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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 Un après-midi d'été, weekdays from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. On Saturday mornings, the station produces the provincewide morning program Grands Lacs Café. Hosted by Éric Robitaille in Sudbury, with additional contributions from Sylvie-Anne Jeanson 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