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Virgin Radio 106.9
City of license Ottawa, Ontario
Broadcast area National Capital Region
Eastern Ontario
Branding Virgin Radio 106.9
Slogan Where Rock Lives
Frequency 106.9 FM
First air date 1982 (AM)
1994 (FM)
Format active rock
ERP 84 kW
Class C1
Former callsigns CJSB (1982-1994)
Owner Astral Media
Website Virgin Radio 106.9

CKQB-FM is a Canadian radio station, which broadcasts an active rock format at 106.9 FM in Ottawa and 99.9 FM in Pembroke (on a repeater as CKQB-FM-1). The station uses the on-air brand name Virgin Radio 106.9.



The station was launched in 1982 by Standard Broadcasting at AM 540, with the call sign CJSB and a power of 50,000 watts (daytime) and 10,000 watts (nighttime)[1]. The station was initially a mixture of music and talk programming, then became an easy listening station, and in January 1987 evolved into a soft adult contemporary format with the brand name 54 Lite Rock.

In 1988, the station adopted an active rock format and the brand name 54 Rock. In June 1989, the station's nighttime power was increased from 10,000 watts to 12,500 watts in an effort to extend their coverage area in the west-end of Ottawa.[2]

In 1993, after 11 years without a profit on AM, the station applied to move from the AM band to the FM band using the available 106.9 frequency that had been occupied by CKO from 1977 to 1989.[3] The AM station signed off the air at 9AM on August 31, 1994 and the FM station signed on at 6PM on September 1, 1994 with the new brand name 106.9 FM The Bear and changed its call sign to CKQB.

In 2004, CKQB was given approval by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission to operate an FM transmitter at Pembroke, Ontario on 99.7 FM, to rebroadcast the programming of CKQB's main station in Ottawa and provide better service to CKQB-FM’s listeners in Pembroke and in the surrounding west Ottawa Valley area. [4]

The station's music director, Kath Thompson, won the Canadian Music Industry Award for Music Director of the Year (Major Market) in 2007. On October 29, 2007, Astral Media took control of CKQB-FM as a result of its takeover of Standard Broadcasting.

On December 4, 2008, Astral announced that CKQB, along with sister stations CJFM-FM in Montreal and CKZZ-FM in Vancouver, would be rebranded as a Virgin Radio station in January 2009.[5] This is in addition to an existing Virgin Radio station, CKFM-FM in Toronto. CKQB will feature a "re-energized" rock format, as opposed to a hot adult contemporary format at the other Virgin Radio stations in Canada.

The rebranding was completed on January 9, 2009. The station subsequently faced criticism for its inaugural promotional campaign, which featured images of pregnant young women accompanied by the slogan "Lock up your daughters, the gods of rock are now in Ottawa." The station dropped the advertisements after a number of listeners filed complaints.[6]

On August 26, 2009, Astral applied to change Pembroke's repeater frequency (CKQB-FM-1) from 99.7 to 99.9 MHz to mitigate interference due to the approval of a new FM station in Ottawa at 99.7 MHz. [7] The move to 99.9 FM received CRTC approval on October 14, 2009.[8]

On-air personalities

  • Dylan Black
  • Cub Carson
  • Carly D'Amico
  • Wendy Daniels
  • Katherine Dines
  • Gonzo
  • Jason Herrington
  • Jetboy


Compilation albums

  • Homegrown '89 (1989 - Cassette issue when branded as 54 Rock)
  • Homegrown '90 (1990 - Cassette issue when branded as 54 Rock)
  • Unmuted: Ottawa Recording Artists United Against AIDS (1996)
  • Unmuted II (1997)


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