CKUE-FM-1 , Cool FM, Windsor

Blackburn Radio Inc.

CKUE-FM 12007100.79,000Blackburn Radio Inc.
CKUE-FM 1200595.11,950Blackburn Radio Inc.
CKUE-FM 1200495.1400Bea-Ver Communications Inc.


On December 17, Bea-Ver Communications Inc. was given approval to add a transmitter at Windsor for CKUE-FM in Chatham. The station would also open a Windsor studio and produce 42 hours of programming each week from that location. The new transmitter would be a synchronous repeater of CKUE Chatham, operating with an effective radiated power of 400 watts on frequency 95.1 MHz (the same frequency as Chatham). 


CKUE-FM-1 completed on-air tests in May. The station launched a short time later.

Windsor studios and offices were located at 2601 Lauzon Parkway. 


On March 22, the CRTC approved the transfer of the effective control of Bea-Ver Communications Inc. to Blackburn Radio Inc. On the same date, approval was granted for the transfer of control of Blackburn Radio Inc. through the transfer of all of the issued and outstanding shares of Blackburn Group Incorporated (the parent corporation) from the Estate of Martha G. Blackburn to a numbered company controlled by her son, Richard Costley-White.


On September 28, Blackburn Radio Inc. was given approval to change the frequency of CKUE-FM-1 Windsor from 95.1 MHz to 100.7 MHz and to increase the average effective radiated power from 1,950 watts to 3,840 watts. The changes were designed to reduce the interference zone, thereby providing a better signal for the travelling public in and around Windsor and Chatham; improve signal reception in Windsor auto plants and other large buildings; provide extensive interference-free coverage to the city of Windsor and its fast growing suburbs; and eliminate most of the persistent co-channel interference to CKUE-FM Chatham and CKUE-FM-1 Windsor.


On January 2 at 11:00 a.m., CKUE-FM-1 Windsor completed the frequency change to 100.7 MHz. Maximum effective radiated power increased from 6,000 watts to 9,000 watts. The “mother” station (CKUE-FM 95.1 The Rock – Chatham) increased its effective radiated power to 42,000 watts. With both transmitters now on different frequencies, the zone of interference between the two was eliminated.

The Windsor studios and offices relocated to 2090 Wyandotte Street East.


On October 5, the CRTC renewed the licences for Blackburn Radio Inc. stations CFGX-FM Sarnia, CHKS-FM Sarnia, CHOK Sarnia and its transmitter CHOK-FM-1 Sarnia, CKNX Wingham, CKNX-FM Wingham and its transmitter CKNX-FM-2 Centreville, CKUE-FM Chatham and its transmitter CKUE-FM-1 Windsor and CFCO Chatham and its transmitter CFCO-1-FM Chatham, from 1 December 2010 to 31 August 2014. This short-term renewal would enable the Commission to review, at an earlier date, the licensee’s compliance with the Radio Regulations, 1986 and with its conditions of licence.


Mitch O’Connor, host of The Rock Windsor’s morning show, was no longer with the station. O’Connor had only been in place since August but had worked for the company since 2007. He’s worked on Windsor radio off and on since 1995. Program Director Rod Martens was filling in until a successor could be found.


Craig Venn left 95.1 The Rock for 94.9 The Rock in Oshawa.


Rod Martens was no longer with Blackburn Radio. He had been manager of the company’s stations in Windsor and Leamington and was PD at CKUE Chatham/ Windsor, FM 95.9 Windsor and Mix 96.7/Country 92.7 Leamington. 

The Rock 95.1 Chatham-Kent and The Rock 100.7 Windsor rebranded in February as LiteFM and were now serving men and women 35+, skewed toward women. 

(SEE CKUE-FM Chatham for more information)


In April, CKUE-FM changed from Lite FM to COOL-FM, featuring the best-of-the-best from the ‘80s, ‘90s and today.

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