CBCT-FM, Radio One, Charlottetown

Canadian Broadcasting Corp.

CBCT-FM197796.1100,000Canadian Broadcasting Corporation


The CBC established its own station in Charlottetown – CBCT-FM 96.9. It replaced a rebroadcast transmitter of CBA Moncton, New Brunswick, that had operated at 103.1 MHz and private affiliate, CFCY 630. Power for the new station was 93,500 watts and a new antenna site was used. CBCT-FM had its own studios and offices in Charlottetown and was associated with CBCT Television.


On July 3, 1985, CBCT-FM was given approval to change frequency from 96.9 to 96.1 MHz and to increase effective radiated power from 93,500 to 100,000 watts. 


CBC Radio added overnight programming to its schedule on May 1, with “CBC Radio Overnight”. The programming started out on certain CBC stations and was expanded to all of its stations by September. The program aired between 1:00 and 6:00 a.m. (local time) and offered reports from public broadcasters in 25 countries, with Canadian news on the hour. The program service was provided by the World Radio Network in London, England.


The CBC Radio network (CBC Radio) was renamed “CBC Radio One” on September 1.


As of 2001, CBCT-FM operated no rebroadcast transmitters and broadcast approximately 25 hours of local programming each week from Charlottetown.


On January 11, CBCT-FM received approval for a rebroadcast transmitter at St. Edward, operating on 101.1 MHz with an effective radiated power of 1,910 watts. Because CBA Moncton had received permission to convert to the FM band, the transmitter at St. Edward was needed to fill a signal gap.

On August 10, CBCT-FM received approval to add a transmitter at Elmira. It would broadcast on a frequency of 92.3 MHz with an average effective radiated power of 940 watts. The CBC indicated that the new FM transmitter was intended to provide Radio One service to the eastern tip of Prince Edward Island, including the community of Souris, which is situated just outside CBCT-FM’s coverage area.


CBC announced in October that its Charlottetown facility would undergo a $2 million dollar renovation over the next year. The building on University Avenue had a few upgrades since it was built in 1978. The new upgrades would include a more accessible and visible studio for English radio, that would be glassed-in, so hosts and guests could see outside. Most employees would temporarily move to the building’s basement while construction of a new newsroom happened on the main floor. There would be no change to the television studio which had been redesigned and upgraded a few years previously.

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