One of the first things I noticed after moving to Queen’s in first year, was that I had NO IDEA what local Kingston radio stations offered, nor where to tune my dial.
This comprehensive list of Kingston radio stations has what’s out there & what to expect/what each sounds like.
91.9 FM – The Cave
Community station run by students in the Limestone District School Board. We broadcast throughout the school year and hire student managers and volunteers to continue to serve the community during the summer months.
You’ll Most Likely Hear: Rock, Jazz & Blues, Experimental, Country, Cavetronica, Pop Punk
Studio/Contest Line: 613-544-7864
92.9 FM – CBC Radio 2 – Indie / Adult Alternative / Jazz
Previously concentrating on classical music and jazz, CBC Radio 2 has transitioned towards a new “adult music” format with a variety of genres. Approximately 2.1 million people tune into CBC Radio Two weekly, and it is the second biggest radio service in Canada.
You’ll Most Likely Hear: Canadian Content — Joel Plaskett, Royal Wood, The Trews, Hey Ocean!, Good for Grapes, Whitehorse, Said the Whale, By Divine Right, Hey Rosetta!, Matthew Barber, Young Rival, Basia Bulat, Dan Mangan, Broken Social Scene, Mother Mother, Mounties, Born Ruffians, Arcade Fire, The Darcys, Stars, Sam Roberts Band, Chromeo, The Pack A.D., Serena Ryder, Two Hours Traffic
Station Location: in Kingston we get the “Eastern” broadcast (Ottawa schedule). CBC Music headquarters are in Vancouver, but they broadcast shows from across Canada.
93.5 FM – Country 93.5 “Today’s Best Country”
You’ll Most Likely Hear: The Band Perry, Brad Paisley, Luke Bryan, Autumn Hill, Lee Brice, Thompson Square, Eli Young Band, Jason Aldean, Dean Brody
Studio/Contest Line: 613-544-9350
96.3 FM – FM96 “Classic Rock”
You’ll Most Likely Hear: John Mellencamp, Paul McCartney, The Eagles, The Who, Guns N’ Roses, The Rolling Stones, Bon Jovi, Rush, David Bowie, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Van Halen, 54-40, Pearl Jam, The Beatles, Supertramp, Queen, Big Sugar, Neil Young, Tom Petty, The Doors, The Police
Studio/Contest Line: 613-544-2340
98.3 FM – Fly FM “Today’s Best Music” – Top 40
You’ll Most Likely Hear: Katy Perry, Barenaked Ladies, Lorde, Carrie Underwood, Imagine Dragons, Lady Gaga, Hedley, Shawn Desman.
Studio/Contest Line: 613-650-9800
General Inquiry Email: heydeejay@983FLYFM.com
98.9 FM – The Drive “Essential Alternative”
You’ll Most Likely Hear: Weezer, System of a Down, Coldplay, Hollerado, Linkin Park, Of Monsters and Men, Three Days Grace, Arkells, Vampire Weekend, Green Day, Beastie Boys, USS.
Studio/Contest Line: 613-544-0989
99.5 FM – Première Chaîne – Public News / Talk – French
You’ll Most Likely Hear: News, Public Radio, French Talk
101.9 FM – CFRC – Indie / Alternative
CFRC 101.9 FM is volunteer-powered media that fills the gap left by the mainstream. We offer diverse music and spoken word programming 24/7. We also provide free broadcast skills training and experience to members of the community.
You’ll Most Likely Hear: Canadian Content: Hey Rosetta!, Shad, Young Galaxy, PS I Love You, Mozart’s Sister, The Luyas, Grey Lands… Plus: Spoken Word, and LIVE Broadcasts of events on-campus
Morning Show: Indie Morning Wake-up Call w/ various hosts
Studio/Contest Line: 613-533-CFRC (2372) Office Line: 613-533-2121 (open 10am to 5pm weekdays)
102.7 FM – KiSS 102.7 “#1 Hit Music Station” – Pop
You’ll Most Likely Hear: Iggy Azalea, Daft Punk, Maroon 5, Jason Derulo, Britney Spears, John Legend, The Weeknd, Imagine Dragons, Classified
Contest Line: 613-549-1027 / 1-800-263-0227 Request Line: 613-507-8568
104.3 FM – Fresh Radio – Pop
You’ll Most Likely Hear: Justin Timberlake, No Doubt, Tegan and Sara, Maroon 5, Smash Mouth, Police, Len, “one hit wonders”, Black Eyed Peas, Madonna, Katy Perry, Chromeo, Train
Studio/Contest Line: 613-544-2340
105.7 FM – K-ROCK “Kingston’s Best Rock”
You’ll Most Likely Hear: Pearl Jam, Iron Maiden, Led Zeppelin, Airbourne, AC/DC, The Reason, Aerosmith, George Thorogood & The Destroyers, Mötley Crüe, Black Sabbath, The Tragically Hip, The Glorious Sons, Sam Roberts Band.
Request/Contest Line: 613-545-1057 Office Line: 613-549-1057
107.5 FM – CBC Radio One – Public News / Talk
As Canada’s national public broadcaster, CBC Radio aims to provide a wide range of programming that informs, enlightens and entertains Canadians. Our programming is predominantly and distinctively Canadian, reflects all regions of the country and actively contributes to the exchange of cultural expression.
Call-in Line: 613-549-1027 / 1-800-263-0227