CKTO-FM

CKTO-FM, 100.9 Big Dog, Truro

Bell Media Inc.

StationYearFreq.PowerOwner/Info
CKTO-FM
2013
100.9
50,000
Bell Media
CKTO-FM
2002
100.9
50,000
Astral Media Inc.
CKCL-FM
1990
100.9
50,000
Radio Atlantic Holdings Ltd.
CKCL-AM
1980
100.9
360
Radio Atlantic Holdings Ltd.
CKCL-FM
1965
100.9
360
Colchester Broadcasting Inc.
1965

Colchester Broadcasting Co. Ltd., owner of CKCL-AM, opened CKCL-FM in March. It broadcast on a frequency of 100.9 MHz with an effective radiated power of 360 watts. It broadcast a mono signal. J. Arthur Manning was President of Colchester Broadcasting.

1974

On May 31, CKCL-FM was given permission to increase effective radiated power from 360 to 11,500 watts. The antenna pattern would remain omni directional and a new transmitter site would be used. The sale of Colchester Broadcasting Co. Ltd. by J. A. Manning to a company represented by Mervyn C. Russell was denied on June 20. The proposed purchaser was controlled by Jack Schoone and J. Irving Zucker. The application was denied because this company already had a strong presence in the region.

1975

Permission was granted March 14 for the sale of Colchester Broadcasting Co. Ltd. from J. A. Manning to Bathurst Broadcasting Co. Ltd.

Undated

CKCL-FM became CKTO. The station became a CBC affiliate.

1982

CKTO disaffiliated from the CBC on February 4.

1984

On January 11, the CRTC renewed CKTO-FM's licence until September 30, 1985.

1987

Colchester Broadcasting Co. Ltd. became Radio Atlantic (CKCL) Ltd. (owned by Bathurst Broadcasting Co. Ltd., owner of CKBC Bathurst, N.B.). Roy Publicover was general manager at CKCL/CKTO-FM.

1988

Mike Trenholm was news director.

1989

CKTO had its licence renewed to August 31, 1992 but had its request to eliminate its weekly three hour classical music program denied. CKTO-FM and CKCL-AM began operating from new studios and offices on September 1. CKTO made the change at 10:00 a.m. and CKCL changed over at 11:00 p.m. Some of the CKTO-FM employees at this time: Roy Publicover (vice president and general manager), Doug Branscombe (program director), Lorne Breckon (music director), Bob Bartlett (production engineer), Mike Trenholm (news director), Frank MacDonald (morning man and farm news director), Jackie Murphy (news). Chief engineers were Harold Thompson (Radio Atlantic) and Don Jardine (CKCL-CKTO). On November 3, approval was granted for authority to transfer effective control of Radio Atlantic (CFNB) Ltd. licensee of CFNB Fredericton, Radio Atlantic (CKBC) Ltd. licensee of CKBC Bathurst, and Radio Atlantic (CKCL) Ltd. licensee of CKCL and CKTO-FM Truro, through the transfer of 40% of the common voting shares of Radio Atlantic Holdings Ltd. from Win Trust Ltd. to Force Holdings Ltd. Radio Atlantic is the sole shareholder of Radio Atlantic Management Ltd. which in turn is the sole shareholder of the three licensee companies mentioned above. Force Holdings presently owns 46.7% of Radio Atlantic. As a result of this transaction, Radio Atlantic will be directly controlled by Force Holdings (86.7%), which is ultimately controlled by the Eddy family.

1990

On February 12, CKTO-FM was given approval to increase effective radiated power from 11,500 watts to 50,000 watts and to relocate the transmitter site form Young Street to Nuttby Mountain, approximately 25 km north of the present site. The changes would improve service along the Northumberland Strait.

1997

Radio Atlantic (CKCL) Ltd. was purchased by Radio Atlantic (1997) Ltd. Roy Publicover left CKTO/CKCL as general manager and was replaced by Dan Cormier from Fredericton. Alan Johnson became news director at CKTO/CKCL.

1999

Radio Atlantic (1997) Ltd. was purchased by Telemedia Communications Inc.

2001

Dan Barton left his position as morning man and operations manager of CHER Sydney to be program director at Mix 100.9 and CKCL-AM. On April 27 at midnight CKTO "The Mix 100.9 FM" became "EZ Rock FM". Sister station CKCL-AM became CKTY-FM as "99.5 Cat Country FM" a few hours later.

2002

Astral Media Inc. purchased Telemedia Radio Atlantic Inc. In June, CKTO “EZ Rock” became “Big Dog 100.9” with a hot adult contemporary / classic rock format.

2003

On July 22 the CRTC renewed CKTO-FM's licence until August 31, 2010.

2011

On August 31, the CRTC administratively renewed the licence for CKTO-FM until March 31, 2012.

2012

On March 20, the CRTC administratively renewed the licence for CKTO-FM to August 31, 2012. On July 10, the licence was administratively renewed to March 31, 2013.

2013

On February 6, the CRTC administratively renewed the licence of CKTO-FM to August 31, 2013. On June 27, 2013, after a previous such application had been denied in 2012, the CRTC approved an application by Astral Media Inc. to sell its pay and specialty television channels, conventional television stations and radio stations to BCE Inc., including CKTO-FM.

2018

In February, 100.9 Big Dog CKTO changed format from a mix of Classic Rock, Hot AC and CHR to a full rock sound.

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