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CICX-FM is a Canadianmarker radio station, broadcasting at 105.9 FM in Orilliamarker, Ontariomarker. The station airs a country format under the KICX-FM brand.

History

The station was originally launched in 1943, broadcasting at 1450 AM in Nobelmarker, with the call sign CFPS. Following the end of World War II, the station's owner, Gordon Ellesworth Smith, wanted to affiliate the station with CBC Radio's Dominion Network, but without a feed line to get CBC programming to the station, this was not possible in Nobel — so in the summer of 1945, the station was shut down and moved to Orillia, where it relaunched on September 3 as AM 1450 CFOR. The station joined the Dominion Network the following year.

In 1954, the station moved to AM 1570.

In 1957, a fire destroyed the station's transmitter building, but with help from other broadcasters, the station was back on the air within a day. Later that year, the station increased its signal power to 10,000 watts daytime and 5,000 watts nighttime. Bob Hope, who was in Torontomarker performing at the Canadian National Exhibitionmarker, visited CFOR on September 4 of that year to officially launch the station's new transmitter.

In 1964, the station dropped its CBC affiliation, and was sold to a consortium that included Maclean-Hunter. In 1967, Maclean-Hunter became the station's sole owner. In 1976, the station was reacquired by local owners, who in turn sold it to Telemedia in 1980.

In 1993, the station moved to the FM band at 105.9 MHz, adopting its current call sign and a country music format. The former CFOR call letters now belong to an FM radio station in Maniwakimarker, Quebecmarker. Prior to CFOR's move from the AM band at 1570 kHz to the FM band at 105.9 MHz (as CICX) in 1993, the 105.9 FM frequency was occupied by a CBC Radio transmitter, known as CBCO, which moved to its current 91.5 FM frequency.

In 1996, the station switched to an adult contemporary format using the EZ Rock brand.

In 2002, when Telemedia was acquired by Standard Broadcasting, CICX was one of the stations Standard immediately resold to Rogers Communications. With the transaction, Rogers switched the station's branding to 105.9 Lite FM. In August 2003, Rogers switched the station to an adult hits format as Jack FM.

On June 4, 2007, Larche Communications announced a deal with Rogers to acquire CICX in exchange for Larche's existing CIKZ-FM in Waterloomarker. The transaction, which was approved by the CRTC on December 24, 2007, reunited CICX with its onetime sister station CICZ-FM in nearby Midlandmarker.

On March 3, 2008, CICX dropped the Jack FM format and branding, picking up the KICX format from CICZ, and CICZ flipped to a rock music format. On May 21, 2008, the station was given approval to change its authorized contours by decreasing the average effective radiated power from 43,000 watts to 10,600 watts, by increasing the effective antenna height and by relocating the antenna.

The station now shares its format and branding with CICS-FM in Sudburymarker, a new station launched by Larche in August 2008.

Airstaff

The current air staff includes Jack Latimer, Carey Moran, Amy Aust and Michael Bullock.

References

  1. Decision CRTC 92-783
  2. "Rogers, Larche swap Ontario radio stations", Toronto Sun, June 4, 2007.
  3. Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2007-434
  4. Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2008-110


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