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City of license St. Catharines, Ontario
Broadcast area Niagara Region, Greater Toronto Area,
Branding 97.7 HTZ (Hits) FM
Slogan Southern Ontario's Best Rock
Frequency 97.7 MHz
First air date 1949
Format active rock
Power 50,000 watts
Class B
Callsign meaning HiTZ = Hits
Owner Astral Media
Website 97.7 HTZ FM

CHTZ-FM is a radio station in St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada. The station airs at 97.7 on the FM dial, and broadcasts an active rock format with the brand name HTZ (Hits) FM.


The station launched in 1949 as an FM simulcast of the city's CKTB. The station later launched distinct programming, and adopted a country music format with the new callsign CJQR in 1979. Niagara District Broadcasting, the owner of CKTB and CJQR, was acquired by Standard Broadcasting in 1980.

The station subsequently adopted its current callsign and a contemporary hit radio format in 1986.

In 1998, the station was sold to Affinity Radio Group. In 2000, Affinity was acquired by Telemedia, which was in turn acquired by Standard in 2002. Standard retained ownership of CHTZ after the reacquisition.

On October 26, 2007, the station once again changed hands. The following Monday, CHTZ officially began broadcasting the name of its new owner, Astral Media, as part of its station identification.

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