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CHUO Organization Logo.jpg
City Ottawa, Ontario
Frequency 89.1 MHz (FM)
First air date 1984 (cable/closed circuit)
May 31, 1991 (FM)
Format campus radio
ERP 3.2 kWs average
18.1 kilowatts peak
HAAT 257.5 meters (845 ft)
Class C1
Callsign meaning CH University of Ottawa
Owner CHUO
Webcast MP3 stream
Real Player stream

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 45% English programming, 45% French programming and 10% in third languages.


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 has hosted Rockers since 1986, and Black on Black (Ottawa's premiere black community arts and culture show) since the mid 90's; activist and former University of Ottawa professor Denis Rancourt was host of Thursday night program Five O'Clock Train at CHUO.[citation needed]

In 1997, CHUO won a Standard Broadcast award for a bilingual spoken word series entitled "Women's Words".[2] 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.[citation needed]


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 Morriset Library building seen in the background.

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.


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Coordinates: 45°25′23″N 75°41′04″W / 45.42309°N 75.68454°W / 45.42309; -75.68454