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February 7, 2024 5:10 pm  #1


A Radio Station That Feels Like Grandma's House

Here is a picture of CHLK 88.1 in Perth ON.  The station became  MY FM a few weeks back after rebranding from 88.1 Lake FM.  The station with the Grey trim and backporch is at 43 Wilson St. West.  Photo from RadioWest..

 

February 7, 2024 6:03 pm  #2


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Reminds me of the original home of CFNY in Brampton, back in the day.  The early few years of 102.1 FM was the best radio station I ever heard.

 

February 7, 2024 6:55 pm  #3


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Or the White House of Rock/Talk on Yates Street. in St. Catharines.

 

February 7, 2024 7:54 pm  #4


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This station is small-town enough that they announce the names of people in the area who’ve recently passed away, and which funeral homes are looking after the arrangements - yet the music they play is surprisingly relatively contemporary, as opposed to “easy listening”, which one might expect from a small station in a rural community. My family and I were in Perth in January visiting my mother-in-law, who often has the station on in the background, and I found myself singing along to the playlist several times! They also have a Big Band show on Sunday mornings.

 

February 7, 2024 8:08 pm  #5


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I was a big fan of HITZ FM and the 'White House of rock'. 

So - was it haunted?

 

February 7, 2024 8:09 pm  #6


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I am travelling to Ottawa next Wednesday from Sudbury , I will have to check out the 88.1 frequency as I get near the area. 

 

February 7, 2024 8:47 pm  #7


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From the time it first went on the air until just a couple years ago, CJWL in Ottawa was in a quaint, little old house on York St. in the Byward Market.

 

February 7, 2024 10:16 pm  #8


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Chrisphen wrote:

I was a big fan of HITZ FM and the 'White House of rock'. 

So - was it haunted?

About 100 years ago when I was in university, I used to call Kristie Knight in the evening when I was supposed to be studying 😄 She was great, and she always took the time to talk for a few minutes if she was able.

And whenever I drive past a place in Milton on Hwy 25 heading north out of town, I think of Hairball at the Hardball.

 

February 7, 2024 10:18 pm  #9


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mic'em wrote:

I am travelling to Ottawa next Wednesday from Sudbury , I will have to check out the 88.1 frequency as I get near the area. 

Perth being southwest of Ottawa, you might not have much luck getting it.

 

February 7, 2024 10:33 pm  #10


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Many decades ago, CHML was once located at 848 Main Street East in Hamilton and the CKDS-FM studios were located in a converted house adjacent to the building at 11 Springer Avenue. In 1986, both stations would move to their current location of 875 Main Street West, which now also houses CING-FM.


PJ


ClassicHitsOnline.com...Classic hits done right!
 

February 7, 2024 10:44 pm  #11


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Chrisphen wrote:

I was a big fan of HITZ FM and the 'White House of rock'. 

So - was it haunted?

I never witnessed any paranormal shenanigans though I was there rather briefly. I think being a believer helps too and I'm not one.

I also remember being told that house was a stop (if not the last) on the Underground Railway.

 

February 8, 2024 2:55 am  #12


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Paul Jeffries wrote:

Many decades ago, CHML was once located at 848 Main Street East in Hamilton and the CKDS-FM studios were located in a converted house adjacent to the building at 11 Springer Avenue. In 1986, both stations would move to their current location of 875 Main Street West, which now also houses CING-FM.
PJ

875 Main Street West was the former site of the Westdale Hotel where Paddy Greens Bar was located. One of the last establishments to have a "Gentlemans" and "Ladies and Escorts" entrance.

 

February 8, 2024 11:08 am  #13


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Z103.5 (DC 103 as it was known then) originated in an old house on Broadway in Orangeville. I was on staff when we went on air on May 1st, 1987. It was cozy, but it served our needs. I was long gone by they time they moved to Etobicoke.
I believe the house on Broadway is now a dental practice.

 

February 8, 2024 11:15 am  #14


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Other radio stations still in houses include Lindsay's CKLY on Kent Street West, and Peterborough's Trent Radio (CFFF) at the corner of George Street & Parkhill Road.

 

February 8, 2024 12:19 pm  #15


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The first full time radio gig I had was in Trail, BC.  The station, then CJAT was in an old Canada Post office.
So I guess you can say I started out in the mail room.


 

 

February 8, 2024 12:23 pm  #16


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newsguy1 wrote:

The first full time radio gig I had was in Trail, BC.  The station, then CJAT was in an old Canada Post office.
So I guess you can say I started out in the mail room.

One of the many stations being sold by Bell Media. Glad you're no longer there. You might have only been able to get a job working for Canada Post instead!

 

February 8, 2024 12:43 pm  #17


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I would have loved to have made the kind of money I would have working for Canada Post.
That old radio station paid me 500 dollars a month back in 1978.
I'm sure a good unionized job at Canada Post would have been much better.

 

 

February 8, 2024 1:18 pm  #18


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Tq345 wrote:

Z103.5 (DC 103 as it was known then) originated in an old house on Broadway in Orangeville. I was on staff when we went on air on May 1st, 1987. It was cozy, but it served our needs. I was long gone by they time they moved to Etobicoke.
I believe the house on Broadway is now a dental practice.

Orangevillian here (until 1991, that is) - I wish I could remember that momentous day but I sadly don’t!

 

February 8, 2024 2:24 pm  #19


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And here was CKWR's first home a half a century ago at 1342 King Street East in Kitchener, Ontario.