CKVD-AM, Val D’or

Radio Nord Inc

CHGO-FM1999104.3100,000Radio Nord Inc.
CKVD-AM1948900250Radio Nord Inc.
CKVD-AMIn 1990 CKVD became CHOA-FM 1 a re-broadcaster of CHOA-FM Rouyn Noranda


CKVD went on the air October 16 with 100 watts on 1200 kHz. The station was owned by La Voix d’Abitibi. Fred Darling, former manager of CKGB (Timmins) was manager and Ed Ryan (also formerly with CKGB) was chief engineer. The “VD” in the calls: Val d’Or.


Don Insley was appointed commercial manager of CKVD, replacing Tom Darling who was now manager of CFCH North Bay.

CKVD began subscribing to the Transradio press news service.


On March 29, CKVD changed frequency changed from 1200 kHz to 1230 kHz. Power remained 100 watts.


Power increased to 250 watts.


Radio Rouyn Abitibi Ltd. (Hector Authier) was listed as owner of CKVD, along with CHAD Amos and CKRN Rouyn-Noranda.


George Chartrand became CKVD’s station manager.


George Chartrand became director of national sales. He had been station manager.


Jean-Joffre Gourd

  Jean J. Gourd

Radio Nord Inc. (Jean J. Gourd 46.1%) was listed as owner.

George Chartrand left CKVD to become actingmanager of the new CKRN-TV Rou yn-Noranda.


By this time, CKVD was operating on 900 kHz with 10,000 watts day and 2,500 watts night.


CKVD was affiliated with the Telemedia network.


CKVD disaffiliated from the Radio-Canada network.


On April 7, Radio Nord was licenced to operate a new FM station at Val d’Or on 104.3 MHz with effective radiated power of 100,000 watts, and a transmitter at Rouyn-Noranda, on 98.3 MHz with an average effective radiated power of 862 watts. These transmitters would replace CKVD Val d’Or, CHAD Amos and CKRN Rouyn Noranda.


CKRN, CKVD and CHAD were replaced by the new FM transmitters in the fall. They were known as “Go-FM” CHGO 104.3 Val d’Or and CHGO-FM-1 95.7 Rouyn-Noranda.   CHGO-FM-2 102.1 would replace CKLS-AM La Sarre.


On August 19 the CRTC renewed CHGO-FM’s licence until August 31, 2012. The renewal included CHGO-FM-1 Rouyn-Noranda. With respect to Radio Nord’s request to delete the condition of licence requiring that programming other than local programming originate exclusively from the Radio Nord and Radiomédia networks, the Commission notes that the station is now affiliated with the NTR service and that Radiomédia no longer exists as a news service. Accordingly, the Commission approves the request to delete this condition of licence. 


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.


On August 8, the CRTC administratively renewed the licence for CHGO-FM Val d’Or, and its transmitter CHGO-FM-1 Rouyn-Noranda, until August 31, 2013.

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