CFCY-FM is a Canadian radio station broadcasting at 95.1 FM in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island with a country music format branded on-air as 95.1 CFCY. The station is owned & operated by the Maritime Broadcasting System. The station was first launched by radio pioneer Keith Rogers on August 15, 1924 as 10AS on 250 meters. In 1925, the station was granted a full license as CFCY, broadcasting at 960 AM. It is considered one of the oldest radio stations in the Atlantic provinces. In 1931, it moved to 580 AM, and then to its final AM position at 630 in 1933.
Originally known as "The Friendly Voice of the Maritimes", the location in the centre of the Gulf of St. Lawrence allowed CFCY's 5,000-watt daytime signal to reach portions of Newfoundland and Labrador, Quebec and New England as well as most of the Maritime provinces.
Rogers wanted to expand into television, but died in 1954. His company, Island Broadcasting, passed on to his family including his widow Flora, and daughter Betty Rogers Large as well as son-in-law Bob Large. They fulfilled his dream of bringing television to the Island when CFCY-TV first launched on July 1, 1956.
The CFCY stations were both CBC affiliates. However, in 1969, CFCY-TV was sold directly to the CBC as CBCT-TV. The radio station remained a CBC affiliate until 1977, when the company opened CBCT-FM in Charlottetown, at that time, Island Broadcasting was renamed Eastern Broadcasting. The station was then sold to Maritime Broadcasting in 1986.
The station has deep roots in traditional country music, bringing " Don Messer" to national recognition throughout the 1940s and 1950s. National broadcasts over the CBC network from CFCY lead to the Messer group gaining stature as the "most popular group in Canada during the mid-20th century", eventually helping the group make their successful jump from radio to television. The station's varied mix of music saw very little competition until the arrival of FM radio which led to rebranding in a country music format since 1996.
Loman McAulay was one of many people who had lengthy careers with the station, from the 1940s until his death in 1987. Betty Rogers Large spent over 60 years at the station in various capacities--one of the longest careers in Canadian broadcasting history. She first appeared on-air in 1925 at age 12. Her history of broadcasting on PEI, "Out of Thin Air", was published in 1989.
On March 24, 2006, approval from the CRTC was given for CFCY to switch over to the FM band. In September 2006, CFCY made its switch to FM with permission to simulcast the new station on the old 630 AM signal for 90 days and to cease operations on the AM signal afterwards.
In December 2006, the audio feed for CFCY-AM at 630 has ceased operations. However, an open carrier remained on the air at 630 AM which had some wondering if it was CFCY-AM or a pirate taking over the FM frequency. No link was established between this open carrier at 630 AM and the mysterious toned-down stations being widely recognizable throughout North America in late November. In January 2007 it was finally realized that the CFCY AM transmitter simply had not been turned off.