CFGL-FM

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CFGL-FM
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CityLaval, Quebec
Broadcast areaGreater Montreal Area
Branding105.7 Rythme FM
SloganLe Meilleur Rythme Musical! (The Best Musical Rhythm)
Frequency105.7 MHz (FM)
(also on HD Radio)
First air dateSeptember 1968
FormatFrench Rhythmic Adult Contemporary
ERP41,000 watts
HAAT297 meters (974 ft)
ClassC1
Callsign meaningCF Grand Laval
OwnerCogeco
(Cogeco Diffusion Acquisitions Inc.)
Sister stationsCHMP-FM, CKAC, CKOI-FM, CKBE-FM
Website105.7 Rythme FM

CFGL-FM (105.7 MHz) is a commercial radio station in Laval, Quebec and serving Greater Montreal, airing a French Rhythmic Adult Contemporary radio format. It is the flagship of the Rythme FM network, which operates across much of Quebec.

Owned and operated by Cogeco, it broadcasts with an effective radiated power (ERP) of 41,000 watts as a Class C1 station, using an omnidirectional antenna atop Mount Royal, at 297 metres in height above average terrain (HAAT).[1] Studios and offices are on Boulevard Saint-Martin Est in Laval.[2]

History[edit]

CFGL was founded in September 1968 by Jean-Pierre Coallier and Roland Saucier. It originally was powered at 100,000 watts but from a tower in Laval only 400 feet in height. It began as a French-language beautiful music station serving Laval and the suburbs north of Montreal.[3] In the 1980s, the audience for the easy listening format began aging, so CFGL began adding more vocals in an effort to attract younger listeners. It made the full transition to French soft adult contemporary music in 1992.

In 1999, it switched to a French rhythmic adult contemporary sound, known as Rythme FM. The move proved to be quite successful. CFGL became the top-rated French-language radio station in North America.[4] It held that distinction until its sister station, French talk outlet CHMP-FM, overtook it in Fall 2011.

On May 17, 2017, CFGL-FM began broadcasting in HD Radio, offering a digital radio simulcast of its FM feed on its digital sideband, with room for potential expansion of subchannels in the future.

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