CHYQ-FM

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CHYQ-FM
City West Nipissing, Ontario
Broadcast area Nipissing District
Branding Le Loup 97.1
Slogan La Voix du nord
Frequency 97.1 MHz (FM)
First air date February 6, 2014
Format hot adult contemporary (French)
ERP 6,500 watts
Class B1
Callsign meaning an available callsign that could be pronounced like the French word chic
Owner Le5 Communications
Sister stations CHYK-FM, CHYC-FM
Website http://www.leloupfm.com

CHYQ-FM is a Canadian radio station, which broadcasts at FM 97.1 in West Nipissing, Ontario. It broadcasts a francophone hot adult contemporary format for the local Franco-Ontarian community. It is owned by Le5 Communications, and branded as Le Loup 97.1.

CHYQ and its sister stations CHYK in Timmins and CHYC in Greater Sudbury are the only francophone commercial stations programmed entirely in Ontario. Apart from commercials and separate morning shows, the three stations in fact simulcast the same programming at almost all times, although all three stations produce a portion of the shared broadcast schedule

History[edit]

On August 4, 2010, Le5 Communications filed an application with the CRTC to launch the station.[1] The company received license approval on January 6, 2011.[2]

Prior to the launch of CHYQ, the region's francophone audience was served solely by CFSF-FM, which aired a bilingual format featuring programming in both English and French. A local non-profit group previously held short-term licenses to broadcast special events programming in the region on 93.5 FM with the call sign CFDN, but never launched a permanent station.[3]

CHYQ was the first commercial French-language radio station licensed in Ontario since the launch of CHYC-FM's original AM incarnation, CFBR, in 1957; apart from the three Le5 stations, all other French radio stations in Ontario are non-commercial outlets owned by non-profit community radio groups or Radio-Canada.

On November 15, 2013, Le5 received approval from the CRTC to extend the time limit to January 6, 2015 to commence the operation of the French-language commercial FM station in Nipissing, Ontario. This was the final extension to be granted by the Commission.[4]

On December 3, 2013 the station began on air testing lasting until February 5, 2014. The station officially launched at 7 a.m. on February 6, 2014.

On July 16, 2014, the CRTC approved Le5's application to change the authorized contours of CHYQ‑FM by changing the radiation pattern of the antenna from directional to non-directional, by decreasing the average effective radiated power (ERP) of the transmitter from 47,100 to 6,500 watts (maximum ERP from 77,600 to 6,500 watts) and by decreasing the effective height of antenna above average terrain from 136.2 to 45.7 meters. The station's class will change from C1 to B1.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Broadcasting Notice of Consultation CRTC 2010-551
  2. ^ Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2011-2
  3. ^ CRTC Decision 97-253
  4. ^ 2013-1455-9, Extension of the time limit to 6 January 2015 to commence the operation of the French-language commercial FM station in Nipissing, Ontario approved in Broadcasting Decision 2011-2, 6 January 2011. This is the final extension to be granted by the Commission, CRTC, November 15, 2013
  5. ^ Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2014-375, CHYQ-FM Nipissing – Technical change, CRTC, July 16, 2014

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