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London’s CKSL-AM Funny 1410 To Sign Off August 14

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  • Bell Media Radio announced today it will honour the history of CKSL-AM, Funny 1410 before it permanently ends operations and goes off the airwaves on Sunday, Aug. 14 at midnight. The station has provided music, news, sports, and entertainment to listeners across London and the surrounding region for nearly 60 years.

    “We’d like to thank listeners and advertisers for their loyalty to CKSL-AM over many successful years, and for allowing us to play an integral role in the community,” said Don Mumford, Vice-President and General Manager, Radio and Local TV, Bell Media.

    Throughout the day on Thursday, Aug. 10 and Friday, Aug. 11, local news/talk station 1290 CJBK London will deliver special tribute programming celebrating the legacy of CKSL-AM. The tributes include a rich lineup of CKSL’s legendary personalities, including Peter Garland, Rich Greven, Elaine Sawyer, Derek Botten, “Ambassador of Funny” Mike Nabuurs, and more. The celebration continues Friday evening on CTV NEWS AT SIX with a special report from Videographer Nick Paparella.

    CKSL-AM commenced broadcasting on June 24, 1956. Founded by London Broadcasters Ltd., which operated the station until selling to a succession of owners in 1989, CKSL became London’s second radio station. CKSL played an important role in the community while adopting numerous formats throughout the years, ranging from contemporary hits to nostalgia, news/talk, and entertainment. CKSL-AM most recently provided comedy programming 24/7 under the Funny 1410 brand.

    A mainstay for listeners, and at times leading the market in share of tuning, CKSL-AM introduced numerous on-air personalities who became household names: Bob MacAdorey was the station’s first “Morning Man”, followed by celebrities such as Pete James, Bill Brady, Peter Garland, Rich Greven, Jim Craig, Mitch O’Connor, Derek Botten, Jim Chapman, and current morning show host on Today’s Country BX93, Dave Collins, who co-hosted mornings on CKSL with Jackie Gauthier.

    Other notable members of the CKSL legacy were News Directors Tom Dalby, Al Gibson, and George Gordon, as well as former Vice-President and General Manager, Gord Hume, who is best recognized for his years as a sitting London city councillor and member of Board of Control.