Coordinates: 45°25′23″N 75°41′04″W / 45.42309°N 75.68454°W / 45.42309; -75.68454
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Frequency89.1 MHz (FM)
Formatcampus radio
OwnerCentre for Independent Media & Art Centre des medias et arts independents
First air date
1984 (cable/closed circuit)
May 31, 1991 (FM)
Call sign meaning
CH University of Ottawa
Technical information
ERP3.2 kWs average
18.1 kilowatts peak
HAAT257.5 meters (845 ft)
WebcastMP3 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,[1] 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 35% English programming, 35% French programming, and 10% in third languages. CHUO's programming is free form including the genres of jazz, indie rock, electronic, classical alongside many radio programs produced BY and FOR the Black community including Ici L'Afrique, Afrika Revisited, Black on Black, Rockers, Caribbean Flavour, Bouyon Racin, Men Kontré, FREESTYLE, and more.

CHUO 89.1 FM launched a morning drive-time hip-hop show in June 2019.

In 2023, the station lost a referendum on defunding its student levy.[2]


As one of the founding volunteers, Papa Richie has hosted and produced Rockers since 1986. Patricia Harewood, Adrienne Codette, Jacquie Stewart, Sarah Onyango, Denise Isaacs and Jackie Lawrence are some members of the collective who have hosted Black on Black (Ottawa's premiere black community arts and culture show) since the early 1990s. Tom Green hosted The Midnight Caller on the station for several years in the mid-1990s before moving to television with Rogers Cable's Ottawa community channel. CHUO alumni include Adrian Harewood (CBC), Laura Osman (CBC), Emma Godmere (CBC), Alanna Stuart (BONJAY, CBC), Terry Loretto (CBC)[3]

In 1997, CHUO won a Standard Broadcast award for a bilingual spoken word series entitled "Women's Words" created by Carolyn Cote and produced by Erin Flynn.[4]


CHUO's studios used to be located in the overhanging walkway extending from the centre of this photograph towards the right, and are now located in the sub basement of Morisset Library seen in the background.

The station's studios used to be located in a walkway linking University of Ottawa's Morisset Library with the Thompson student residence. In September 2005 the station moved to new facilities in the sub-basement of the Morisset library at 65 University Private, suite 0038. Office hours are from Monday to Friday, 9 am to 5 pm.


  1. ^ Decision CRTC 89-834
  2. ^ Connie Thiessen, "University of Ottawa students vote to defund CHUO-FM". Broadcast Dialogue, October 17, 2023.
  3. ^ "A Home on Campus - TABARET: UOttawa's online magazine".
  4. ^ "Standard Award Winners". Archived from the original on 2013-10-31. Retrieved 2013-10-31.

External links[edit]

CHUO-FM historyCanadian Communications Foundation

  • CHUO-FM in the REC Canadian station database

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