CIEL-FM, La Fréquence Bleue, Rivière-du-Loup

Radio CJFP Ltee.

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CJFP-FM19471499250Armand Belle


Armand Belle was granted a licence for a new AM station at Riviere-du-Loup. It would operate on a frequency of 1400 kHz with a power of 250 watts.


CJFP 1400 began broadcasting on April 13. 

CJFP became a member of the Canadian Association of Broadcasters. 

T. Gareau was manager.


A. Potvin was CJFP’s manager.


By this time, CJFP was operating as an affiliate of the CBC’s French language Radio-Canada network and a member of the French Radio Association. The station was 100% owned by Armand Belle (Radio-Temiscouata Ltd.). Belle was president of the company and Henri Bourdeau was CJFP’s manager.

Armond Belle, co-founder and president of CJFP died at 57, on December 20. He also owned a music store in Riviere-du-Loup.


Radio CJFP Ltee. opened rebroadcast transmitter CJAF Cabano.


CJFP increased daytime power to 1,000 watts.


By this time, CJFP had increased daytime power to 10,000 watts. Night-time power remained 250 watts. CJAF Cabano was operating on 1240 kHz with a power of 250 watts. Luc Simard was President of Radio Station CJFP Ltee. Raoul Savard was CJFP’s manager.


By this time, CJFP 1400 had increased daytime power to 10,000 watts. Night-time power remained 250 watts.


Rebroadcaster CHRT signed on the air in Pohénégamook.


On July 16, Radio CJFP Ltee was authorized to originate some programs from a studio at  Trois-Pistoles.

On July 31, CJFP was given approval to move to a new transmitter site and increase night-time power from 250 to 5,000 watts. Daytime power would remain at 10,000 watts and the station would go from an omnidirectional pattern to a directional pattern at night.


On March 14, a share transfer of Radio CJFP Ltee was approved: 50% from four of the present shareholders to Luc Simard, Walter Jutras, and CKRT-TV Ltd., and Paul Bienvenu.


CJFP’s application for an FM rebroadcaster (107.1 MHz with ERP of 8,380 watts) at Riviere-du-Loup was denied. The station was advised to seek other means to improve its night-time service, as the proposed use of FM to simulcast is contrary to CRTC policy.


CHRT Pohenegamook was authorized to increase daytime power from 250 watts to 1,000 watts. Night-time power would remain 250 watts.


CJFP (and rebroadcasters) was given approval April 15 to affiliate with the Telemedia Radio Network.


On December 13, CJFP was given approval to increase night-time power from 5,000 to 20,000 watts.


On January 8, Radio CJFP Ltee was given approval to operate a new FM transmitter at Trois-Pistoles. It would operate on 93.9 MHz with effective radiated power of 27 watts. The new transmitter would broadcast part-time from studios in Trois-Pistoles and part-time from CJFP (rebroadcast). A competing application by Radio Degelis Inc. (CFVD) was denied. CJFP already had a studio in Trois-Pistoles. CJFP’s AM signal at Trois-Pistoles was good during the day but not at night. This was the main reason behind the request for the rebroadcaster. 

On the same date, CJFP’s application for a rebroadcast transmitter at Degelis was denied.  It would have operated on 97.7 MHz with an ERP of 1.75 watts. CJFP made the application to solve signal problems in the area of its rebroadcaster, CJAF Cabano. CJFP stated at the CRTC hearing that it would still be possible to provide CFVD (the existing station in Degelis) with CJFP’s signal outside of local programming times, as was the case a number of years ago. CFVD confirmed that negotiations in this regard had begun and would continue.


On September 24, Radio CJFP (1986) Ltée received authority to acquire CJFP Rivière-du-Loup and its rebroadcasters CJAF Cabano and CHRT Pohénégamook from Radio CJFP Ltée. The transfer did not involve a change in effective control. Luc Simard, who held the control of Radio CJFP Ltée, became the only shareholder of the new licensee company, Radio CJFP (1986) Ltée. In a separate decision, Radio CJFP (1986) Ltee. was also allowed to acquire CJTF-FM Trois-Pistoles.

