CFNR-FM, Aboriginal, Terrace
Northern Native Broadcasting
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On July 20, Northern Native Broadcasting was granted a licence for an English and Native language station at Terrace. CFNR would broadcast 126 hours of programming per week, of which 116 hours would be in English and 10 hours in various native languages such as Haida, Gitksan and Nisga’a. The programs would originate part-time from NNB’s studios at Terrace, as well as part-time from Native Communications Society of the Western N.W.T.’s studios at Yellowknife (CKNM-FM), Northern Native Broadcasting, Yukon’s studios at Whitehorse (CHON-FM) and the Aboriginal Multi-Media Society of Alberta’s studios at Lac La Biche (CFWE-FM). CFNR would rebroadcast the program service through its low-power FM radio transmitters located throughout northern British Columbia: VF2110 Blueberry River, VF2111 Burns Lake, VF2112 Doig River, VF2113 Fort Ware, VF2114 Iskut, VF2115 Kincolith, VF2116 Kitimat, VF2117 Kitkatla, VF2118 Kitwancool (Gitanyow), VF2119 Metlakatla and VF2120 Telegraph Creek.
On December 1, Northern Native Broadcasting was given approval to operate transmitters in the following communities: Anahim Lake, Bella Bella, Bella Coola, Canyon City, Cheslatta Indian Reserve, Decker Lake Indian Reserve, Fort Babine, Klemtu, Nemaiah Valley, Redstone Flat Indian Reserve, Stony Creek Indian Reserve, Sugarcane and Topley Landing. Each transmitter would broadcast 168 hours per week of programming, originating from CFNR Terrace, CKNM Yellowknife, CHON Whitehorse and CFWE Lac La Biche. Each station would also broadcast locally-produced programming (predominantly in English).
On August 18, Northern Native Broadcasting was given approval to operate a transmitter at Terrace, on 92.1 MHz with an effective radiated power of 43 watts. This FM transmitter would replace the existing CFNR-AM and FM.
In renewing CFNR’s licence, the CRTC noted the station was originating its own programming from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. six days a week, and from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Fridays. During the remainder of each broadcast day, it aired wrap-around programming from CFMI-FM, a commercial classic rock station in Vancouver.
Studios and offices are noted as being at 4562B Queensway Drive in Terrace. The program format was classic rock music.
Transmitters were located in the following communities: Alexandria, Kitkatla, Alexis Creek, Gitanyow, Alkali Lake, Klemtu, Atlin, Lower Post, Bella Bella, Masset, Bella Coola, McLeod Lake, Blueberry River, Metlakatla, Broman Lake, Moberly, Burns Lake, Moricetown, Canim Lake, Nautley, Canyon City, Necoslie, Cheslatta, Nemaiah Valley, Dease Lake, New Aiyansh, Dog Creek, Port Simpson, Doig River, Red Bluff, Fort Babine, Skidegate, Fort Ware, Soda Creek, Gitsegeukla, Stoney Creek, Gitwangak, Sugar Cane, Good Hope Lake, Tache, Greenville, Takla Landing, Halfway River, Telegraph Creek, Hartley Bay, Terrace, Hazelton, Toosey, Iskut, Topley, Kincolith, Tsay Keh Dene, Kispiox, Ulkatcho, Kitamaat Village.
On August 24, the CRTC approved an application to delete the FM transmitter (VF2119) at Metlakatla and to install one at Prince Rupert (Mount Hays). The licensee indicated that the equipment at Metlakatla failed regularly and that the Prince Rupert transmitter would be accessible at all times of the year, providing better coverage of the area. The new transmitter was to operate at 98.1 MHz with an effective radiated power of 22 watts.
On March 3, the CRTC approved application by Northern Native Broadcasting to add a rebroadcast transmitter at Williams Lake at 96.1 MHz with an average effective radiated power of 34 watts. Then on April 1, the Commission approved a new transmitter in Smithers at 95.1 MHz with an average ERP of 16.7 watts. This addition brought the total number of transmitters on the “CFNR Network” in British Columbia to 57.
On August 27th, CFNR and its network of rebroadcasters received a seven-year licence renewal, to run from September 1st 2008 to August 31st 2015.
In October, CFNR-FM was given approval to change the authorized contours of transmitter VF2111 at Burns Lake, British Columbia.
