|Slogan||Your Main Source|
|Frequency||105.5 MHz (FM)|
|First air date||June 1, 1986|
|Format||Urban hip hop/R&B|
|Callsign meaning||C H Radio York|
|Owner||Board of Directors of CHRY Community Radio, Inc.|
CHRY-FM branded as VIBE 105.5 is a Canadian radio station. It is the campus radio station of York University, broadcasting over FM on 105.5 MHz in Toronto, Ontario and has also served as a community radio station for the residents of the Jane and Finch corridor in North Toronto. CHRY's studios are located at York University's Student Centre, while its transmitter is located on top of the Vanier College residence building.
CHRY was originally founded as a closed-circuit cable radio service, called Radio York, in 1965, and was located on the top floor of Vanier College and served campus residences and the cafeteria located at Central Square. On June 1, 1986, upon successful application to the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) for a broadcasting licence, began to broadcast as CHRY at 50W, with a transmitting antenna located on the top of Vanier College's residence building. As well, on this day, it became incorporated as CHRY Community Radio, Inc.
In 1997, it moved from its old Vanier College studios to the fourth floor of York University's Student Centre, where it is today. This move was financed by a $40,000 loan from the undergraduate student association, which was forgiven four years later.
A limitation to CHRY was that its licence was Class B, which effectively meant that it was "unprotected" legally from claims of signal interference, effectively requiring it to cease operations if another broadcasting interest was affected in some way by CHRY's operation. However, in 2006, the CRTC accepted CHRY's application to reclassify its licence from "Class B" to "Class A", thus effecting "protected status" for the radio station.
CHRY serves the north western part of Toronto. Prior to its relaunch in 2015, more than one-third of its schedule is devoted to the music and culture of the Caribbean. It employs two full-time staff, several other part-time staff, and is supported by the work of over one hundred volunteers from both York's student body and the surrounding community.
Rebranding as VIBE
On May 1, 2015, CHRY cancelled all of its existing programs, dismissed all of its volunteers and rebranded itself as "VIBE 105", adopting an "urban alternative" format which it describes as "a diverse and metropolitan blend of Cultural, Electronic and Remix programming" which includes Electronic, Remix, Reggae, Soca, Afrobeat, Hip Hop and R&B. The station will also air talk programming. Volunteers are to be in supportive roles while on air talent will be professionalized in a departure from the station's long time commitment to community radio.
CHRY is supported in part by student levy (contributions via the York University Graduate Students Association and York Federation of Students (YFS)), through occasional grants for which the station is eligible due to its charitable status, by York University through occasional workstudy grants, and by its listenership through pledges. The rest of its funding is from advertising revenue.
- "CHRY shocks volunteers with mass dismissal and transformation". AUX. June 8, 2015. Retrieved June 13, 2015.
- "Static continues over CHRY format change". The Caribbean Camera. June 5, 2015. Retrieved June 13, 2015.
- "T.O. MUSIC NOTES: #SAVECHRY: CHRY’s surprise rebrand receives some push back.". NOW Magazine. June 9, 2015. Retrieved June 13, 2015.
- VIBE 1055
- CHRY-FM history - Canadian Communications Foundation
- Query the REC's Canadian station database for CHRY-FM