Pelmorex Radio Network
In 1989, Pierre Morrissette founded his own communications company, Pelmorex Media Inc., and acquired several French and English-language radio stations that were serving various small and medium-size markets in northern Ontario. Pelmorex acquired the first stations from Mid-Canada Radio in 1990.
Pelmorex became controversial as one of the first radio broadcast groups in Canada to centralize its operations as a cost-saving measure. Almost all local programming on the stations was discontinued, with only local morning shows remaining. This process began slowly in 1991 with a midday program after a satellite uplink was installed at the CHNO-CJMX studios in Sudbury. By 1994, most of the stations' programming was delivered by satellite from a facility in Mississauga, and the stations were reduced to storefronts with just a few staff members.
The controversy came to a head in 1995, when Environment Canada issued a severe weather warning in Sudbury during the Heat Wave of 1995 Derecho Series. The warning, issued barely ten minutes after the stations had switched to the central programming feed, was never broadcast on any of Pelmorex's three stations in the city. Pelmorex, ironically, also owned Canada's Weather Network.
Scott Jackson, a former program director with the company, has written on his website that Pelmorex often neglected necessary equipment and technology upgrades at the stations, and that the company had him simultaneously serve as program director of both the Sudbury and North Bay clusters, spending half of his working week in each city.
Pelmorex also converted CHVR Pembroke, CHVR-1 Renfrew and CHVR-2 Arnprior to the FM band in 1996. All three stations were merged into a new single FM station on 96.7 MHz, known as CHVR-FM. Pelmorex converted CHUR North Bay to the FM band in 1997.
In 1998, after a change in CRTC ownership rules, Pelmorex sold CHUR, CHVR, CJMX in Sudbury and CJQM in Sault Ste. Marie to Telemedia. (Telemedia had previously been limited to one station on each of the AM and FM bands in each market; with the change, it could acquire two in one band and one in the other, so it added second FMs to its existing AM/FM combos in each city.)
Pelmorex sold the remaining stations to Haliburton Broadcasting Group in 1999. The company had received CRTC approval to convert CHNO, CHYC, CKOY, CHYK, CHOH and CKAP to the FM band as well, although the conversions were still in progress when the stations were sold to Haliburton.
|Community||Call Sign||Old Frequency||Current Frequency||Notes|
|Blind River||CJNR||AM 730||FM 94.1||Sold to North Channel Broadcasting in 1996.|
|Elliot Lake||CKNR||AM 1340||FM 94.1||Sold to North Channel Broadcasting in 1996.|
|Espanola||CKNS||AM 930||FM 94.1||Sold to North Channel Broadcasting in 1996.|
|Hearst||CHOH||AM 1340||FM 92.9||Sold to Haliburton Broadcasting Group in 1999.|
|Kapuskasing||CKAP||AM 580||FM 100.9||Sold to Haliburton Broadcasting Group in 1999.|
|Kapuskasing||CHYK||AM 1230||FM 93.7||Sold to Haliburton Broadcasting Group in 1999.|
|North Bay||CHUR||AM 840||FM 100.5||Moved to FM in 1997, sold to Telemedia in 1998.|
|Pembroke||CHVR||AM 1350||FM 96.7||Moved to FM in 1996, sold to Telemedia in 1998.|
|Sault Ste. Marie||CKCY||AM 920||defunct||Ceased broadcasting in 1992.|
|Sault Ste. Marie||CJQM||FM 104.3||FM 104.3||Sold to Telemedia in 1998.|
|Sudbury||CHNO||AM 550||FM 103.9||Sold to Haliburton Broadcasting Group in 1999.|
|Sudbury||CHYC||AM 900||FM 98.9||Sold to Haliburton Broadcasting Group in 1999.|
|Sudbury||CJMX||FM 105.3||FM 105.3||Sold to Telemedia in 1998.|
|Timmins||CKOY||AM 620||FM 104.1||Sold to Haliburton Broadcasting Group in 1999.|
|Wawa||CJWA||AM 1240||FM 107.1||Ceased broadcasting in 1996. Subsequently relaunched by new owners in 1998.|
- Pierre Morrissette Member of CAB Hall of Fame - Personality - from the Canadian Communications Foundation
- Decision CRTC 90-676
- Decision CRTC 93-51
- "New radio satellite network for Ontario". Toronto Star, October 31, 1990.
- Recollections from former program director Scott Jackson
- Decision CRTC 96-396
- Decision CRTC 94-933
- Decision CRTC 94-775
- "Radio station, union have new contract". Sudbury Star, June 2, 2000.
- Decision CRTC 99-38
- CRTC Decision 1999-404
- Decision CRTC 98-147