CFXN-FM, Moose FM, North Bay

Vista Broadcast Group Inc.

CFXN-FM2012106.310,000Vista Radio Ltd.
CFXN-FM2006106.310,000Haliburton Broadcasting Group Inc.


On August 11, The Haliburton Broadcasting Group Inc. was given approval to operate a new FM station at North Bay on 106.3 MHz with effective radiated power of 10,000 watts. Antenna height would be 145.4 metres.


CFXN-FM “The Moose 106.3 FM” signed on the air July 12 at 12:01 a.m., with an adult classic hits format. Studios and offices were located at 118 Main Street East. 


On August 31, the CRTC administratively renewed the licence for CFXN-FM until March 31, 2012.


CFXN changed format from Classic Hits to Hot Adult Contemporary/ Contemporary Hits.

On March 20, the CRTC administratively renewed the licence for CFXN-FM to August 31, 2012. 

On August 28, the CRTC administratively renewed CFXN’s licence to December 31, 2012.

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. CFXN-FM was among the stations acquired by Vista. 


On August 31, CFXN (Moose FM) flipped format from Hot Adult Contemporary to Classic Hits.

Peter Hobbs joined Vista Radio as regional cluster General Manager/Sales Manager for the company’s stations in North Bay, Sturgeon Falls, Espanola and Elliot Lake as well as overseeing Timmins. Hobbs, based in North Bay, was most recently the General Sales Manager at the three-station Bell Media Hamilton cluster. He began at Vista on November 18. 

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