CHBN-FM is a CHR radio station based in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. The station, which is owned by Rogers Communications, operates at 91.7 MHz with an ERP of 100 kW. CHBN's studios are located on Gateway Boulevard in Edmonton, while its transmitter is located near Anthony Henday Drive in eastern Edmonton. CHBN broadcasts a contemporary hit radio format branded as Kiss 91.7.
|Slogan||Edmonton's #1 For Hit Music|
|Frequency||91.7 MHz (FM)|
|First air date||February 17, 2005|
|HAAT||200.3 meters (657 ft)|
|Callsign meaning||C H BouNce (former branding)|
|Owner||Rogers Media |
(Rogers Media, Inc.)
|Sister stations||Radio: CHDI-FM, CKER-FM|
TV: CKEM-DT, CJEO-DT
CHBN is ranked #12 in the Edmonton market according to the August 30, 2015 PPM data report.
CHBN signed on the air as "91.7 The Bounce" on February 17, 2005. When the station first signed on, the station aired a rhythmic top 40 format, but moved to the current CHR format in December 2005. They became the only CHR station in the Edmonton market when CKRA (96X) shifted their format to play a Hot AC format in August 2005, and then later to country music four months later. After this surprise development, The Bounce shifted to more mainstream pop music.
Every year in October, in an event called "Bras Across the Bridge", for Breast Cancer Awareness Month, CHBN collects bras from listeners, donating $1 to the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation for every bra collected. At the end of the month, they then tie all the bras together and span the string of bras across the High Level Bridge as many times as they can.
At the time of their launch, CHBN was jointly owned by CHUM Limited and Milestone Radio. In June 2007, all of CHUM's assets, including its share of CHBN, were sold to CTVglobemedia. On June 23, 2010, it was announced that CHBN would be sold to Rogers (which also owns Edmonton's World FM and Sonic), along with its sister station in London, Ontario, CHST-FM, pending CRTC approval. The acquisition also saw the reunion of CHBN with its sister station CKEM-DT for the first time since 2007.
When CFMG-FM flipped from AC to CHR as "Virgin Radio", it marked the first three-station FM top 40 battle in Edmonton as of February 2011 (the other competitor being CJNW). Since the launch of Virgin Radio, The Bounce has been playing fewer commercials, as seen with the introduction of Commercial Free Mondays, and playing more currents and higher-charting songs than its competition. CHBN will continue to report on Mediabase and Nielsen BDS' Canadian contemporary hit radio panel.
On February 24, 2017, at 10 a.m., CHBN re-branded as Kiss 91.7, adopting the KiSS brand used by other Rogers CHR and hot AC stations and launching with a 91-hour commercial-free marathon.
The Bounce has held seven singing contests, named the "Bounce Showdown", it has been called Canada's most successful talent competition. The winner of the Bounce Showdown is signed to record two songs with a record label, and their songs played on the Bounce. The past winners have been:
- Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2004-133
- "Canada's Rogers Broadcasting buys Edmonton CHR "Bounce FM"". Radio-Info.com. June 22, 2010.
- Broadcasting Notice of Consultation CRTC 2010-715
- "91.7 The Bounce Edmonton Kisses Its Name Goodbye". Radio Insight. Retrieved 21 March 2017.
- "Bounce boasts no idle idols in Showdown". Edmonton Journal. June 21, 2008. Retrieved April 12, 2010.
- Kreesha Turner official website
- Shiloh official website
- Quanteisha official website
- Justin Blais official website
- Bounce Showdown 2010 (June) results
- Hot 107 Song History
- Bryan Finlay Facebook Fan Page
- Bell Media Bounce Showdown Press Release