|Broadcast area||Sarnia, Ontario / Port Huron, Michigan|
|Frequency||106.3 MHz (FM) (HD Radio)|
|Slogan||Great Hits & Real Classics|
First air date
|August 3, 1968|
Former call signs
|CKTY (1987-1999) |
CKJD (AM) (1968-1987)
|ERP||35,000 watts average|
50,000 watts peak
|HAAT||124 metres (407 ft)|
CHKS-FM is a Canadian radio station, which broadcasts at 106.3 FM in Sarnia, Ontario. The station broadcasts a classic hits format with the brand name Cool 106.3 and it also serves Port Huron, Michigan.
CHKS-FM can be heard in parts of Eastern Michigan, as far west as Flint, Michigan. The station conflicts with WGER of Saginaw, Michigan, in Genesee and Lapeer Counties, though those with directional antennas can tune either station in these areas. The 106.3 FM signal has been heard as far south as Monroe, Michigan; however, reception can be difficult due to FM translator W292DK in Oak Park, Michigan which is also on 106.3 FM. This situation tends to cause interference in southern St. Clair County, as well as in Macomb County. In Ontario, interference seems minimal.
Dancy Broadcasting launched the station in 1969, as an AM station with the callsign CKJD and a contemporary MOR format. The station's original AM frequency was 1250 AM. Rogers Communications acquired it in 1972, and moved to 1110 AM in 1977. In 1981, Rogers also launched an FM sister station, CJFI.
When Rogers acquired Maclean-Hunter in 1994, the Blue Water stations were transferred to Blackburn Radio. Blackburn converted the station to FM in 1999, and gave the station its current call sign, CHKS-FM and changed the format to rock under the moniker K106.3 - Sarnia's Best Rock.
On July 1, 2020 at 1:06 pm, K 106.3 ended its active rock format with playing "Firework" by The Tragically Hip repeatedly from 12:00 p.m. until 1:06 p.m. The first song played on the new rock oriented classic hits-based Cool 106.3 was "Electric Avenue" by Eddy Grant.
- chrisbubb. "WHLS Rocks Port Huron". RadioInsight.
- http://hdradio.com/canada/find-hd-radio-canadian-station HD Radio Guide for Canada
- "W292DK-FM Radio Station Coverage Map". Theodric Technologies LLC.
- "CHKS-FM Radio Station Coverage Map". Theodric Technologies LLC.
- Decision CRTC 99-19, Conversion of AM radio station CKTY to FM, CRTC, January 21, 1999
- CHKS-FM history – Canadian Communications Foundation
- CHKS-FM in the REC Canadian station database
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