CFBV-FM, Moose FM, Smithers

Vista Broadcast Group Inc.

CFBV-AM20058701,000Vista Broadcast Group Inc.
CFBV-AM19638701,000Cariboo Central Interior Radio Inc.


CFBV Ltd. opened CFBV 1230 on October 25. Power was 1,000 watts day and 250 watts at night.


CFBV Limited opened CFLD Burns Lake in November. 


CFBV received approval to move its studios from 229 Queen Street to 97 Queen Street.


On September 27, CFBV Ltd. was given approval to add rebroadcasters
at Granisle (1480 kHz with 50 watts) and Hazelton (1490 kHz with 50 watts) to 
carry the programming of both CFBV and CFLD.


On March 30, CFBV Ltd. was given permission to change studio location from the Tweedsmuir Hotel to 320-A Alaska Drive.


On February 13, the CRTC approved the application to amend the licence for the AM radio network consisting of CJCI Prince George, CIVH Vanderhoof, CFLD Burns Lake, CFBV Smithers, CIFJ Fort St. James, CIFL Fraser Lake, CHBV Houston, CHLD Granisle and CKBV New Hazelton, by increasing the amount of network service originating at Prince George, within the 6:00 AM to midnight period, from 10.5 hours per week to a maximum of 75 hours per week. As a result of this approval, the new hours of network operation during the 6:00 AM to midnight period would be: – from 6:00 AM to 7:00 AM daily, – from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM and from 6:00 PM to midnight Monday through Friday, – from 1:00 PM to midnight on Saturdays, and from noon to midnight on Sundays. The licensee based its proposal on the need for greater economies and operational efficiencies in order to improve the quality of its regional service. 


The corporate name changed from CFBV Ltd. to Cariboo Central Interior Radio Inc.

Cariboo Central Interior Radio Inc. received approval to move CFBV from 1230 kHz to 870 kHz. Power would increase from 250 to 500 watts.


By this time, CFBV was operating transmitters CHBV Houston and CKBV New Hazelton.


On December 17, CFBV was given approval to convert its Houston transmitter to FM, operating on 106.5 MHz with an effective radiated power of 923 watts.


In early August it was announced that Cariboo Central Interior Radio Inc., owners of CKBX 100 Mile House, CFLD Burns Lake, CJCI-FM and CIRX-FM Prince George, CKCQ-FM Quesnel, CFBV Smithers, CIVH Vanderhoof, CKWL and CFFM-FM Williams Lake and numerous re-broadcast stations in northern B.C. had been purchased by a Calgary group, headed by Margot Micallef.  On September 1, The CRTC announced approval of the sale to 1126144 Alberta Ltd., a company affiliated with Vista Broadcast Group Inc.


In early summer, the station, which had previously identified as “BV/LD Radio”, started using the slogan “The Peak”, continuing with its adult contemporary format. 


On August 24, the CRTC renewed the licence for CFBV Smithers and its transmitters CKBV-FM New Hazelton and CHBV-FM Houston from 1 September 2010 to 31 August 2014. The short-term licence renewal would enable the Commission to review, at an earlier date, the licensee’s compliance with the Radio Regulations, 1986 and its conditions of licence.


It was announced that Vista President Terry Coles would move into retirement at the end of 2012 and immediately into a consulting role with the company. His successor would be CEO Margot Micallef who would handle the dual roles of President/CEO. Bryan Edwards moves to Senior VP of Business Development. Vista Kelowna General Manager/General Sales Manager Ross Hawse would become the Director Western Operations. Gary Russell, Vista’s Director of Systems and GM of Vista Prince George, would integrate Haliburton and Vista in Ontario as the Director of Integration and Operations, Vista East. Co-Founder/Executive VP Paul Mann would add Senior VP of Sales and Training and Development to his duties. Assisting him would be Tracey Gard, the GM/GSM of the Cariboo Group of Vista stations, as Director Vista Sales, West and based in Courtenay. The former finance executive at Corus and Telemedia, Chris Lecomte joined Vista as Senior VP/CFO, based in Toronto.

The CRTC approved a change to the effective control of Vista Radio Ltd. from a control exercised by its board of directors to a control exercised by Westerkirk Capital Inc., a corporation controlled by Thomson Investments Limited. Vista Radio Ltd. was the licensee of radio programming undertakings located in British Columbia, Alberta and the Northwest Territories.


It was announced that J.C. Brown, General Manager/Sales Manager at Vista Radio Smithers, would leave the broadcast industry September 1.


Al Collison died at age 70. He spent his 35-year broadcast career at CFBV after joining it in 1970 as a sales rep. From 1982 through 2005 he was station manager.

The Peak rebranded as Moose FM. 


In January, Vista Radio voluntarily surrendered the licences for CHLD 1480 Granisle and CKBV 1490 New Hazelton. Vista stated that the transmitting equipment for these facilities was in a state of disrepair and it would not be economically viable to replace them. These transmitters were rebroadcasters of CFBV.

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