CHIM-FM

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CHIM-FM
City Timmins, Ontario
Slogan Canada's Good News Network
Frequency 102.3 MHz (FM)
1710 kHz (AM)
First air date April 7, 1996 – November 30, 2012 (FM)
September 2014 – present (AM)
Format Christian music
ERP 84 W
Class A1
Callsign meaning "C (See) HIM"
Owner Roger de Brabant
(1158556 Ontario Ltd.)
Website www.chimfm.com

CHIM-FM is a Canadian radio station, which previously broadcast Christian music at 102.3 FM in Timmins, Ontario. The station currently broadcasts at 1710 (AM.

The station began testing its signal at 102.3 MHz on December 24, 1995, and officially signed on April 7, 1996.[1] The station has expanded through a network of rebroadcast transmitters in Northern Ontario. CHIM-FM also has a rebroadcaster in Red Deer, Alberta, CHIM-FM-5, which originates some of its own programming.

Its call letters were pronounced, on air, as "see Him."

Programming[edit]

The station's best-known program was the MAD Christian Radio Show, a Christian rock show hosted by Kristen McNulty, which originally started as a show on CHIM. Today it is syndicated to Christian radio stations across Canada and internationally.

Other programming aired on the station includes Charles Stanley's In Touch and Tristan Emmanuel's No Apologies.

Transmitters[edit]

Rebroadcasters of CHIM-FM
City of license Identifier Frequency Power Class RECNet
Chapleau[2] CHIM-FM-8 92.7 1 watt LP Query
Elliot Lake CHIM-FM-7 92.5 1 watt LP Query
Iroquois Falls CHIM-FM-2 102.7 2 watts LP Query
Kapuskasing[3] CHIM-FM-10 92.3 2 watts LP Query
Kirkland Lake CHIM-FM-3 99.1 2 watts LP Query
North Bay[4] CHIM-FM-1 92.5 50 watts LP Query
Sault Ste. Marie[5] CHIM-FM-6 97.3 50 watts LP Query
Temiskaming Shores CHIM-FM-4 103.5 1 watt LP Query
Wawa CHIM-FM-9 92.5 1 watt LP Query

CHIM-FM-5 in Red Deer, Alberta is licensed as a repeater of CHIM, but broadcasts some local programming for the Red Deer area. The transmitter operates at 93.1 FM.[6]

In 2000, CHIM's application to add a transmitter in Toronto, Ontario at 106.3 MHz was denied.[7][8] In 2001, CHIM's application to add a transmitter in Vancouver, British Columbia at 92.9 MHz was denied.[9] CHIM's application to add a transmitter at 102.3 MHz in Cochrane, Ontario was denied as well in 2008.[10] An unrelated radio station, CFCJ-FM 102.1 owned by Cochrane Christian Radio to operate a new English language Christian radio station at Cochrane on 102.1 MHz received CRTC approval on April 18, 2011.

Closure and future[edit]

The station's licence renewal application was denied by the CRTC on October 23, 2012 due to regulatory violations. As a result, CHIM-FM was ordered to cease broadcasting by the end of the broadcast day on November 30, 2012.[11] Despite the FM stations going off air, CHIM remains active via an online stream on their website, while station management soon began a process to bring the station back to FM radio, as bolstered by a late 2012 letter writing campaign.[12]

By September 2014, CHIM returned to terrestrial radio in Timmins at 1710 kHz on the AM broadcast band.[13] In 2015, CHIM plans to expand its Christian radio service to Sudbury (1600 AM), Parry Sound, Orillia, Toronto, Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver.[14]

Info Radio[edit]

CHIM's owner, Roger de Brabant, also operates a number of low-powered tourist information radio stations branded as Info Radio. These stations also use the "Canada's Good News Network", or "Part of the Good News Network" slogan on air sometimes, but do not share the CHIM network's Christian programming. These stations were unaffected by the CRTC decision, and remain on air.

Rebroadcasters of Info Radio
City of license Identifier Frequency Power Class RECNet CRTC Decision
Hearst VF2597 95.5 2 watts LP Query
Smooth Rock Falls VF2619 101.9 2 watts LP Query
Sudbury CKJC-FM 101.7 50 watts LP Query
Temagami CJTI-FM 92.1 2 watts LP Query
Timmins CHTI-FM 101.5 32 watts LP Query 2000-103

According to the CHIM website, Hearst is listed as CFCL-FM 95.5 and Smooth Rock Falls CKSO-FM 101.9.

Notes[edit]

On March 30, 2015, the CRTC denied an application by William Rowe, on behalf of a corporation to be incorporated, to operate an English-language commercial FM specialty Christian music radio station in Timmins, which would have occupied CHIM-FM's former frequencies in northern Ontario and Red Deer. On the same date, the CRTC approved an application by Eternacom Inc. to add a new FM transmitter at Timmins to rebroadcast the programming of CJTK-FM Sudbury which, as with CHIM-FM, broadcast a Christian music format; this transmitter will broadcast at 105.5 MHz.[15]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Decision CRTC 95-782 New Christian music FM radio station - Approved, CRTC, October 27, 1995
  2. ^ Decision CRTC 2001-182 Addition of transmitters of CHIM-FM Timmins at Chapleau, Elliot Lake and Wawa, CRTC, March 20, 2001
  3. ^ Decision CRTC 2001-641 Addition of a transmitter for CHIM-FM Timmins at Kapuskasing, CRTC, October 11, 2001
  4. ^ Decision CRTC 2000-189 Addition of a transmitter of CHIM-FM at North Bay, CRTC, June 7, 2000
  5. ^ Decision CRTC 2001-30 Licence amendment for CHIM-FM Timmins, CRTC, January 25, 2001
  6. ^ Decision CRTC 2000-190 Addition of a transmitter of CHIM-FM at Red Deer, CRTC, June 7, 2000
  7. ^ Decision CRTC 2000-204 #23 and 24 under "Frequency considerations"
  8. ^ Decision CRTC 2000-206 Various applicants, CRTC, June 16, 2000
  9. ^ Decision CRTC 2001-395 Denial of a request to add a low power transmitter of CHIM-FM Timmins at Vancouver, CRTC, July 9, 2001
  10. ^ Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2008-15 CHIM-FM Timmins - New transmitter at Cochrane, CRTC, January 28, 2008
  11. ^ Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2012-589 CHIM-FM Timmins – Non-renewal of licence, CRTC, October 23, 2012
  12. ^ [1] Chim Fm Radio Network Timmins
  13. ^ As stated on the station's website, http://www.chimfm.com/index.html
  14. ^ CHIM plans to expand its Christian radio service in 2015, chimfm.com
  15. ^ Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2015-114, CJTK-FM Sudbury - New transmitter in Timmins; English-language commercial FM specialty (Christian music) radio station in Timmins, CRTC, March 30, 2015

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Coordinates: 48°27′01″N 81°18′03″W / 48.45028°N 81.30074°W / 48.45028; -81.30074