CFPO-FM, Aboriginal – ELMNT FM, Ottawa

First Peoples Radio Inc.

CFPO-FM201895.79,100First Peoples Radio Inc.


On June 17, the CRTC approved an application by First Peoples Radio Inc. for a broadcasting licence to operate an English- and Indigenous-language Type B Native FM radio station to serve the urban Indigenous community in Ottawa. The licence would expire 31 August 2023. The station would operate at 95.7 MHz (channel 239B1) with an effective radiated power of 9,100 watts (non-directional antenna with an effective height of antenna above average terrain of 117.4 metres). In each broadcast week, the licensee would devote at least 35% of its musical selections from content category 2 (Popular Music) to Canadian selections broadcast in their entirety. By the third year of operations, in each broadcast week, the licensee would devote not less than 5 of the above 9 hours of programming to local Indigenous-language programming. Local programming would incorporate spoken word material of direct and particular relevance to the Indigenous community within the market. This would include local news, weather, sports coverage, and the promotion of local events and activities.


In September, CFPO (ELMNT FM) began on-air testing. In the same month, CFPO received ISEDC approval to operate in HD.

CFPO (ELMNT FM) officially signed on the air at noon, October 24.

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