CBN-FM, CBC Music, St. John’s
Canadian Broadcasting Corp.
|CBN-FM||1975||106.9||10,000||Canadian Broadcasting Corp.|
CBN-FM 106.9 signed on the air on July 1. It was owned by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation which also owned CBN-AM and CBNT Television in St. John’s. CBN-FM was part of the CBC FM network.
On November 3, the CBC-FM network was re-launched as “CBC Stereo”.
The Stereo network went to 24 hour a day operation February 6.
The CBC Stereo (FM) network became “CBC Radio Two” on September 1.
On July 11, CBN-FM was given approval to add a rebroadcast transmitter at Grand Falls, operating on 90.7 MHz with an effective radiated power of 57,000 watts.
On January 11, approval was given for CBN-FM to add a transmitter at Corner Brook, operating on 91.1 MHz with an effective radiated power of 3,000 watts.
When CBN-FM had its licence renewed, it was noted as operating one rebroadcast transmitter: CBN-FM-1 Grand Falls. CBN-FM broadcast approximately 2 hours of local arts-oriented programming each week on Sundays. The station also aired arts billboard information.
On February 20, CBN-FM was authorized to add a transmitter at Deer Lake, operating on 90.5 MHz with an effective radiated power of 980 watts.
On May 23, CBN-FM-2 was launched at Corner Brook.
CBN-FM-3 Deer Lake began broadcasting on October 16.
On January 23, CBN-FM-1 Grand Falls was granted an increase in the effective radiated power from 57,000 watts to 100,000 watts.
CBN-FM-1 Grand Falls signed on the air, January 29.
On February 9, the CRTC approved the application by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation to amend the licence for CBN-FM St. John’s, in order to operate a transmitter in Stephenville to rebroadcast the programming Radio Two. The new transmitter would operate at 95.1 MHz (channel 236B) with an effective radiated power of 8,925 watts.
On March 29, CBN-FM was given permission to add a transmitter at Marystown, broadcasting on 91.7 MHz with an effective radiated power of 100,000 watts.
CBN-FM-4 began broadcasting from Stephenville on April 20.
On May 9, CBN-FM was given approval to add a rebroadcast transmitter at Baie Verte, broadcasting on 95.5 MHz with an effective radiated power of 49,000 watts.
On May 12 the CRTC renewed CBN-FM’s licence. The renewal included the following rebroadcast transmitters: CBN-FM-1 Grand Falls, CBN-FM-2 Corner Brook, CBN-FM-3 Deer Lake, CBN-FM-4 Stephenville, CBN-FM-5 Marystown and CBN-FM-6 Baie Verte.
On August 9, the CRTC administratively renewed the licence of CBN-FM (and its transmitters) to August 31, 2011.
On August 25, the CRTC administratively renewed the licence for CBN-FM and its transmitters to March 1, 2013.
On February 22, the CRTC administratively renewed the licences for CBN-FM St. John’s and its transmitters to August 31, 2013.
On May 28, the CRTC renewed the licence of CBN-FM St. John’s and its transmitters CBN-FM-1 Grand Falls, CBN-FM-2 Corner Brook, CBN-FM-3 Deer Lake, CBN-FM-4 Stephenville, CBN-FM-5 Marystown and CBN-FM-6 Baie Verte, for a five year term, to August 31, 2018. The Commission considered that it was appropriate to impose conditions of licence on Radio 2 that: permit the broadcast of a maximum of four minutes of national paid advertising, as currently defined by the Commission, in any clock hour; and limit the number of times that programming can be interrupted for advertising to no more than twice per clock hour. The broadcast of advertising by Radio 2 was for a three-year trial period from September 1, 2013 until August 31, 2016.
On December 5, the CRTC gave approval to the CBC to introduce advertising on the Radio 2 and Espace Musique networks. Advertising would be limited to four minutes every hour. The CBC would need to seek permission to continue airing commercials on the two networks after three years.
On August 31, the CRTC denied the CBC’s application to continue commercial advertising on Radio 2 and ICI Musique beyond the initial three-year licence amendment. The CRTC found that CBC had failed to maintain satisfactory investment in radio and failed to meet ad revenue projections.
Radio 2 became CBC Music.
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