CKOE-FM, Christian, Moncton

Houssen Broadcasting Ltd.

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On August 24, Houssen Broadcasting Ltd. (James Houssen) was awarded a licence for a low-power Christian music station at Moncton, operating on 100.9 MHz with an effective radiated power of 50 watts.


CKOE-FM was authorized to change the site of its transmitter.

CKOE “Xtreme 101 FM” signed on the air November 23. The station played “Positive Hit Music,” 24 hours a day – music that appealed to the whole family.


On October 7, Houssen’s application for technical changes was denied. The proposal featured a frequency change from 100.9 to 107.3 MHz, power increase from 50 to 2,800 watts and relocation of the transmitter site. 


On November 12, CKOE was given approval to change frequency from 100.9 to 107.3 MHz and increase antenna height from 8 to 25 metres (same antenna site). Power would remain at 50 watts.

Studios and offices were noted as being at 3030 Mountain Road.


On September 22, Houssen Broadcasting Ltd. had its application for technical changes denied. CKOE-FM had proposed to up its effective radiated power from 50 to 725 watts, relocate the transmitter to a location northeast of its present site and reduce the antenna height from 141 to 112 metres.


On August 2, the CRTC denied an application by Houssen Broadcasting Ltd. to change the authorized contours of the English-language specialty radio station CKOE-FM Moncton. The Commission directed Houssen to pay all of its outstanding contributions to the development of Canadian content and talent by 31 August 2010. The licensee proposed to change the station’s authorized contours by increasing the average effective radiated power from 50 watts to 3,700 watts, by relocating the transmitter to a location northeast of its present site, and by reducing the antenna height from 141 meters to 112 meters. CKOE-FM was a low-power radio station that provides a Christian music service designed to appeal primarily to youth. Houssen indicated that the proposed technical change would allow it to better serve the community by making it possible for the station to reach into rural areas that could not be reached (now) due to the nature of the local terrain and the transmitter’s low power. The licensee further stated that the proposed change would offer a better reception of CKOE-FM’s signal in offices and/or steel buildings in the Moncton radio market. The Commission generally denies licence amendments requested by licensees that are in non-compliance with their regulatory requirements. It was the Commission’s view that the same practice should be applied to applications for technical changes that do not constitute licence amendments. Given CKOE-FM’s non-compliance with sections 9 (2) and 15(2) of the Regulations, and given its non-compliance with its condition of licence relating to CTD, the Commission did not consider that a departure from this practice was warranted in this case.


On August 17, the CRTC administratively renewed the licence of CKOE-FM to August 31, 2013.

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