CBL-FM

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CBL-FM
Cbc music toronto 2019.svg
Broadcast areaCentral Ontario
Frequency94.1 MHz (FM)
BrandingCBC Music
Programming
FormatPublic broadcasting
Ownership
OwnerCanadian Broadcasting Corporation
CJBC, CBLA-FM, CJBC-FM
History
First air date
October 7, 1946
Former call signs
VE9EV (1946–1947)
CBC-FM (1947–1968)
[1][2][3]
Former frequencies
99.1 MHz (1946–1966)[1]
Call sign meaning
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation Great Lakes[4]
Technical information
ClassC1
ERP38,000 watts
HAAT420.5 meters (1,380 ft)
Links
WebcastListen live
WebsiteCBC Toronto

CBL-FM (94.1 MHz) is the flagship station of the CBC Music network. It is a non-commercial station, licensed to Toronto, Ontario, and is owned by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.

CBL-FM's studios and offices are located at the Canadian Broadcasting Centre, on Front Street West, while its transmitter is located atop the CN Tower.

History[edit]

Former logo adopted in February 2017 after the rebrand to CBC Music.

CBL-FM was launched on October 7, 1946, with the callsign VE9EV, as an FM simulcast for 740 CBL. It was the corporation's second FM station behind VE9CB in Montreal (now CBFX-FM). In 1947, its callsign was changed to CBC-FM. The station originally broadcast at 99.1 MHz, but moved to 94.1 in 1966. (The 99.1 frequency was vacant until 1977, when it was assigned to the CKO all-news radio network. CKO ceased operations in 1989, and the frequency was again vacant until it was assigned to CBLA-FM, co-owned with CBL-FM.)

As part of an 18-month trial for a nationwide FM network, CBC-FM began airing separate programming in 1960, playing mostly classical music along with the corporation's other English-language FM stations (CBM-FM Montreal and CBO-FM Ottawa). CBC-FM returned to simulcasting CBL in 1962, but resumed separate programming again in 1964. The station was renamed CBL-FM in 1968. The FM network was rebranded CBC Stereo on November 3, 1975, CBC Radio Two in 1997 and CBC Music in 2018, as it shifted away from mostly classical music, to a mix of adult album alternative, classical, jazz and other genres.

Rebroadcasters[edit]

Rebroadcasters of CBL-FM
City of license Identifier Frequency RECNet CRTC Decision
Huntsville CBL-FM-1 106.9 FM Query 2005-264
Kingston CBBK-FM 92.9 FM Query
London CBBL-FM 100.5 FM Query
Orillia CBL-FM-3 90.7 FM Query 2002-456
Owen Sound CBL-FM-4 97.1 FM Query
Paris CBL-FM-2 90.7 FM Query 99-1
Peterborough CBBP-FM 103.9 FM Query

On February 15, 1979, the CRTC approved the CBC's application to operate a new FM transmitter in Belleville on 94.3 MHz (CBBB-FM)[5] and on May 7, 1979, the CRTC also approved the CBC's application to operate a new FM transmitter in Brockville on 104.9 MHz (CBBA-FM), to rebroadcast the programming originating from CBL-FM Toronto.[6] Neither of these transmitters in Belleville and Brockville were implemented[7] and the frequencies were awarded to other broadcasters.[8][9]

In 1979, CBBK-FM began broadcasting at 92.9 MHz in Kingston. [10]

In 1983, a rebroadcaster was added at Peterborough operating at 103.9 MHz as CBBP-FM. [11]

On June 28, 2005, the CRTC approved the CBC's application to change the frequency of its transmitter CBL-FM-1 104.7 to 106.9 MHz (channel 295C1). This change of frequency was to eliminate significant interference with a local radio station CFBK-FM operating at 105.5 MHz in Huntsville.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "CBL-FM". www.broadcasting-history.ca.
  2. ^ "4 stations, 1 network licensed in Canada" (PDF). Broadcasting. November 2, 1959. p. 105.
  3. ^ "International Shorts" (PDF). Broadcasting. July 23, 1956.
  4. ^ Meaning of call letters
  5. ^ CRTC 79-169
  6. ^ CRTC 79-325
  7. ^ CRTC 90-147
  8. ^ Decision CRTC 92-763
  9. ^ Decision CRTC 2003-15
  10. ^ World Radio History - 1981
  11. ^ CBL-FM www.broadcasting-history.ca

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