CHTD-FM , Charlotte FM, St. Stephen
Acadia Broadcasting Ltd.
On August 24, New Brunswick Broadcasting Co.Ltd. was awarded a licence for a new FM station at St. Stephen. It would broadcast on a frequency of 98.1 MHz with an effective radiated power of 40,000 watts. The new station would provide the first local radio service available to residents of St. Stephen and Charlotte County. It would feature a blend of adult contemporary and country music targeted to listeners between the ages of 25 and 54.
”The Tide” CHTD-FM signed on the air on May 28 with a country format. The station simulcast some programming of co-owned CHWV-FM Saint John.
On January 1, New Brunswick Broadcasting Co. Ltd. and Acadia Broadcasting Co. Ltd. were amalgamated and continued under the name Acadia Broadcasting Ltd.
On June 8 the CRTC approved a corporate reorganization resulting in the transfer of the ownership and effective control of Acadia Broadcasting Limited, licensee of CHSJ-FM and CHWV-FM Saint John (NB), CHTD-FM St. Stephen (NB), and CKBW-FM Bridgewater (NS), from Brunswick News Inc., a corporation indirectly owned and controlled by J.K. Irving, A.L. Irving and John E. Irving (Irving brothers), to 618042 N.B. Inc., a corporation indirectly owned and controlled by John E. Irving.
On May 8, CHTD-FM (The Tide) began broadcasting from new studios at 112 Milltown Boulevard.
The CRTC approved the change in the effective control of Acadia Broadcasting Limited from John E. Irving to a joint control exercised by John K.F. Irving and Anne C.I. Oxley, following the death of John E. Irving in 2010. Acadia was the licensee of radio stations in New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Ontario, following the amalgamation of Northwoods Broadcasting Limited with its mother company Acadia on February 3, 2012.
On August 17, the CRTC administratively renewed the licence of CHTD-FM to August 31, 2013.
In May, The Tide was rebranded to 98.1 Charlotte FM “Your County Connection” and transitioned from a country format to Adult Contemporary, playing hits from today and yesterday.