CKPT-FM (99.7 MHz) is a Canadian radio station in Peterborough, Ontario. It is owned by Bell Media and airs a hot adult contemporary radio format. The studios and offices are on George Street North in Peterborough. The transmitter is off Greencrest Drive.[1]

CKPT-FM
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CityPeterborough, Ontario
BrandingEnergy 99.7
SloganToday's Best Music
Frequency99.7 MHz (FM)
First air dateOn AM 1420: 1959
On FM 99.7: August 21, 2007
Formathot adult contemporary
Power3,700 watts (11,000 maximum)
HAAT81.4 meters (267 ft)
Callsign meaningCanada Knows PeTerborough
Former frequencies1420 AM (1959-2008)
99.3 FM (2007-2008)
OwnerBell Media
(Bell Media Radio)
Sister stationsCKQM-FM
Websitewww.energy997.ca

CKPT-FM has local DJs on weekdays in the daytime. Weeknights, the syndicated "On-Air with Ryan Seacrest" is heard.


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HistoryEdit

AM 1420Edit

CKPT originally began broadcasting at AM 1420 in 1959.[2] The station was powered at 1,000 watts by day and 500 watts at night. It was owned by the Peterborough Broadcasting Company. By the 1980s, the power increased to 10,000 watts day/5,000 watts night. CKPT aired an adult top 40 sound in the 80s and 90s.

In 2001, CKPT changed from its soft oldies format in favour of a national sports radio network "The Team." In August, 2002, after just over a year on the air, then-owner CHUM Limited reversed the decision on The Team format and returned to music, playing adult standards and oldies as "1420 Memories".

Prior to the switch to FM in 2007, the station was known as "1420 CKPT – Peterborough's Soft Favorites."

Switch to FM 99.3Edit

In March 2007, CKPT was given approval by the CRTC to convert to the FM band at 99.3 MHz.[3] The frequency was chosen by CHUM, Inc. Another station, CKKK-FM (now CJMB-FM), was willing to move from 99.5 to 90.5 FM in March 2007, so CKPT could move to its new FM frequency at 99.3 MHz. CKKK-FM's move was approved on July 9, 2007. The frequency change to 90.5 FM took place on August 20, 2007.

Later in 2007, CKPT was one of the stations included in the takeover of CHUM Limited by CTVglobemedia.

On August 21, 2007, CKPT-FM signed on 99.3 with a new hot adult contemporary format under the new name "Energy 99.3".[4] The change came just one day after CKKK-FM moved from 99.5 to 90.5 FM. The new CKPT signal simulcast on its old 1420 AM frequency, until it's turned off after its simulcasting period has ended. On May 5, 2008 at 4:00 p.m. EDT, engineers pulled the plug on the old 1420 AM frequency and left the air forever.[5][6][7][8][9][10]

Move to 99.7Edit

On January 14, 2008, CKPT-FM filed an application to relocate from 99.3 MHz to 99.7 MHz,[11] in order to resolve interference issues to CBC Radio One's CBCP-FM on 98.7 FM; this application was approved on February 27, 2008.[12]

On June 2, 2008, the remaining AM towers in the four tower array on Crowley Line were taken down. A week earlier, two of the towers were actually toppled, because of structural deterioration. The same day the old AM towers came down on June 2, 2008, CKPT-FM moved to its current frequency at 99.7 FM with the same format and new branding Energy 99.7.[13]

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