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CHTZ-FM is a radio station in St. Catharinesmarker, Ontariomarker, Canadamarker. The station airs at 97.7 on the FM dial, and broadcasts an active rock format with the brand name HTZ (Hits) FM.

History

The station launched in 1949 as an FM simulcast of the city's CKTB. The station later launched distinct programming, and adopted a country music format with the new callsign CJQR in 1979. Niagara District Broadcasting, the owner of CKTB and CJQR, was acquired by Standard Broadcasting in 1980.

The station subsequently adopted its current callsign and a contemporary hit radio format in 1986.

In 1998, the station was sold to Affinity Radio Group. In 2000, Affinity was acquired by Telemedia, which was in turn acquired by Standard in 2002. Standard retained ownership of CHTZ after the reacquisition.

On October 26, 2007, the station once again changed hands. The following Monday, CHTZ officially began broadcasting the the name of its new owner, Astral Media, as part of its station identification.

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