CBQ-FM, CBC Music, Thunder Bay

Canadian Broadcasting Corp.

CBQ-FM1984101.323,500Canadian Broadcasting Corp.


CBQ-FM was opened by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation on August 13. It offered programming from the CBC Stereo (FM) network, originating with CBL-FM in Toronto. CBQ-FM broadcast with an effective radiated power of 23,500 watts on a frequency of 101.7 MHz. 


The CBC Stereo network was renamed “CBC Radio Two” on September 1.


By this time, CBQ-FM’s programming originated with the Radio Two network, but the station also broadcast local arts billboard information. CBQ-FM had no rebraodcast transmitters.


On August 9, the CRTC administratively renewed the licence of CBQ-FM to August 31, 2011.


On August 25, the CRTC administratively renewed the licence for CBQ-FM to March 1, 2013.


On February 22, the CRTC administratively renewed the licences for CBQ-FM to August 31, 2013.

On May 28, the CRTC renewed the licence of CBQ-FM Thunder Bay 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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