CBH-FM, CBC Music, Halifax
Canadian Broadcasting Corp.
The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation opened CBH-FM on June 1. The new station operated on a frequency of 102.7 MHz with effective radiated power of 100,000 watts, non-directional. The original application called for operations on 101.1 MHz with 100,000 watts ERP, non-directional. CBH-FM operated as part of the CBC’s small string of FM Stereo stations.
On November 3, the CBC-FM network was re-launched as "CBC Stereo".
CBZ-FM Fredericton/Saint John, New Brunswick was launched on January 30.
On April 15, CBA-FM was launched in Moncton, N.B.
The Stereo network went to 24 hour a day operation February 6.
On September 1, CKWM-FM Kentville disaffiliated from the CBC Stereo network and began producing local programs on a full-time basis. CKWM had operated as a full-time rebroadcaster of the Stereo network for a number of years. It had been the only privately-owned affiliate of the network.
On September 15, CBH-FM received authorization to add a transmitter at Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, operating on frequency 104.7 MHz, with an effective radiated power of 100,000 watts. On October 31, CBCH-FM Charlottetown, P.E.I. began operations.
On January 13, the CRTC approved the applications to amend the licences of CBAF-FM-5, CBHA-FM and CBH-FM Halifax by decreasing the effective radiated power from 100,000 watts to 91,000 watts for CBAF-FM-5 and CBHA-FM; and from 100,000 watts to 92,000 watts for CBH-FM.
The CBC Stereo network was renamed "CBC Radio Two" on September 1.
CBH-FM received approval on July 11 to add to its licence, CBH-FM-1 Middleton, operating on frequency 93.3 MHz with an effective radiated power of 8,000 watts. Until this time, the CBC had held a separate licence for CBH-FM-1. This transmitter had been on the air since September 16, 1988.
CBH-FM operated the following transmitters: CBH-FM-1 Middleton, CBCH-FM Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, CBZ-FM Fredericton/Saint John, New Brunswick and CBA-FM Moncton, New Brunswick. Most of CBH-FM’s programming originated with the Radio Two network. On July 26, CBH-FM received permission to decrease the effective radiated power from 100,000 watts to 81,000 watts and increase the antenna height of its transmitter CBZ-FM Fredericton/Saint John, New Brunswick. On August 13, CBH-FM was given approval to add a transmitter at Mulgrave, operating on 103.1 MHz with effective radiated power of 40,500 watts.
CBH-FM-2 signed on the air at Mulgrave on May 23.
On February 2, CBH-FM received approval to decrease the effective radiated power for CBA-FM Moncton, New Brunswick, from 77,000 watts to 68,000 watts and to increase the antenna height. The CBC advised that it had replaced its transmission tower near Moncton in the fall of 2005 and this change was necessary to maintain the same coverage area.
On December 12, CBH-FM was authorized to add a transmitter at Yarmouth. It would operate at 98.5 MHz with an average effective radiated power of 19,900 watts.
On May 12 the CRTC renewed CBH-FM's licence. The renewal included the following rebroadcast transmitters: CBA-FM Moncton (NB), CBCH-FM Charlottetown (PE), CBH-FM-2 Mulgrave, CBH-FM-3 Yarmouth, CBZ-FM Fredericton (NB) and "No Call Sign" Middleton.
On August 9, the CRTC administratively renewed the licence of CBH-FM (and its transmitters) to August 31, 2011.
On August 25, the CRTC administratively renewed the licence for CBH-FM and its transmitters to March 1, 2013.
On February 22, the CRTC administratively renewed the licences for CBH-FM Halifax and its transmitters to August 31, 2013. On May 28, the CRTC renewed the licence of CBH-FM Halifax and its transmitters CBA-FM Moncton, New Brunswick, CBCH-FM Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, CBH-FM-1 Middleton, CBH-FM-2 Mulgrave, and CBZ-FM Fredericton, New Brunswick, for a five year term, to August 31, 2018. The Commission considered that it was appropriate to impose conditions of licence on Radio 2 that: permit the broadcast of a maximum of four minutes of national paid advertising, as currently defined by the Commission, in any clock hour; and limit the number of times that programming can be interrupted for advertising to no more than twice per clock hour. The broadcast of advertising by Radio 2 was for a three-year trial period from September 1, 2013 until August 31, 2016.
On December 5, the CRTC gave approval to the CBC to introduce advertising on the Radio 2 and Espace Musique networks. Advertising would be limited to four minutes every hour. The CBC would need to seek permission to continue airing commercials on the two networks after three years.
In March the CRTC approved the CBC's application to decrease the ERP of CBH-FM-2 Mulgrave from 40,500 to 31,900 watts, increase EHAAT and the horizontally polarized antenna would be replaced by an elliptically polarized antenna. The CBC received CRTC approval to decrease the ERP of CBH-FM-2 Mulgrave from 40,500 to 31,900 watts (100,000 to 81,700 watts Max. ERP), and raise the antenna height.
In the spring, the old CBC Radio building at 5600 Sackville Street was being torn down. The CBC took over the building in 1944 and rented it until purchasing it in 1981. In 2014, CBC sold the building and moved into new headquarters on Chebucto Road in the city’s West end.
On August 31, the CRTC denied the CBC’s application to continue commercial advertising on Radio 2 and ICI Musique beyond the initial three-year licence amendment. The CRTC found that CBC had failed to maintain satisfactory investment in radio and failed to meet ad revenue projections.
Radio 2 became CBC Music.