CIBN-FM , Aboriginal, Buffalo Narrows

Buffalo Narrows Broadcasting Corp.

CIBN-FM199489.338Buffalo Narrows Broadcasting Corp.


Buffalo Narrows Broadcasting Corp. was licensed to operate a low power AM station with power of 50 watts on a frequency of 1450 kHz. It would carry 61 hours of local programming every week, plus the Cancom FM signals of CIRK Edmonton and CFMI Vancouver.

CIBN-AM signed on the air.


On August 3, Buffalo Narrows Broadcasting Corp. was authorized to move CIBN’s transmitter to a location approximately four kilometers south of Buffalo Narrows. The relocation was necessary to allow the station to operate at its authorized capacity of 50 watts without causing interference to telephone and television reception in the downtown area of Buffalo Narrows. The Department of Communications expressed concern with respect to the station’s ability to continue to provide an acceptable level of service to the community of Buffalo Narrows from the new site, particularly at night. DOC suggested CIBN keep the old site available in case the level of service from the new location proved to be unsatisfactory.

On the same date, CIBN was also authorized to replace the program service of CIRK-FM Edmonton with that of CKRW Whitehorse, received via satellite. At this time, CIBN was providing approximately 61 hours per week of local programming and also distributed the programming of CIRK-FM Edmonton or CFMI-FM Vancouver, received via satellite, during the remainder of the program schedule. With the new approval, CIBN would now distribute the programming of CKRW or CFMI-FM, during those hours that it was not originating local programming.


On August 4, Buffalo Narrows Broadcasting Corp. was given permission to convert CIBN to the FM band. The Native and English language station would broadcast on frequency 89.3 MHz, with an effective radiated power of 38 watts. CIBN-FM would broadcast 42 hours per week of local programming and 126 hours per week of programming received from the Natotawin Broadcasting Inc. network. 10 hours of programming would be in the Cree and Dene languages and 158 hours in English.

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