Infobox Radio Station
airdate=January 18, 1950
frequency=91.3 MHz (FM)
Victoria, British Columbia; Secondary: Vancouver, British Columbia; Tertiary: Seattle, Washington
Jim Pattison Group
branding=The Zone @ 91-3
callsign_meaning=C J ZoNe
website= [http://www.TheZone.fm/ www.TheZone.fm]
CJZN-FM, known as The Zone @ 91-3 or The Zone, is a Canadian broadcast
radio stationin Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. CJZN broadcasts [http://www.TheZone.fm/ online] and at a frequency of 91.3 on the FM band. The station broadcasts a modern rockformat.
CJZN signed on for the first time on
January 18, 1950as CKDA, initially broadcasting on 1340 AM at 250 watts under the ownership of Capital Broadcasting System Ltd. (headed by founder David Armstrong). On August 1, 1954, CKDA moved to 1280 AM and increased its power to 5000 watts; in 1955, CKDA-FM was signed on as a simulcast of CKDA-AM, and was for all intent the studio transmitter link to the off-shore transmitter site. On September 18, 1957, the AM station moved to 1220 kHz and doubled its power to 10,000 watts.
In compliance with new broadcaster regulations regarding simulcasting, on
March 21, 1965, CKDA-FM ended its simulcast of its AM sister and became CFMS-FM, airing an easy listeningformat from noon to midnight seven days a week. In 1971, CKDA increased its power to 50,000 watts, moved to 1200 AM on July 1, 1986, and dropped its oldiesformat for an all-'70s music format in 1994. CKDA and CFMS founder David Armstrong died on April 22, 1985, after which point his widow, Sheridan Armstrong, took over running the stations.
In August 1995, the OK Radio Group Ltd. purchased CKDA from Capital Broadcasting and relaunched it as CKXM-AM in October 1995, broadcasting a country music format at 1200 on the AM band and known as 1200 CKXM Country. At that time, CKXM and its sister station, CKKQ-FM (100.3 The Q!) were located at 3795 Carey Road in Victoria. CKKQ was on the second floor while CKXM was on the first floor.
In May 1999, both CKXM and CKKQ moved to the top floor of 2750 Quadra Street, a three-storey Victoria office building purchased by the OK Radio Group Ltd. in the fall of 1998.
In March 2000, CKXM moved from the AM band to the FM band at a frequency of 91.3, maintaining its country music format and rebranded as The New X 91 Three. The AM signal continued until May 2000.
In June 2001, CKXM changed its call sign to the current CJZN and relaunched as The Zone @ 91-3 with a modern rock format. The first song played was
Blink 182's "Rock Show". Also in the first hour of play was Weezer's "Hash Pipe", American Hi-Fi's "Flavor of the Week" and Limp Bizkit's "My Way".
* [http://www.TheZone.fm/ TheZone.fm]
* [http://www.broadcasting-history.ca/listings_and_histories/radio/histories.php?id=44&historyID=16 CKDA/CKXM/CJZN history at Canadian Communications Foundation website]
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