|Branding||"AM 1380" / "Rise Radio"|
|Slogan||"Simply the best"|
|Frequency||1380 kHz (AM)|
|First air date||1923|
|Format||news / country / religious|
|Transmitter coordinates||43°03′20.2″N 80°18′54″W / 43.055611°N 80.31500°W|
|Callsign meaning||CK Preston, Canada|
CKPC is a Canadian radio station, which broadcasts at 1380 kHz in Brantford, Ontario, with its transmitter in the nearby township of Oakland. Owned and operated by Evanov Communications, the station airs a country music and Christian religious format branded as AM 1380.
CKPC went on the air in 1923. Its original city of licence was Preston, Ontario (now part of the city of Cambridge, Ontario), but was moved to Brantford shortly after. The station first started out as an amateur radio station, but the founder (Wallace Russ) quickly applied for a broadcast licence after a few trial broadcasts. His licence was granted, and he started broadcasting from his home in Preston at a power of just 5 watts. After Russ sold the station to his friend Cyrus Dolph, he still remained active with the station, and watched it grow throughout its early years. Its power would later increase to 25 watts in 1927, doubling in power and moving to 1010 kHz at 50 watts in 1930, and to 880 kHz. The station's main content was local news, and local artists and talents from Kitchener, Hamilton, and Brantford.
On December 29, 1927, the station officially moved to the Arcade Building in downtown Brantford, under the supervision of his daughter, Florence Dolph Buchanan, and her husband (and station manager) J.D. Buchanan. Its transmitter was located in the Six Nations Reserve at the time.
In 1934, the station moved again on the AM dial, to 930 kHz. Six years later, Florence Buchanan became both owner and manager of CKPC-AM, becoming the first woman in Canada to own and/or operate a radio station. The next year, the station moved to its present frequency, 1380 kHz.
The station grew significantly through the postwar years, and moved to bigger facilities in Brantford.
In 1990 and 2006, Telephone City Broadcast Limited received approval to increase CKPC AM's power from 10,000 watts to 25,000 watts full-time, to improve the signal in all directions. The first power increase approval from 1990 was never implemented. In January 2007 CKPC's power was increased to 25,000 watts.
On March 15, 1999, Telephone City Broadcast Ltd. was denied a licence to add an FM rebroadcast transmitter at Simcoe to operate on 98.9 MHz with an effective radiated power of 1,090 watts. The proposed transmitter was intended to correct coverage inadequacies in CKPC's AM service to the Simcoe, Port Dover and Delhi area.
In 2009, the CRTC approved the change of effective control of Telephone City Broadcast Limited from the Estate of R.D. Buchanan to William Vasil Evanov, through the transfer of all issued and outstanding shares of Telephone City to Evanov Communications Inc. Telephone City was the licensee of CKPC-AM and CKPC-FM.
On June 24, 2010 at noon the station switched to playing country music hits from the 1960s to the present.
In 2012, CKPC introduced an afternoon block of religious programming and inspirational music titled Rise Radio. According to posts on the Facebook page, during this time the station features the John Tesh radio show and a musical playlist incorporating both contemporary Christian music and spiritual songs by secular artists, along with Christian talk and teaching programs. Rise Radio airs from noon to 7pm each weekday.
- CKPC-FM, sister station to CKPC-AM
- AM 1380
- CKPC AM history - Canadian Communications Foundation
- Query the REC's Canadian station database for CKPC