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|Frequency||89.1 MHz (FM)|
First air date
|1984 (cable/closed circuit)|
May 31, 1991 (FM)
Call sign meaning
|CH University of Ottawa|
|ERP||3.2 kWs average|
18.1 kilowatts peak
|HAAT||257.5 meters (845 ft)|
|Webcast||MP3 stream |
Real Player stream[permanent dead link]
CHUO-FM is a Canadian community-based campus radio station, broadcasting at 89.1 FM in Ottawa, on Rogers digital cable on channel 943, via RealAudio stream and in MP3. It is the campus radio station of the University of Ottawa, a member of the National Campus and Community Radio Association in Canada, and a member of the world community radio association AMARC.
CHUO's studios are located on the campus of the University of Ottawa, while its transmitter is located in Camp Fortune, Quebec.
The station began as a radio club transmitting as CHOR, an AM carrier current station on 670 kHz in 1975 on the University of Ottawa campus. By 1984 CHOR was known as CFUO which started cable-casting and could be heard on closed circuit in the university's student residences. It was subsequently awarded a broadcast license by the CRTC, and began broadcasting at 89.1 FM on May 31, 1991.
The station is bilingual, broadcasting in both of Canada's official languages; English and French. CHUO's programming is composed of 45% English programming, 45% French programming, and 10% in third languages. CHUO 89.1 FM is Ottawa-Gatineau's home for Black media including programs BY and FOR the community - Ici L'Afrique, Afrika Revisited, Black on Black, Rockers, Caribbean Flavour, Fréquances Antillaises, Bouyon Racin, Men Kontré, Tropic FM, FREESTYLE, and more.
CHUO 89.1 FM launched a morning drive-time hip-hop show in June 2019.
Tom Green hosted The Midnight Caller program on the station for several years in the mid-1990s before moving to television with Rogers Cable's Ottawa community channel. Papa Richie hosts Rockers since 1986. A collective including Patricia Harewood, Adrienne Codette, Jacquie Stewart, Sarah Onyango, and Jackie Laurence host Black on Black (Ottawa's premiere black community arts and culture show) since the early 1990s. CHUO alumni include Adrian Harewood (CBC), Laura Osman (CBC), Emma Godmere (CBC), Alanna Stuart (BONJAY, CBC), Terry Loretto (CBC)
In 1997, CHUO won a Standard Broadcast award for a bilingual spoken word series entitled "Women's Words". In 2009, CHUO was the proud recipient of two National Campus and Community Radio awards. André St-Jacques, host of Jazz Vox, Jazz et Compagnie, Rétro Radio, les Écrans Compacts, and Café Québec, won an award in the category of NCRA Volunteer of the year. DJ Alive and Your Favourite Light Skin won the 2009 NCRA award in the category of local talent development.
The station's studios used to be located in a walkway linking University of Ottawa's Morriset Library with the Thompson student residence. In September 2005 the station moved to new facilities in the basement of the Morriset library building. CHUO is located at 65 University Private, suite 0038. Its office hours are from Monday to Friday, 9 am to 5 pm.
- Decision CRTC 89-834
- "A Home on Campus - TABARET: UOttawa's online magazine".
- "Standard Award Winners". Archived from the original on 2013-10-31. Retrieved 2013-10-31.
- Listen Live (MP3 Streaming)
- CHUO-FM history – Canadian Communications Foundation
- CHUO-FM in the REC Canadian station database