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  • On December 6, 1947, Woodstock Radio Station CKOX was launched, with former Canadian Broadcasting Corporation chief engineer M.J. (Monty) Werry serving as Managing Director. Although its inaugural broadcast was from Woodstock Collegiate High School, the station’s first studios were at 380 Hunter Street until 1953 when the station moved to 290 Dundas Street. CKOX commenced operations with 250 watts of powers, enough to serve the city and most of Oxford County. The station broadcasted a light music, talk and news mixture that also included “Farm Fair”, weather, religion, mystery drama and popular North American radio programs of the day. For some years the station also maintained a studio at Ingersoll. In addition to its AM transmitter at 1340 kilohertz, CKOX also operated one of the first FM stations in the country, some thirty years before K-102. The station was later owned by the Oxford Broadcasting Co. Ltd. of which, M.J. Werry was the major stakeholder. In May of 1959, Radio Station CKOX introduced on an experimental basis a new program called “Party Line”. On this program, Women’s Commentator, Alice Munro invited listeners to call in and describe any problem pertaining to Homemaking which might require an answer. Others in the listening audience were encouraged to phone and supply the answer. The program became so popular that it was expanded to run five days a week from its original three and a booklet of the CKOX Party Line “Hints and Recipes for the Homemaker” was produced in 1960, 1961 and 1965 as a result of the success of the show. By 1965, CKOX had increased daytime power to 1,000 watts, which night-time power remained 250 watts night. M. J. Werry was president of Oxford Broadcasting Co. Ltd. and manager and commercial manager of CKOX. Walter Hulme was the Program Manager. Murray Porteous was morning man. T. Horney was news and sports director. Following CKOX’s sale to Countryside Broadcasting in the late 1960s, Werry took a less active role in the radio station, subsequently retiring in 1967, along with his wife, long time daytime hostess, Alice Munro, although he remained as a consultant for about another decade. By the time of its 25 anniversary celebrations in 1972, Walter Hulme was General Manager of the station. During this time, the station moved into a more contemporary style and its call letters changed to CKDK in March 1977. In 1991, Countryside Holdings Ltd. sold the station to the Shaw Corporation. A year later its broadcast frequency was changed to 103.9 MHz and the station billed itself as K104. During the 1990s the station was known as the Hawk and played classic rock music. In 2023, the station is known as Country104, which plays today’s country hits.

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CKOX Radio fonds

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  • 1946-1975, 1997, nd.

The fonds consists of records related CKOX Radio Station in Woodstock, Ontario. It is arranged into the following Series:
Series 1: Administration
Series 2: Reports
Series 3: Scrapbook
Series 4: Cookbooks
Series 5: Miscellaneous

Werry, Monty J.