CKKS-FM ("107.5 FM, "Kiss Radio") is a radio station licensed to Chilliwack, British Columbia. Owned by Rogers Media, it broadcasts a contemporary hit radio format serving Vancouver and the Fraser Valley.
|City||Chilliwack, British Columbia|
|Broadcast area||Metro Vancouver and the Fraser Valley|
|Slogan||Make the Music Pop|
|Frequency||107.5 MHz (FM)|
|First air date||October 1, 1986|
|ERP||640 watts (peak)|
303 watts (average)
horizontal polarization only
|HAAT||210.1 metres (689 ft)|
|Callsign meaning||Sounds like "kiss" (station branding)|
|Former callsigns||CKSR-FM (1986-1999)|
|Owner||Rogers Media |
(Rogers Media, Inc.)
|Sister stations||Radio: CISL, CKWX, CJAX-FM|
Television: CKVU-DT, CHNM-DT
The station's main studios and listening area are in Metro Vancouver, where its rebroadcasting transmitter CKKS-FM-2 operates at 104.9 FM on 31,000 watts of power atop Mount Seymour. Its studios are located at 2440 Ash Street in the Fairview neighbourhood of Vancouver.
CKKS signed on for the first time on October 1, 1986 as CKSR-FM (with the original on-air brand Star FM 105) under the ownership of Fraser Valley Broadcasters Ltd. to serve the residents of the Fraser Valley; at the time, the 104.9 frequency was originally located in Abbotsford, west of Chilliwack. The station's original format was a mix of adult contemporary and easy listening music.
Beginning in 1995, CKSR began gradually phasing out its easy listening songs in favor of a pure AC format; the conversion would be completed by 1997, the same year the station's signal was expanded to include the Vancouver area, giving Vancouver three adult contemporary stations—CKSR-FM, CHQM-FM and the then CKKS-FM (now CJAX-FM). As part of the expansion, the 104.9 FM transmitter was relocated to Vancouver and a new transmitter (operating on 92.5 FM with 2600 watts) was installed in Abbotsford. Rogers Communications purchased the station in August 1999.
Under the new ownership, CKSR underwent a name and format change at 5 p.m. on December 31, 1999, as it became CKVX and abandoned adult contemporary music for an alternative rock format (adopting the on-air brand and slogan 104.9 XFM - Vancouver's New Rock Alternative) to compete with veteran Vancouver rocker CFOX and secure a younger listening audience. (KNDD in Seattle was also gaining market share in the Vancouver market among younger listeners.) CKVX became the second alternative rock station in Canada outside Ontario (with CKST being the first). In 2000, CKVX would relocate its main studios from Abbotsford to share space with sister stations CKWX and CKKS-FM at 2440 Ash Street in Vancouver, although Chilliwack would remain as the city of licence for the record. The alt-rock format lasted for just under four years, as it was dumped on November 19, 2003, and the brand 104.9 Christmas FM was introduced on-air as CKVX went to round-the-clock Christmas music for the next month.
CKVX switched formats and brands again at Noon on December 26, when the 104.9 Clear FM brand was adopted and the station took on a mixed format of adult contemporary and smooth jazz during most of the day, along with a program of chillout, downtempo and trip hop electronic music called Vancouver Chills, hosted by Trevor Shand from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. nightly. The first song on "Clear FM" was "Don't Know Why" by Norah Jones. On April 8, 2004, CKVX changed its call sign to CKCL (formerly used on a Truro, Nova Scotia radio station), to reflect its current on-air brand. Shand left CKCL to move to Los Angeles to become the production manager at KROQ-FM (while continuing voiceover work for Rogers Broadcasting stations in Vancouver and Toronto) in 2005, and station Music Director Doreen Copeland took over as host of Vancouver Chills, which then began mixing more AC and smooth jazz in with the electronica tunes and expanded its airtime to 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. nightly.
On August 31, 2006, CKCL dropped the smooth jazz and electronic music and returned to a full-time AC format, giving Vancouver two ACs (CHQM-FM was the other) for the first time since 2002, when co-owned CKKS flipped to Jack FM. At the same time, it began a commercial-free long weekend of non-stop music to herald the return of longtime Vancouver broadcaster Fred Latremouille and his wife Cathy (who previously had a morning show, Latremornings, on sister station CKKS-FM) to the Vancouver airwaves after a six-year retirement; the new Latremornings show debuted at 5 a.m. on September 5. The show's producer was Terry Chan, Business news from Russ Bythe, Weather from TV vet Wayne Cox and Morning News Anchor was Don Lehn (News1130/CKWX and JACK FM) But the show was short-lived, ending after only one year in late 2007 when the couple returned to Maui.
