CFSX-AM, VOCM, Stephenville

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CFSX-AM1985870Humber Valley Broadcasting Co. Ltd.
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CFSX opened at Stephenville on November 13. It was a rebroadcaster of CFCB in Corner Brook. CFSX broadcast with a power of 500 watts on a frequency of 910 kHz. Call sign meaning: Coming From Stephenville Crossing (X = Crossing). CFSX and CFCB were owned by Dr. Noel Murphy’s Humber Valley Broadcasting Co. Ltd.


On March 25, the CRTC gave CFSX authority to open studios in Stephenville. The new studios at 251 Oregon Avenue opened later in the year, and after operating for years as a satellite of CFCB, CFSX was now broadcasting its own complete day-long (6 a.m. to 6 p.m.) schedule from studios in Stephenville, with its own staff. CFSX still aired some programming from Corner Brook. Keith Pittman was CFSX’s manager.


Dr. Murphy gave up his medical practice to concentrate full-time on the radio business.


The licences for CFCB, CFLN, CFNW, CFGW, CFSX, and CFLW were renewed.


Dr. Noel Murphy, president of the Humber Valley group of stations was elected mayor of Corner Brook. He also sponsored a vacation guide for the province. Murphy was also president at this time of the Atlantic Association of Broadcasters.


On January 22, CFSX was authorized to change frequency from 910 kHz to 870 kHz. 


Gerry Murphy was general manager at CFSX. Scott Hurley was news director. 


Gerry Murphy was general manager.


On April 2, the sale of Humber Valley Broadcasting Co. Ltd. to Newcap Inc. was approved. The purchase gave Newcap a coast to coast network of stations in Newfoundland. Newcap had purchased the St. John’s based Q Group (CJYQ) of stations in 1989 and the Radio Newfoundland (VOCM) group in 2000. Both of 
those groups served the eastern part of the province while Humber Valley covered the west.


Humber Valley Broadcasting’s founder, Dr. Noel Murphy, passed away March 10 at age 89. 


Katherine Hogan was promoted to general sales manager, Western Newfoundland (Corner Brook) for the Steele Communications radio stations. She had been an account executive at CFSX Stephenville.


In September, CFSX dropped all local programming to simulcast CFCB Corner Brook 100%. This change included CFGN Port Aux Basques and CFCV St. Andrews. Steele Communications cited the economic conditions in the province and changing consumer media habits for the realignment. Six jobs were lost in station closures across the province.

On December 12, the CRTC approved the application by Newcap to amend the licence for CFSX in order to operate an FM rebroadcasting transmitter in Channel-Port aux Basques to replace the AM transmitter CFGN. The new transmitter would operate at 96.7 MHz (channel 244A) with an effective radiated power of 1,240 watts (non-directional antenna with an effective height of antenna above average terrain of -3.2 metres).


In early August, CFGN Port aux Basques made the move from 1230 AM to 96.7 FM. At this time, CFSX was part of the VOCM Western Newfoundland Network based out of Corner Brook.


On October 23, the CRTC approved an application by Newfoundland Capital Corporation Limited, on behalf of Newcap Inc. and its licensed broadcasting subsidiaries, for authorization to effect a change in the ownership and effective control of various radio and television broadcasting undertakings in British Columbia, Alberta, Ontario, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, and Newfoundland and Labrador, so that effective control of the undertakings would be exercised by Eric Boyko (Stingray Digital Group Inc.). Stingray took ownership of the stations just a few days later.

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