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City of license 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, the program airs on CBON, CJBC in Toronto and CBEF in Windsor.[4]


Rebroadcasters of CBON-FM
City of license Identifier Frequency Power Class RECNet CRTC Decision
Blind River CBON-6 1010 AM [5] 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 [6] 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


  1. ^ CFBR History at Canadian Communications Foundation
  2. ^ CBON History at Canadian Communications Foundation
  3. ^ CRTC Decision 84-905
  4. ^ Grands Lacs Café
  5. ^ Current operating status of CBON-6 Blind River is uncertain; it is currently listed as 101.7 FM on the radio-canada.ca frequency list. Nord Ontarien Fréquences La Première Chaîne de Radio-Canada - La Première Chaîne/Radio-Canada frequencies in Northern Ontario
  6. ^ Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2013-404, CBON-FM Sudbury and its transmitter CBON-FM-26 Hearst - Technical change, CRTC, August 14, 2013

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