CKXC-FM, Country 93.5, Kingston
|Rogers Broadcasting Ltd.
|K-Rock 1057 Inc.
On August 27, the CRTC approved the application by K-Rock 1057 Inc. for the operation of a new FM station at Kingston. K-Rock proposed to broadcast on a frequency of 93.5 MHz with an effective radiated power of 3,230 watts. The proposed station would offer a Country music format with a focus on country hits as well as more popular selections of bluegrass, western swing and other traditional country music. The station would target an audience aged 35-64 years. K-Rock submitted that it would broadcast a minimum of 10 hours and 6 minutes each broadcast week of locally produced and oriented programming, targeting the Kingston market directly. This programming would include community event updates, public service announcements and other information packages as well as approximately 4 hours and 47 minutes per broadcast week of regularly scheduled newscasts, 75% of which would be local content. K-Rock also proposed to provide 120 hours of local programming. K-Rock 1057 Inc. was the licensee of CIKR-FM in Kingston. The company was owned by John P. Wright (60%), Rogers Broadcasting Ltd. (25%) and Douglas Kirk (15%). The company also operates WLYK 102.7 in Cape Vincent, N.Y. through a local marketing agreement. The 93.5 MHz frequency had been used in the past by WCIZ-FM in Watertown. That station was now broadcasting on adjacent frequency, 93.3 MHz.
CKXC-FM (“Kix 93.5”)went on the air in January. Studios and office were co-located with CIKR at 863 Princess Street, Suite 301.
In late November, Rogers Broadcasting announced it would purchase the remaining shares of K-Rock 105.7 Inc. that it didn’t already own.
On May 4, the CRTC approved the application by Rogers Broadcasting Ltd. for authority to acquire from K-Rock 105.7 Inc. the assets of stations CKXC-FM and CIKR-FM Kingston.
Dave Hopkins became general sales manager at K-ROCK/KIX Country/The LAKE. He had been with Corus London as retail sales manager.
Danny Kingsbury, the General Manager of the Rogers Atlantic radio properties (Moncton, Saint John and Halifax), added the Kingston, Ontario, stations (K-Rock, Kix 93.5 and The Lake) to his portfolio. He would now be based in Kingston.
Three senior Rogers Radio managers at separate locations across Canada were released from service: Doug Elliott, Operations Manager at Rogers Radio Kingston joined the station cluster in August, 2007, from his Program Director post at then Newcap Radio Thunder Bay. Terry Voth, who joined Rogers Radio in 1999 and was General Manager at Rock 106/The River Lethbridge, had moved to Rogers after a 19-year career with Rawlco. Terry Williams, Program Director at Lite 92.9 Halifax, joined Rogers in October, 2009, after a long career as PD at C100/CJCH Halifax.
Doug Elliott left Rogers Radio Kingston as Operations Manager to become Program Director at CKGE-FM Oshawa.
The new program director at Rogers Kingston was Darryl Spring. He had been with Bell Media Kingston.
In July CKXC changed its imaging from Kix 93.5 to Country 93.5.
Danny Kingsbury, General Manager for the Rogers Radio stations in Kingston and the Maritimes, added GM responsibilities for the Ottawa cluster in November. This was upon the retirement of Vice President/GM Scott Parsons. Kingsbury, now based in Kingston, would move to Ottawa.
It was announced that Stephen Peck, GM/GSM at Rogers Radio Fort McMurray, would move to Ontario March 1 as the new GM/GSM at Rogers Radio Kingston.
Danny Kingsbury became VP & General Manager for Rogers Radio in Ottawa, Kingston and Halifax.
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