CJNU-FM, Winnipeg, Nostalgia Broadcasting Cooperative
CJNU-FM signed on the air in Winnipeg. It broadcast on a frequency of 104.7 MHz. CJNU operated with a special events license from Industry Canada. CJNU-FM was owned by the Nostalgia Broadcasting Cooperative, a non-profit community service. The station played a pop standards format - "music of the 40s, 50s, 60s and more". CJNU was generally on the air for 28 days with one day off the air betweeen each broadcast. On the days the station was not operating, it would still stream its service over the internet. Each month's broadcast was in support of a non-profit event or organization and broadcasts were paid for with the assistance of sponsors. CJNU-FM was also available on TV channel 725 on MTS Cable.
Because the CRTC licensed a new full-powered commercial station to 104.7 MHz, CJNU-Fm moved to 10.7.9 MHz with a power of 50 watts.
Voices heard on CJNU-FM included: Scott Best, Barry Birch, Wayne Bruce, Tom Bryant, Jim Bowes, Brett Buckingham, Owen Clark, John Crane, Tom Dercola, Bruce Down, Nancy Drake, Ari Driver, Greg Gardner, Gari Goodson, Susan Hamilton, Kathryn Harper, Herb Henson, Jonathon Lockhart, Lee Major, Chris Marsh, Gren Marsh, David McLeod, Dennis McVarish, Don Milne, Ernie Nairn, Jim Nowell, Cindy Robin, Lyle Smordin, Frank Stecky, Bill Stewart, Harry Taylor, Pam Tennant and Romey Whitwell.
On February 20 the CRTC approved an application by Nostalgia Broadcasting Cooperative Inc. for a broadcasting licence to operate an English-language community FM radio station in Winnipeg. The proposed station would operate on 93.7 MHz (channel 229A) with an average effective radiated power of 460 watts (non-directional antenna with an effective height of antenna above average terrain of 111.6 metres).
The applicant indicated that, during each broadcast week, the station would broadcast 126 hours of programming, of which 100 hours would be local, station-produced programming. The remainder would be syndicated programming obtained from Canadian and international syndicated or community sources. The programming of the proposed station would target the senior demographic community in Winnipeg (i.e., adults 50 years of age and older). Spoken word programming would consist of local and regional news, weather, community announcements, interviews, and news and opinion programming such as Currie's Corner, a program containing commentaries on various topics of interest to the community. A total of 20% of the station's musical programming would be devoted to Jazz and blues, Folk and folk-oriented, and Concert music selections, with the remainder drawn from a variety of popular and specialty genres, including Pop, rock and dance, Country and country-oriented, and Easy listening. Nostalgia committed to playing musical selections from Canadian artists, and artists from Winnipeg in particular, noting that the playing of such musical selections has always been the policy of CJNU-FM as well as an expectation of its volunteer announcers. The licence would expire August 31, 2019.
At 10:00 a.m. on August 20, CJNU began testing on 93.7 MHz with 460 watts. The station had been operating as a special events/restricted hours station with 45 watts on 107.9 MHz. The official launch took place September 4. CJNU became a full-time community oriented station with a Variety format.
Bill Dulmage - Updated September 2013
Written by Bill Dulmage - March, 2012