|City of license||Thunder Bay, Ontario|
|Broadcast area||Northwestern Ontario|
|Frequency||88.3 MHz (FM)|
|First air date||1973|
|Callsign meaning||Canadian Broadcasting Corporation Quetico Thunder Bay|
|Former callsigns||CBQ (1973-1990)|
|Owner||Canadian Broadcasting Corporation|
|Website||CBC Thunder Bay|
The station was launched in 1973 on the AM band as CBQ 800. The 800 frequency had been vacated earlier that year by the defunct CJLX. CBQ Radio's inaugural morning broadcast in December 1973 made it the second city in Ontario to get a regional broadcast centre. The call sign CBQ was a last minute choice by station managers since CBL (for Lakehead) or CBT (for Thunder Bay) were taken by the CBC stations in Toronto and Great Falls, respectively. Instead the letter Q was chosen for Quetico Provincial Park near Atikokan, which is west of Thunder Bay.
Prior to CBQ's launch, CBC Radio programming aired on private affiliate CFPA 1230.
CBQ moved to the FM band as CBQT-FM in 1990. The CBQ-FM call sign was already in use by the CBC Stereo sister station on 101.7 FM. Some of the relay transmitters for CBQT previously rebroadcast CBL in Toronto.
The station's local programs are The Great Northwest, hosted by Lisa Laco in the morning (5:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.) and Voyage North, hosted by Gerald Graham in the afternoon (4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.). CBQT's rebroadcast transmitters in the Central time zone also simulcast the 5 p.m. hour of local programming from CBW (Winnipeg) so that the network's World at Six airs at 6 p.m. local time.
The CBC Radio studio in Thunder Bay also produces the hourly weekend weather reports for all of Ontario after the hourly news break.
|City of license||Identifier||Frequency||Power||Class||RECNet||CRTC Decision|
|Armstrong||CBOL||1450 AM (moving to 91.3 FM)||40 watts||LP||Query|
|Beardmore||CBLE||1240 AM||40 watts||LP||Query|
|Big Trout Lake||CFTL-FM||100.3||63 watts||A1||Query|
|Ear Falls||CBOI||690 AM||40 watts||LP||Query|
|Fort Frances||CBQQ-FM||90.5||50,000 watts||B||Query|
|Fort Hope||CBCF-FM||101.5||41 watts||A1||Query||89-764|
|Hornepayne||CBLH||1010 AM (moving to 92.3 FM)||40 watts||LP||Query|
|Ignace||CBES||690 AM||40 watts||LP||Query|
|Marathon||CBLM||1090 AM||40 watts||LP||Query|
|Nakina||CBLN||1240 AM||40 watts||LP||Query|
|Pickle Lake||CBQP-FM||105.1||83 watts||A1||Query|
|Red Lake||CBEA-FM||90.5||82 watts||A1||Query|
|Sandy Lake||CBQV-FM||101.1||37 watts||A1||Query|
|Savant Lake||CBQL-FM||104.9||78 watts||A1||Query|
|Schreiber||CBLB||1340 AM||40 watts||LP||Query|
|Sioux Lookout||CBLS-FM||95.3 FM||500 watts||A||Query|
|Sioux Narrows||CBQS-FM||95.7 FM||1,300 watts||A||Query|
|Terrace Bay||CBEH||1010 AM||40 watts||LP||Query|
|White River||CBLW||1010 AM||40 watts||LP||Query|
Some of CBQT-FM's repeaters currently operate on the AM dial. Future plans are possible to convert the repeaters to the FM dial.
On December 21, 2012, the CBC filed an application to the CRTC to convert the following AM transmitters to the FM dial:
On January 21, 2013, the CBC filed an application to the CRTC to convert Sioux Lookout transmitter CBLS 1240 AM to 95.3 FM with 500 watts (average & maximum ERP). Antenna height will be 182 metres (EHAAT) and the radiation pattern will be non-directional. As well this new FM transmitter will serve the nearby town of Hudson, Ontario and Hudson's CBQW 1340 AM transmitter will be deleted as well. The conversion was approved by the CRTC on April 17, 2013. 
The CBC's original plan is to phase out more CBC AM transmitters across Canada by the year 2015. This goal however remains to be seen in light of the CBC budget cutbacks.
- History of the former radio station CJLX at Canadian Communications Foundation
- Decision CRTC 88-866
- Northwestern Ontario Radio Stations at northpine.com - see under "Planned CBC stations".
- Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2013-229, CBQT-FM Thunder Bay – New transmitter in Armstrong, CRTC, May 8, 2013
- Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2013-228, CBQT-FM Thunder Bay – New transmitter in Hornepayne, CRTC, May 8, 2013
- , (CRTC) CBC plans to flip 2 AM’s into 1 FM in Northern Ontario, rwcrn.com "Radio West Canadian Radio News", January 21, 2013
- Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2013-190, CBQT-FM Thunder Bay – New transmitter in Sioux Lookout, CRTC, April 17, 2013
- CBC Thunder Bay
- CBQT History at Canadian Communications Foundation
- Query the REC's Canadian station database for CBQT-FM