CHYQ-FM , French, Nipissing
On January 6, the CRTC approved the application by Paul Lefebvre, on behalf of a corporation to be incorporated, for a broadcasting licence to operate a French-language FM commercial radio programming undertaking in Nipissing. The new station would operate at 97.1 MHz (channel 246C1) with an average effective radiated power of 47,100 watts (maximum ERP of 77,600 watts with an effective height of antenna above average terrain of 136.2 metres). The station would offer an adult pop music format. The applicant proposed to broadcast, in each broadcast week, 126 hours of local programming, 19 hours of which would be spoken word programming. The spoken word programming would consist of four hours and 40 minutes of news as well as programming that reflected the concerns of political, economic, social, cultural and community actors in Nipissing. The licence would expire August 31, 2017.
CHYQ-FM began on-air testing on December 3.
On February 5, CHYQ switched from test to program mode with the official station launch taking place February 6 at 7:00 a.m.
On July 16, the CRTC approved a change to the authorized contours of CHYQ, by changing the radiation pattern of the antenna from directional to non-directional, by decreasing the average ERP from 47,100 to 6,500 watts (maximum ERP from 77,600 to 6,500 watts) and by decreasing the effective height of antenna above average terrain from 136.2 to 45.7 meters.