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City of license Saint John, New Brunswick
Branding News 88.9
Slogan News. Talk. Sports.
Frequency 88.9 MHz (FM)
First air date October 11, 2005
Format news/talk/sports
Affiliations CBS Sports Radio[1]
Owner Newcap Radio
Website News 88.9

CHNI-FM (News 88.9) is a Canadian FM radio station broadcasting on 88.9 MHz from Saint John, New Brunswick. The station broadcasts a format of news, talk and sports, and is owned by Rogers Radio.

The station was granted a license by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission on November 26, 2004.[2]

News 88.9's first broadcast was on October 11, 2005. CHNI is networked with sister stations CKNI-FM (News 91.9) in Moncton and CJNI-FM (News 95.7) in Halifax. News 88.9 broadcasts Saint John Sea Dogs, Ottawa Senators and Toronto Blue Jays games on nights when those teams are playing, otherwise, they simulcast ESPN Radio or Westwood One sports coverage at night.

It was announced on July 4, 2013 that pending CRTC approval, the station will be acquired by Newcap Radio.[3] On March 14, 2014, the CRTC was approved the acquisition and a request to change the format to Adult Contemporary.[4] However, websites registered led to rumors of a change instead to CHR, Classic Rock, Variety Hits, Country, Classic Hits, Rock, Alternative, or AAA, as Amp 88.9, Big Dog 88.9, Country 88.9, Hits 88.9, Kixx Country 88.9, K-Rock 88.9, Ocean 88.9, or Radio 88.9. It may be possible, due to the discovery of a private Facebook page that has since then been removed, that AAA as Radio 88.9 would be the likely format that CHNI will adopt. The name and format would match the branding of CKUL-FM, Radio 96.5, in Halifax.


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Coordinates: 45°28′39″N 66°13′59″W / 45.47750°N 66.23306°W / 45.47750; -66.23306