Infobox Radio Station
name = CKDX-FM
airdate = 1980 (AM) 1994 (FM)
frequency = 88.5
area = Newmarket,
erp = 11.3 kW
branding = The Jewel of the Dial
website = [http://www.885thejewel.com/ CKDX]
CKDX is a Canadian radio station, broadcasting at 88.5 FM in the
Greater Toronto Area. Although officially licensed to Newmarket, the station's studios are located in Toronto. The station broadcasts a pop standardsformat with the brand name The Jewel of the Dial.
The station was launched
February 28, 1980as AM 1480 CKAN, broadcasting from 6 am to midnight with an adult contemporary format. The music format changed to country musicby 1984. In 1986, the station switched to a Top 40format, and in 1988 the station began broadcasting 24 hours a day.
The station shut down on
March 17, 1992due to financial problems, and resumed broadcasting on May 17when the problems were resolved. In December of that year, the station adopted the CKDX callsign. CKDX subsequently moved to the FM band in 1994, branding itself as The Phoenix. [ [http://www.crtc.gc.ca/archive/ENG/Decisions/1994/DB94-438.HTM Decision CRTC 94-438] ] Since the move to FM, the station had gone through technical changes. [ [http://www.crtc.gc.ca/archive/ENG/Decisions/1999/DB99-479.HTM Decision CRTC 99-479] ]
The station went through a number of format changes in the next several years, adopting a
dance musicformat in 1997, returning to country music in 1999, rhythmic oldiesin 2000 and its current format "Foxy 88.5" in 2002.
The station is 70% owned by
Evanov Communications, and 30 percent by the private numbered company 1093641 Ontario Ltd.
In early April 2007, "Foxy 88.5" became "88.5 The Jewel". It adopted the "Jewel" branding shortly after the launch of sister station CJWL in
Ottawa, which is also branded as "The Jewel".
* [http://www.885thejewel.com/ 88.5 The Jewel]
* [http://www.broadcasting-history.ca/listings_and_histories/radio/histories.php?id=388&historyID=169 CKDX History at Canadian Communications Foundation]
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