|City of license||Kitchener, Ontario|
|Frequency||570 kHz (AM)|
|First air date||1949|
|Callsign meaning||CK Great Lakes Broadcasting (a former owner of the station)|
|Sister stations(s)||CIKZ-FM & CHYM-FM|
|Sister Stations||CIKZ-FM & CHYM-FM|
CKGL is a Canadian radio station, which broadcasts @ 570 AM in Kitchener, Ontario. Owned by Rogers Media, the station airs a news format with the brand name 570 News.
With the recent conversion of CKKW to FM, CKGL is now the sole remaining AM station based in Waterloo Region, although some stations from nearby markets remain available as well.
The station was originally launched in 1949 as FM 96.7 CKCR-FM, simulcasting the programming of CKCR.
In 1965, the stations were acquired by Great Lakes Broadcasting, a consortium that included Maclean-Hunter. Both stations changed their callsigns to CHYM that year. Distinct programming was launched on CHYM-FM for the 1st time in 1968. In 1972, the FM outlet's callsign was changed again, to the current CKGL.
In 1982, Maclean-Hunter took over full ownership of the stations.
CHYM & CKGL swapped frequencies in 1992, with CKGL moving to the AM band. The stations became part of Rogers Communications in 1994 when that company acquired Maclean-Hunter.
When CHYM & CKGL swapped frequencies, the CKGL country music format was moved to AM with CKGL. In 1997, this successful format was changed to news/talk radio.
In late 2005, CKGL adopted the popular all-news format for the morning & afternoon drive time slots.
In 2007, 570 News won the RTNDA Edward R. Murrow Award for "Best Newscast". The winning newscast aired Friday October 6, 2006 @ 7 AM & highlighted RIM co-CEO Jim Balsillie's intent to buy the Pittsburgh Penguins. 570 News had a reporter live in Pittsburgh when Jim Balsillie made the announcement.