CHJX-FM, Christian – Faith FM, London
Sound of Faith Broadcasting
|Sound of Faith Broadcasting
|Sound of Faith Broadcasting
On December 9, Sound of Faith Broadcasting was granted a licence for a low-power specialty FM stationat London. The station would operate at 105.9 MHz with an effective radiated power of 10 watts. The service would operate on a year-round basis, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and provide mainly contemporary Christian music, and would be known as “London’s positive music station.” Based in Woodstock, Sound of Faith had plans to have a network of Christian radio stations across the province.
CHJX at long last, began on-air testing in February. Between licencing and on-air dates a fundraising campaign was held to raise the needed money to get the station on the air. The antenna was on a small pole on the roof of One London Place, downtown and was 127 metres high. Studios and offices were located at 100 Fullarton Street.
On April 10, CHJX was denied a change of frequency to 98.1 MHz, power increase to 500 watts and decrease in antenna height.
Studios and offices were relocated to 254 Adelaide Street South.
On February 2, the CRTC approved an application by Sound of Faith Broadcasting for the operation of a new specialty commercial FM radio station to serve London. The new station would replace Sound’s existing low-power CHJX-FM. A re-launch of the existing radio service with an expansion of the authorized service contours would provide an increased presence for the station. Sound of Faith proposed to offer a Christian format targeted to adults 18-55 (18-40 core). 80 hours per week of local programming would be offered. Programming would be very similar to that broadcast on the existing CHJX-FM. The station would broadcast on a frequency of 99.9 MHz and have an effective radiated power of 234 watts.
On May 31, the CRTC renewed the broadcasting licence for the low-power, English-language commercial specialty radio station CHJX-FM London from 1 June 2010 to 31 August 2011. This short-term licence renewal would enable the Commission to review, at an earlier date, the licensee’s compliance with the Radio Regulations, 1986 and its conditions of licence.
It was announced that Dave Michaels would become assistant manager / program-brand director at CHJX~INSPIRE FM. General manager William Patrick Bestall said the appointment would be effective January 1, 2011.
Well known London radio personalities Rikki-D & OG (Scott the office guy) continued to host the morning show. Canada’s first open line radio talk show Host Barry Kentner was now handling mid-days and London Interactive, a new talk show exclusive to Inspire 105.9 FM. Program Director and 35 year radio veteran Dave Michaels stepped in to the afternoon drive show. Long time London musician Larry McGill joined the line-up as host of Christian Classics & Oldies (weekends).
CHJX changed its name from Grace FM to Inspire FM.
On August 31, the CRTC administratively renewed the licence for CHJX-FM until March 31, 2012.
On March 20, the CRTC administratively renewed the licence for CHJX-FM to August 31, 2012.
On August 8, the CRTC administratively renewed the licence for CHJX-FM until August 31, 2013.
On August 31, the CRTC renewed the broadcasting licence for the English-language specialty commercial radio programming undertaking CHJX-FM London, Ontario, operated by Sound of Faith Broadcasting, from 1 September 2012 to 31 August 2013.
In the fall, CHJX moved from 105.9 to 99.9 MHz and increased effective radiated power from 10 watts to an average of 234 watts (maximum of 500 watts).
CHJX-FM changed its branding from Inspire FM to Faith FM.
The story continues elsewhere…
Effective September 1st 2019, we will only be adding new material to these station histories in exceptional circumstances. Our intent to chronicle the early days of these radio and television stations has been achieved, and many new sources and technologies, from the CRTC website to Wikipedia, and others, are now regularly providing new information in these areas.