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CKJS radio

switches to FM

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92.7 CKJS’ Filipino program hosts Lucille Nolasco Garrido, Lendyll Soriano, Chester Pangan, and Donna Arenas, outside the station’s brand-new transmitter and tower in La Barriere, south of the Perimeter Highway.

After 46 years on the AM dial, Winnipeg’s multilingual radio station, CKJS 810, has moved up and switched to an FM frequency. The all-new 92.7 FM CKJS officially launched at 3:00 PM (CDT) on September 21, 2021, with Filipino programming hosts Lucille Nolasco Garrido of Afternoon Pasada, Lendyll Soriano of Bisaya ni Bay, and Chester Pangan and Donna Arenas of Good Morning Philippines, joining forces to start a new chapter in CKJS history.

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Inside the transmitter building with CKJS Program Director, Gido Gigliotti (centre)
  hosts with Mike promo
 
CKJS Filipino show hosts with Evanov promo head Mike Ulrich in the studio on Corydon Avenue.

Winnipeg Filipino radio pioneer, Emmie Joaquin said, “Finally! It’s been a very long time coming, and I couldn’t be happier. When we started Good Morning Philippines in 1989 with the late Joe Sulit, there was this dream of making it to the FM band, and now it has actually happened! Radio has always had this distinct appeal in terms of comfort and connection to people that no other medium has. I hope that with CKJS’ big switch to FM, it can further elevate multicultural programming in our community and beyond.”

CKJS is one of the longest airing multicultural radio stations in Canada. The station broadcasts various programs in at least 16 different languages, including Filipino, German, Punjabi, Portuguese, Ukrainian, Italian, and others. Local programming in each broadcast week includes popular international music, news and information from the homeland as well as the immediate community, current events, traffic and weather updates.

“A big thank you to everyone involved and who made this vision a reality,” said CKJS Program Director, Gido Gigliotti, “especially Paul Bury, head of Evanov engineering and his team who were able to put together one of the most up-to-date and coveted transmitters (HD 1) in Manitoba, or possibly in Canada. Amazing job!”

Evanov President and CEO, Paul Evanov said, “We cherish Ethnic Station CKJS because of the heritage value it delivers to the various local communities it serves. The building of a brand-new broadcast tower during the current pandemic and industry-wide challenges should be a measure of how we will not hesitate to continue to make major investments in the market.”