CFIF-FM, Moose FM, Iroquois Falls

Vista Broadcast Group Inc.

CFIF-FM2012101.150Vista Radio Ltd.
CFIF-FM2005101.150Haliburton Radio Group Inc.
CJWL-FM2002101.150Haliburton Radio Group Inc.
CJWL-FM2000101.150Tri Tel Communications Inc.
CJWL-FM1998104.950Tri Tel Communications Inc.


On September 28, William W. Leacock (on behalf of a company to be incorporated – what would become Tri Tel Communications Inc.) was licenced to operate a low-power FM station at Iroquois Falls, operating on 104.9 MHz, with an effective radiated power of 50 watts.  The new station would be Iroquois Falls’ first local radio service. In addition to a musical format of pop, rock and dance music, the licensee’s plans provide for the broadcast of some spoken word programming including public service announcements, the promotion of local events and other information of direct relevance to the community.

CJWL-FM signed on the air. The “WL” in the call sign: William Leacock.


On May 10, Tri Tel was authorized to change CJWL’s frequency from 104.9 MHz to 101.1 MHz. Power would remain the same. The applicant stated that the frequency change would eliminate interference presently received from CBON-FM-21 at Gogama.

The change of frequency took place later in the year.


Tri-Tel was given approval to operate a low powered FM station at Cochrane.
On November 19, The Haliburton Broadcasting Group Inc. was granted approval to acquire CJWL-FM Iroquois Falls and CHPB-FM Cochrane from Tri-Tel Communications Inc.  Haliburton said it expects these stations to benefit from synergies with its existing northern English-language stations, CKAP-FM Kapuskasing and CHMT-FM Timmins. The synergies would occur through the sharing of resources in news, traffic, creative production, community event coverage, music management, sales management, sales representations, overall management and technology platforms.


CJWL-FM became known as MOOSE FM. This name is commonly used in the Haliburton Broadcast group.




CFIF-FM received permission to relocate its antenna site 4.5 kms within the town of Iroquois Falls. The originally approved site – the town water tower – was no longer available. The new location would be 641 Lariviere Lane in Iroquois Falls. Antenna height would be 32 metres.


On August 17, the CRTC administratively renewed the licence of CFIF-FM to August 31, 2013.

The Moose Timmins morning show host Robert Wills was promoted to General Manager of the Haliburton North properties. Remaining at his Timmins base, Wills was now responsible for The Moose stations at Timmins, Kapuskasing, Cochrane and Iroquois Falls.

On October 19, the CRTC approved the application by Vista Radio Ltd. for authority to acquire from Haliburton Broadcasting Group Inc. the assets of Haliburton’s AM and FM radio stations and their transmitters located in Bancroft, Barry’s Bay, Bolton, Bracebridge, Caledon, Cochrane, Elliot Lake, Espanola, Fort Erie, Haldimand, Haliburton, Hearst, Huntsville, Iroquois Falls, Kapuskasing, Kemptville, Niagara Falls, North Bay, Parry Sound, Prescott, St. Catharines, Stratford, Sturgeon Falls and Timmins. Vista was a corporation controlled by Westerkirk Capital Inc., in turn controlled by Thompson Investments Limited. CFIF-FM was among the stations acquired by Vista.

Rob Wills, who was promoted to General Manager of the Haliburton North properties in Ontario last year, was no longer with the company. His responsibilities covered The Moose stations at Kapuskasing, Cochrane, Iroquois Falls and his base, Timmins. There was no successor.

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