CKXB-AM, Musgravetown

Newcap Inc.

CKXB-AM200367010,000NewCap Inc.
CJNW-AM197367010,000Newfoundland Broadcasting Ltd (Stirling & Jamieson)


Newfoundland Broadcasting Co. (Don Jamieson & Geoff Stirling) opened CJNW on 670 kHz with a power of 10,000 watts. The station was a semi-satellite of CJON-AM St. John’s.


Newfoundland Broadcasting Co. Ltd. (Don Jamieson & Geoff Stirling) was granted a licence for a new AM station at Musgravetown, operating with 10,000 watts on 670 kHz.


CJNW 670 signed on the air as a semi-satellite of CJON-AM St. John’s.


CJNW was authorized to change its program feed from CJON St. John’s to a combination of CJON and of CJCN in Grand Falls.


The trustees for the Hon. Donald C. Jamieson, the federal cabinet minister who is a 49% shareholder in Newfoundland Broadcasting Co. Ltd., applied to take over CJON-AM and its four sister radio stations. In a counter-application, Geoff W. Stirling, majority shareholder, with 51%, applied to take over 100% control of the entire company. In a CRTC statement, concern was expressed over recent changes which had occurred in the programming of the Grand Falls, Gander and Grand Bank radio stations and the Grand Falls television station. The company reportedly closed its studios at these locations in retaliation for what it considered unfair competition from the CBC for television advertising.

The above applications were approved by the CRTC. Jamieson sold his 49% interest in NBCL to Stirling (who went from 51% to 100% ownership). NBC retained CJON-TV and its rebroadcast transmitters and was given approval to launch a network of FM transmitters to serve the province – CHOZ-FM. Jamieson kept the AM operations across the province. Jamieson would keep the AM operations through a blind trust controlled by A. C. Lloyd Hudson and Allan F. Waters (CHUM Limited). Jamieson’s brother Colin, who was fired by NBC a year earlier, was hired to be a director and president of the newly formed Radio CJYQ-930 Ltd. The CRTC approved the applications on August 9. Jamieson took full ownership of Radio CJYQ-930 Ltd. on September 1.


The call letters for the AM stations were changed to reflect the separation from NBCL/CJON-TV. CJON 930 St. John’s became CJYQ, CJNW 670 Musgravetown became CHYQ, CJCR 1350 Gander became CFYQ, CJCN 680 Grand Falls became CIYQ, and CJOX 610 Grand Bank became CKYQ.

The Q radio licences were renewed for four years. The CRTC expressed satisfaction
with the resumption of local programming at Grand Falls and Grand Bank, and Radio CJYQ had since resumed separate programming at Gander.

On November 20, CHYQ was authorized to receive programming from CJYQ St. John’s. Prior to this, the station had received programming part-time from studios in Grand Falls and part-time from CJYQ.


CHUM Limited agreed to buy Don Jamieson’s Radio CJYQ 930 Ltd. (CJYQ St. John’s and the Q group of stations across the province). Don’s brother Colin agreed to remain as president. The purchase was approved by the CRTC.


CHUM took ownership of Radio CJYQ 930 Ltd. on January 15.


Radio CJYQ 930 Ltd. and all CHUM Group radio and television companies were amalgamated into CHUM Limited. CHYQ became a direct division of CHUM Ltd.

CHYQ was authorized to broadcast programs originating part-time from CJYQ St. John’s and CFIQ Harbour Grace, instead of programs originating part-time from CJYQ St. John’s only. In addition, the station would continue to broadcast programs originating from studios located in St. John’s. 


On July 19, CHUM Limited sold the CJYQ stations to NewCap Broadcasting Limited (owned by Harry Steele’s Newfoundland Capital Corp.).


On February 12, CHYQ changed main program feed from CJYQ-AM to CKIX-FM (St. John’s) and changed call letters to CKXB.


CKXB was authorized to change its program source from its own studios located at St. John’s, and those of CJYQ St. John’s, and CFIQ Harbour Grace, to CKXD Gander.


NewCap announced plans to buy all VOCM Radio Newfoundland Ltd. radio stations (VOCM-AM/Magic 97 St. John’s, CKVO Clarenville, CHVO Carbonear, CHCM Marystown, CKGA Gander, CKCM Grand Falls/Windsor and CKIM Baie Verte). The deal would bring together two groups that had different audiences and mandates.


On September 17, CKXD-FM Gander was given permission to delete its transmitter CKXB Musgravetown. CKXB’s ageing transmission equipment had led to many breakdowns in the transmitter’s operations. The costs of repairing these breakdowns was prohibitive.

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