|Frequency||91.7 MHz (FM)|
|Slogan||Edmonton's #1 For Hit Music|
|Owner|| Rogers Sports & Media |
(Rogers Media, Inc.)
|CHDI-FM, CKER-FM, CKEM-DT, CJEO-DT|
First air date
|February 17, 2005|
Call sign meaning
|CH BouNce (former branding)|
|HAAT||200.3 meters (657 ft)|
CHBN-FM is a Top 40/CHR radio station based in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. The station, which is owned by Rogers Sports & Media, operates at 91.7 MHz with an ERP of 100 kW. CHBN's studios are located on Gateway Boulevard in Edmonton, while its transmitter is located near Anthony Henday Drive in eastern Edmonton. CHBN is branded as Kiss 91.7.
CHBN is ranked #12 in the Edmonton market according to the August 30, 2015 PPM data report.
CHBN signed on the air as 91.7 The Bounce on February 17, 2005. When the station first signed on, the station aired a rhythmic top 40 format, but moved to the current Top 40/CHR format in December 2005. They became the only top 40 station in the Edmonton market when CKRA (96X) shifted their format to play a hot adult contemporary format in August 2005, and then later to country music four months later. After this surprise development, The Bounce shifted to more mainstream pop music.
Every year in October, in an event called "Bras Across the Bridge", for Breast Cancer Awareness Month, CHBN collects bras from listeners, donating $1 to the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation for every bra collected. At the end of the month, they then tie all the bras together and span the string of bras across the High Level Bridge as many times as they can.
At the time of their launch, CHBN was jointly owned by CHUM Limited and Milestone Radio. In June 2007, all of CHUM's assets, including its share of CHBN, were sold to CTVglobemedia. On June 23, 2010, it was announced that CHBN would be sold to Rogers (which also owns Edmonton's World FM and Sonic), along with its sister station in London, Ontario, CHST-FM, pending CRTC approval. The acquisition also saw the reunion of CHBN with its sister station CKEM-DT for the first time since 2007.
When CFMG-FM flipped from AC to CHR/Top 40 as Virgin Radio, it marked the first three-station FM top 40 battle in Edmonton as of February 2011 (the other competitor being CJNW). Since the launch of Virgin, CHBN has been playing fewer commercials, as seen with the introduction of Commercial Free Mondays, and playing more currents and higher-charting songs than its competition. CHBN will continue to report on Mediabase and Nielsen BDS' Canadian contemporary hit radio panel.
The Bounce has held seven singing contests, named the "Bounce Showdown", it has been called Canada's most successful talent competition. The winner of the Bounce Showdown is signed to record two songs with a record label, and their songs played on the Bounce. The past winners have been: