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CityNew Westminster, British Columbia
Broadcast areaMetro Vancouver
Frequency101.1 MHz (FM) (HD Radio)
BrandingRock 101
SloganVancouver's Greatest Hits
FormatAnalog/HD1: Classic rock
HD2: CKNW simulcast
HD3: CHMJ simulcast
OwnerCorus Entertainment
(Corus Premium Television Ltd.)
Sister stationsCKNW, CHMJ, CFOX-FM, CHAN-DT, Global News: BC 1
First air dateMarch 22, 1970
Call sign meaningC FM I (Roman numeral, reference to former on-air branding FM One)
Technical information
ERP53 kilowatts average
100 kilowatts peak
HAAT368.4 metres (1,209 ft)
Transmitter coordinates49°20′42″N 122°58′23″W / 49.345°N 122.973°W / 49.345; -122.973 (CFMI-FM Tower)Coordinates: 49°20′42″N 122°58′23″W / 49.345°N 122.973°W / 49.345; -122.973 (CFMI-FM Tower)
WebcastListen live

CFMI-FM (identified on air and in print as Rock 101) is a Canadian radio station in the Metro Vancouver region of British Columbia. It broadcasts at 101.1 MHz on the FM band with an effective radiated power of 100,000 watts (peak) from a transmitter on Mount Seymour in the District of North Vancouver. Owned by Corus Entertainment, the studios are located in Downtown Vancouver, in the TD Tower. The station has a classic rock format.


CFMI first signed on in early 1970. Over the years, the station added FM transmitters in most of British Columbia. On July 26, 2011, CFMI-FM received Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) approval by increasing New Westminister's transmitter to the average effective radiated power (ERP) from 37,000 to 53,000 watts (maximum ERP from 75,000 to 100,000 watts), by decreasing the effective height of antenna above average terrain from 686 to 386.4 meters and by relocating its transmitter.[1]

On July 15, 2014, CFMI-FM dropped the word Classic from its name and shifted its format from classic rock to mainstream rock; such a move was also implemented on CILQ-FM in Toronto, which is also owned by Corus.

As of November 2016, the station shifted to "classic rock and the greatest hits of the 70's, 80's and 90's".

HD Programming[edit]

On October 13, 2015, CFMI-HD was launched as the first Canadian HD service west of Ontario:

  • HD2 carries sister station CKNW AM 980.
  • HD3 carries sister station CHMJ AM 730; this began on July 3, 2016 due to AM730's transmitter being damaged by the 2016 Burns Bog fire.[2]


The station signed on with a very-short-lived country music format. This was followed by a light-popular music format ("pop for adults"). CFMI was distinguished in its earlier years by being a technical innovator of early automation systems. Stereo automation systems of the day relied heavily on reel-to-reel tape machines for music. CFMI's automation had no reel machines, but relied totally on cartridge carousels, which allowed greater programming flexibility ("random access"), but no broadcast cartridges of the day could reproduce quality stereo. The response of CFMI's engineers was to invent a new cartridge that could: the Aristocart. Parent company Western International Communications went on to develop a manufacturing division, exporting these improved cartridges to broadcasters around the world. Today's broadcasters use computer systems with large hard drives to reproduce music digitally, and have no need of tape systems. But in its heyday (circa 1975-1990), the Aristocart was an improvement to a technical problem shared by all commercial stereo broadcasters.

Among CFMI's programming innovations was Discumentary, a one-hour musical documentary of programming featuring a particular artist or a particular theme. This was developed in response to the CRTC's requirement for foreground programming. The Discumentary programs were written by Paul Wiggins and voiced by Dave McCormick, then Terry David Mulligan and syndicated throughout Canada, and broadcast internationally on the Anik D satellite. Later, CRTC regulations phased out the need for foreground programming, and CFMI phased out Discumentary.


CFMI also operates on a number of low-power FM transmitters and cable channels.


Rebroadcasters of CFMI-FM
City of license Identifier Frequency Power Class RECNet CRTC Decision
Luscar VF2213 96.5 FM 20 watts LP Query CRTC 93-278
Rainbow Lake VF2293 92.3 FM 10 watts VLP Query CRTC 95-704

British Columbia[edit]

Rebroadcasters of CFMI-FM
City of license Identifier Frequency Power Class RECNet CRTC Decision
Whistler CFMI-FM-1 90.7 FM 50 watts LP Query Decision CRTC 2000-207
Donald Station VF2000 94.5 FM 21 watts LP Query Decision CRTC 96-6
Granisle VF2004 101.5 FM 50 watts LP Query Decision CRTC 96-37
Boston Bar VF2006 92.9 FM 50 watts LP Query Decision CRTC 86-270
Tumbler Ridge VF2051 101.1 FM 8 watts LP Query Decision CRTC 92-736
Fort James VF2100 99.9 FM 10 watts VLP Query Decision CRTC 90-373
Chetwynd VF2104 100.5 FM 27 watts LP Query Decision CRTC 94-123
Valemount VF2122 91.1 FM 16 watts LP Query Decision CRTC 90-1042
McBride VF2151 101.1 FM 37 watts LP Query Decision CRTC 91-871
Riley Creek VF2194 104.5 FM 22 watts LP Query Décision CRTC 99-44
Kemano VF2209 103.5 FM 10 watts VLP Query Decision CRTC 93-66
Dease Lake VF2223 100.1 FM 1 watt LP Query Decision CRTC 93-708
Hagensborg VF2287 92.7 FM 23 watts LP Query Decision CRTC 95-55
Burton VF2296 90.5 FM 1 watt VLP Query Decision CRTC 95-792
Avola VF2316 93.5 FM 20 watts LP Query Decision CRTC 98-145
Blue River VF2318 93.9 FM 8 watts VLP Query Decision CRTC 98-144
Bralorne VF2327 101.1 FM 1 watt VLP Query Decision CRTC 96-640
Campbell River VF2378 102.3 FM 11 watts LP Query
Fraser Lake VF2473 92.1 FM 36 watts LP Query

Newfoundland and Labrador[edit]

Rebroadcasters of CFMI-FM
City of license Identifier Frequency Power Class RECNet CRTC Decision
Burgeo VF2076 92.3 FM 50 watts LP Query CRTC 89-423


Rebroadcasters of CFMI-FM
City of license Identifier Frequency Power Class RECNet CRTC Decision
Carrot River VF2212 101.1 FM 15 watts LP Query CRTC 2001-7
La Ronge VF2376 101.1 FM 12 watts LP Query

Washington State[edit]

  • Comcast Cable Channel 979 - Puget Sound area of Western Washington. As of June 17th 2019, Comcast discontinued carriage of CFMI and all other over the air radio stations.


  1. ^ "Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2011-440". CRTC. July 26, 2011. Retrieved October 31, 2017.
  2. ^ "Canada Stations - HD Radio". Xperi. Retrieved October 31, 2017.

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