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CHOA redirects here. For the radio station in Stettler, Alberta that previously used those calls, see CKSQ-FM. For the Thai monarchy title, see Chao (monarchy).
CHOA Wow96.5 logo.png
City Rouyn-Noranda, Quebec
Branding Wow FM 96.5
Frequency 96.5 MHz (FM)
First air date 1939 (on AM)
1990 (conversion to FM)
Format Adult contemporary
ERP 61.1 kW peak
horizontal polarization only
HAAT 204 meters (669 ft)
Class C
Former callsigns CKRN (1939-1990)
Former frequencies 1240 kHz (1939-?)
1400 kHz (?-1990)
Owner RNC Media

CHOA-FM is a Canadian radio station, broadcasting at 96.5 FM in Rouyn-Noranda, Quebec. The station has an adult contemporary format branded as Wow 96.5.

Logo for Planète, 2008-2015

Owned by RNC Media, the station aired an adult contemporary format from its inception, both under independent branding and as an affiliate of Astral Media's RockDétente network. The station briefly adopted a modern rock format branded as Radio X after RNC Media acquired CHOI in Quebec City in 2006, but later reverted to the Couleur FM name and format, and was rebranded as Planète in 2008. The Radio X branding later resurfaced at sister stations CHGO-FM and CJGO-FM.

CHOA also has rebroadcast transmitters in Val-d'Or (103.5 FM)[1] and La Sarre (103.9 FM).[2] RNC applied in 1996 to convert CHOA's retransmitter in Val-d'Or into an originating station, but was denied because the market could not support a new commercial station.[3]

In December 2014, it was announced that CHOA-FM would become an affiliate of Cogeco's Rythme FM network, starting on March 9, 2015.[4] The station was the second Rythme FM outlet owned by RNC, with CHLX-FM Gatineau being the first.

On August 7. 2017, CHOA dropped the Rhythme FM brand and re-branded as Wow FM. CHLX had similarly re-branded.[5]


  1. ^ Decision CRTC 93-587
  2. ^ Decision CRTC 96-747
  3. ^ Decision CRTC 96-51
  4. ^ Fagstein: "Rythme FM expands with third new affiliate in six months", December 17, 2014.
  5. ^ "Rythme FM devient WOW dès le 7 août". (in French). Retrieved 2017-08-19.

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Coordinates: 48°15′55″N 79°02′36″W / 48.26528°N 79.04333°W / 48.26528; -79.04333