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CKMF-FM
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City of license Montreal, Quebec
Broadcast area Greater Montreal Area
Branding RadioNRJ Montréal 94.3
Frequency 94.3 MHz
First air date May 11, 1964
Format contemporary hit radio
ERP 41,400 watts
Class C1
Callsign meaning The MF is the French terminology for FM
Owner Astral Media
Sister stations CFEI, CFZZ, CHOM, CITE, CJAD, CJFM
Website http://www.radionrj.ca/montreal

CKMF-FM is a French-language Canadian radio station located in Montreal, Quebec.

Owned and operated by Astral Media, it broadcasts on 94.3 MHz with an effective radiated power of 41,400 watts (class C1) using an omnidirectional antenna from the Mount Royal candelabra tower.

The station has a contemporary hit radio format and is the flagship of the NRJ network which operates across Quebec. It offers an eclectic yet progressive mix of personality-driven DJs and current francophone and anglophone pop music.

History

Originally known as CJMS-FM, the station started operations on May 11, 1964, [1] as a sister station to the now-defunct CJMS 1280 AM. The station originally had a classical music format; that format was abandoned in the early 1970s and the call sign was changed at that time to CKMF-FM. The station became Canada's first disco music dedicated radio station in November 1978. Because of Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) rules and the fact that CKMF is a French-language station, it was submitted to play mostly French-language over English-language music, therefore disco was played during the peak hours. "Le 5 à 8" was the most popular show between 1978 and 1983 hosted by Michel Jasmin and Alain Montpetit and Guy Aubry. Ironically Montpetit's popularity as an influential DJ and promoter would be tarnished by being named as the prime suspect in a 1982 murder of a model in New York City (which would not be confirmed until 2002). He would later die in a Washington, DC hotel of a drug overdose in 1988.

Last CKMF logo using the Énergie branding.

It was from there that the "Énergie" name came to be as the station carried it over from its evolution from Rhythmic Top 40 in the 1980s and 1990s, to its current format which began in 1994. The Énergie branding would be partially discarded in August 2009 when Astral Media licensed the NRJ branding from an European broadcaster. The last song under the Énergie branding was When You're Gone by Avril Lavigne, just before the 5:30am morning show, seguing to commercials after this. After the commercials, the station relaunched as NRJ at 5:30am ET with the morning show guys talking about the station's rebranding (along with other Énergie stations). The first song under the NRJ branding was Life in Technicolor II by Coldplay. The airchecks remain unchanged, but the slogans were changed over. CKMF became the fourth Montreal station in the late 2000s to rebrand after jazz station CKLX-FM rebranded from Couleur Jazz to Planète Jazz in September 2008, followed by hot AC station CJFM-FM from Mix 96 to Virgin Radio on January 12, 2009 and AC station CFQR-FM from Q92 to 92-5 The Q on April 12, 2009.

While a power increase to 75,000 watts was planned around 2000 to combat expected interference from the power increase of fourth-adjacent CBF-FM 95.1 from 17,030 to 100,000 watts, it never took place and was not even applied for, as the expected interference never took place. However this plan was notified internationally even though it was never implemented, which explains the United States Federal Communications Commission's FM query erroneous claims that CKMF-FM has a power of 75,000 watts.

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