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Fairchild (CHKT)

Fairchild (CHKT)
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Last updated:
2012-06-16 23:46:42
Country: CanadaListen to radio stations broadcasting from Canada
City: Richmond Hill
Address: 135 East Beaver Creek Road, Unit 8, Richmond Hill, Ontario L4B 1E2
AM (MHz): 1430
Genre: Chinese
Phone: 905-763-3350
Language of broadcast: Chinese
Description: CHKT is a Canadian radio station, airing at 1430 AM in Toronto, Ontario. The station, owned by the Fairchild Radio service, airs Chinese language programming.The station first aired in 1925 as AM 840 CKCL, owned by the Dominion Battery company. As with many radio stations in the early years of radio broadcasting, the station changed frequencies a number of times in its first years of operation. It settled on the permanent 580 frequency in 1931.In 1945, the station was sold to Jack Kent Cooke's Toronto Broadcasting Co., and adopted the callsign CKEY. It was subsequently acquired by Shoreacres Broadcasting, a consortium that included Westinghouse and The Globe and Mail, in 1961, and changed its frequency to 590 in 1964 as CKWW signed on at 580 that year in Windsor and CKAR, (known today as CFBK-FM), Huntsville, Ontario had to change its frequency from 590 to 630 kHz.In the late 1950s and early 1960s, CKEY was the leading Top 40 music competitor to 1050 CHUM; one of its DJs was later CFNY staple David Marsden, known as Dave Mickie at CKEY (and later at CHUM as well). The station dropped its Top 40 format for "middle of the road" music in 1965, now going up against CFRB, and was successful in that arena for a time. Shoreacres, in turn, was acquired by Maclean-Hunter in 1966.From 1970 to 1983, CKEY featured Charles Templeton and Pierre Berton on the commentary show Dialogue with Templeton also reading the morning news for several years. The station also had Stephen Lewis as a commentator in the late 1970s and early 1980s.After several format adjustments (including oldies in the late 1980s and early 1990s as "Key 590, Toronto's Classic Hits"), the station adopted a country music format in 1991, changing its callsign to CKYC. The CKEY callsign was subsequently picked up by a station in Fort Erie.After Rogers Communications acquired Maclean-Hunter in 1994, CKYC was sold to Telemedia. Telemedia subsequently swapped CKYC's frequency with that of its sports outlet CJCL. CKYC subsequently aired only syndicated programming until it was acquired by Fairchild in 1997.The CKYC callsign was subsequently picked up by a station in Owen Sound, Ontario in 2001.

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