CKIN-FM

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CKIN-FM
City Montreal, Quebec
Branding 106.3 FM CINA Radio
Slogan La nouvelle voix Arabe de Montréal
Frequency 106.3 MHz (FM)
First air date August 2010
Format multilingual
Power 102 watts
Owner Neeti P. Ray
Webcast Listen Live
Website www.ckinfm.ca

CKIN-FM is a FM commercial (multilingual) radio station which operates at 106.3 MHz (FM) in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Its studios are located on Avenue du Parc in Montreal, with its transmitter located atop Mount Royal. The station's multiethnic programming is primarily in Arabic, with evening blocks in Spanish, and hour-long blocks with other third languages on weekend mornings.

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Former logo.

On August 20, 2009, Canadian Hellenic Cable Radio Ltd. received Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) approval to operate a new multilingual specialty radio station at Montreal. [1] The station would serve as a sister to CKDG-FM and use a similar format with a focus on various ethnic groups throughout the day, but focusing on different ethnicities than CKDG, and broadcasting drive time programming in French in contrast to CKDG's English.[2]

On May 20, 2015, Canadian Hellenic Cable Radio announced that they intend to sell CKIN-FM to Neeti P. Ray, who owns similarly-formatted stations CINA in Mississauga, Ontario, and CINA-FM in Windsor, Ontario. Ray previously sought licenses for a new station in Montreal twice (in 2007 and 2011), but was turned down in both instances. CHCR intended to use the sale to fund improvements to CKDG.[3] [4] Following the closure of the acquisition, CKIN was rebranded as CINA Radio (a brand shared by Ray's other multilingual stations), and launched a revamped schedule with a larger focus on Arabic and Spanish-language programming. Arabic programming constitutes the majority of its schedule on weekdays and weekends, while Spanish-language programming is aired during the evening hours on weekdays. Hour-long blocks with programming in other languages are carried on weekend mornings to comply with the requirement that CKIN air programming in at least eight languages other than English and French per-week.[2]

The change resulted in a complaint to the CRTC by the owners of competing Arabic station CHOU, who demanded that the station be restricted in how much Arabic programming it can air in a broadcast week. CHOU complained that the shift contradicted Ray's stated plans for the station in his application—which were to maintain the existing mix of multicultural programming, but increase its production of local South Asian programming—and that if Ray had disclosed these plans for Arabic programming in the application, CHOU would have filed an objection during the approval process. Ray defended the complaints, pointing out that the station's license contains no such restriction on how much content it can air for each language it broadcasts in, beyond the requirement for at least 60% of programming per-week to be in third languages other than English or French. The CRTC's approval of the purchase did not contain any explicit requirement for CKIN to actually make the proposed changes. He also stated that the changes were meant to improve the viability of the station, as the Arabian and Latino communities are among the largest ethnic groups in Montreal, and that its Arabic programming was aimed towards a younger audience than that of CHOU.[2]

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