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City Fort-Coulonge, Quebec
Frequency 101.9 MHz (FM)
First air date June 1981
Format community
ERP 11.8 kW
Owner La Radio du Pontiac Inc.

CHIP-FM is a bilingual community radio station that operates at 101.9 FM in Fort-Coulonge, Quebec. The station serves Pontiac County in Quebec and Renfrew County in Ontario.


On March 20, 1980, La Radio du Pontiac Inc. received approval from the CRTC to operate a new community FM radio station at Fort-Coulonge (101.7 MHz with effective radiated power of 3,000 watts) with rebroadcast transmitters at Chapeau (93.5 MHz with ERP of 150 watts) and Rapide-des-Joachims (94.3 MHz, and ERP of 35 watts).

The station was originally launched in 1981 at 101.5 FM; it moved to 101.7 in 1993.[1]

On June 1981, La Radio du Pontiac Inc. was authorized to change frequencies for CHIP-FM's rebroadcast transmitters, CHIP-FM-1 to 94.5 MHz in Chapeau and CHIP-FM-2 to 107.5 MHz in Rapide-des-Joachims.

In January 1987, CHIP-FM informed the CRTC that the transmitter at Rapide-des-Joachims had never been implemented and that it did not wish to seek renewal for this rebroadcaster.

On February 25, 1994, the licence for CHIP-FM-1 Chapeau was revoked at the owner's request.[2]

CHIP-FM has been owned by La Radio du Pontiac Inc. since its launch in the early 1980s.

Move to 101.9[edit]

On April 10, 2015, La Radio du Pontiac, and Torres Media Ottawa—owner of Ottawa-based blues station CIDG-FM, both filed requests with the CRTC for CHIP-FM and CIDG-FM to swap frequencies, with CIDG-FM moving to 101.7 and CHIP-FM moving to 101.9. Torres stated that the move would allow CIDG to broadcast at a higher power, with coverage comparable to competing stations in the Ottawa-Gatineau market. This was not possible under the 101.9 frequency due to a requirement to protect stations in neighbouring markets on the same frequency. It was noted that this move would not have a negative impact on CHIP's coverage, and that Torres planned to provide La Radio du Pontiac with additional funding to hire staff and promote the station as compensation for the move.[3][4][5] The CRTC approved the applications on December 22, 2015.[6]

On August 30, 2016, at 1:40 pm EDT, CHIP-FM officially moved to 101.9.[7]


  1. ^ Decision CRTC 93-14
  2. ^ Decision CRTC 94-51
  3. ^ "Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2015-575". CRTC. Retrieved 29 October 2016.
  4. ^ 2015-0266-7, Frequency change and technical amendment - contours for CIDG-FM Ottawa, CRTC, April 10, 2015
  5. ^ 2015-0312-8, Frequency change for CHIP-FM Fort-Coulonge, CRTC, April 10, 2015
  6. ^ Broadcasting Decision CRTC2015-575, CIDG-FM Ottawa and CHIP-FM Fort-Coulonge - Licence amendments and technical changes, CRTC, December 22, 2015.
  7. ^ Passage of CHIP to the 101.9, a historic moment,, August 31, 2016

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Coordinates: 45°45′41″N 76°35′00″W / 45.76139°N 76.58333°W / 45.76139; -76.58333