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City of license Saint John, New Brunswick
Branding Rock 88.9
Slogan The Rock of Saint John
Frequency 88.9 MHz (FM)
First air date October 11, 2005
Format Classic rock
Owner Newcap Radio
Website Rock 88.9

CHNI-FM is an FM radio station in Saint John, New Brunswick. Owned by Newcap Radio, it broadcasts a classic rock format under the brand Rock 88.9.


The station was granted a license by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission on November 26, 2004.[1] On October 11, 2005, CHNI-FM signed on as News 88.9 under the ownership of Rogers Media, as part of a three-station news radio network comprising CKNI-FM in Moncton and CJNI-FM in Halifax. As News 88.9, the station also broadcast Saint John Sea Dogs, Ottawa Senators and Toronto Blue Jays games, along with programming from ESPN Radio and Westwood One.

On July 4, 2013, Newcap Radio announced that it would acquire CHNI-FM from Rogers pending regulatory approval, marking the company's entrance into the Saint John market.[2] The acquisition, along with a request by Newcap to allow CHNI to switch from a news/talk format to music, was approved by the CRTC on March 14, 2014.[3]

On July 28, 2014, CHNI flipped to classic rock as Rock 88.9, launching with 30 days of commercial-free music as the station begins to hire on-air talent. Newcap's general manager for the region, David Newbury, stated that the company felt there was a "void" in the market that needed to be filled, and noted that Newcap was hoping CHNI would emulate the success of its sister stations in other Atlantic markets.[4]


When CHNI flipped formats from an all-news station to a classic rock station, six employees were terminated and have filed a lawsuit against Rogers and Newcap Radio. [5]


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Coordinates: 45°28′39″N 66°13′59″W / 45.47750°N 66.23306°W / 45.47750; -66.23306