CKNX Radio is owned and operated by Blackburn Radio. Our studios are located in Wingham, ON Canada. Our transmitters are located near Belgrave, ON (CKNX-AM), Formosa, ON (CKNX-FM, CIBU-FM) and Brucefield, ON (CIBU-FM-1).

CKNX-AM (am920 CKNX)

General Info

AM920 CKNX is your information and entertainment leader in Midwestern Ontario.

For over 80 years CKNX Radio has been serving the residents of Huron, Perth, Wellington, Bruce and Grey. In an area of the province not served by a daily newspaper, AM920 CKNX has played an important role in keeping dozens of communities linked. It was part of the vision of W.T. “Doc” Cruickshank when he built the first radio transmitter in his Wingham shop from an article in Popular Mechanics in February 1926. Over the years, Midwestern Ontario residents have come to trust AM920 CKNX for the most in-depth coverage of news, sports, agriculture and weather. It is something we take very seriously and look forward to keeping for the next 80 years.

AM920 (CKNX-AM) is owned and operated by Blackburn Radio Inc. CKNX-AM is licensed by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) on 920 khz (AM) with a daytime power of 10,000 watts and night time power of 1000 watts. The transmitter site is located near Belgrave ON.

Coverage Map CKNX-AM Coverage

AM Radio Reception Tips

Transmission AM radio signals travel between the transmitter and receiver along the surface of the earth, gradually losing strength as they move away from the transmitting point. This is known as Ground Wave Propagation. Obstructions to the signal, such as hills and tall buildings will cause the signal to lose strength more quickly, but generally this reduction is only a problem if the listener is outside the transmitter’s Primary Coverage Area (the area that the transmitter power allows it to cover satisfactorily). AM signals travel long distances at night and can cause interference to other stations in neighbouring countries that are operating on the same frequency. This long distance interference is known as “Night Time Skywave Reception”. This is the reason that CKNX-AM must reduce its power to 1000 watts at night.

Reception
An important factor in the reception of AM signals is receiver design. Adequate reception will be obtained by using a radio that is best suited to the level of signal strength available. The typical $9.95 pocket transistor is better suited to the listener living closer to the transmitter where strong signals are available. The more remote listener on the other hand requires a receiver that has the ability to pick up weak signals, i.e. has good sensitivity, and is fitted with terminals which allow the connection to an outside aerial.

Problems
Some AM reception problems experienced by listeners are: Atmospheric and receiver noise masking the program. Interference from other stations at night time. Fading of the signal at night time. Interference from electrical devices, e.g. transformers and power lines, TVs and personal computers.

Solutions
Most AM reception problems can be cured or alleviated by use of an antenna of one type or another. Nearly all AM domestic receivers manufactured in recent years have a LOOP type receiving antenna built into the set. A characteristic of this type of antenna is that it is directional. Because of the directional property of the AM receiver’s loop antenna, the listener needs to turn the receiver for best reception, particularly when the signal is weak. Noisy reception caused by electrical devices such as TVs and PCs can be alleviated by turning the receiver for minimum interference.

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Here is a link with some additional tips for improving reception.

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For further assistance, please contact our Director of Engineering at (519) 357-1310 x3255

CKNX-FM (101.7 The ONE)

General Info

101.7 The One is your #1 choice for more music and more fun. CKNX-FM has been on-air since 1977 playing Today’s Best Music, providing local news and supporting community projects. The One is the #1 station in Midwestern Ontario for listeners in the combined region of Grey, Bruce, Huron, Perth and Wellington counties. You’ll find The One’s studio located in Wingham with an on-line audience that stretches well beyond our 100,000 watt coverage area.

101.7 The ONE (CKNX-FM) is owned and operated by Blackburn Radio Inc.

CKNX-FM is licensed by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) on 101.7 mhz (FM) at an effective radiated power of 100,000 watts from our transmitter located near Formosa ON. We also broadcast on 104.9 mhz (FM) from our repeater transmitter located near Meaford, ON.

Here is a link to our official CKNX-FM Coverage. Requires Adobe Acrobat to view.