On December 11, Radio CJFP Ltée’s application to rebroadcast CKAC Montreal during specified hours over CJFP, CJAF, CHRT and CJTF-FM was denied. It had hoped to rebroadcast the CKAC programming between 6:05 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. Monday to Friday and between 6:07 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. on Sunday. In turning down the application, the CRTC noted these stations already rebroadcast, in part, the programming of the Radio-Canada network. 


On February 21, the CRTC renewed the licence for CJFP – as well as for its rebroadcasters, CJAF Cabano and CHRT Pohenegamook, and CJTF-FM Trois-Pistoles. In addition, CJTF-FM could discontinue local programming and receive all all of its programs from CJFP.


On June 23, CJFP and its rebroadcasters received approval to disaffiliate from Radio-Canada.


On September 13, CJFP was given approval to convert to the FM band. The new station would operate at Rivière-du-Loup on 103.7 MHz with an effective radiated power of 60,000 watts. An associated transmitter at Pointe-de-Rivière-du-Loup would operate on 93.9 MHz with an effective radiated power of 13.3 watts. Existing transmitters CJAF Cabano and CJTF-FM Trois-Pistoles would continue to operate. CJFP-AM Rivière-du-Loup and CHRT Pohénégamook would cease to operate.

CJFP-FM began operations on December 15, replacing CJFP-AM.


On September 11, Radio CJFP (1986) ltée was given approval to add an FM transmitter at Cabano, operating on 98.3 MHz with an effective radiated power of 3,000 watts. The new station would replace CJAF-AM.


On March 25, Radio CJFP (1986) ltée received a new licence for its Trois-Pistoles transmitter (93.9 MHz with effective radiated power of 229 watts). The CRTC noted that Radio CJFP already operated CJTF-FM Trois-Pistoles which fully rebroadcast the programs of CJFP-FM Rivière-du-Loup. Under the new license, CJFP committed to produce and broadcast no less than 10 hours of local programming per week (at Trois-Pistoles). The station would still broadcast 116 hours of programming per week from CJFP-FM.


On December 18, CJFP-FM-4 Trois-Pistoles was granted a power decrease from 229 watts to 42 watts. 


On March 27, CJFP-FM was given approval to add a transmitter at Sully, operating on 93.5 MHz with an effective radiated power of 18.2 watts.

CJFP-FM became CIEL-FM Trois Rivieres, and the Trois Pistoles station became CIEL-FM-4.  On July 19th, the CRTC renewed the CIEL-FM and CIEL-FM-4 licences from September 1st 2001 to August 31st 2008.


On March 29, the CRTC denied an application by Radio CJFP (1986) ltee to amend the licence for CIEL-FM Rivière-du-Loup, Quebec, in order to operate a transmitter in Edmundston, New Brunswick. The new transmitter would operate at 97.3 MHz (channel 247LP) with an average effective radiated power of 1.4 watts. In response to interventions, Radio CJFP reiterated that the sole purpose of its proposal was to improve the quality of its signal to the Edmundston population. It added that the programs offered by the Corus network such as Les amateurs de Sports, Les soirées du hockey du Canadien de Montréal, special public affairs programs like election night coverage, the program Doc Mailloux, and news and sports bulletins would foster greater diversity in the French language programming available to the population of Edmundston. 


On August 14th, the CRTC renewed the licences for CIEL-FM Rivière-du-Loup and its transmitters CIEL-FM-1 Pointe de Rivière-du-Loup, CIEL-FM-3 Cabano and CIEL-FM-5 Sully, for a five-year term from September 21st 2008 to August 31st 2015. 

 On August 29th the Commission renewed Radio CJFP (1986) ltee’s licence for CIEL-FM-4 Trois Pistoles for one year from September 1st 2008 to August 31st 2009.


The CIEL-FM-4 licence received an administrative renewal from September 1st to December 31st.


A further administrative renewal was granted to CIEL-FM-4 from January 1st to May 31st, and yet another from June 1st to 30th.   On June 30th, the CRTC announced that CIEL-FM-4 Trois Pistoles would have its licence renewed from July 1st 2010 to August 31st 2013.   In nnouncing the renewal, the Commission said, in part, that this short-term renewal would enable the Commission to assess, at an earlier date, the licensee’s compliance with the Regulations and its conditions of licence.

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