CHLY 101.7 FM is a community and campus radio station based in Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada. The station is funded partly by students of the Vancouver Island University Nanaimo campus, partly by the advertising of locally owned and operated businesses, but most funding comes from supporting community members during two "Fund Drives" each year.
CHLY's parent, the Radio Malaspina Society, is an incorporated society with a constitution and mission to broadcast an FM radio signal of 3,000 watts to a community of service which includes Nanaimo, Lantzville, Ladysmith and Gabriola Island. The station had its beginnings on the Internet on April 1, 2000, before gaining its broadcasting licence from the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) on June 5. CHLY aired a test signal at 101.7 FM on September 21, and ran promotional material about the station for two weeks before officially signing on at 6:00 p.m. on October 5, 2001.
CHLY's studios are located in the basement of the Queens Hotel on Victoria Crescent in downtown Nanaimo. The station features an eclectic format with a variety of music genres (including jazz, reggae, alternative rock, hip-hop, roots music, folk and electronica) and programs dealing with community and global issues. The longest-running current program on CHLY is Elevator Club, a program of easy listening music hosted by Gord Bibby since the station's inception; it airs on Sunday nights from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.