CFZZ-FM, boom 104.1 fm, St-Jean-sur-Richelieu

CFZZ-FM2013104.11,000Bell Media
CFZZ-FM2005104.11,000Astral Media Inc
CFZZ-FM2001104.11,000Corus Entertainment Inc.
CFXX-FM1990104.1540Power Broadcasting Inc.
CHRS-AM195610901,000Radio Iberville Ltee.


CHRS 1090 signed on the air as a daytime-only station. Power was 1,000 watts. CHRS was owned by Radio-Iberville Ltee. The station was an independent with no network affiliation.


Ownership of Radio-Iberville Ltee: Jean-Paul Auclair 70.8%, Bernard Turcot 23.7%, Marcel Mongeau 1.1%, Jean-Claude Maltais 1.1%, Eugene Lesnier 1.1%, Bernard Milot 1.1% and Raymond Soucie 1.1%. The city of licence was St-Jean.   Jean-Paul Auclair was president of the company and Bernard Turcot was manager of CHRS.


CHRS 1090 had applied for permission to increase power from 1,000 to 5,000 watts (remaining daytime only). The CBC Board recommended the application for denial, stating the existing power was adequate for the area which the station was intended to serve according to its original application. 


On November 23, 1964, the Board of Broadcast Governors ordered a one week suspension of CHRS’s licence. The BBG made the ruling after finding some station programs were running up to a half hour longer than what was recorded in the program logs. The station appealed the ruling to the Exchequer Court of Canada and in January of this year, that court granted CHRS an appeal of the BBG ruling.

By this time, CHRS had increased power to 10,000 watts (still daytime-only). The city of licence was listed as Jacques Cartier.


CHRS moved its studios from St-Jean to Longueuil.


On August 21, Pierre-Paul Elie on behalf of a company to be incorporated, received approval to acquire CHRS Longueuil from Radio Iberville Ltee.


Jean-Pierre Filiatrault received approval to obtain control of Radio Rive-Sud (CHRS) Ltee. His ownership increased from 50% to 99.9%.


The CRTC approved the sale of CHRS by Radio Rive-Sud Ltee to Michel Mathieu Broadcasting Inc. (Radio-Diffusion Michel Matheiu Inc.).


Michel Mathieu took ownership of CHRS in January.


CHRS moved back to Saint-Jean from Longueuil.


On August 26, CHRS was given approval to move from 1090 kHz with 10,000 watts daytime-only to 1040 kHz with 10,000 watts day and 1,000 watts night. The station would now be able to broadcast 24 hours a day.

Michel Mathieu sold an 11% interest in Michel Mathieu Broadcasting Inc. to James Welcher. As a result, the ownership structure was as follows: Michel Mathieu (49%), Peter Duffield (13 1/3%), Storrs McCall (13 1/3%), Helmuth Von Moltke (13 1/3%) and James Welcher (11%). 


Peter R. Duffield & Associates, Storrs McCall, Keri Von Moltke and James Welcher received approval to sell CHRS to Power Broadcasting Inc., a subsidiary of Power Corp. The CRTC said the sale assured the continued operation of CHRS which was in a fragile financial situation.

The new owners announced that CHRS would become CFZZ.

Sylvain Latour was named news director at CFZZ.


Power Broadcasting officially re-launched CFZZ on May 24 with former Governor Genral Jeanne Sauve cutting the ribbon. Normand Flageole was general manager.


On September 4, CFZZ was given approval to move to the FM band, operating on a frequency of 104.1 MHz with an effective radiated power of 570 watts. 


CFZZ made the move to FM as Z-104 FM, Le Rocker Sympathique . CFZZ-AM 1040 left the air.


Daniel Tremblay became vice president and general manager of CFZZ-FM. Jacques Thibault was named sales manager.


On April 13, the CRTC approved the application to amend the licence for CFZZ-FM by increasing the effective radiated power from 570 watts to 1,350 watts and by changing the channel from 281A to 281B. The licensee indicated that the power increase would improve the service to areas which had been receiving a poor signal. 


Corus Entertainment Inc. purchased Power Broadcasting Inc.


On January 21, the CRTC approved an exchange of assets between Corus Entertainment Inc. and Astral Media Radio Inc. Corus acquired from Astral: CKAC Montréal, CHRC Québec, CJRC Gatineau, CKRS Saguenay, CHLN Trois-Rivières, CHLT and CKTS Sherbrooke, and CFOM-FM Lévis. Astral  acquired from Corus: CFVM-FM Amqui, CJDM-FM Drummondville, CJOI-FM and CIKI-FM Rimouski, and CFZZ-FM Saint-Jean-Iberville. 


On July 6 the CRTC renewed CFZZ-FM’s licence until August 31, 2014. Condition: The licensee shall, as an exception to the percentage of Canadian musical selections set out in sections 2.2(8) and 2.2(9) of the Radio Regulations, 1986, in any broadcast week where at least 90% of musical selections from content category 2 that it broadcasts are selections released before 1 January 1981: devote, in that broadcast week, 30% or more of its musical selections from content category 2 to Canadian selections broadcast in their entirety; and devote, between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m., in the period from Monday to Friday of the same broadcast week, 30% or more of its musical selections from content category 2 to Canadian selections broadcast in their entirety. The Commission notes the licensee’s commitment to devote 3 hours and 19 minutes, including 34 minutes on weekends, to local news. The licensee shall also devote 2 hours and 49 minutes to local weather, sports, culture and entertainment.


On February 23, the CRTC approved the application to amend the licence for CFZZ-FM in order to delete the condition of licence relating to the provision of annual reports on the diversity of musical selections.


On June 27, 2013, after a previous such application had been denied in 2012, the CRTC approved an application by Astral Media Inc. to sell its pay and specialty television channels, conventional television stations and radio stations to BCE Inc., including CFZZ-FM.


In June, CFZZ changed format from Classic Hits to Adult Contemporary but retained the Boom 104.1 branding.

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