Media in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario
The first radio station in Sault Ste. Marie was CJIC which signed on in 1934. It became CFYN in 1977 when the assets of the station were sold to Gilder Broadcasting. CKCY became the Canadian Sault's second radio station, signing on in 1955. Both stations were shut down in 1992 as part of one of Canada's first local management agreements, entered into by Pelmorex Radio Network, the managing partner in this case, and Telemedia.
In 2014, Village Media launched their own network of internet radio stations dedicated to Sault Ste. Marie under the banner of VM Radio., which currently broadcasts six different stations. Sault Ste. Marie was also the originating location of the internet rock radio station Energy Rock Radio before it relocated to British Columbia in 2011.
Although Sault Ste. Marie is the second largest city in Northeastern Ontario, it has fewer of its own radio stations than the smaller North Bay or Timmins markets do, because of its location within the broadcast range of the Sault Ste. Marie & Newberry, Michigan radio market. However, many of these Michigan stations broadcast content and advertising geared toward listeners in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario.
|FM 88.1||CBON-FM-18||Ici Radio-Canada Première||news/talk||Canadian Broadcasting Corporation||French; repeats CBON-FM, Sudbury|
|FM 89.5||CBSM-FM||CBC Radio One||news/talk||Canadian Broadcasting Corporation||Repeats CBCS-FM, Sudbury|
|FM 100.5||CHAS-FM||Kiss 100.5||hot adult contemporary||Rogers Media|
|FM 104.3||CJQM-FM||Country 104.3||country music||Rogers Media|
Defunct radio stations
- AM 530 CIRS - tourist information (Sault Ste. Marie International Bridge) owned by Rogers Communications (was launched by Telemedia in 1986).
- FM 92.9 CFWJ-FM - tourist information owned by Elliott Communications.
- FM 97.3 CHIM-FM-6 - Christian radio (rebroadcaster of CHIM-FM Timmins) owned by Roger de Brabant (1158556 Ontario Ltd.)
Sault Ste. Marie is home to one television station which is locally licensed, CHBX-TV. However, that station effectively acts as a satellite of Sudbury's CICI-TV as part of the CTV Northern Ontario system — the station's only direct local production is a brief local news insert which airs as part of regional newscasts produced at the Sudbury station. The city formerly also had its own CBC Television affiliate, CJIC-TV. However, that station was acquired directly by the CBC in 2002, and became a straight analogue rebroadcaster of CBLT-DT from Toronto; the repeater would close down on July 31, 2012, due to budget cuts.
Sault Ste. Marie is not designated as a mandatory market for digital television conversion.
|OTA channel||OTA virtual channel (PSIP)||Shaw Cable||Call sign||Network||Notes|
|2 (VHF)||–||11||CHBX-TV||CTV||De facto rebroadcaster of CICI-TV (Sudbury)|
|15 (UHF)||12.1||3||CIII-DT-12||Global||Rebroadcaster of CIII-DT-41 (Toronto)|
|38 (UHF)||–||8||CHCH-TV-5||Independent||Rebroadcaster of CHCH-DT (Hamilton)|
The cable provider in Sault Ste. Marie is Shaw Cable, who broadcast a local Shaw TV channel on basic cable packages in the area, featuring local programming, news reports, city council meetings, and many live Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds games.
Sault Ste. Marie also receives several American network affiliates over the air from the neighbouring city of Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan. All of the Michigan signals are rebroadcasters of downstate stations from Traverse City or Cadillac. However, Shaw Cable no longer carries any of the local American network feeds, opting instead for satellite delivery (via Shaw Broadcast Services) of network affiliates from Detroit, save for WUHF, the FOX affiliate in Rochester, New York. Prior to the early 2000s, Shaw carried local channels WWUP (CBS) and WTOM (NBC), with ABC programs fed from Flint (WJRT-TV) and PBS programming from Marquette (WNMU).
Print and web media
Other media include the daily Sault Star and weekly Sault This Week. Online news sites such as SooToday.com, Local2.ca, HockeyNewsNorth.com, and SaultSports.com have emerged in recent years, due in large part to news cutbacks at the Sault Star. SaultOnline.com was launched in 2014 to provide readers an alternative local news source.