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CFBV 870AMMoose logo.png
CitySmithers, British Columbia
BrandingThe Moose
SloganThe Bulkley Valley and Lakes' Biggest Variety
Frequency870 kHz (AM)
Repeater(s)CHBV 106.5 MHz, Houston CFLD 760 kHz, Burns Lake
First air date1963
FormatVariety Hits
Power1000 watts daytime
500 watts nighttime
Callsign meaningC F Bulkley Valley
OwnerVista Radio

CFBV is a Canadian radio station that broadcasts a variety hits format and branded as The Moose at 870 AM in Smithers, British Columbia. The station is owned by Vista Radio.


CFBV originally began broadcasting in 1963 at 1230 AM under the ownership of CFBV Ltd. from the Corner of Queen Street and Highway 16, Then several years later moving to the former School Board offices on Queen Street in Smithers. Throughout its history, CFBV has broadcast with 1000 watts of power. The station opened a rebroadcaster, CFLD, at 1400 AM with 250 watts of power in the Tweedsmuir Hotel in Burns Lake in November 1965. CFBV added another rebroadcaster, CKBV in Hazelton, and CHLD in Granisle (a rebroadcaster of CFLD), in 1974.

In 1976, CFLD's studios moved from the Tweedsmuir Hotel to a new studio at 320-A Alaska Drive. Around the same time, CFBV Ltd. was granted permission to increase the daytime power of CFLD to 1000 watts (while nighttime power remained at 250 watts). CFBV Ltd. changed its corporate name to Cariboo Central Interior Radio Inc. in 1985, and CFBV and CFLD began operating under a common brand, BV/LD Radio, around that time, with some programming for both stations originating from CJCI in Prince George.

CFBV changed frequencies from 1230 to its present 870 on October 17, 1985,[1] and CFLD followed suit on January 27, 1986 when it switched frequencies from 1400 to 760.[2] CFBV established another rebroadcaster, CHBV, in Houston, in 1991. CFLD increased its power to 1000 watts full-time on January 9, 1996. On December 17, 1999, CFBV switched CHBV to the FM band at 106.5 MHz with 923 watts of power.[3]

Cariboo Central Interior Radio, the owner of CFBV, CFLD, CJCI and their rebroadcasters and other stations, was purchased on September 1, 2005 by 1126144 Alberta Ltd., a company affiliated with Vista. In early summer of 2006, CFBV and CFLD dropped its BV/LD branding for a new common brand, The Peak. In January 2016, the station branding changed to The Moose .


In 2017, Vista Radio has voluntarily surrendered the licenses for all of their low-power 50 watt AM transmitters in British Columbia. Vista stated that the transmitting equipment for these facilities are in state of disrepair and would not be economically viable to replace them. The former rebroadcasters affected were:


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Coordinates: 54°47′46″N 127°11′55″W / 54.79611°N 127.19861°W / 54.79611; -127.19861