In December 2007, it was announced that Charlee Morgan, formerly of Calgary's CHFM (Lite 96) and the old LG73, would take over the morning slot in early 2008. Morgan made her morning-show debut at CKCL on February 18, 2008. On September 26, 2008, at 2 p.m., CKCL dropped Morgan's morning show, and the station's adult contemporary format, for a classic hits format and re-branded itself as FM 104.9, thus once again leaving CTVglobemedia's market-leading CHQM-FM as the sole adult contemporary outlet in Vancouver. The last song on "Clear FM" was I Will Remember You by Sarah McLachlan (which was also the last song on LG73), while the first song under the new format was "Twist and Shout" by The Beatles. This move prompted Astral Media's CISL flipping from oldies to adult standards on November 10, 2008 (which Jim Pattison's CKBD dropped on November 13, 2008 as it moved to 100.5 FM as CKPK-FM).
On November 12, 2009, CKCL rebranded itself as 104.9 fun FM. The callsign changed in late November to CFUN to reflect the updated branding. The CFUN call signs were vacated by CTVglobemedia after CFUN (now owned by Bell Media) flipped to sports radio and became CFTE.
On August 17, 2011, at approximately 8:42 a.m., after playing "Cuts Like a Knife" by Bryan Adams, the station changed their format to Top 40, branded as Sonic (the launch was also broadcast on the Vancouver edition of Breakfast Television on City). The first song played was "Party Rock Anthem" by LMFAO. To kick off the new format, the station aired 10,000 songs in a row, without commercials, a common promotion to entice new listeners. On October 11, 2011, Sonic introduced its on-air team featuring Ryder as the morning host. By January 9, 2012, the station was added to Mediabase's Canadian contemporary hit radio add board.
Former CFBT morning show host Kid Carson joined Sonic as the new Morning Show host on September 1, 2012, after his non-compete contract with Bell (CFBT's owners) expired.
On February 23, 2015, CFUN-FM re-branded as Kiss Radio, unifying itself with the Kiss branding used by other Rogers-owned CHR stations.
In March 2015, CFUN-FM and sister CKKS-FM in Sechelt made the following changes with their call signs: CFUN-FM, FM-1 and FM-2 all became CKKS-FM (FM-1 and FM-2, respectively), with CKKS warehousing the CFUN-FM call letters.
In 2019, Rogers made a request to replace CKKS-FM-2 with a new, autonomous station on the same frequency. Under CRTC rules, this triggers consultation on the appropriateness of a new station in the market, and the possibility of a call for new license proposals.
|City of license||Identifier||Frequency||Power||Class||RECNet|
|Abbotsford, British Columbia||CKKS-FM-1||92.5 MHz||2600 watts||A||Query|
|Vancouver, British Columbia||CKKS-FM-2||104.9 MHz||31000 watts||C||Query|
- CKKS-FM-1 former frequencies: 104.9 FM (1996-1997) and 107.1 FM (April–June 2002)
- "Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2006-479". CRTC. March 20, 1986. Retrieved October 29, 2017.
- "104.9 Clear-FM Debuts". Format Change. Retrieved October 29, 2017.
- Lance Venta (August 17, 2011). "The Fun Is Over In Vancouver; Sonic Hits Town". Radio Insight. Retrieved October 29, 2017.
- "104.9 Fun-FM Becomes Sonic Hits Now". Format Change. Retrieved October 29, 2017.
- pppempe (August 17, 2011). "Sonic Launch". YouTube. Retrieved October 29, 2017.
- "CHR Rebrandings Reach Vancouver". Radio Insight. Retrieved 2 March 2015.
- Canadian Radio News recap for March, 2015, Call Letter Data, airchecker.ca, April 1, 2015
- "Ownership Chart 27B - ROGERS - Radio, TV & Satellite-to-Cable" (PDF). CRTC. CRTC. Retrieved 19 May 2015.
- "Call for comments on market capacity and the appropriateness of issuing a call for radio applications to serve Vancouver, British Columbia". CRTC. 2019-04-04. Retrieved 2019-04-16.