communications to Geoffrey Rivett.[3]

In May 2006, Comedy Radio 103.5 was re-branded as 103.5 The Pirate, with a diverse mix of rock and urban music and adopted its CJEF-FM callsign.

In May 2008 the station was sold to Toronto broadcaster Bob Pritchard who, along with longtime staff member Marc Henwood, refined the music mix and added extensive local news and information.

In 2009, the station adopted its current CJRP-FM callsign, and flipped format blending classic rock and 1970s top 40 hits, becoming the first "Classic Hits" station in Canada. Later when CRTC regulations changed restricting the number of "hits" an FM station could play, CJRP refined their format playing only the top songs from the era. By the Fall of 2010 the station had grown substantially gaining an audience in key demographics approaching a 12-share, becoming the highest rated LPFM (50 watt specialty station) in Canadian history, and out pacing several full powered stations within the Saint John market. The on-air staff had Bob Pritchard and Kim Cookson hosting the morning show and Marc Henwood on afternoon drive. Mark Lee hosted a daily interview show called Grater Saint John Today (later replaced by John Campbell and Bob McVicar). Graham Brown and Bob Pritchard manned the news desk.

In January 2011, BBM (the agency the determines the audience of radio stations) announced that they were re-defining the boundaries of Saint John market which effectively cut the rated audience of the station in half, removing them as a competitive player in the Saint John market. In response, Pritchard reached out to the CRTC to increase the power of the station to almost 4,000 watts at 96.3. Despite following specific directions from the Commission, the application was denied [4] for what was later identified as submitting the wrong forms. In seeking an administrative redress of the decision, the CRTC advised Pritchard to resubmit the primary form from one requesting a power increase to different form requesting a new radio station license, which was done. This process was later rejected by the CRTC as an incomplete application because the Commission deemed that the technical brief submitted with the initial application had respired. In response, Pritchard asked the Federal Court of Appeal to review the decision on the basis that the CRTC was using undocumented rules and/or processes in applying the Broadcasting Act to LPFM radio stations in a manner not consistent with how it was being applied to other classes of radio licences. The goal was to have the role of LPFM radio stations defined in terms of the broadcasting act, and to force the CRTC document how LPFM radio stations should/could/behave within the terms of the Broadcasting Act. The Federal Court declined to hear the Appeal on the basis that the allotted time to appeal a CRTC decision had expired. The entire response to appeal by the Commission was extremely controversial, and raised many questions.

On April 21, 2013 the station was taken off air for technical reasons and subsequently sold to Jim Houssen, the owner of a Christian station (CKO Moncton), and has been re-branded "Where Country Meets the Cross".

On December 3, 2013, the CRTC approved the licence renewal for the station to August 2017 (Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2013-647). On December 5, 2013 the CRTC heard a non-appearing hearing for the application by Houssen to purchase the assets of CJRP-FM and change the format to one of religious music without a talk commitment.

As of January, 2015 the station broadcasts that of a religious format branded as CKO-2, CKO-1 (CKOE-FM) being its sister station in Moncton.



CJRP owns a rebroadcaster that serves the Kennebecasis Valley.

Rebroadcasters of CJRP-FM
City of license Identifier Frequency Power Class RECNet CRTC Decision
Rothesay CJRP-FM-1 95.1 FM 50 watts LP Query 2006-573


  1. ^ Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2006-573
  2. ^ Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2003-50
  3. ^ 2005-1520-8 Archived 2014-09-21 at the Wayback Machine Transfer of the ownership and control of TFG Communications Inc., licensee of CFHA-FM Saint John, New Brunswick, from Mr. Thomas F. Gamblin to Mr. Geoffrey Rivett. CRTC, March 23, 2006 [1]
  4. ^ Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2011-640