CKGM-AM, Montreal, CTVglobemedia
CKGM began operations December 7, on 980 kHz with 10,000 watts day and night. The station operated with a single directional pattern, using six 230 foot towers at a site located on lots 109A and 109B, Concession of St. George, Parish of St. Constant, District of La Prairie. Studios and offices were located at 1455 Drummond Street. CKGM (GM for Greater Montreal) was owned by Maisonneuve Broadcasting Co. Ltd. (Geoffrey W. Stirling, C. Charbonneau and Nicole Wanner).
Geoff Stirling (CKGM’s owner) applied for a television licence for Montreal. He and his partners (including Don Jamieson) lost out to Canadian Marconi (CFCF-TV).
CKGM-FM signed on.
Geoff Stirling was President of Maisonneauve Broadcasting Corp. Don Wall was vice president and general manager of CKGM. Jim Tapp was commercial manager, Ralph Kirchen was program director, Bob Holiday was news director, and Danny Gallivan was sports director. CKGM was an independent with no network affiliation
CKGM affiliated with the CBS Radio Network. CJAD (also CKAC) had been the CBS affiliate in Montreal.
On June 1, CKGM-AM and FM moved studios and offices from 1455 Drummond Street to 1310 Green Avenue in Westmount. The CRTC approved the move on May 28.
CKGM-FM became CHOM.
On December 11, an application to transfer 1,000 common and 8,930 preferred shares of Maisonneauve Broadcasting Corp. Ltd. from Geoffrey W. Stirling to CHUM Limited was denied.
Maisonneauve Broadcasting was given approval to move studios and offices to 1355 Greene Ave.
CKGM had plans to use two directional patterns rather than one, from the existing six towers.
On March 6, CKGM was authorized to change its daytime radiation pattern in order to improve its signal to the northeast, southeast and southwest sectors of Montreal.
CKGM had its licence renewed but its request to use some French was denied. The station was also told to increase spoken word programming.
CKGM applied to make changes to its daytime radiation pattern.
On August 20, CHUM Limited purchased Maisonneauve Broadcasting (CKGM & CHOM-FM) from Geoff Stirling's Apache Communications.
On January 15, CKGM switched from Top 40 to Adult Contemporary (Lite Rock, Less Talk, Favourites of Yesterday and Today).
On February 10, oldies formatted CKGM became CHTX "980 Hits" with a contemporary hits format.
In September, CKGM increased power to 50,000 watts and began broadcasting in stereo (Motorola system) on a new frequency – 990 kHz. The CRTC approved the change on February 5. The new transmitter site was at Ville de Mercier, about 11 kms southwest of the former site.
CKGM was first granted the move to 990 kHz and power increase to 50,000 watts, on July 18, 1983. That approval also included a change of transmitter site from Sainte Philomene de Chateauguay (Mercier) to Sainte Martine.
On May 24, at 6 a.m., CHTX returned to an Oldies format as CKIS "Oldies 990".
On January 15, CKIS returned to the CKGM calls and the format changed to talk (Talk Radio with Attitude).
For much of the first half of 1998, CKGM turned its 990 frequency over to CJAD 800. CJAD had lost its towers in a major ice storm. On June 12, at noon, CKGM returned to the air (on 990) with a new (or old) format: oldies. CJAD had returned to 800 kHz on May 29 and simulcast on both frequencies until June 12.
CKGM was given approval to operate a transitional digital radio undertaking from a transmitter on Mont Royal, using the EUREKA-147 digital audio broadcasting system. The transmitter would operate on 1452,816 MHz with an effective isotropic radiated power of 11,724 watts.
On May 7, CKGM Oldies 990 switched to an all-sports format as part of CHUM Limited’s “The Team” sports network. The station became known as The Team 990.
Standard Radio Inc. took ownership of CHOM-FM.
On August 27, the Team network folded but CKGM continued to operate with the sports format.
Allan Waters, the founder of CHUM Limited, owner of CKGM, passed away at the age of 84, on December 3rd.
On July 12 it was announced that Bell Globemedia would pay C$1.7 billion for CHUM Ltd., in a deal that would see the company become part of the BCE-owned media conglomerate, subject to CRTC approval. On August 31, the two companies announced that BGM had been successful in its offer to acquire approximately 6.7 million common shares and approximately 19.2 million non-voting Class B shares of CHUM. The shares were to be placed in the hands of an independent trustee pursuant to a voting trust agreement approved by the CRTC.
On December 12th, it was announced that Bell Globemedia would henceforth be known as CTVglobemedia.
2007A CRTC hearing on the CTVglobemedia application to acquire the assets of CHUM Limited was held on April 30th 2007. On June 8 the CRTC approved the acquisition of CHUM Ltd. by CTVglobemedia, on condition that CTV sell off its five City-TV stations, CITY-TV Toronto, CHMI-TV Portage La Prairie/Winnipeg, CKEM-TV Edmonton, CKAL-TV Calgary and CKVU-TV Vancouver. Rogers Communications announced on June 25th that a deal had been reached for them to buy these stations from CTV, subject to CRTC approval. Among the CHUM assets acquired by CTVglobemedia in the deal were seven television stations, 21 specialty channels and some 33 radio stations, including CKGM-AM.
Updated by Bill Dulmage – May, 2008