CJKL-FM 101.5 is an FM radio station in Kirkland Lake, Ontario. The station is owned by Connelly Communications Corporation, which also owns CJTT-FM in Temiskaming Shores, Ontario. Connelly Communications is owned by Rob Connelly of Kirkland Lake.

The station offers a hot adult contemporary format with a mix of current music and classic hits. Hourly news and sports is provided through local announcers/reporters and Broadcast News / Canadian Press.


CJKL first went on the air in 1934 on its original AM frequency at 1310 kHz as part of the Thomson media empire owned by Roy Thomson. In 1939, CJKL moved from 1310 to 560 kHz. In 1985, Connelly purchased CJKL and CJTT from Bob Ancell. In 1999, after 65 years on the AM dial, the station flipped from 560 AM to its current frequency at 101.5 FM.

Community Programs

CJKL FM hosts several community events and programs including the CJKL FM Christmas Wish, The Merchant Mania Home Show, The CJKL FM Carnival Queen Pageant, The Spooktacular Halloween program, Kinsmen Radio Day and The CJKL Citizen of the Year and Lifetime Achievement awards.

Christmas Wish

The CJKL FM Christmas Wish provides gifts of new clothing and toys for needy children. The program is supported by donations from local businesses, service clubs, families and listeners. Several annual fundraisers are held for the Christmas Wish including the Kenogami Spring Break ice golf/fishing party which has raised over $100,000 in the past five years for the program.

Merchant Mania Home Show

CJKL FM hosts the annual Merchant Mania Home Show each Mothers Day weekend at the Kirkland Lake Community Complex. The event provides an opportunity for local and national businesses to sell their goods on the floor of the arena. There is no admission charge for the public, but children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Retailers can contact CJKL FM for exhibitor booth information.

CJKL FM Citizen Of The Year Award

The CJKL FM Citizen Of The Year award is presented annually to the person, persons or group who, through their efforts in the past year, have contributed to improving the quality of life for the people of Kirkland Lake. The award is presented at the Kirkland Lake & District Chamber of Commerce's annual dinner.

CJKL FM Citizen Of The Year Winners:

2007: Doug LaBerge

2006: Frog's Breath Volunteers

2005: Hockey Heritage North Volunteers

2004: Kirkland Lake Gold

2003: Judy Mortson

2002: Barbara Hobson

2001: Nora Barker

2000: Dave Bolger

1999: Rick Danis

1998: Joe Rosko

1997: Sister Georgina Grubb

1996: Irene Pochopsky

1995: Barrick Gold Corporation

1994: Blue Diamond Anniversary Committee

1993: Albert Dinel

1992: Mary Ann Taylor

1991: Norm Connelly

1990: Winter Carnival Committee

1989: Eugene Ivanov

1988: KLCVI Reunion Committee

CJKL FM Lifetime Achievement Award Winners:

Margaret Daugherty

Carolyn MacKinnon

Ron Loach

Glenn Conrad

James Perry

Glenn Carter

Tom McClelland

Joe Mavrinac

Neil Culhane

Kaarine Evans

Hazel Joy

June Korhonen

Reg Tressider

Bertha Boisvert

Santa Claus Express Committee

CJKL FM Carnival Queen Pageant

The CJKL FM Carnival Queen Pageant began in 1989 and runs each year in conjunction with the Kirkland Lake Winter Carnival. The pageant is open to young ladies in the Kirkland Lake area between 16 and 20 years of age. Several events are held in January and February leading up to the crowning and fashion show at the Northern College Auditorium. A volunteer board oversees the pageant with official pageant tabulations provided by Ross Pope and Company.

CJKL FM Carnival Queens:

2008: Shelby-Lyn Bouckley

2007: Natalie Chodorowski

2006: Olivia MacDonald

2005: Katie Burtschenko

2004: Marrie Leigh Malciw

2003: Melissa Lachapelle

2002: Margaret McTaggart

2001: Lindsay McFadgen

2000: Celine Pullen

1999: Valerie Fowler

1998: Christina Pullen

1997: Veronique Dorval

1996: Claire Gauthier

1995: Francine Trottier

1994: Brandie Strojny

1993: Melissa Brookfield

1992: Caroline Harvey

1991: Diane Landry

1990: Kristina Klaas

1989: Rhonda Smith

On-air Personalities

* Barry Ferguson (DJ, Weekday Mornings)
* Adam Sharp (DJ, Weekday Afternoons, Music Director)
* Alan Pedwell (Afternoon News/News Director)
* Greg Mackle (Morning News/Sports Director)
* Ian MacPherson (Announcer)
* Rob Connelly (Announcer, Owner/Manager)


* "Classic Cafe featuring Classic Hits" (Weekdays Noon-1pm)
* "Top 4 at 4" (the days most requested songs; Weekdays 4-4:30pm)
* "80's Explosion" (Fridays 7pm-Midnight)
* "Bob Kingsley's Country Top 40" (Saturdays 8am-Noon)
* "American Top 40", with Ryan Seacrest (Saturdays Noon-4pm)
* "Saturday Night Rocks", with Rob Connelly (Saturdays 4pm-Midnight)
* "Sunday Morning Oldies" (Sundays 8-Noon)


CJKL was also the call letters of a fictional Regina, Saskatchewan radio station in the "Corner Gas" episode "Dog River Dave".

External links

* [http://www.cjklfm.com/ CJKL Official site]
* [http://www.broadcasting-history.ca/listings_and_histories/radio/histories.php?id=272&historyID=88 CJKL History at Canadian Communications Foundation]
* [http://www.crtc.gc.ca/archive/ENG/Decisions/1999/DB99-181.HTM Conversion of AM station CJKL to FM Decision CRTC 99-181]

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