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CJAV-FM 93-3 The Peak.png
CityPort Alberni, British Columbia
Branding93.3 The Peak
Slogan"The Sound of the Valley"
Frequency93.3 MHz
First air dateApril 1, 1946
Formatadult contemporary
ERPvertical polarization:
2.6 kWs
horizontal polarization:
6 kWs
HAAT219 meters (719 ft)
Callsign meaningC J Alberni Valley
OwnerJim Pattison Group
(Island Radio)
WebcastListen live

CJAV-FM is a Canadian radio station broadcasting at 93.3 FM in Port Alberni, British Columbia. The station currently broadcasts an adult contemporary format branded on-air as "93.3 The Peak" and is owned by Jim Pattison Group.


CJAV began operations on April 1, 1946 at 1240 AM, using a 250 watt transmitter upon startup. The station, originally owned by Harold Warren, was the starting point for the careers of a number of broadcasters, including Jack Cullen (who later moved on to CKNW, then located in New Westminster), Joe Chesney (who went on to found Langley station CJJC [now CKST Vancouver] in 1963), George Cowie (later of CFUN Vancouver), Bob Switzer (later of Vancouver CBC Television station CBUT), Philip Barter (who moved on to CHEK in Victoria and CHAN in Vancouver) and Jim Robson (who became the radio voice of the NHL's Vancouver Canucks on CKNW).

A year after CJAV signed on, Warren sold 50% of the station to CKNW founder Bill Rea, with Chuck Rudd and Ken Hutcheson later acting as station managers under Rea. In 1952, Warren sold his remaining ownership stake to Rudd and Hutcheson. In 1960, CJAV's operating power increased to 1000 watts in the daytime, remaining at 250 watts at night, and the station was on hand to cover the aftermath of the tsunami that affected the then-twin cities of Port Alberni and Alberni on March 27, 1964, following the Good Friday earthquake that hit Anchorage, Alaska earlier that day.

CJAV, an affiliate of CBC Radio since sign-on in 1946, was authorized by the CRTC [1] on June 5, 1984 to disaffiliate from the network after CBC established Port Alberni repeater station CBTQ-FM, originally a rebroadcaster of Vancouver station CBU (now rebroadcasting CBCV-FM in Victoria), in December 1983. On December 13, 1984, CJAV increased its transmission power to 1000 watts day and night, and in early 1987, the station began broadcasting 24 hours a day, with overnight programming coming from the Toronto-based Satellite Radio Network.

On June 25, 2004, CJAV was purchased by Central Island Broadcasting Ltd. (now Island Radio). On April 18, 2005, Island Radio received approval from the CRTC [2] to switch CJAV over to the FM band at 93.3 MHz with operating power of 6000 watts; the switch took place on September 2 (with simulcasting on its old 1240 AM frequency continuing until early December) and the station adopted its current mixed format of adult contemporary music and active rock. On June 22, original CJAV owner Harold Warren died at age 90.

On November 1, 2005, Pattison and Island Radio announced that Island Radio Ltd. of Nanaimo, B.C. had agreed to sell its six radio stations (and related assets) to the Jim Pattison Broadcast Group. The stations involved in the transaction include CJAV, CKWV and CHWF in Nanaimo, CIBH and CHPQ in Parksville-Qualicum Beach and CKLR in Courtenay.

With the approval of the CRTC, Jim Pattison assumed ownership of the Island Radio stations (including CJAV) at midnight on June 30, 2006.

On April 1, 2006 CJAV (The Peak) celebrated its 60th anniversary serving the Alberni Valley. Recent well wishers calling into the station included BC Premier Gordon Campbell, BC Lieutenant Governor Iona Campagnolo, Port Alberni-born "Man In Motion" Rick Hansen, legendary CKNW broadcaster Jim Robson, and Port Alberni mayor Ken McRae.

In 2014 afternoon host Jolie McMullan departed the station for a position at the Alberni Valley Bulldogs.[citation needed]

As of January 1, 2015, on-air staff consisted of: Evan Hammond - morning host & play-by-play voice of the Alberni Valley Bulldogs (BCHL), David Wiwchar - Morning News & Operations / Sales Manager, Ron Jones - Midday Host, Ashleigh Clark - Afternoon Drive host.


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Coordinates: 49°16′40″N 124°46′56″W / 49.27778°N 124.78222°W / 49.27778; -124.78222