CHCQ-AM, Cool 100, Belleville
Belleville Radio Ltd.
On May 11, the CRTC approved the application by Anthony Zwig for a new FM station in Belleville. The station would operate with a country format on 100.1 MHz with an effective radiated power of 40,000 watts. Zwig is the owner of CJOJ-FM in the city.
The CRTC approved a decrease in effective radiated power for CHCQ from 40,000 to 21,000 watts, and the relocation of the transmitter site to the northwest of Belleville (Seaway) on September 12.
On October 1 at 10 a.m., CHCQ Q100 Quinte Country began on-air testing.
Q100 FM began official broadcasting on October 31.
A private launch party was held November 19 with Universal Recording Male Artist of the Year Jason McCoy at Matt & Joes.
CHCQ shared studio and office space with co-owned CJOJ at 354 Pinnacle St., Belleville.
On July 26, the CRTC approved the application by John Sheratt to acquire CJOJ-FM from Belleville Radio Ltd. and CHCQ-FM from CHCQ Ltd. Anthony Zwigg, currently owns both Belleville Radio Limited and CHCQ Limited. Mr. Sherratt, had been assisting Mr. Zwigg in establishing CHCQ-FM and in the operation of CJOJ-FM. As he became more involved in these activities, Mr. Sherratt decided to make an offer to Mr. Zwigg for the purchase of the two stations.
On May 24 the CRTC renewed CHCQ-FM's licence to August 31, 2013.
Former CJOJ co-host Kathleen Rankine joined COOL 100.
Cool 100 and Classic Hits 95.5 moved in January. Their new home was 497 Dundas Street West.
Josh Miller was now chief engineer/director of IT at Starboard Communications. He had been with the Evanov Broadcast Group in Toronto.
CHCQ program director Paul Ferguson took over as PD of sister station CJOJ.