AM radio news from Ontario
580 CKPR Thunder Bay (ON), the CRTC has approved a move to FM for CKPR. The 5kW AM station will become a 100kW FM station on 91.5, keeping its News/Oldies/Adult Contemporary format. The move will leave the Thunder Bay region without any AM stations. As is standard practice, 580 will remain on the air to simulcast 91.5 for three months and then leave the air permanently.
(Upper Midwest Broadcasting)
1070 CHOK Sarnia (ON), flipped from oldies to country on January 12.
1380 CKPC Brantford (ON), on January 25th CKPC flipped the switch on its power increase from 10 kW to 25 kW.
1450 CHUC Cobourg (ON), gets a reprieve. It was scheduled to shut down November 11, 2006, but technical problems with the new CHUC-FM on 107.9 (intermodulation products causing aviation-band interference) led Pineridge Broadcasting to ask for a one-year extension. As we reported last week, CHUC has applied for a power increase on the FM, which it expects will solve the problems; in the meantime, the CRTC says it can keep the AM signal on the air until November 11, 2007.
1690 CHTO Toronto (ON), the calls for the new 1690 facility in Toronto will be CHTO (as in ‘Canadian Hellenic Toronto Radio’).