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Acadia Broadcasting Limited is a commercial radio broadcasting company with its headquarters located on historic King Street in Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada. Its owner is Ocean Capital Investments, New Brunswick Limited. The focus is providing local radio for the communities it serves, live-to-air streaming on the internet, and podcasts. Acadia Broadcasting operates four radio stations in New Brunswick and two in Nova Scotia under the Acadia Broadcasting name. In 2007, Acadia Broadcasting acquired Fawcett Broadcasting with its three northwestern Ontario radio stations. In January 2010, Acadia acquired two more stations in Thunder Bay, ON. In March 2014, Acadia acquired another station in Moncton, NB. In April 2016, Acadia has acquired another radio station in Yarmouth NS.
In 1928, CFBO was launched by C.A. Monro Limited. Mr. Monro had obtained a private commercial broadcasting license from the Department of Marine and Fisheries of the Dominion of Canada in Ottawa, dated April 1, 1928, for the purpose of setting up and operating an AM radio station of only 50 watts in Saint John, New Brunswick. This was radio license No. 23 issued in Canada.
In 1934, four Saint John, New Brunswick newspaper-publishing shareholders - Howard P. Robinson, J.D. McKenna, T.F. Drummie and L.W. Bewick - purchased the station CFBO from C.A. Monro. Overnight, the station's new call letters became CHSJ, and it broadcast out of a new modern studio with new experienced management. Operated by Saint John Publishing Co. Limited, CHSJ soon became an affiliate of CBC Radio's Trans-Canada Network, an important link in the development of the national network.
In 1944, Kenneth C. Irving purchased Saint John Publishing Company Limited from its principal shareholder, Howard P. Robinson. With this purchase, Irving acquired both the CHSJ radio station and the two local newspapers. Later that year, the company name was changed to New Brunswick Publishing Company Limited and its subsidiary New Brunswick Broadcasting was responsible for CHSJ radio.
In 1989, New Brunswick Broadcasting purchased Acadia Broadcasting, CKBW in Bridgewater, Nova Scotia from the retiring shareholders. The new ownership kept the station name, Acadia Broadcasting.
In 2003, the names New Brunswick Broadcasting and Acadia Broadcasting were replaced by a single new name, Acadia Broadcasting.
In May 2007, Acadia Broadcasting Limited acquired three radio stations in northern Ontario: CKDR-FM in Dryden, CJRL-FM in Kenora and CFOB-FM in Fort Frances. Through a series of repeaters, CKDR-FM in Dryden also serves six other northern communities: Sioux Lookout, Hudson, Ear Falls, Red Lake, Atikokan and Ignace.
Stations operated by Acadia Broadcasting
- Bridgewater, Nova Scotia - CKBW-FM, CJHK-FM
- Yarmouth, Nova Scotia - CJLS-FM
- Moncton, New Brunswick - CKNI-FM
- Saint John, New Brunswick - CHSJ-FM, CHWV-FM
- St. Stephen, New Brunswick - CHTD-FM
- Thunder Bay, Ontario - CKTG-FM, CJUK-FM
- Dryden, Ontario - CKDR-FM
- Fort Frances, Ontario - CFOB-FM
- Kenora, Ontario - CJRL-FM