CKVM-FM, The Voice of Temiscamingue, Ville-Marie

CKVM-FM200393.118,400Radio Temiscamingue Inc


Radio Temiscamingue Inc. applied for 710 kHz with 1,000 watts. The application was deferred by the CBC board.


The CBC heard the Radio Temiscamingue application again and approved it this time. The company could operate a new AM station at Ville Marie on 710 kHz with power of 1,000 watts.


CKVM 710 began broadcasting on January 7. The “VM” in the call sign: Ville-Marie.

Slogan: The mos powerful station in Northern Quebec, reaching 125,000 French Canadians. 


Roger Des Loges joined CKVM as English program director and announcer.


CKVM was an affiliate of the CBC’s French language network. The station was owned by Radio Temiscamingue Inc. (J. A. Perron 0.1%, H. Leblanc 0.1%, G. Lefort 0.1%, P. Fournier 0.1%, P. O. Goulet 0.1%, A. Cote 0.1%, C. E. Laverdiere 0.1%, apx. 900 other shareholders 99.3%). Herve Leblanc was president of the company and Guy Burelle was CKVM’s manager. 

Roger Des Loges left CKVM for BMI Canada.


Ad slogans: CKVM – The French Voice of the Whole North. / You can’t cover the French market in northwestern Quebec and northeastern Ontario without CKVM Ville Marie. 

G. Burrelle was manager. 


CKVM 710 now had a power of 10,000 watts during the day and 1,000 watts at night. Herve Leblanc was president of Radio Temiscamingue Inc. and Rene Legault was manager of CKVM.


On May 16, Radio Temiscamingue Inc. was authorized to operate a transmitter at Temiscamingue on 1340 kHz with power of 250 watts (non-directional). Studios would be in the CKVM Ville-Marie building. The new transmitter would fill gaps in the CKVM signal. The new outlet was approved on condition it operate as a CBC affiliate.

Rene Legault was manager.


On June 29, Radio Temiscamingue Inc. received permission to increase CKVT’s daytime power from 250 watts to 1,000 watts.


By this time, CKVM 710 was operating with 10,000 watts day and 1,000 watts night, while CKVT was operating on 1340 kHz with a power of 1,000 watts.


On March 6, the CRTC renewed the licence for CKVM Ville-Marie and its rebroadcaster CKVT Témiscaming to September 30, 1989.

On December 13, CKVT Temiscamingue was given approval to increase night power from 250 watts to 1,000 watts.


CKVT 1340 was given approval to convert to FM, operating on 92.1 MHz with an effective radiated power of 10 watts.


On August 26, the licence for CKVT-AM was revoked as the station had now been replaced by CKVM-1-FM.


On February 28, CKVM 710 was given approval to move to the FM dial, operating on 93.1 MHz with an effective radiated power of 18,400 watts. The station would also continue to operate CKVM-1-FM Témiscaming (92.1 MHz with ERP of 10 watts). The new station would offer a Pop Adult music format, and broadcast a total of 126 hours per week, and the station would produce approximately 122 hours of the programming.


Approval was given for a change of antenna site for CKVM-1-FM Temiscaming. ERP would remain 30 watts maximum and 10 watts average. Antenna height would decrease from 67 metres to 39.6 metres.


On February 6, CKVM received a short-term licence renewal to August 31, 2022 due to ongoing issues of non-compliance.

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