|City of license||Montreal, Quebec|
|Broadcast area||Greater Montreal|
|Branding||"107,3 Rouge FM"|
|Slogan||Toute la musique, une couleur|
|Frequency||107.3 MHz (FM)|
|First air date||May 20, 1977|
|Callsign meaning||CITÉ = French for CITY|
(Bell Media Inc.)
|Website||107,3 Rouge FM|
Beautiful music as Radio-Cité (1977-1990)
CITE-FM started operations on May 20, 1977 as a sister station to CKAC 730 with a beautiful music format. Unlike most other FM stations in Montreal which were created as a sister station to an existing AM station, it never shared the call sign of its AM sister (i.e. it was never known as "CKAC-FM").
While the station was originally planned to be on 93.5 MHz, then-owner Telemedia was forced by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) to use 107.3 MHz instead, as the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation had targeted 93.5 MHz as a reserved frequency and rushed to move CBM-FM from 95.1 to 93.5 MHz in 1976.
Up until 1990, CITE-FM identified itself as Radio-Cité.
Switch to adult contemporary, the RockDétente era and the Astral takeover (1990-2011)
The station switched to adult contemporary music in 1990 and Radio-Cité was renamed Cité Rock-Détente. Telemedia's radio stations in Quebec and the Maritimes were purchased in 2002 by Astral Media. CITE-FM became the sister station of Astral Media's CKMF-FM. Because of federal competition laws, Astral Media was not permitted to keep CKAC, the longtime AM sister of CITE-FM. Following the transaction, CITE-FM left the CKAC building that was in the corner of Sainte-Catherine Street and Peel Street, and relocated to CKMF's building at the corner of René Lévesque Boulevard and Papineau Avenue.
In 2004, Astral Media revamped the Rock Détente network with a new logo. This resulted in "Cité Rock-Détente" being renamed to simply "107,3 RockDétente". As such, the station no longer publicly uses its callsign.
Renaming of RockDétente to Rouge FM and pending sale to Bell Media (2011-present)
On August 18, 2011, at 4:00 p.m. EDT, the station ended its longtime 21 year run with the RockDétente branding. All RockDétente stations, including CITE-FM, rebranded as Rouge FM. The last song under the RockDétente branding was Pour que tu m'aimes encore by Celine Dion, followed by a tribute of the branding. The first song under Rouge FM was I Gotta Feeling by Black Eyed Peas.
The following stations are known rebroadcasters of CITE-FM:
|City of license||Identifier||Frequency||RECNet||CRTC Decision|
|La Grande-1 generating station||CFAF-FM||106.1 FM||Query|
|La Grande-3 generating station||CFBE-FM||99.5 FM||Query|
|Keyano (Camp LG-4)||CFDE-FM||100.1 FM||Query|
|Nikamo (Camp LA-1)||CFEB-FM||94.7 FM||Query|
|Laforge-2 generating station||CFFA-FM||100.7 FM||Query|
|Poste Laverendrye||VF2156||99.9 FM||Query|
|Kilometre 38||VF2403||98.5 FM||Query||2002-70|
- Official website
- CITE-FM history at Canadian Communications Foundation
- Query the REC's Canadian station database for CITE-FM