CKCN-AM, Plaisir 94.1, Sept-Îles

Arsenal Media Group

CKCN-FM201994.14,880Arsenal Media Group
CKCN-FM201694.14,880Attraction Media
CKCN-FM199394.14,880Radio Sept-Iles Inc.
CKCN-AM196356010,000/5,000Radio Sept-Iles Inc.


CKCN signed on the air, March 30. 


By this time, CKCN was operating on 560 kHz with 5,000 watts of power. The station was owned by Radio Sept-Iles Inc. and Louis Paradis was President. Benoit Roberge was CKCN’s manager.


On February 4, the CRTC approved the transfer of 1,600 common shares of Radio Sept-Iles Inc. as follows: 799 from Ross Drouin to Richard Drouin, 799 from Marcel Roberge to Benoit oberge, 1 from Marcel Roberge to Jocelyne Roberge, 1 from Ross Drouin to Marthe Drouin.


On March 22, a transfer of shares of Radio Sept-Iles Inc. was approved: from Benoit Roberge to Spisi Sept-Iles Inc. and from Richard Drouin and Robert Roberge to “Les Fonds Nordic” Ltee., with Charles Desrosiers, Yvon Bergeron, Benoit Roberge and Richard Drouin with 1 cs each to qualify as directors.


Approval was granted for the transfer of 50% of Radio Sept-Iles Inc. to Marche BANCO Ltee.


CKCN and CIPC were given approval to disaffiliate from the CBC.


On March 6, the CRTC renewed the broadcasting licence for CKCN to September 30, 1989.


CKCN’s licence was renewed only to August 31, 1992 due to previous non-compliance over French language vocal music and problems with providing requested logger tapes.


On April 7, Radio Sept-Iles Inc. was given approval to move CKCN to the FM band, operating on 94.1 MHz  with an effective radiated power of 4,880 watts.

CKCN moved to the FM dial. 


The CRTC approved the change of effective control of Radio Sept-Iles Inc. (CKCN-FM) from the Bergeron family to Medias Nord-Cotiers Inc., a corporation controlled by Richard Bourgoing. 


On December 23, the CRTC renewed the licence for CKCN-FM from 1 January 2010 to 31 August 2013. This short-term licence renewal would enable the Commission to review, at an earlier date, the licensee’s compliance with regulatory requirements and its conditions of licence. At the 29 October 2009 hearing, the licensee admitted having breached section 9(2) of the Regulations, and stated that this was its first year managing the station, which it acquired on 1 September 2008. The licensee added that since acquiring the station, it had made numerous efforts to achieve the station’s priority objectives. The licensee stated that it takes non-compliance with the Commission’s regulatory requirements seriously and described the measures taken to prevent any reoccurrence, specifically, implementing a computer system to handle its accounting transactions rather than using an external accounting firm. The Commission noted that while the licensee was in non-compliance for the first time with the Regulations with respect to the provision of annual reports and with its condition of licence concerning the payment of CTD contributions, this was its second non-compliance with Commission requirements. In view of the steps taken by CKCN-FM to comply with the Regulations and with its condition of licence, and given the change in the Commission’s approach since 2006 such that specific CCD contributions are no longer imposed by condition of licence, the Commission does not consider it necessary to issue an order. However, the Commission intends to continue monitoring CKCN-FM’s performance closely and advises the licensee that, if the Commission determines that CKCN-FM is in breach of the Regulations or its conditions of licence, it may take any enforcement measures at its disposition under the Broadcasting Act. For the current year, the Commission notes that the applicant complied with its regulatory requirements and filed its annual report on 30 November 2009. 


On October 26, the CRTC approved the application by Radio Sept-Îles inc. for authorization to change its effective control under paragraph 11(4)(a) of the Radio Regulations, 1986 (the Regulations) by transferring to Mr. Langis St-Gelais the voting shares held by Mr. Richard Bourgoing in the parent company of Radio Sept-Îles, Média Nord-Côtiers inc. The Commission also approved the application by Radio Sept-Îles for authorization under paragraph 11(4)(a) of the Regulations to transfer to Mr. Yvan Beaulieu the responsibilities related to the operations, management and employees of Radio Sept-Îles according to the terms of a local management agreement. Finally, the Commission approved the application by Radio Sept-Îles for authorization to change its effective control under paragraph 11(4)(a) of the Regulations by transferring the shares held by Mr. St-Gelais in Médias Nord-Côtiers to Mr. Jean Laverdière, Mr. Luc Hovington, Mr. Alban Plourde and Mr. Yvan Beaulieu through their holding corporations. The effective control would be exercised by their respective boards of directors. 


In the summer, the CRTC approved the transfer of CKCN from Radio Sept-Iles to Attraction Media.


In July, CKCN flipped formats from AC as Pur FM to Hot AC as Plaisir 94.1.

In August, the CRTC approved the change of effective control of Groupe Attraction Radio. The move transferred majority ownership of the company’s 14 Quebec radio stations to Sylvain Chamberland, the company’s executive VP and CEO. He would hold a 50.25% stake in the new ownership structure. Chamberland was recruited by Attraction’s founder Richard Speer in 2011 to set up the radio division.


In January, Attraction Radio became Arsenal Media Group.

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