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Inews 880 logo.svg
City Edmonton, Alberta
Branding iNews880
Slogan Real news. Real time.
Frequency 880 kHz (AM)
First air date August 19, 1965
Format All-news radio
Power 50,000 watts
Class B
Transmitter coordinates 53°22′7″N 113°19′5″W / 53.36861°N 113.31806°W / 53.36861; -113.31806Coordinates: 53°29′26″N 113°26′55″W / 53.49056°N 113.44861°W / 53.49056; -113.44861 (iNews880)
Callsign meaning Canada's Highest Quality Talk
Affiliations ABC News Radio, Westwood One News
Owner Corus Entertainment
(Corus Radio Company)
Sister stations Radio: CHED, CISN-FM, CKNG-FM
Website iNews880

CHQT is a radio station in Edmonton, Alberta, broadcasting its signal on 880 kHz AM with a power of 50,000 watts. It also broadcasts AM stereo using the C-QUAM system. The station currently operates an all-news radio format under the brand name iNews880, and is owned by Corus Entertainment.

CHQT can also be received on 93.5 MHz on Shaw Cable FM.

CHQT is currently ranked #15 in the Edmonton market according to the Fall 2011 PPM data report released by BBM Canada.[1]


  • The station started on August 19, 1965 on 1110 kHz, with 10,000 watts power. It originally broadcast an MOR music format.
  • In 1979, CHQT started using 50,000 watts power.
  • In 1985, the station changed frequency to 880 kHz on the sale to Monarch Broadcasting, Ltd.[2]
  • In June 2001, CHQT began using the moniker COOL 880 as it dropped its longtime MOR format for oldies.
  • In October 2003, it became '880 JOE AM' for a few months before it returned to 'COOL 880' on January 13, 2004. The reason for the change to Joe AM was to protect its sister station Power 92 (CKNG-FM), which was planning a change to the adult hits format. The company was afraid that another broadcaster would take the name and/or format on the FM band. However, the station lost a considerable number of its listeners, and has not recovered.[citation needed] Power 92 then became JOE FM and abandoned the top 40 format in favor of an '80s and '90s mix of music.
  • On May 20, 2008 at 6:30 AM, the oldies format was discontinued for an all-news format.

Other facts[edit]

  • Before the name change and being bought by Corus Entertainment, their news slogan was This is Alberta's Major News station - AM 880 CHQT - Currently all newscasts on Edmonton Corus radio stations are produced by 630 CHED.


  1. ^ Fall 2011 Edmonton PPM Ratings
  2. ^ Decision CRTC 85-55

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