CHXX-FM, Vibe 100.9, Donnacona

CHXX-FM2006100.93,100RNC Media
CKNU-AM2005100.93,100Radio Nord Inc.
CKNU-FM1998100.93,100Genex Communications inc.
CKNU-FM1995100.93,100Radiodiffusion de Portneuf inc.


On January 13, the CRTC approved the application for a broadcasting licence for a French-language FM radio programming undertaking (Group I) consisting of an originating station at Donnacona, on the frequency 100.9 MHz (channel 265B) with an effective radiated power of 3,100 watts and a transmitter at Sainte-Croix-de-Lotbinière on the frequency 105.5 MHz (channel 288LP) with an effective radiated power of 18 watts. The licence would expire August 31, 1999. The shorter licence term would enable the Commission to consider the renewal of this licence in accordance with the Commission’s regional plan and to better distribute the workload within the Commission. 

The applicant indicated that its application was intended to provide a local radio service to Portneuf and that, while Quebec City stations were received in Portneuf, they could not be deemed to provide a truly local service. The Commission noted that the applicant wished to operate a transmitter at Sainte-Croix-de-Lotbinière aimed at the north shore solely for the purpose of delivering a good quality signal to certain areas of the Portneuf region where the reception quality of the signal originating from the main transmitter was poor to non-existent because of the region’s topography. 

La Coopérative du Courrier de Portneuf also owned the weekly newspaper “Le Courrier de Portneuf”. The applicant informed the Commission that the news departments of the newspaper and the station would be separate entities. Each undertaking would have its own news director, and each newsroom would operate independently. The applicant would broadcast a minimum of 42 hours of local programming per week consisting of news and public affairs as well as community service programming.


Radiodiffusion de Portneuf inc. sold CKNU-FM and CKNU-FM-1 to Genex Communications inc., owner of CHOI-FM Québec.


On December 23, Radio Nord Communications inc. was given approval to acquire CKNU-FM Donnacona and CKNU-FM-1 Sainte-Croix-de-Lotbinière from a company (6087329 Canada Inc.) controlled by Patrice Demers.


On August 10, CKNU was given permission to decrease effective radiated power from 3,100 to 1,585 watts, increase antenna height from 141.6 to 429 metres, and relocate the transmitter from Saint-Raymond to the summit of Mont Bélair. CKNU would combine into the CHOI-FM antenna (owner of the site).


Radio Nord became known as RNC Media.

CKNU switched formats from CHR-Rhythmic to Modern Rock as CHXX-FM (“Radio X2”).


On August 8, the CRTC administratively renewed the licence for CHXX-FM Donnacona, and its transmitter CHXX-FM-1 Sainte-Croix-de-Lotbinière, until August 31, 2013.


On July 10, the CRTC administratively renewed the licence of CHXX-FM Donnacona and its transmitter CHXX-FM-1 Sainte-Croix-de-Lotbinière to December 31, 2013. 

On December 4, the CRTC gave CHXX-FM a short-term licence renewal and denied RNC MÉDIA’s request to delete two conditions of licence requiring that it maintain a studio in Donnacona and broadcast at least 14 hours of local programming produced at this studio and targeting residents of the Portneuf area.


On January 30, Rock 100.9 rebranded as Pop 100.9 with the best of the 70s, 80s and 90s (Pop to Classic Hits).

In October, the CRTC fined Pop 100.9 $920 for failing to meet its French-language music quota. The station was also required to broadcast an announcement regarding its non-compliance three times a day, for five consecutive days. The commission renewed CHXX-FM’s licence through August of 2024.


In August, CHXX changed its branding from Pop 100.9 to La Vibe 100.9. The format changed from Classic Hits to Triple A-Modern Rock.

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