CKXL-FM, French – Envol 91 FM, St. Boniface

Radio Communautaire du Manitoba

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La Radio Communautaire du Manitoba, Inc. was licensed June 8 to operate a French-language FM station on 101.5 MHz with an effective radiated power of 40 watts. The applicant proposed to broadcast from mobile facilities, certain local community events throughout the summer months, and would serve the communities of St. Boniface, Ile-des-Chênes, St. Jean Baptiste, St. Pierre-Jolys and La Broquerie. 


Radio Communautaire du Manitoba Inc. was awarded a licence September 19 for a French-language FM community station at St. Boniface. It would broadcast on a frequency of 91.1 MHz and have an effective radiated power of 61,000 watts. The new station would provide an alternative French-language voice to CBC – Radio-Canada’s CKSB. Radio Communautaire would receive $254,000 from the governments of Manitoba and Quebec, the City of Winnipeg, businesses and the public. The federal government would match those funds. The effort to get this station on the air has taken seven years. The station should broadcast within a 75 km radius of Winnipeg and serve about 85% of the 50,000 francophones in Manitoba. The new station would be one of only five community-owned French-language stations outside of Quebec. The others are in Ontario and New Brunswick. 


On October 21, CKXL-FM “Envol 91 FM”, the first Francophone community FM station serving Winnipeg and southeastern Manitoba signed on the air. CKXL’s antenna was located on the CBC tower at Starbuck, and was about 200 metres above ground level. The station used a Kathrein combiner to share the CBW-FM panel antennal.


On January 14, the CRTC gave CKXL permission to add one hour per week of English-language programming.


At this time, CKXL had studios and offices at 340 Provencher Blvd., Saint-Boniface.


On June 30 CKXL-FM was authorized to reduce its weekly level of station produced programming. Radio Communautaire du Manitoba inc. emphasized that its reliance on the support of community volunteers deprived it of the human resources necessary to maintain a weekly level of 121 hours of station-produced programming. The station would now broadcast 68 hours of station-produced programming each week. 

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