CFPL-FM
CityLondon, Ontario
Broadcast areaSouthwestern Ontario
Frequency95.9 MHz (FM)
BrandingFM96
SloganLondon's Best Rock
Programming
FormatActive rock
Ownership
OwnerCorus Entertainment
(Corus Premium Television Ltd.)
CFPL, CKDK-FM, CFHK-FM
History
First air date
May 15, 1948
Call sign meaning
Canadian Free Press London (founding owner and local newspaper)
Technical information
Licensing authority
CRTC
ClassC1
ERP179,000 watts
HAAT273 meters (896 ft)
Links
Websitefm96.com

CFPL-FM, branded as FM96, is a Canadian radio station owned by Corus Entertainment and based in London, Ontario. It transmits at a power of 179,000 watts on the assigned frequency of 95.9 MHz. CFPL-FM plays an active rock format. CFPL-FM's studios are located in downtown with other Corus London stations while its transmitter is located in Southwest London on the CFPL-DT tower that is also utilized by sister station CFHK-FM.

History

Canada's third-oldest FM station, originally signed on in 1948 at 93.5 MHz[1] as a simulcast station of CFPL-AM. The FM station started airing separate programming in 1949, the same year it started broadcasting at 95.9 MHz at 4,440 watts. The "FPL" call sign letters stand for its original owner, The London Free Press newspaper.

In 1961, CFPL-FM boosted its signal strength to 179,000 watts. During the 1960s and early 1970s, CFPL-FM broadcast classical music as an affiliate of the CBC FM network.[2] In 1972, the station disaffiliated from the CBC, and adopted a variety format under the name Stereo 96, which included various music formats and some talk programming. In 1979, the station became known as FM96 and the format changed to adult contemporary under the "Rock 'n' Easy" moniker. CFPL had the slogan "Music Above All" during part of the 1980s. CFPL shifted to rock in the 1980s.

In 2006, FM96 was named Station of The Year and won the BDS Cutting Edge Award.

References

  1. ^ 93.5 MHz later became the broadcast frequency of CBC Radio One affiliated CBCL-FM broadcasting to the London area.
  2. ^ http://www.broadcasting-history.ca/listing_and_histories/radio/cfpl-fm

Coordinates: 42°56′59″N 81°15′52″W / 42.94972°N 81.26444°W / 42.94972; -81.26444