The building has been sold, but country music will continue to play.
Evanov Communications has sold the building at the corner of Main Street East and Dufferin Street in Hawkesbury. The building originally housed the studios and sales offices of 107.7 CKHK-FM, which was branded The Jewel with an easy listening format until May 3, 2021, when it became Hot Country 107.7.
“There is no change in the status of the station,” said Ted Silver, program manager for Evanov Communications in Ottawa.
The programming heard on Hot Country 107.7 and Hot Country 92.5 CHRC-FM – including Derrick Scott’s popular morning show – all originates from the Ottawa studios, home of flagship station Hot Country 92.5.
Silver said Hawkesbury’s programming has been sourced from outside the community for a few years, but technology allows the service to continue to be offered.
“We have the ability to connect with anyone, anywhere, anytime,” Silver said.
Although the programming originates in Ottawa, transmitter licenses with the Canadian Federal Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) are legally issued for Hawkesbury and Rockland.
Lite 106.7 CHSV-FM, owned by Evanov, is licensed to Hudson and St-Lazare. The station continues to produce original programming from Hudson Studios.
All local stations owned by Evanvov broadcast in English, with the exception of some bilingual commercials. WOW, or CJLA 104.9 FM in Lachute is owned by Cogeco. It broadcasts in French and also serves Hawkesbury and Prescott-Russell. CHOD FM 92.1 Est Ontarien is a not-for-profit station licensed to Cornwall, but broadcasts from Casselman.