Radio Reception Tips

FM radio signals travel best in a straight line. If you can see the transmitting antenna, you can usually get a good signal. Beyond that, FM reception can be a tricky ‘dark art’ but there are several simple things to try that may noticeably improve your reception. The FM Antenna The antenna is where the radio pulls the FM signal ‘out of the air.’ There are several different types of receiving antennas for FM radio. The antenna can be a piece of wire that comes out of the back of the radio; the “T” shaped wire antenna that comes with many hi-fi systems; a sophisticated amplified electronic gizmo that looks like a spaceship; or an outdoor antenna on a mast, similar to a TV antenna. The best antenna will be the one most appropriate for the receiving location.

Close In
If you are near the ONE’s transmitter at Formosa or Meaford, a short (1 metre) piece of wire will probably suffice. The position of the wire may, however, be critical and as with all antennas, ideally it should be as near a window as possible. If the window faces toward the transmitter’s antenna, all the better. Depending on the radio, it may already have a wire attached permanently or hooked to a screw on the back, usually labelled ‘Antenna’ or ‘Ant.’ or ’75 Ohm.’ Move the free end of the wire around to find the spot that sounds best. Further Out At a little distance away from the transmitter (20-25 kilometres), the “T” antenna becomes a minimum requirement. This antenna should also be near or actually in the window, with the ‘arms’ of the “T” stretched out horizontally side to side, facing Formosa (picture yourself looking in the direction of Formosa; spread your arms out, and you can get an idea what the antenna should resemble). Once again, the best position will be found by listening and moving the antenna. You may need to step away from the antenna after you position it, because your body will tend to affect the reception. The “T” antenna will need a radio with two antenna terminals, (once again labelled ‘Antenna’ or ‘Ant.’ or possibly ‘300 Ohm’). If the radio only has a cable TV type (‘coaxial’ or ’75 Ohm’) connection, you’ll need to go down to the nearest Radio Shack (the Source) or Canadian Tire and purchase a “300 to 75 Ohm transformer,” which will convert the two wires of the “T” to the proper connector type.

Fringe and Beyond
Once you get beyond 40 kilometres or so, reception can be a little more difficult, particularly around lots of buildings in an urban environment, or in a valley in rural or suburban areas. Since FM travels ‘line-of-sight,’ you are now getting to the point where the curvature of the Earth is getting in the way of clear reception. The only real answer to fuzzy reception is more height. The best solution will be an outside antenna, mounted on a mast and pointed to Formosa. There are numerous outdoor antennas to choose from at Radio Shack (the Source), if you want to put one up. If you have a house, that’s possible, but most apartment buildings won’t let you put anything on the roof, and its a real job to install anyway. You still have a couple of possibilities.

Last Resorts
You can buy what’s called an ‘amplified’ antenna. These are ‘rocket-shaped’ table-top devices, a little over a foot tall, that can sometimes get good results. If you buy one, just make sure you can take it back, because if you can’t get any reception with a “T,” the amplified antenna may not always be much of an improvement. Lastly, you can ask your Cable TV company if they re-broadcast 101.7 The ONE (CKNX-FM) on the FM band, and if so, you can get a ‘splitter’ and use that to feed your radio. This will only be possible if your radio has antenna connection screws on the back, and easiest if it’s a ‘coaxial’ connection (the screw-on type, as used by cable TV).

Here is a link with some additional tips for improving reception.

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For further assistance, please contact our Director of Engineering at (519) 357-1310 x3255

CIBU-FM (Classic Rock 94.5)

General Info

No other station in Canada pumps out the sheer range of rock n’ roll that we do. We’re proud to play rock from the last 40 years, and we wear it like a badge. The vast and willing audience for this rock n’ roll are Mid-Western Ontario’s Finest. You’ll be hard-pressed to find a populace of people anywhere else that are so well-schooled in the art and knowledge of rock. Their loyalty to us is unparalleled, and they’re always taking on new members. The Classic Rock 945 mission is simple: to inundate Mid-Western Ontario with something that they’ve been starved for far too long: rock n’ roll in all its’ heathen glory. We will not be satisfied until Classic Rock 945 has become the #1 station not only in Ontario, but in all of Canada.

