94.3 The Drive is a Winnipeg based station broadcasting Classic Hits for the Winnipeggers and Manitobans. CHIQ owned by Jim Pattison Group was launched at the end of the year 1963 after the establishment of Am station CJQM. The initial call-signs for the station were CJQM-FM aired at 94.3 MHz using an ERP of 6,500 watts. Owned by Winnipeg Broadcast Associates Ltd the licensee had association with the CHQM Radio owners, Vancouver Broadcast Ltd. All the programming at beginning would come from the Vancouver based CHQM allowing voice-tracked announcers to entertain the community. However the arrangements never seemed to be fruitful resulting in a complete sold out of CJQM-AM-FM to QM Winnipeg Ltd by the year 1965. The call letters now were CFRW-AM-FM and the format was changed to Stereo. On March 1970 Jim Pattison was permitted by CRTC to acquire the CFRW-AM-FM from C.H. Flintoft. In October 1973, CHUM was approved to purchase CFRW-AM and FM; the transfer was completed in July 1974. In 1975 under CHUM CFRW became CHIQ-FM.
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The wattage of The Drive 94.3 was increased form 6,500 watts to 100,000 watts in 1976. Studios were shifted from 432 Main St. to 1445 Pembina Highway. In 1984 the CHUM Ltd was after the biggest merger in the history of the company became the owner of CHIQ. In August 2006 CHIQ flipped its format from Hot AC to AC Hits. After a couple of ownership and format changes involving CTVglobemedia, Bell Media, Rogers Communications the CHIQ 94.3 FM was finally taken by Jim Pattison Broadcast Group Limited in December 2013. The channel was rebranded as 94.3 The Drive on February 5, 2016 broadcasting classic hits format featuring songs form 70’s and 80s. You can listen to the 94.3 The Drive online with contests (After Work Patio Tour, Sweet Seats, Win a Fair Trade Giveaway!, BAM or Bogus), concerts & events, explore multimedia items, read announcer blogs, search playlists, watch videos form Drive TV and much more. Fans can get social using Facebook and Twitter and join The Drive Club by signing up on office site. Here is the website: 94.3 The Drive (CHIQ-FM)
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Address: 3rd Floor – 177 Lombard Ave.
Tel: 204 780 9430
Fax: 204 989 5291