On December 10, the CRTC approved the application by Northern Native Broadcasting (Terrace, B.C.) to amend the broadcasting licence for the English- and Aboriginal-language Native Type B radio programming undertaking CFNR-FM Terrace in order to add low-power rebroadcasting transmitters at Alkali Lake and Fort Babine, British Columbia, and to add to that licence various low-power rebroadcasting transmitters that are currently in operation and are located throughout northern British Columbia. The transmitters (proposed and existing): Aiyansh 96.1 MHz (8 watts), Alkali Lake 96.1 MHz (27.9 watts average), Anahim Lake 96.1 MHz (7.3 watts average), Bella Coola 96.1 MHz (10 watts), Canyon City 98.1 MHz (5 watts average), Cheslatta 95.1 MHz (10 watts), Dog Creek 96.1 MHz (8 watts), Fort Babine 98.1 MHz (6.4 watts), Ingenkia 96.1 MHz (10 watts), Kitwancool 96.1 MHz (6.4 watts), Kitwanga 98.1 MHz (8 watts), Klemtu 97.1 MHz (10 watts), Masset 96.1 MHz (6.4 watts), McLeod Lake 96.1 MHz (8 watts), Nemiah Valley 96.1 MHz (10 watts), New Bella Bella 97.1 MHz (10 watts), Port Simpson 96.1 MHz (8 watts), Prince Rupert 98.1 MHz (22 watts), Redstone Flat 96.1 MHz (10 watts), Skidegate 97.1 MHz (8 watts), Smithers 95.1 MHz (5 watts average), Tachie 98.1 MHz (8 watts), and Toosey Indian Reserve 96.1 MHz (8 watts).
On December 14, CFNR-FM was authorized by the CRTC to add a low-power FM rebroadcasting transmitter at Hazelton (Seely Mountain), British Columbia. The new transmitter would operate at 98.1 MHz with an average effective radiated power of 18.6 watts (maximum ERP of 26.3 watts with an effective height of antenna above average terrain of 24.1 metres). Northern Native stated that the addition of this transmitter would allow it to adequately serve the population of Hazelton (Seely Mountain) and surrounding areas. The Commission notes that the transmitter at Hazelton (Seely Mountain) will replace the licensee’s existing facilities at Hazelton (i.e., the transmitter VF2065 Kispiox, which has been associated with the licence for CFNR-FM as a rebroadcasting transmitter), and will broadcast the programming of CFNR-FM. Accordingly, in a letter decision also issued today, the Commission has revoked, as per Northern Native’s request, the authorization granted to the licensee for the use of the transmitter VF2065.
Dana Foster left Classic Rock CFNR to be APTN National News co-host as of April 4. Foster was a reporter and talk show host at CFNR.
On November 30, the CRTC denied an application to amend the licence for CFNR-FM Terrace in order to operate an FM transmitter in Prince George. The new transmitter would have operated at 105.5 MHz (channel 288A) with an average effective radiated power of 2,100 watts (non-directional antenna with an effective height of antenna above average terrain of 101.8 metres). The Commission noted that Northern Native may have failed to comply with section 9(2) of the Radio Regulations, 1986 (the Regulations) relating to the filing of annual returns.
On October 25, the CRTC approved the application by Northern Native Broadcasting to change the authorized contours of VF2073 Quesnel, by increasing the transmitter’s average ERP from 1.6 to 6.5 watts (non-directional antenna) and the effective height of the antenna.
On November 27, the CRTC approved the application by Northern Native Broadcasting to amend the broadcasting licence for the Native Type B radio programming undertaking CFNR-FM in order to operate a low-power rebroadcasting transmitter in Laxgalts’ap (Greenville). The new transmitter would operate at 96.1 MHz (channel 241VLP) with an effective radiated power of 8 watts (non-directional antenna with an effective height of antenna above average terrain of -162.5 metres). The applicant stated that it wished to reactivate the transmitter after the local broadcast society allowed the previous broadcasting certificate to lapse. On December 8, the CRTC approved the application by Northern Native Broadcasting to amend the broadcasting licence for CFNR-FM in order to operate a low-power FM rebroadcasting transmitter at Hartley Bay. It would operate at 96.1 MHz (channel 241VLP), with an effective radiated power of 8 watts (non-directional antenna with an effective height above average terrain of -66.8 metres).
On April 6, the CRTC approved the application by CFNR-FM to operate a very low-power FM rebroadcasting transmitter in Houston. The new transmitter would operate at 96.1 MHz (channel 241VLP) with an effective radiated power of 3 watts (non-directional antenna with an effective height of antenna above average terrain of 311.5 metres).
In 2017, CFNR added 8 watt transmitters at Greenville (CFNR-FM-4 96.1) and Hartley Bay (CFNR-FM-5 96.1).
In August, CFNR-FM-3 signed on the air in Stewart.
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