The station no longer exists, but the Eastern Townships’ main English speaking music station was on AM through the end of the 1980s. At 900 Khz and a power of 10,000 watts, this station was heard as far south as St. Johnsbury, VT and all across most of Southern Quebec. It was a great Top 40 outlet for the limited Anglo audience, with personalities like morning man Ted Silver, and Daniel Coloumbe.
The music is true Top 40, with all the music on the charts represented… including a fair representation of Canadian-only hits, in accordance with CTRC regulations. Included here, two complete stopsets (commercial breaks), and CKTS jingles, used infrequently – and that makes them really good!
Notice the station’s slogan in 1985, “The Amazing AM”. This was used by many AM Stereo stations at the time, but Ted Silver says that while he wanted to take the station stereo, the owners wouldn’t go for it.
Daniel Coloumbe was the station’s weekend/swing personality. This is an original recording by contributor Bob Gilmore.
Hi Daniel, sorry but I do my best to write good english… in the early 60’s and 70’s I was an avid listener of CKTS radio 900AM without neglecting the French radio station CHLT 630AM.. I want to tribute DJ’s which made us dance,Gordon Breen who was sport’s director but also at ease the turntables, also veteran Kent Fellow on the air weekdays afternoon ”Kent at 4:10” he was the best on the turntables to play the biggest hits of the time,also a great tribute to Harry Green, many times I saw him live in the small studio on Dufferin Street,his show called ”Harry Green Show”on weekdays…. also hard to forget Jack Cornet, Bob Wood, Alain Dubois,Pat O’Gallager, Burl Dewer, Diana Parker, Jerry Cochrane ….. it was the golden age of AM radio,the era of 45 that is now called” oldies” … if you knew these people please let me know… is the most beautiful memories of my adolescence and I’ll never forget them….. sorry Daniel,I moved in Montréal in 1973 and I started to listen CFOX radio and CKGM A.M.
Isn’t it great how some of the most wonderful memories slide out of the most obscure places? I vividly remember CKTS from the late 1970s (not the K-900 version shown here) due to my having a whole generation of aunts and uncles living happily in Rock Island and Sherbrooke PQ. So we made the trip at least twice a year and I had a Sony portable AM/FM radio that I listened to the whole trip. Once we got up within 20 miles of Newport VT, 900 started coming in and it was definitely the go-to station for me, since the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont at that time had NOTHING interesting on FM… although the Montreal FMs (CHOM-FM in particular) started coming in on that cheap receiver by the time we got close to the international border.
I so remember CKTS playing the best music and I was intrigued at hearing some songs that nobody ‘down south’ was playing. Down south meaning in the U.S., as I was a young teenager and while a radio geek, didn’t understand that there were CanCon music rules that Canadian stations had to abide by, and so there was this whole interestingly good world of music that opened up for me by listening to CKTS, just that two or three times a year – but it sure stuck with me.