CBKF-AM 2 , Premiere Chaine, Saskatoon

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CBKF-AM 2197511701,000Canadian Broadcasting Corp.
CFNS-AM195211701,000Radio-Prairies-Nord Ltee


Radio-Prairies-Nord Ltee opened CFNS on November 6. It broadcast on a frequency of 1170 kHz with a power of 1,000 watts full-time. The “F” in the call sign: French; the “NS”: North Saskatchewan. 

The CBC French Radio Network was extended from Edmundston, NB to Edmonton, AB…CKSB St. Boniface, CHFA Edmonton, CFRG Gravelbourg and CFNS Saskatoon joined the network.


CFNS 1170 operated with a power of 1,000 watts (single directional pattern) and was affiliated with the CBC’s French language radio network. Ownership of Radio-Prairies-Nord Ltee: A. de Margerie 7.7%, C. Denis 7.7%, L’Abbe Paradis 7.7%, T. Prefontaine 7.7%, 9 other shareholders 69.2%. Rev. Fr. Beaulac was president of the company. Charles Papen was manager of CFNS. 


Ad slogan: 4 stations open the door for sales of the 180,000 French-speaking Western “Canadiens” – CHFA, CFNS, CFRG, CKSB – The Western Canada French radio group.


As a western group, CFNS Saskatoon, CFRG Gravelbourg, CHFA Edmonton and CKSB St. Boniface reached over 176,000 French speaking consumers.


Clotaire Denis, Sr. was now president of Radio-Prairies-Nord. Raymond J. Marcotte was manager and program director of CFNS. 


Jacques Landry was appointed manager to succeed Ray Marcotte, effective January of 1970. Dr. Maurice Demay was president. 


On July 12, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (Radio-Canada) was given permission to buy CFNS Saskatoon from Radio-Prairies-Nord Lee. The CBC took ownership of CFNS on September 1.


On April 24, the CBC opened CBKF-FM to serve Regina. CFNS became a rebraodcaster of the new French-language station. In time, CFNS would be renamed CBKF-2.
On June 9, CFNS was authorized to move from 1170 kHz to 860 kHz and to increase power from 1,000 watts to 10,000 watts, using a new transmitter site.

See CBKF-FM Regina for more 

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