CJDL-FM , Country 107.3, Tillsonburg
Tillsonburg Broadcasting Co. Ltd.
On August 25, CKOT-AM received approval to move to the FM band. However, the 104.7 MHz frequency the station had proposed to use, was awarded to a new station in Woodstock. CKOT would have to seek an alternate channel. If CKOT had used 104.7 MHz, it would have operated with an effective radiated power of 2,300 watts average (5,000 watts maximum) with antenna height of 163.5 metres from the existing CKOT-FM tower.
On August 11, Tillsonburg Broadcasting Co. Ltd. was authorized to use frequency 107.3 MHz for its new FM station. Effective radiated power would be 4,500 watts.
After a lengthy test period, CJDL-FM “ New Country, Classic Country – Country 107.3” signed on the air on August 1 at 5:00 a.m. Oxford M.P.P. Ernie Hardeman congratulated the station on behalf of the province. Congratulatory messages were also received from a number of country artists including George Fox and Julian Austin. The “JDL” in the call sign represent owner John D. Lamers. CJDL’s studios and offices are co-located with CKOT-AM and FM at 77 Broadway Street. CKOT-AM remains on the air, simulcasting CJDL-FM during the daytime hours.
The CRTC approved the change to the ownership of Tillsonburg Broadcasting Company Limited through the transfer of the shares of Tilsonburg to a holding company owned by the initial shareholders of Tilsonburg Broadcasting, licensee of CJDL-FM and CKOT-FM Tillsonburg, Ontario.
Morning anchor Bill Adams left Country 107.3 (CJDL) and Easy 101 (CKOT) to spend more time with his family.
On August 17, the CRTC administratively renewed the licence of CJDL-FM to August 31, 2013.
On February 17, Canada's last day-time AM station was silenced when CKOT Country 1510 signed off the air for the last time. For the past five and a half years, CKOT-AM had been a repeater for CJDL FM Country 107.3.
On July 13, the CRTC approved an application by Rogers Media Inc., on behalf of Tillsonburg Broadcasting Company Limited, for authority to effect a change in the ownership and effective control of TBCL, licensee of CJDL-FM and CKOT-FM. TBCL was owned by Lamers Holdings Inc., which in turn was owned by John D. Lamers (78%), Carolyn Watts (11%) and Christine Lamers (11%) and effectively controlled by Mr. Lamers.
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