CHYK-FM-1, French, Hearst

LE5 Communications Inc.

CHYK-FM-12008104.13,500LE5 Communications Inc.
CHYK-FM-11999104.13,500Haliburton Broadcasting Group
CHOH-AM1990n/a1,000Pelmorex Radio Inc.
CFLH-AM1980n/a1,000Mid-Canada Radio Inc.
CFLH-AM1973n/a1,000/250J. Conrad Lavigne
CFLH-AM1951n/a100J. Conrad Lavigne


CFLH-AM Hearst began broadcasting December 23, the same date as its parent station, CFCL-AM in Timmins. The stations were owned by J. Conrad Lavigne.


On April 6, J. Conrad Lavigne Ltd. was authorized to increase CFLH’s power from 100 watts day and night to 1,000 watts day and 250 watts night.


Lavigne sold his broadcast holdings to Mid-Canada Communications.


On December 13, CFLH was authorized to increase night power from 250 watts to 1,000 watts


Mid-Canada Radio Inc. was purchased by  Pelmorex Broadcasting Inc. from Northern Cable Holdings Limited. Following the sale, CFLH became CHOH. Parent CFCL Timmins became CKOY.


On April 7, the CRTC approved the applications by Pelmorex Radio Inc. for authority to acquire the assets of CKNR Elliot Lake and its transmitter CJNR Blind River, CKNS Espanola, CHYK and CKAP Kapuskasing, CHUR North Bay, CHVR Pembroke, CHVR-1 Renfrew and its transmitter CHVR-2 Arnprior, CJQM Sault Ste. Marie, CHNO, CHYC and CJMX-FM Sudbury, CKOY Timmins and its transmitter CHOH Hearst, and CJWA Wawa, from Pelmorex Broadcasting Inc., and for broadcasting licences to continue the operation of these undertakings. In approving these applications, the Commission took into account the fact that Pelmorex Radio Inc. was a wholly-owned subsidiary of Pelmorex Inc. which was controlled by Pelmorex Management Inc. and that the transaction thus represented an intra-corporate reorganization without any change occurring in the control, programming or management of the licensee. 

On September 29, CHOH was granted a conversion from AM to FM. The new station would operate on 92.9 MHz with an effective radiated power of 140 watts. 


Haliburton Broadcasting Group Inc. purchased several stations from Pelmorex, including CKOY Timmins and its transmitters CHOH-FM Hearst and CHYK Kapuskasing. CKOY became CHYK, CHOH Hearst became CHYK-1 and CHYK became CHYK-2.

 Haliburton was given approval to convert CKOY from 620 kHz with 10,000 watts to 104.1 MHz with an effective radiated power of 3,500 watts. 


Founder J. Conrad Lavigne passed away in April. He was 86.


On October 31, the CRTC approved the application by LE5 Communications Inc. to acquire CHYK-FM Timmins (and its transmitters CHYX-FM Kapuskasing and CHYK-FM-3 Hearst) and CHYC-FM Sudbury, from The Haliburton Broadcasting Group Inc. LE5 was a corporation owned and controlled by Mr. Paul Lefebvre.


On August 17, the CRTC administratively renewed the licence of CHYK-FM Timmins, and its transmitters CHYX-FM Kapuskasing and CHYK-FM-3 Hearst to August 31, 2013.

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.


It was announced that CHYK would close its transmitters CHYK-FM-3 in Hearst and CHYX-FM Kapuskasing. 

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