CKNR-FM

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CKNR-FM
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City of license Elliot Lake, Ontario
Broadcast area Algoma District, Little Current and Manitoulin Island
Branding Moose FM
Frequency 94.1 MHz
Repeaters CKNR-FM-1 98.7 MHz Elliot Lake
First air date 1967 (1967)
Format Adult contemporary
Language(s) English
ERP CKNR-FM: 90 kilowatts
CKNR-FM-1: 50 watts
Class C1
Former callsigns CKNR (1967-March 3, 1997)
Former frequencies 1340 KHz(1967-March 3, 1997)
Affiliations Moose FM
Owner Vista Broadcast Group
Website Moose FM

CKNR-FM is a Canadian radio station, which broadcasts an adult contemporary format at FM 94.1 in Elliot Lake, Ontario. The station uses the on-air brand Moose FM.

History[edit]

The station first aired in 1967 at AM 1340, and was owned by Algonquin Broadcasting. CKNR had two sister stations, AM 930 CKNS in Espanola (established in 1976) and AM 730 CJNR in Blind River (actually the oldest of the three, first established in 1958.) Huron Broadcasting acquired the stations in 1976.

In 1986, CJNR and CKNS were given approval to amend their broadcasting licences, by deleting the condition of licence which required these stations to operate as affiliates of the CBC's English-language AM radio network.[1]

All three stations became part of Mid-Canada Radio in 1986,[2] and were subsequently sold to the Pelmorex Radio Network in 1990.[3]

On November 15, 1990, CKNR was given permission to disaffiliate from the CBC as the Elliot Lake area was now served by the Corporation’s CBEC-FM.[4]

North Channel Broadcasting acquired the stations from Pelmorex in 1996, and converted CKNR to FM 94.1 MHz on March 3, 1997 with a transmitter on Manitoulin Island.[5] Due to the station's signal strength (it can be heard as far as Sudbury and into Michigan's eastern Upper Peninsula), the CJNR and CKNS signals were both discontinued.

North Channel subsequently sold CKNR to Haliburton Broadcasting Group in 2004, a sale which reunited CKNR with many of its former sister stations in the Pelmorex Radio Network.[6]

On April 23, 2012 Vista Broadcast Group, which owns a number of radio stations in western Canada, announced a deal to acquire Haliburton Broadcasting, in cooperation with Westerkirk Capital.[7] The transaction was approved by the CRTC on October 19, 2012.[8]

Transmitters[edit]

Although officially licensed to Elliot Lake, the primary transmitter is located closer to Little Current (approximately 80 km to the southeast of the city), and parts of the city of Elliot Lake itself consequently do not receive an adequate signal on the 94.1 frequency. On July 9, 2007 CKNR applied to re-broadcast their FM signal at 98.7 MHz to serve the population of Elliot Lake and received CRTC approval on August 24, 2007.[9]

  • CKNR-FM-1 98.7 FM Elliot Lake 50 watts.

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Coordinates: 45°55′52″N 81°59′13″W / 45.93111°N 81.98694°W / 45.93111; -81.98694