CKLS-AM, La Sarre

Radio Nord Inc.

CHGO 2-FM1999102.14,130Radio Nord Inc.
CKLS-FM1997102.14,130Radio Nord Inc.
CKLS-AM19501240250J.J. Gourd and group
CKLS-AMIn 1999 CKLS became CHGO 2 a rebroadcaster of CHGO-FM Val D’OR at 102.1


The CBC deferred Radio La Sarre Inc.’s application for a new AM station at La Sarre. The application was later approved.


Radio La Sarre Inc. opened CKLS on September 1. Radio La Sarre was owned by Radio Nord Inc. and was that company’s fourth radio station. CKLS broadcast on a frequency of 1240 kHz with a power of 250 watts. The “LS” in the call sign: La Sarre.


CKLS became a C.A.B. member.

An application for transfer of control in Radio La Sarre Inc. to J.J. Gourd, D.A. Gourd and R. Charbenneau, was deferred. When the application was heard again a short time later, it was approved by the CBC.


CKLS 1240 was an affiliate of the CBC’s French language network. Ownership of Radio La Sarre Inc.: D. A. Gourd 14.0%, R. Charbonneau 0.1%, J. J. Gourd 38.8%, J. Lavigne 0.3%, E. Pronovost 0.3%, J. Monette 4.4%, P. E. Riverin 10.8%, Richard Staines 2.2%, 34 other shareholders 29.1%.

David A. Gourd was president of the company and Gabriel Tremplay was manager of CKLS.


CKLS received permission to change the main studio location.

David A. Gourd president of the company and manager of CKLS.


Approval was granted for the transfer of 9,529 common shares of Radio La Sarre Inc. to Assurgo Ltee.


On July 25, Radio LaSarre Inc. was authorized to increase daytime power for CKLS 1240 from 250 to 1,000 watts. Night-time power would remain at 250 watts and the station would continue to use a non-directional pattern.


CKLS was affiliated with the Telemedia network.


CKLS joined the CBC network.


On February 13, the CRTC approved an application by Radio Nord Inc. for a French-language AM radio network licence consisting of CKRN Rouyn-Noranda and CKLS La Sarre, for the purpose of broadcasting programs originating from CKRN.

CKLS was given approval to increase night-time power from 250 to 1,000 watts.


CKLS disaffiliated from the Radio-Canada AM network.


On November 15, CKLS was given approval to convert to the FM band, operating on  102.1 MHz with an effective radiated power of 4,130 watts. 


CKLS 1240 moved to the FM band as CKLS-FM.


Radio Nord inc. purchased CKLS from Radio La Sarre Inc.


CKLS-FM became “Go-FM” CHGO-FM-2, associated with CHGO-FM Val d’Or and CHGO-FM-1 Rouyn-Noranda.


CHGO-FM-2 became CJGO-FM.


Radio Nord became known as RNC Media.


In March CHGO 104.3 (and CHGO-1 95.7 Rouyn Noranda, CJGO 102.1 La Sarre) changed format from Classic Rock (GO FM) to Alternative Rock (Go Radio X).


On August 6, the CRTC approved the applications by RNC MÉDIA Inc. to amend the broadcasting licence for the radio station CJGO-FM La Sarre by adding an FM transmitter at Rouyn-Noranda, and to amend the broadcasting licence for the radio station CHGO-FM Val-d’Or by deleting its transmitter CHGO-FM-1 Rouyn-Noranda. The licensee would now use the rebroadcasting transmitter at Rouyn-Noranda to broadcast the programming of CJGO-FM instead of the programming of CHGO-FM. The licensee did not request any changes to the technical parameters of the transmitter. RNC stated that the proposed change would allow it to better serve listeners in Abitibi by accentuating the differences between the programming for the eastern (Val-d’Or and Amos) and western (La Sarre and Rouyn-Noranda) portions of the area, which were served by CHGO-FM and CJGO-FM, respectively.


CHGO-FM-1 changed format from Alternative Rock/Talk (GO RADIO X) to Classic Rock/ Sports (CAPITALE ROCK) (the change included CHGO 104.3 Amos and CJGO 102.1 La Sarre).

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