CKQB-FM (106.9 FM, "Jump! 106.9") is a radio station licensed to Ottawa, Ontario. Owned by Corus Entertainment, it broadcasts a Top 40/CHR format. CKQB's studios are located at 1504 Merivale Road in Nepean, Ontario along with sister station CJOT-FM, while its transmitter is located in Camp Fortune, Quebec.
|Broadcast area||National Capital Region|
(Eastern Ontario, Western Quebec, Upstate New York)
|Frequency||106.9 FM (MHz)|
|Repeater(s)||99.9 CKQB-FM-1 (Pembroke)|
|First air date||August 31, 1982 (AM)|
September 1, 1994 (FM)
|HAAT||323 meters (1,060 ft)|
|Former callsigns||CJSB (1982-1994)|
|Former frequencies||540 kHz (AM) (1982-1994)|
|Owner||Corus Entertainment |
(8324433 Canada Inc.)
The station was launched on August 31, 1982 by Standard Broadcasting at 540 AM, with the call sign CJSB and a power of 50,000 watts (daytime) and 10,000 watts (nighttime). The station was initially a mixture of MOR music and talk programming, then became an adult standards/easy listening (Music of Your Life) station, and in January 1987, evolved into a soft adult contemporary format with the brand name 54 Lite Rock.
In 1988, the station adopted a mainstream rock format and the brand name 54 Rock. In June 1989, the station's nighttime power was increased from 10,000 watts to 12,500 watts in an effort to extend their coverage area in the west-end of Ottawa. Through all the changes, the station continued to lose money hand over foot.
In 1993, after 11 years without a profit on AM, the station applied to move from the AM band to the FM band using the available 106.9 frequency that had been occupied by CKO from 1977 to 1989. This was the first time the CRTC had allowed a commercial station in a major market to switch from AM to FM.
The AM station signed off the air at 9 a.m. on August 31, 1994 and the FM station signed on at 6 p.m. on September 1, 1994 with the new brand name 106.9 FM The Bear and changed its call sign to CKQB-FM. Darren Stevens became the first personality to be heard on the new station during a live broadcast from Minglewoods bar in the Byward Market.
In 2004, CKQB was given approval by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission to operate an FM transmitter at Pembroke on 99.7 MHz, to rebroadcast the programming of CKQB-FM's main station in Ottawa and provide better service to CKQB-FM's listeners in Pembroke and in the surrounding west Ottawa Valley area.
The station's music director, Kath Thompson, won the Canadian Music Industry Award for Music Director of the Year (Major Market) in 2007. On October 29, 2007, Astral Media took control of CKQB-FM as a result of its takeover of Standard Broadcasting.
On December 4, 2008, Astral Media announced that CKQB, along with sister stations CJFM-FM in Montreal and CKZZ-FM in Vancouver, would be rebranded as a Virgin Radio station in January 2009. This was in addition to an existing Virgin Radio station, CKFM-FM in Toronto. CKQB featured a "re-energized" rock format, as opposed to a hot adult contemporary format at the other Virgin Radio stations in Canada. The Toronto Virgin flipped to Top 40/CHR the following year.
The rebranding was completed at 4 p.m. on January 9, 2009. The first song after the relaunch was "London Calling" by The Clash. The station subsequently faced criticism for its inaugural promotional campaign, which featured images of pregnant young women accompanied by the slogan "Lock up your daughters, the gods of rock are now in Ottawa." The station dropped the advertisements after a number of listeners filed complaints.
On August 26, 2009, Astral applied to change Pembroke's repeater frequency (CKQB-FM-1) from 99.7 to 99.9 MHz to mitigate interference due to the approval of Astral's new FM station in Ottawa at 99.7 MHz. The move to 99.9 FM received CRTC approval on October 14, 2009.
CKQB-FM's studios are located at the broadcasting complex shared by its former sister station CJOH-TV, on Merivale Road in Nepean. On February 7, 2010, CJOH-TV's studios were gutted by a four-alarm fire in the pre-dawn hours; CKQB-FM's studios, located in a separate building, were not affected.
In 2010, following the reformatting of francophone station CFTX-FM as a mainstream rock station, CKQB included more active rock songs to its playlist. On February 4, 2011, the station dropped the Virgin branding, returning to its former Bear identity.
In March 2013, as part of Bell Media's acquisition of Astral Media, Corus Radio reached a tentative deal to acquire several radio stations, including CKQB, as part of an overall deal totalling $400.6 million. On January 28, 2014, the CRTC approved Corus's acquisition of CKQB-FM and sister station CJOT-FM. The acquisition was closed on January 31, 2014.
On March 6, 2014, Corus announced that CKQB would drop its rock format by the end of the month, promising a "fresh, new direction". The station would run jockless in the meantime, with no on-air staff. On March 28, 2014, CKQB began stunting with nature sounds and ambient chill music; three days later on March 31, CKQB flipped to CHR as Jump! 106.9. The new format would compete primarily with the dominant CIHT, and Rogers' CISS-FM, contrasting their adult contemporary-leaning formats with a younger-skewing rhythmic direction, and a "very strong" social media presence.
In September 2018, CKQB laid off its morning hosts Jesse Reynolds and Jenna Mo, and announced that they would be replaced by the syndicated Brooke & Jubal (originating from KQMV in Seattle, Washington). Corus claimed that the change was intended to "maximize how we deliver content to listeners and further position radio brands for the future", but was widely criticized by listeners for replacing the local hosts with syndicated talent from the United States.
- Homegrown '89 (1989 - Cassette issue when branded as 54 Rock)
- Homegrown '90 (1990 - Cassette issue when branded as 54 Rock)
- Unmuted: Ottawa Recording Artists United Against AIDS (1996)
- Unmuted II (1997)
- Canadian Communications Foundation History of CKQB-FM
- Decision CRTC 89-346
- Decision CRTC 93-636
- Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2004-60
- Astral press release, December 4, 2008
- "Virgin Radio drops 'lock-up-daughter' ads". Ottawa Citizen, February 18, 2009.
- Broadcasting Notice of Consultation CRTC 2009-519
- Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2009-649
- "CTV Ottawa newsroom destroyed by fire", CTV Ottawa, 2010-02-07
- "Fire destroys CTV newsroom", CBC.ca, 2010-02-07
- The Bear Returns to Ottawa
- "Bell moves closer to Astral with sale of TV assets". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved 5 March 2013.
- "Corus Entertainment Receives CRTC Approval on the Acquisition of Ottawa Radio Stations CKQB-FM and CJOT-FM". Corus Entertainment. January 28, 2014. Retrieved January 29, 2014.
- "New owners to take radio station 106.9 The Bear in 'fresh direction'". Ottawa Citizen. 2014-03-06. Retrieved 2018-05-13.
- "Corus Launches Jump 106.9 Ottawa". RadioInsight. 2014-03-31. Retrieved 2018-05-13.
- "The Bear is dead, JUMP! lives on Ottawa airwaves". Ottawa Sun. 2014-03-31. Retrieved 2018-05-13.
- "Morning show hosts bid farewell to fans following 'ruthless' restructuring at Jump! 106.9". Ottawa Citizen. 2018-09-02. Retrieved 2018-09-13.