Media in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario

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This is a list of media in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. For stations licensed to Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, see that city's article.

Radio[edit]

The first radio station in Sault Ste. Marie was CJIC which signed on in 1934. It became CFYN in 1977 when the assets of the station were sold to Gilder Broadcasting. CKCY became the Canadian Sault's second radio station, signing on in 1955. Both stations were shut down in 1992 as part of one of Canada's first local management agreements, entered into by Pelmorex Radio Network, the managing partner in this case, and Telemedia. In 2014, Village Media launched five internet radio stations dedicated to Sault Ste. Marie under the banner of VM Radio.

Frequency Call sign Branding Format Owner Notes
FM 88.1 CBON-FM-18 Ici Radio-Canada Première news/talk Canadian Broadcasting Corporation French; repeats CBON-FM, Sudbury
FM 89.5 CBSM-FM CBC Radio One news/talk Canadian Broadcasting Corporation Repeats CBCS-FM, Sudbury
FM 100.5 CHAS-FM Kiss 100.5 hot adult contemporary Rogers Media
FM 104.3 CJQM-FM Q104 country music Rogers Media

Television[edit]

Sault Ste. Marie is home to one television station which is locally licensed, CHBX-TV. However, that station effectively acts as a satellite of Sudbury's CICI-TV as part of the CTV Northern Ontario system — the station's only direct local production is a brief local news insert which airs as part of regional newscasts produced at the Sudbury station. The city formerly also had its own CBC Television affiliate, CJIC-TV. However, that station was acquired directly by the CBC in 2002, and became a straight analogue rebroadcaster of CBLT-DT from Toronto; the repeater would close down on July 31, 2012, due to budget cuts.

Sault Ste. Marie is not designated as a mandatory market for digital television conversion.

OTA channel PSIP (if any) Cable channel Call sign Network Notes
2 11 CHBX-TV CTV formerly CKCY-TV; analogue repeater of CICI-TV, Sudbury
15 12 3 CIII-DT-12 Global Repeater of CIII-DT, Paris / Toronto
38 8 CHCH-TV-5 CHCH Analogue repeater of CHCH-DT, Hamilton

Cable[edit]

The cable provider in Sault Ste. Marie is Shaw Cable, who broadcast a local Shaw TV channel on basic cable packages in the area, featuring local programming, news reports, city council meetings, and many live Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds games.

Sault Ste. Marie also receives several American network affiliates over the air from the neighbouring city of Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan. All of the Michigan signals are rebroadcasters of downstate stations from Traverse City or Cadillac. However, due to concerns from CTV over coverage, Shaw Cable no longer carries any of the local American network feeds, opting instead for satellite delivery (via Shaw Broadcast Services) of network affiliates from Detroit and Rochester. Prior to the early 2000s, Shaw carried local channels WWUP (CBS) and WTOM (NBC), with ABC programs fed from Flint (WJRT-TV) and PBS programming from Marquette (WNMU).

Print and web media[edit]

Other media include the daily Sault Star and weekly Sault This Week. Online news sites such as SooToday.com, Local2.ca and SaultSports.com have emerged in recent years, due in large part to news cutbacks at the Sault Star.