CKKW-FM
Broadcast areaWaterloo Region
Frequency99.5 MHz (FM) (HD Radio)
BrandingBounce 99.5
Programming
FormatAdult Hits
HD2: Country
Ownership
OwnerBell Media
CFCA-FM, CKCO-DT
History
First air date
July 30, 1959
Former frequencies
1320 kHz (AM) (1959–1975)
1090 kHz (1975–2009)
Call sign meaning
CK Kitchener-Waterloo (broadcast area)
Technical information
Licensing authority
CRTC
ClassB1
ERP1,700 watts (average)
4,300 watts (peak)
HAAT110.8 meters (364 ft)
Links
WebcastListen Live
Websiteiheartradio.ca/bounce/kitchener-waterloo

CKKW-FM (99.5 FM) is a Canadian radio station licensed to Kitchener, Ontario, with studios located in Waterloo while its transmitter is located near Ottawa Street South and Trussler Rd in Kitchener. The station is owned by Bell Media and airs an adult hits format branded on-air as Bounce 99.5.

History

The station originally began broadcasting on July 30, 1959 at 1320 AM, until it moved to 1090 AM in 1975.

"Oldies 1090" logo until 2009

In February 1984, CKKW began AM-stereo broadcasting with a Motorola C-Quam format.[1]

"KFUN" logo (2009–2021)

Originally owned by Carl Pollock and later becoming a subsidiary of his company Electrohome, CHUM Limited acquired CKKW in 1993, and shortly thereafter instated the oldies format and Oldies 1090 branding. This was maintained until 2009, except for a brief period from 2001 to 2002 when it was part of CHUM's short-lived sports radio network, The Team.

On April 10, 2008, CKKW applied to the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission to convert the station to 99.5 MHz.[2] The application indicated that CKKW will keep its present oldies format on FM. The application was approved on October 3, 2008.[3]

The flip, which occurred on January 6, 2009, resulted in a continuation of the oldies format as KFUN 99.5.[4] Although the station was allowed to simulcast at 1090 AM until April 6 of that year, the AM signal is believed to have been shut down on January 16; the old AM towers were taken down in March.[5] CKKW later flipped to adult hits, but kept the same branding.

As part of a mass format reorganization by Bell Media, on May 18, 2021, CKKW rebranded as Bounce 99.5.[6]

References

  1. ^ "CKKW-FM | History of Canadian Broadcasting".
  2. ^ Broadcasting Notice of Public Hearing CRTC 2008-2-3
  3. ^ Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2008-277
  4. ^ "CKKW Moves to FM as K-FUN". 6 December 2013.
  5. ^ CKKW's towers start to fall Scott Fybush, North East Radio Watch March 30, 2009.
  6. ^ Bell Media Bounces 25 Stations Across Canada to New Variety Hits Brand

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