Infobox Radio Station

city = Guelph, Ontario
name = CJOY
area = Guelph, Ontario
branding = CJOY
slogan = "The Royal City's Greatest Hits"
airdate = 14 June 1948
frequency = 1460(kHz)
format = Oldies music
class = B
erp = 10 000 watts
owner = Corus Entertainment
website = [http://www.cjoy.com/ CJOY]
current_callsigns = CJOY-AM (1948)

CJOY is a Canadian radio station, broadcasting at 1460 AM in Guelph, Ontario. Its sister station is CIMJ-FM.


Wally Slatter and Fred Metcalfe opened Guelph's first radio station, CJOY, on June 14 1948 on 1450 kHz with 250 watts power, non-directional with transmitter using one 150 foot tower in Guelph Township, Wellington County.

On April 1 1960, CJOY moved to 1460 kHz with 10,000 watts day and 5,000 watts night (full-time) from a new site on the south half of a Lot in Puslinch Township, Wellington County. They stated to use four 164 foot (overall height) towers. The station had originally proposed to move to 1430 kHz with 5,000 watts but it was decided that 1460 kHz would provide a better service.

On July 26 1972 CJOY-AM and FM received approval to move to new studios and offices at 75 Speedvale Avenue E where it continues to broadcast from today. In 1981, the station increased its power to 10,000 watts full-time, using three 160 foot and one 400 foot towers at the same site of the 1972 towers. On April 28 1987, Kawartha Broadcasting Co. Ltd. (which was indirectly controlled by Paul Desmarais) purchased CJOY Ltd. (CJOY and CKLA-FM) from Wally Slatter, Fred Metcalfe, Neil Stilman, K.M. Metcalfe, N. Slatter, W.D. Dawkins and Larry Smith; and The Galt Broadcasting Co. Ltd. (CIAM Cambridge) from Wally Slatter and Fred Metcalfe.

The corporate name changed to Power Broadcasting Inc. in 1989.

Wally Slatter, co-founder of CJOY, died on June 2, 1995. As well Fred Metcalf, co-founder of CJOY died in February 1996. He was also the founder of the first cable TV system in Canada called 'Neighborhood TV' in Guelph (1952). He sold his twenty cable operations to Maclean Hunter Ltd. in 1967. He also ran that company between 1977 and 1984.

Well-known broadcasting alumni of CJOY include Norm Jary, former Mayor of Guelph and broadcaster of New York Ranger Hockey, Gordie Tapp, Al Shaver, Bob Bratina, and Bob MacAdorey. Bratina was on the air March 23, 1965 when the huge black-out occurred in North-Eastern North America. The station interrupted programming to provide emergency information, but the station manager insisted the commercials for the regular Italian Language program run as scheduled during the emergency broadcast.

The current owner is Corus Entertainment, who purchased the stations in 1999 from Power Broadcasting. The CRTC approved the deal on March 24 2000. CJOY is currently undergoing major studio renovations (Oct. 2006). Final renovations will be completed in 2008 with a digital network.

From the very start of the station, CJOY has been a vital part of the community. It provides live coverage of charity fundraisers, and 'on the spot' reporting of breaking news, weather, and sports. The station also sends out its CJOY Jeep Compass to do on-site, on-air live event coverage.

AM to FM

On August 21, 2008, CJOY applied to move from the AM dial to the FM dial. [ [http://www.crtc.gc.ca/archive/ENG/Hearings/2008/n2008-10.htm#12 Broadcasting Notice of Public Hearing CRTC 2008-10] ]


External links

* [http://www.cjoy.com CJOY 1460]
* [http://www.broadcasting-history.ca/listings_and_histories/radio/histories.php?id=325&historyID=114 CJOY history at Canadian Communications Foundation]

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