CKJJ-FM, Christian – UCB Canada, Belleville

United Christian Broadcasters Canada

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On February 28, United Christian Broadcasters Canada was awarded a licence for a new FM station at Belleville. The station would operate on 102.3 MHz with an effective radiated power of 45,000 watts and offer a Christian music service.

CKJJ-FM began test broadcasting on September 22. Studios and offices were at 217 Pinnacle Street in Belleville and the transmitter was on the CBC tower in Read.


On June 4, CKJJ was authorized to decrease effective radiated power from 45,000 to 15,000 watts and to increase antenna height from 93.2 to 135.8 metres.


On March 29, United Christian Broadcasters Canada received approval for a new specialty FM station at Chatham, that will broadcast Christian music. It would operate on a frequency of 89.3 MHz with an effective radiated power of 16,700 watts. The majority of the station’s programming would be produced locally, although some programs would be supplied by CKJJ-FM Belleville, also owned by UCB.

On September 22, CKJJ-FM’s application for a transmitter at Foymount was denied. The rebroadcaster would have operated on 106.5 MHz with an average effective radiated power of 26,915 watts.


On January 17, CKJJ-FM received permission to operate low-power transmitters at Brockville (99.9 MHz with average effective radiated power of 50 watts) and Cobourg (100.9 MHz with average ERP of 50 watts). The transmitters would broadcast a niche Christian music service produced in, and originating from, Belleville. The proposed transmitters would also offer news and programs about local activities and events pertaining to Cobourg and Brockville, originating with CKJJ-FM. Neither transmitter would broadcast local programming that would be exclusive to Cobourg or Brockville.


On March 3, United Christian Broadcasters Canada received approval to operate low-power FM transmitter for CKJJ-FM at Kingston. It would operate on a frequency of 100.5 MHz with an effective radiated power of 50 watts. 


On January 26, the CRTC denied the application to amend the broadcasting licence for the specialty commercial FM radio station CKJJ-FM Belleville in order to change the frequency and increase the average effective radiated power of its Cobourg transmitter. The applicant proposed to change the frequency from 100.9 MHz to 90.7 MHz and to increase the average effective radiated power from 42 to 250 watts. The proposed power increase would change the transmitter’s status from that of a low-power, unprotected transmitter to that of a regular Class A1 transmitter. The licensee stated that the purpose of the application was to ensure the continuity of its service to the Cobourg/Port Hope area given the Commission’s decision to authorize My Broadcasting Corporation to use frequency 100.9 MHz in Broadcasting Decision 2009-277. The licensee also stated that the application was part of a plan to serve the 401 corridor. The Commission noted that it has received similar applications involving low-power services seeking protected status on a number of occasions. In past decisions, the Commission noted that when the licensee of a low-power station filed an application to change its operating class to that of a higher powered, protected station, it should present compelling evidence that its authorized technical parameters were not adequate to provide the service as it was originally proposed. In the present case, the Commission notes that the transmitter’s currently authorized low-power technical parameters were considered an appropriate means of providing service to the area and commensurate with the operation of a transmitter in a highly populated region with a scarcity of frequencies. In the Commission’s view, the use of the proposed frequency to offer a specialized, niche format such as a Christian music service without local content would not represent the best use of the frequency, particularly given the availability of other low-power channels.

CKJJ-FM-1 Cobourg left the air temporarily until a suitable frequency could be found. A change of frequency was required because of the opening of CIYM 100.9 in Brighton.

On June 30, the CRTC renewed the broadcasting licence for the English-language commercial radio station CKJJ-FM Belleville and its transmitters (CKJJ-FM-1 Cobourg, CKJJ-FM-2 Brockville, CKJJ-FM-3 Kingston and CKJJ-FM-4 Bancroft) from 1 July 2010 to 31 August 2013. This short-term licence renewal will enable the Commission to review the licensee’s compliance with the Radio Regulations, 1986 and its conditions of licence at an earlier date. In Broadcasting Notice of Consultation 2009-786, the Commission noted that the licensee may have failed to comply with section 9(2) of the Radio Regulations, 1986, which relates to the provision of annual reports, for the 2004 broadcast year. The Commission also noted that the licensee may have failed to comply with its condition of licence relating to contributions to Canadian talent development for the 2004 and 2008 broadcast years.


On February 21, the CRTC approved the application by United Christian Broadcasters Canada for a broadcasting licence to operate an English-language specialty FM radio programming undertaking in Cobourg. The new station would operate at 90.7 MHz (channel 214A1) with an average effective radiated power of 250 watts (non-directional antenna with an effective height of antenna above average terrain of 32.5 metres). The new station would offer a Christian Adult Contemporary music format. In each broadcast week, the station would broadcast 81 hours and 30 minutes of local programming and offer 4 hours and 30 minutes of spoken word programming consisting of news (70% local), sports, weather and other community-related programming. UCB committed to devote, by condition of licence, no less than 95% of its weekly musical selections to selections from subcategory 35 (Non-classic religious) and no less than 15% of its weekly musical selections from category 3 (Special Interest Music) to Canadian musical selections. The licence would expire August 31, 2017. 


CHJJ-FM 90.7 signed on the air in Cobourg, September 8. CHJJ-FM replaced the former Cobourg rebroadcaster of CKJJ Belleville (CKJJ-FM-1) which had been off the air since 2010. (See CHJJ-FM History)


On June 16, the CRTC approved CKJJ-FM’s application to operate a low-power FM transmitter in Maynooth, broadcasting on 94.7 MHz with an average ERP of 50 watts. 


CKJJ-FM-5 in Maynooth began on-air testing and then signed on the air in August.

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