CJAN-FM, Community, Asbestos

La Coopérative Radio Web Média des Sources

CJAN-FM201899.31,000La Coopérative Radio Web Média des Sources
CJAN-FM200299.31,000Radio PLUS B. M. D. Inc.
CJAN-AM197213401,000Radio PLUS B. M. D. Inc.


On June 14, Radio Victoriaville Ltee. was granted a licence for a new AM station at Asbestos, operating on 1340 kHz with a power of 1,000 watts day and 250 watts at night (omnidirectional).

On July 26, the CRTC gave CJAN the go ahead to operate on 1340 kHz as noted above. At that time, the Commission stated its intent to approve this application upon Radio Megantic’s vacating of 1340 kHz for CKFL at Lac Megantic. CKFL had now vacated the frequency so CJAN now had clearance to use 1340.

CJAN-AM signed on the air later in the year.


On June 8, Radio Victoriaville Ltee was authorized to disaffiliate CJAN from the Radio-Canada network and to join Le Reseau Telemedia. Radio-Canada was given approval in 1978 to operate its own FM transmitter and would maintain a modified affiliation agreement with CJAN until FM receiver ownership was at a sufficient level in the region.


On December 13, CJAN was authorized to increase night power from 250 watts to 1,000 watts.


On June 21, CJAN had its licence renewed. It was noted at this time that CJAN was one of several stations that operated as part of the Réseau des Appalaches, a French-language radio network serving the Asbestos region in central Quebec. CKLD Thetford Mines was the flagship station and supplied most of the network programming including 20 hours per week originating from the Télémédia network. It was noted that CJAN broadcast 25 hours and 45 minutes of local programming.


On April 26, Radio Plus B.M.D. Inc. was authorized to purchase CJAN from Radio Victoriaville Ltée. Under the new ownership, local news would increase from 15 to 22 bulletins per week, local programming would go up from 25 to 35 hours per week, with most of the programming coming from Resseau des Appalaches. 


On April 24, the CRTC renewed CJAN’s licence until August 31, 1996.


On May 7, CJAN was given approval to move to the FM dial. The station would  broadcast on the frequency 99.3 MHz, with an effective radiated power of 6,000 watts.


On December 18, CJAN-FM was granted an increase in effective radiated power from 6,000 watts to 11,100 watts. The increase would result in a better quality signal to listeners located in the area of Asbestos and Danville, who were experiencing poor reception. 


On August 17 the CRTC renewed CJAN-FM’s licence until August 31, 2014. Conditions: The licensee shall make a basic annual contribution to Canadian content development. The licensee shall allocate 60% of its basic annual CCD contribution to FACTOR or MUSICACTION.


On October 22, 2018, the CRTC approved the transfer of shares of Radio Plus BMD.inc; this action transferred control over the workforce as well as ownership of the station to Coopérative Radio Web Média des Sources. 

In November, La Coopérative Radio Web Média des Sources received CRTC approval to acquire CJAN from Radio Plus B.M.D.

The transaction took place on January 31, 2019 before a notary. Radio Plus BMD inc. has therefore been dissolved since September 1, 2020 having been merged into the Cooperative.

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