On March 14, the CRTC approved the application by Fondation radio enfant (du Canada) for a broadcasting licence to operate a temporary FM radio programming undertaking in Ottawa and Gatineau to broadcast programming that promotes Francophone cultures. The programming would be directed to children and teenagers and would be produced by French-language schools throughout Canada. In the first stage, the programming will feature the special event, "Les Rendez-Vous de la Francophonie". Subsequently, the licensee will broadcast programming during special events such as Earth Day, First Nations Day, Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day and Canada Day. The station would operate at 96.5 MHz (channel 243A1). The Department of Industry advised that the effective radiated power of the undertaking will be 117 watts rather than the 200 watts that had been proposed by the applicant. The licence would be effective from 18 March to 1 July 2002. The applicant must cease all radio broadcasting activities when the temporary licence expires. The station was on the air during the authorized licence term under the call sign of CIRC-FM.
On August 28, the CRTC approved the application by Fondation radio enfant (du Canada) to operate a not-for-profit French-language AM radio station in Gatineau and Ottawa, with programming oriented to children and youth. It would broadcast on a frequency of 1250 kHz (formerly used by CBOF) with a transmitter power of 1000 watts during the day time and 100 watts at night. Radio enfant is a not-for-profit corporation without share capital that is incorporated under federal legislation. The company would be controlled by its Board of Directors, the members of which would be elected for a one-year term. To ensure continuity in the company's management, the Commission encouraged the applicant to elect members of its Board of Directors for a term longer than one year. The applicant stated its intention to implement a structure based on broad participation that is modelled on community radio to ensure that young people, the educational community and associations participate directly in the station's management and production. The applicant stated that the new station's programming would target children from 5 to 13 years of age, although some programs would be aimed at teenagers 14 to 18 years of age. Programming would be by and for young people, and would reflect the educational objectives of school programs. The applicant stipulated that "[TRANSLATION] three people would be assigned to programming and hosting. Production would be computer-assisted and partly automated. The production team would also support the teams of young people. Priority would be given to these positions to ensure quality through competence." The applicant planned to acquire five mobile studios so that it may broadcast live from schools and other locations frequented by young people. Information and news would be local and focus on the station's youth target audience. Information would focus primarily on school, municipal, cultural and sports activities of interest to young people. The applicant stated that a station reporter, a team of youth reporters and correspondents across Canada and throughout the international Francophone community would have full responsibility for gathering, processing and broadcasting news. The station would also air open-line programs which, according to a commitment made by the applicant, would comply with the Policy regarding open-line programming, Public Notice CRTC 1988-213, 23 December 1988. During the school year, a large percentage of the station's programming would originate from participating schools in Outaouais region in Quebec and Ontario, and to a lesser degree, from the Canadian school system. On weekends and during holidays, community organizations, such as the Boy Scouts and youth centres, would be invited to make radio programming a primary activity. Music, song and mini-programs such as short stories, tales and educational and informative messages would be presented. During the summer, Radio enfant would broadcast live from parks and public places. Festivals and other events would also be covered live by young people. Music programming would be primarily from the pop, rock and dance category. Musical selections would be different from those heard on other stations, and would focus on selections for children and teenagers. The station would present several music genres, including world beat, that is, international music for youth. The applicant added that the station would offer coaching and training to young people, and that it intended to invest in the production of sound recordings by young people. Annual compilations would be produced as a way of showcasing them. The applicant would devote 80% of all musical selections broadcast to selections from sub-category 21 (Pop, rock and dance) and 9% to musical selections from category 2, other than those from sub-category 21. The applicant would also devote 11% of its musical selections to selections from category 3 (Special Interest Music). The licence would expire 31 August 2009.
The station never went on the air using 1250 kHz.
On March 19, the CRTC approved the application by Fondation Radio Enfant du Canada, on behalf of a company to be incorporated, for a broadcasting licence to operate a French-language, Type B community AM radio programming undertaking in Gatineau and Ottawa. The station would operate on 1670 kHz and have a power of 1,000 watts. During each broadcast week, the station would broadcast 126 hours of programming, at least 120 hours of which will be produced by the station. The rest (i.e. at most 6 hours) would be used by the station for broadcasting children's programs produced outside its territory. These programs would be aimed at enriching the programming and encouraging discussion among young people. The applicant stated that the new station's programming would target children from 4 to 18 years of age. The programming would be by and for young people and would reflect specific educational objectives drawn from school programs (see 2003 entry for more). The licence would expire 31 August 2011.
Radio Enfant - CJEU 1670 - began on-air testing in December.
CJEU signed on the air.
CJEU changed branding from Radio Enfant to Oxygene Radio.
On August 31, the CRTC administratively renewed the licence for CJEU to December 31, 2011.
On August 28, the CRTC administratively renewed CJEU-FM's licence to December 31, 2012. On December 14, the licence was renewed to August 31, 2019.
Updated January, 2013
Written by Bill Dulmage - June, 2010