CBSI-FM, Premiere Chaine, Sept-Îles

Canadian Broadcasting Corp.



The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (Radio-Canada) received approval to operate a rebroadcast transmitter of CBGA Matane at Sept-Iles. It would operate on a frequency of 98.1 MHz with effective radiated power of 96,750 watts. 


CBSI-FM went on the air December 12.


A new broadcast facility was expected to open in Sept-Iles. The two storey building would accommodate the CBC’s first radio and television studios in the community.


On November 1, CBSI-FM became an originating station and was no longer a rebroadcaster of CBGA. 


On December 13, the CBC received approval to increase the night time power for CBSI-4 Labrador City from 250 watts to1,000 watts. 


On January 23, the following transmitters were authorized to change frequency: CBSI-2 Schefferville (1230 kHz to 760 kHz), CBSI-5 Natashquan (1450 kHz to 1100 kHz), CBSI-7 Havre-Saint-Pierre (1450 kHz to 1100 kHz), and CBSI-9 Sheldrake (1450 kHz to 1100 kHz). 


On March 30, CBSI-FM was authorized the addition of a transmitter at Churchill Falls on the frequency 89.1 MHz, with an effective radiated power of 98 watts. The transmitter would replace the existing CBSI-3 (AM) transmitter.  

CBSI-FM-3 Churchill Falls opened December 30.


It was proposed that in addition to network and local programming, CBSI-FM, CBGA Matane and CJBR Rimouski, would offer 12 hours and 10 minutes of inter-regional programming. The three stations would work together to produce these programs.


On September 20, a power decrease (ERP) was granted for CBSI-FM-15 Harrington Harbour, from 150 watts to 93 watts.


On April 21, CBSI-FM received permission to add a transmitter at Schefferville, operating on frequency 91.1 MHz with an effective radiated power of 111 watts.  It would replace the existing CBSI-2 (AM) transmitter at Schefferville.  

CBSI-FM-2 Schefferville opened on July 15. 


On July 13, approval was granted for the deletion of CBSI-4 at Labrador City/Wabush and for the addition of a new FM transmitter at the same location.  CBSI-4 (AM) would be replaced by an FM transmitter on 93.1 MHz with an effective radiated power of 255 watts.  

CBSI-FM received approval on December 7 to decrease effective radiated power for CBSI-FM-21 Blanc Sablon from 100 watts to 78 watts.  


On July 31, CBSI-FM received approval to decrease effective radiated power for CBSI-FM-17 La Tabatière from 83 watts to 50 watts.

CBSI-FM-4 Labrador City was opened December 1.


The Radio-Canada network was renamed “Première Chaîne” on September 1.


The CBC received approval on May 28 to add a transmitter for CBSI-FM and to delete a number of low-power AM transmitters. The following transmitters would be deleted: CBSI-7 Havre-Saint-Pierre, CBSI-11 Magpie, CBSI-13 Mingan, CBSI-12 Longue-Pointe-de-Mingan, CBSI-22 Rivière-Saint-Jean, CBSI-10 Rivière-au-Tonnerre and CBSI-9 Sheldrake. The new FM transmitter would be added at Havre-Saint-Pierre, and would operate on 92.5 MHz, with an effective radiated power of 25,300 watts. 


CBSI-FM-7 Havre-Saint-Pierre opened on March 22.


By this time CBSI-FM Sept-Îles operated the following transmitters: CBSI-5 Natashquan (on air since September 18, 1972), CBSI-8 La Romaine (October 15, 1973), CBSI-14 Aguanish (January 18, 1974), CBSI-23 Port-Menier (January 18, 1974), CBSI-FM-2 Schefferville, CBSI-FM-3 Churchill Falls (Newfoundland), CBSI-FM-4 Labrador City/Wabush (Newfoundland), CBSI-FM-7 Havre-Saint-Pierre, CBSI-FM-15 Harrington Harbour (June 24, 1980), CBSI-FM-16 Tête-à-la-Baleine (December 29, 1978), CBSI-FM-17 La Tabatière (March 24, 1980), CBSI-FM-18 Saint-Augustin-Saguenay (June 1, 1981), CBSI-FM-19 Old Fort Bay (June 1, 1981), CBSI-FM-20 Rivière-Saint-Paul (June 9, 1981), CBSI-FM-21 Blanc-Sablon (April 2, 1979), and CBSI-FM-24 Baie-Comeau (January 2, 1985). CBSI-FM broadcast approximately 40 hours of local programming each week from Sept-Îles.


On June 1, CBSI-FM-6 went on the air at Fermont.


CBSI-FM operated these transmitters: CBSI-FM-2 Schefferville, CBSI-FM-3 Churchill Falls, CBSI-FM-4 Labrador City/Wabush, CBSI-FM-6 Fermont, CBSI-FM-7 Havre-St-Pierre, CBSI-FM-15 Harrington Harbour, CBSI-FM-16 Tête-à-la-Baleine, CBSI-FM-17 La Tabatière, CBSI-FM-18 Saint-Augustin (Saguenay), CBSI-FM-19 Old Fort Bay, CBSI-FM-20 Rivière-Saint-Paul, CBSI-FM-21 Blanc Sablon, CBSI-FM-24 Baie-Comeau, CBSI-5 Natashquan, CBSI-6 Fermont, CBSI-8 La Romaine, CBSI-14 Aguanish, and CBSI-23 Port-Menier.

On August 15, the CRTC approved the deletion of the transmitter CBSI-6 Fermont from the licence of CBSI-FM.


On April 20, the CRTC approved the CBC’s application to increase the power of CBSI-FM-24 Baie-Comeau from 1,900 to 2,575 watts (3,000 to 2,575 watts maximum ERP). Antenna height would rise from 91.5 to 95.3 metres (EHAAT).


On February 7, the CRTC approved the CBC’s application for CBSI to operate an FM transmitter in Natashquan to replace CBSI-5 (AM) at that location. The new transmitter would operate at 99.9 MHz with an ERP of 258 watts (non-directional antenna with an EHAAT of -0.7 metres).

On September 6, CBSI received CRTC approval to operate an FM transmitter in La Romaine to replace the low-power AM transmitter CBSI-8 La Romaine. The new transmitter would operate at 99.9 MHz with an ERP of 50 watts (non-directional).

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