|Slogan||La radio francophone de Toronto|
|Frequency||105.1 MHz (FM)|
|First air date||May 1, 2006 (history dates back to 1991)|
|Format||Franco-Ontarian community radio|
|Affiliations||Toronto Maple Leafs (NHL)|
Toronto Argonauts (CFL)
- Not to be confused with "CHOQ.FM", an unlicensed closed-circuit radio station at the Université du Québec à Montréal.
CHOQ-FM is a Canadian radio station which began broadcasting in 2006. A non-profit community radio station for Franco-Ontarians in Toronto, Ontario, the station broadcasts at 105.1 on the FM dial. CHOQ is also available as a digital television radio feed on Rogers Cable in the Greater Toronto Area on channel 957. CHOQ's studios are located on Lansdowne Avenue (near Dundas Street West) in the Dufferin Grove neighbourhood, while its transmitter is located atop First Canadian Place.
CHOQ is owned by a cooperative, La Coopérative Radiophonique de Toronto.
The history of this station dates back to 1991, when the group was granted a special temporary FM licence for a French-language community radio programming undertaking at Toronto, on a frequency of 99.1 MHz. The station would broadcast programs during "La Semaine française à Toronto", from June 16 to 23, 1991 and was incorporated as "La Coopérative radiophonique de Toronto inc." on July 5 the same year.
On October 18, 2004 the station received a $75,000 startup grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation.
The station's launch was originally scheduled for 2005. The station did air a testing signal for three weeks in November of that year, but did not launch its permanent signal until May 1, 2006.
CHOQ-FM was one of 27 applicants for the 88.1 frequency vacated by the revocation in early 2011 of CKLN-FM's license, applying to move to the frequency. The bid was unsuccessful and the CRTC awarded the frequency to CIND-FM.
In 2011 and 2012, the station participated in the launch of campaign to establish a "French Quarter" in Toronto along Carlton Street, where several of the city's francophone institutions — including the Sacré-Cœur church, the Collège Français high school and the head offices of TFO — are located.
In January 2015, the station manager revealed that due to a tight advertising market and expenses related to the relocation of its transmitter, the station was in a financial crisis and may be forced to close as early as March if a solution cannot be found. In March, the station confirmed that while an emergency crowdfunding campaign had fallen short of the goal, it was continuing to seek out other cooperative funding arrangements to allow it to continue broadcasting.
The station primarily plays a francophone pop music format during the day, with some informational and magazine programming airing evenings and weekends. The station also publishes a weekly Top 40 singles chart in L'Express de Toronto.
The station used to broadcast dance music programming nightly between the hours of 10pm and 6am, branded as Energy 105.1 (Shock FM). This programming aired in English, and was not produced by Radio-Toronto, but was leased out to another company. This programming no longer airs on the station as of 2009; the station now produces its own programming during the overnight hours.
- Decision CRTC 91-369
- Decision CRTC 2000-206
- Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2003-116
- "Stations vie for vacant radio licence". The Globe and Mail, December 18, 2012.
- Broadcasting Notice of Consultation CRTC 2012-126. Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission, March 2, 2012.
- "A French Quarter for Toronto? Mais oui!". National Post, August 6, 2011.
- "Toronto’s only French radio station CHOQ 105.1 FM struggling to stay afloat". Metro, January 22, 2015.
- "CHOQ-FM demeure en ondes malgré les difficultés". Radio-Canada, March 13, 2015.
- "Energy puts radio stream on iPhone", Media in Canada, July 18, 2008.