Classic Rock 94.5 (CIBU-FM) is owned and operated by Blackburn Radio Inc.

CIBU-FM is licensed by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) on 94.5 mhz (FM) at an effective radiated power of 75,000 watts from our transmitter located near Formosa ON. We also broadcast on 91.7 mhz (FM) at an ERP of 6, 000 watts from our repeater transmitter located near Brucefield, ON.

Here is a link to our official CIBU-FM Coverage. Requires Adobe Acrobat to view.

Radio Reception Tips

FM radio signals travel best in a straight line. If you can see the transmitting antenna, you can usually get a good signal. Beyond that, FM reception can be a tricky ‘dark art’ but there are several simple things to try that may noticeably improve your reception. The FM Antenna The antenna is where the radio pulls the FM signal ‘out of the air.’ There are several different types of receiving antennas for FM radio. The antenna can be a piece of wire that comes out of the back of the radio; the “T” shaped wire antenna that comes with many hi-fi systems; a sophisticated amplified electronic gizmo that looks like a spaceship; or an outdoor antenna on a mast, similar to a TV antenna. The best antenna will be the one most appropriate for the receiving location.

Close In
If you are near to our transmitter at Formosa or Brucefield, a short (1 metre) piece of wire will probably suffice. The position of the wire may, however, be critical and as with all antennas, ideally it should be as near a window as possible. If the window faces toward the transmitter’s antenna, all the better. Depending on the radio, it may already have a wire attached permanantly or hooked to a screw on the back, usually labelled ‘Antenna’ or ‘Ant.’ or ’75 Ohm.’ Move the free end of the wire around to find the spot that sounds best. Further Out At a little distance away from the transmitter (20-25 kilometres), the “T” antenna becomes a minimum requirement. This antenna should also be near or actually in the window, with the ‘arms’ of the “T” stretched out horizontally side to side, facing Formosa (picture yourself looking in the direction of Formosa; spread your arms out, and you can get an idea what the antenna should resemble). Once again, the best position will be found by listening and moving the antenna. You may need to step away from the antenna after you position it, because your body will tend to affect the reception. The “T” antenna will need a radio with two antenna terminals, (once again labelled ‘Antenna’ or ‘Ant.’ or possibly ‘300 Ohm’). If the radio only has a cable TV type (‘coaxial’ or ’75 Ohm’) connection, you’ll need to go down to the nearest Radio Shack (the Source) or Canadian Tire and purchase a “300 to 75 Ohm transformer,” which will convert the two wires of the “T” to the proper connector type.

Fringe and Beyond
Once you get beyond 40 kilometres or so, reception can be a little more difficult, particularly around lots of buildings in an urban environment, or in a valley in rural or suburban areas. Since FM travels ‘line-of-sight,’ you are now getting to the point where the curvature of the Earth is getting in the way of clear reception. The only real answer to fuzzy reception is more height. The best solution will be an outside antenna, mounted on a mast and pointed to Formosa. There are numerous outdoor antennas to choose from at Radio Shack (the Source), if you want to put one up. If you have a house, that’s possible, but most apartment buildings won’t let you put anything on the roof, and its a real job to install anyway. You still have a couple of possibilities.

Last Resorts
You can buy what’s called an ‘amplified’ antenna. These are ‘rocket-shaped’ table-top devices, a little over a foot tall, that can sometimes get good results. If you buy one, just make sure you can take it back, because if you can’t get any reception with a “T,” the amplified antenna may not always be much of an improvement. Lastly, you can ask your Cable TV company if they re-broadcast Classic Rock 94.5 (CIBU-FM) on the FM band, and if so, you can get a ‘splitter’ and use that to feed your radio. This will only be possible if your radio has antenna connection screws on the back, and easiest if it’s a ‘coaxial’ connection (the screw-on type, as used by cable TV).

Here is a link with some additional tips.

Streaming Player

Direct Links to Streaming Server
AAC
MP3

For further assistance, please contact our Director of Engineering at (519) 357-1310 x3255