|City of license||Montreal, Quebec|
|Broadcast area||Montreal, Quebec|
|Frequency||980 kHz AM radio|
|First air date||February 2, 2015|
|Format||LGBT-oriented talk radio/Hot AC/CHR|
|Power||50 kW day / 10 kW night |
|Callsign meaning||CH Radio Fierté|
CHRF (Radio Fierté) is a radio station in Montreal, Quebec. Owned by Evanov Communications, the station broadcasts a French language LGBT-oriented music and talk format similar to Evanov's English language station in Toronto, Ontario, CIRR-FM. CHRF's studios are located on York Avenue in the Westmount area of Montreal, while its transmitters are located near Mercier.
The station was awarded a license by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) on November 21, 2011, to broadcast at the 990 AM frequency previously occupied by sports radio station CKGM, which moved to 690 AM on September 4, 2012. At 990 kHz, the station was to have begun operations in 2013, operating with a power of 50 kW as a class B station, a signal that would broadcast directionally at night in order to protect two other stations at that same frequency, Class-A clear-channel stations CBW in Winnipeg, Manitoba, and CBY in Corner Brook, Newfoundland and Labrador.
On July 25, 2013, Evanov filed a request with the CRTC to relocate CHRF to 980 AM, due to potential coverage problems in light of directional broadcasting due to CBW and CBY on 990. The station has chosen 980 AM, as there are no clear channel stations using that frequency, nor are there any close by that broadcast there currently – the closest ones are CFPL in London, Ontario; WCAP in Lowell, Massachusetts; WOFX in Troy, New York; and WTEM in Washington, D.C. In addition, the closest 980 allocation to Montreal, in Quebec City, has remained vacant since 1997, when CBV relocated to FM. The frequency change was approved on December 4, 2013. CKGM, the former occupant of 990, relocated there from 980 in 1990.
On September 18, 2014, a representative from Evanov announced that the station plans to commence broadcasting in November 2014. Testing of the 980 signal, consisting of pop music, promotional material, and invitations to the public to report reception issues, began in late October 2014. There were also plans to commence a full schedule in January 2015; however, the station's launch was delayed until 6:00 AM on February 2, 2015.
- Michel Duchesne (Les Barbus, weekdays 6 am to 9 am)
- Sylvain Verstricht (Les Barbus)
- Véronique Chevrier (Les matins lesbiens)
- Marie-Noëlle Gagnon ("Marino") (Marino et ses Diamants, weekdays 1 pm to 3 pm; La Chansonnette avec Marino, Sundays 9 am to 11 am)
- Joe Bocan (Les Pétards, weekdays 5 pm to 6 pm)
- Miguel Doucet (Les Pétards; also hosts Ta Playlist, weekdays 6:30 pm to 7 pm)
Duchesne, Verstricht and Doucet also hosts two weekend chart shows on Saturdays, Le Top 10 Franco at 11am, followed by Le Top Anglo at 12 noon.
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- Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2013-648, December 4, 2013
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- "Two new radio stations to launch in Montreal region by end of 2014". Fagstein, September 18, 2014.
- Fagstein: "Radio Fierté begins testing on 980 AM", October 27, 2014.
- Faguy, Steve. "Radio Fierté is now officially broadcasting". Fagstein.com. Retrieved 3 February 2015.