CIME-FM

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CIME-FM
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City of license Saint-Jérôme, Quebec
Broadcast area Laurentides
Montreal (northern suburbs & city's north end)
Branding CIME 103,9 et 101,3
Slogan Tout pour être heureux
Frequency 103.9 MHz (FM)
Repeaters CIME-FM-1 102.9 MHz, Val-Morin
CIME-FM-2 101.3 MHz, Mont-Tremblant
First air date March 25, 1977
Format hot adult contemporary (French)
ERP 11,700 watts (average)
39,300 watts (peak)
Class C1
Callsign meaning CIME = French word for mountain peak
Affiliations Rythme FM
Owner Cogeco
(Diffusion Métromédia CMR Inc.)
Website CIME

CIME-FM is a French-language Canadian radio station located in Saint-Jérôme, Quebec, about 40 kilometres (25 mi) north of Montreal.

Owned and operated by Cogeco, it broadcasts on 103.9 MHz using a directional antenna with an average effective radiated power of 11,700 watts and a peak effective radiated power of 39,300 watts (class C1).

The station has an adult top 40 format under the CIME branding and is part of the Rythme FM network which operates across much of Quebec. Unlike others Rythme FM stations, which all identifies as Rythme FM, the station kept its CIME branding; however, the station adopted the tri-oval shaped logo typical of all Rythme FM stations.

The station also operates two rebroadcasters : a low-power one (CIME-FM-1) in Val-Morin, on 102.9 MHz using a directional antenna with an average effective radiated power of 4 watts and a peak effective radiated power of 14 watts (class LP), and a stronger one (CIME-FM-2) in Mont-Tremblant, on 101.3 MHz with an effective radiated power of 800 watts (class B) using an omnidirectional antenna.

longtime Corus-era CIME logo; used until August 2011

CIME-FM opened on March 25, 1977, and originally had a middle of the road format, which gradually evolved over time to a more traditional hot adult contemporary format and currently it is an adult contemporary station.

CIME-FM was originally located in Sainte-Adèle, about 70 kilometres north of Montreal, and had a 50,000 watts omnidirectional signal on 99.5 MHz. The station moved to Saint-Jérôme in mid-1998, at the same time that it moved to 103.9 MHz and inaugurated its 101.3 MHz relay (the smaller 102.9 MHz one was operational since the beginning). These changes in frequencies were a result of a deal to allow the 99.5 MHz to be used in Montreal for the new CJPX-FM. As a result, CIME-FM can only be heard now in parts of Montreal itself, but has a better coverage in their targeted area (the Laurentides region).

The station is especially famous or infamous (depending on the point of view) for its now-discontinued practices of airing subliminal messages intended to induce relaxation at night [1] and using a system of audio tones as a mosquito repellent. [2]

On December 17, 2010, the CRTC approved the sale of most of Corus Entertainment's radio stations in Quebec, including CIME-FM, to Cogeco.[3] The sale closed February 1, 2011, and by August 2011, the station adopted the Rythme FM logo on CIME-FM; however the CIME branding and hot adult contemporary stayed because of the adult contemporary format already heard on nearby flagship and sister station CFGL-FM Laval. As a result, programming is different, save for majority of nighttime programming, which largely simulcasts CFGL-FM.

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Coordinates: 45°51′50″N 74°01′17″W / 45.86389°N 74.02139°W / 45.86389; -74.02139