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City Sudbury, Ontario
Broadcast area Northern Ontario
Branding Ici Radio-Canada Première
Frequency 98.1 MHz (FM)
First air date July 21, 1978
Format public broadcasting
ERP 50 kW
HAAT 120.9 meters (397 ft)
Class B
Callsign meaning Canadian Broadcasting Corporation Ontario Nord; call sign is pronounced as c'est bon ("it's good").
Owner Canadian Broadcasting Corporation
Sister stations CBBS-FM, CBBX-FM, CBCS-FM
Website Ici Radio-Canada Première

CBON-FM is a Canadian radio station. It broadcasts the Société Radio-Canada's Ici Radio-Canada Première network at 98.1 FM in Sudbury, Ontario. The station also serves much of Northern Ontario through a network of relay transmitters.


Prior to the station's launch in 1978, Radio-Canada programming was carried on private affiliate CFBR.[1] The CRTC decision authorizing the launch of CBON-FM in fact encouraged, but did not direct, Radio-Canada to retain an AM frequency for its talk radio network, and to reserve CBON-FM for its music network.[2] However, the station launched in 1978 as an affiliate of the talk network after the CBC was unable to negotiate an agreement with F. Baxter Ricard to directly acquire CFBR.

Radio-Canada's music network was not available in the city until the launch of CBBX-FM in 2001, although from 1984 to 1991 the CBC held an unused license to launch that station.[3]


The station's regional morning program is Le matin du Nord, weekdays from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m., and its regional afternoon program is Ça parle au Nord, weekdays from 3:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. On Saturday mornings, the station produces the provincewide morning program Grands Lacs Café. Hosted and produced in Sudbury, with additional contributions from staff in Toronto.[4] The provincewide programs airs on CBON and CJBC, as well as CBEF in Windsor. On all public holidays, L'heure de pointe Toronto from CJBC in Toronto or Ça parle au Nord is heard provincewide (except Ottawa) from 3:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. On some holidays, Y'a pas deux matins pareils from CJBC or Le matin du Nord from CBON airs on both stations, but on some others holidays, both stations air their local shows as usual or both stations air Matins sans frontières from CBEF Windsor.


Rebroadcasters of CBON-FM
City of license Identifier Frequency Power Class RECNet CRTC Decision
Blind River CBON-6 1010 AM*
98.5 FM
40 watts LP Query
Chapleau CBON-FM-28 91.9 345 watts A Query 86-733
Dubreuilville CBON-FM-11 97.9 50 watts LP Query 89-763
Elliot Lake CBON-FM-5 101.7 2640 watts B Query 88-641
Espanola CBON-FM-7 94.9 520 watts A Query 88-643
Geraldton CBON-FM-22 93.7 6400 watts B Query
Gogama CBON-FM-21 104.9 6900 watts B Query
Hearst CBON-FM-26 90.3 8,340 [5] watts B1 Query 85-1279
Kapuskasing CBON-FM-24 90.7 43900 watts B Query
Kirkland Lake CBON-FM-1 93.7 2650 watts A Query 96-780
Manitouwadge CBON-FM-23 96.9 143 watts A Query
Marathon CBON-FM-29 102.3 2023 watts B Query 2007-390
Matachewan CBON-10 1110 AM*
40 watts LP Query
Mattawa CBON-12 1090 AM 40 watts LP Query
Nipigon CBON-FM-19 97.3 2000 watts B Query
North Bay CBON-FM-17 95.1 100000 watts C Query
Sault Ste. Marie CBON-FM-18 88.1 3590 watts B Query
Temiskaming Shores CBON-FM-2 99.7 780 watts A Query 96-781
Thunder Bay CBON-FM-20 89.3 27400 watts B Query
Timmins CBON-FM-25 97.1 44800 watts B Query
Wawa CBON-FM-27 90.7 890 watts A Query 85-1278

AM to FM and technical information[edit]

On February 28, 2017, the CBC submitted an application to convert CBON-6 Blind River from the AM band (1010 kHz) to the FM band at 98.5 MHz. Blind River's proposed callsign for its new transmitter will be CBON-FM-6.[6] The CRTC approved the CBC's application to move CBON-6 Blind River to 98.5 MHz on July 11, 2017.[7]

In 2017, the CBC surrendered its licence for the low-power AM rebroadcaster CBON-10 (1110 kHz) Matachewan, Ontario.[8] This makes CBON-12 Mattawa one of the last remaining low-power AM transmitters to rebroadcast CBON-FM Sudbury.


  1. ^ CHYC-FM historyCanadian Communications Foundation
  2. ^ CBON-FM historyCanadian Communications Foundation
  3. ^ CRTC Decision 84-905
  4. ^ Grands Lacs Café
  5. ^ Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2013-404, CBON-FM Sudbury and its transmitter CBON-FM-26 Hearst - Technical change, CRTC, August 14, 2013
  6. ^ 2017-0120-2
  7. ^ Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2017-245, CBON-FM Sudbury – New transmitter in Blind River, CRTC, July 11, 2017
  8. ^ Canadian Radio News recap for October 2017, Facebook, November 2, 2017

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Coordinates: 46°30′14″N 80°58′03″W / 46.50389°N 80.96750°W / 46.50389; -80.96750