CFCH-FM, North Bay

Northern Broadcasting & Publishing Co.

CFCH-FM1956106.3250Northern Broadcasting & Publishing Co.
CFCH-FM1947106.3250Northern Broadcasting & Publishing Co.


Stations of Northern Broadcasting & Publishing Co. of Timmins were granted licenses to operate FM stations. All would have a power of 250 watts: CHNB North Bay (CFCH-AM), CHKL Kirkland Lake (CJKL-AM), CKRT Timmins (CKGB-AM) and CKEX Peterborough (CHEX-AM). CHNB and CHKL would use RCA equipment. CKRT and CKEX would use GE equipment. Later in the year, Northern received further licenses for North Bay, Timmins and Kirkland Lake. The North Bay transmitter would now have the CHNB-FM call sign.

CFCH-FM went on the air later in the year. It did not use the CHNB call letters mentioned earlier. It broadcast on a frequency of 106.3 MHz and had a power of 250 watts. The station was associated with CFCH-AM which had been on the air since 1922. Studios and offices for both stations were located above the A&P store on Main Street in North Bay.


CFCH-FM used an RCA transmitter.


According to some listings, CFCH-FM did not go on the air until 1950. It may have gone on the air, off and then back on.


The CBC Board approved the transfer of 1,530 shares of Northern Broadcasting Co. Ltd. (CFCH, CJKL and CKGB) with no change of control.


Around this time CFCH-FM left the air. CFCH-AM would later acquire CKAT, giving it an FM counterpart once again.

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