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On July 7, the CRTC approved an application by Tri-Co Broadcasting Ltd. (CJSS-FM and CFLG-FM) for a new AM station at Cornwall, operating on 1220 kHz with a power of 1,000 watts. The new station would make use of the frequency and facilities previously used by CJSS-AM which moved to the FM dial. Its aim would be to serve and repatriate out-of-market tuning within the 45+ demographic with a nostalgia format.
On November 24, CJUL “The Jewel Memories 1220” began official broadcasting with an adult standards format following a short test period. A couple of voices familiar to Montreal listeners, Jack Curran and Chuck Phillips joined the CJUL air staff.
On November 19, the CRTC approved the application by Corus Entertainment Inc. to purchase Tri-Co Broadcasting Ltd. from the Emard family. Tri-Co was owner of CJUL-AM, CFLG-FM and CJSS-FM.
In the fall, Corus Radio Cornwall (CJUL-AM, CJSS-FM and CFLG-FM) moved to new studios and offices at 709 Cotton Mill Street on the city’s waterfront. The building was in the Weave Shed section of the Cotton Mill, which had been a loft space. The new facility – in a 150 year old heritage building – featured all-new state-of-the-art broadcast equipment. The first broadcasts came from the new facility at 6:00 p.m., November 27.
In the fall, Corus Radio Cornwall (CJUL-AM, CJSS-FM and CFLG-FM) moved to new studios and offices at 709 Cotton Mill Street on the city’s waterfront. The building was in the Weave Shed section of the Cotton Mill, which had been a loft space. The new facility – in a heritage building – featured all-new state-of-the-art broadcast equipment.
On August 18, CJUL (AM 1220) left the air. Corus stated that more listeners across Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry would now get up-to-date local and regional information on local radio as Corus Radio redeployed news and community event information from AM 1220 (CJUL-AM) onto its two FM stations, Variety 104.5 (CFLG-FM) and Rock 101.9 (CJSS- FM). The decision to increase informational content on Corus Radio Cornwall’s FM stations came following two separate listener surveys. Over 8,000 loyal listeners were polled about their local radio needs and the respondents overwhelmingly favoured increased local content relevant to their communities. Hal Blackadar, executive VP and president of Radio, Corus Entertainment said, “While closing CJUL-AM will impact some listeners, we know that many also tune in to our FM stations which will now have increased local information and entertainment.” The immediate changes would include longer and more frequent news updates on Variety 104.5 and Rock 101.9, the new home of Ottawa Senators Hockey play-by-play coverage.” “Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry is a large area with strong local values and maintaining a voice in the larger community is key to Corus Radio Cornwall,” said J.J. Johnston, general manager, Corus Radio Cornwall, Kingston and Peterborough. “We know how important local information is to our listeners and we will continue to be a relevant and connected voice in the communities we serve.”
An announcement aired at 11:00 a.m. on August 18, informing listeners that CJUL would be no more. A looped announcement continued to air on 1220 kHz until August 31 at 6:00 p.m. when CJUL 1220 finally went dark.
Corus Radio Company requested the revocation of its licence for CJUL Cornwall. On October 12, the CRTC revoked the licence.
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