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City Vancouver, British Columbia
Broadcast area Metro Vancouver
Branding Red FM
Slogan Reflecting Ethnic Diversity
Frequency 93.1 MHz (FM)
First air date December 21, 2005
Format Multicultural
Power 4.2 kWs (average)
8 kWs (peak)
HAAT 600 metres (2,000 ft)
Class C
Transmitter coordinates 49°21′15″N 122°57′30″W / 49.354252°N 122.958308°W / 49.354252; -122.958308 (CKYE-FM Tower)Coordinates: 49°21′15″N 122°57′30″W / 49.354252°N 122.958308°W / 49.354252; -122.958308 (CKYE-FM Tower)
Owner South Asian Broadcasting Corporation
Webcast Listen live

CKYE-FM (identified on air and in print as Red FM) is a Canadian radio station in the Metro Vancouver region of British Columbia. It broadcasts at 93.1 megahertz on the FM band with an effective radiated power of 8,000 watts from a transmitter on Mount Seymour, and its studios are located in Surrey. The station is owned by the South Asian Broadcasting Corporation.


Original logo

Initial approval for a new ethnic radio station was granted on 21 July 2005 by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission.[1] The station was originally licensed to broadcast with an average effective radiated power of 2,800 watts, which was increased to 4,200 watts on 21 December 2005. Terms of the licence included a stipulation that 90% of all programming in each broadcast week must be ethnic in nature. The station is required to provide programming in at least 15 different languages, targeted at no less than 15 different ethnic groups. 75% of this programming must be in the Punjabi, Hindi, and Urdu languages.

In 2011 radio show host Harjinder Thind and other participants discussed domestic violence, with Thind saying "Recently women have taken many leaps forward to gain freedom with the help of men. Is this freedom becoming the reason behind domestic violence?"[2] In response the Surrey Women's Centre criticized the remark, stating it would be reported to the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission.[2]


CKYE's programming is primarily South Asian (Hindi and Punjabi) but it also airs programming in the following languages: various African languages, Bengali, Fijian, Gujarati, Hungarian, Malayalam, Persian, Polish, Russian, Serbian, Tagalog, Tamil and Urdu.

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  1. ^ Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2005-339
  2. ^ a b "Indo-Canadian radio station cited in CRTC complaint" (Archive). CBC News. August 16, 2011. Updated August 18, 2011. Retrieved on April 13, 2015.

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