Ontario, Northern Ontario

CBON-FM (Premiere Chaine), Sudbury

, Canadian Broadcasting Corp.

1975
The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation received approval for an FM station at Sudbury to provide French AM network service. It would operate on a frequency of 98.1 MHz and have an effective radiated power of 50,000 watts. An FM transmitter was also approved for the English AM service. CFBR (French) and CKSO (English) would continue as affiliates of the networks until FM penetration increased in the region. The CBC was warned not to relegate its AM network to the FM band and to use AM frequencies where available, to reach the largest possible audience. The CRTC wanted this done in Sudbury with these newly licenced FM stations to be used in the future for the CBC FM network.


1978
The CBC opened CBON-FM on July 21. CBON provided the main French (AM) Radio-Canada service to the region along with some local and regional programming. CFBR-AM had been the Radio-Canada affiliate in Sudbury. The "ON" in the call sign: Ontario North.

Just before CBON went on the air, it was authorized to operate from studios in Sudbury.

1979
On October 31, CBON-FM-20 went on the air at Thunder Bay.

1981
CBON-FM-21 Gogama opened March 10.

1982
CBON-FM-22 Geraldton and CBON-FM-23 Manitouwadge signed on the air on March 26.

On March 31, CBON-FM-19 Nipigon was opened.

CBON-FM-18 Sault Ste. Marie opened on June 10.

1983
CBON-FM-24 Kapuskasing was opened on April 4.

1984
On August 1, CBON-FM-25 went on the air at Timmins.

1985
CBON-FM received permission on December 17 to operate a new FM transmitter at Hearst, using frequency 90.3 MHz, with an effective radiated power of 10,500 watts.  This transmitter would replace existing AM rebroadcaster CBON-3 at Hearst.

A new transmitter was authorized for Wawa on the same date. The new FM station would replace the existing AM facility, CBON-13, and broadcast over 90.7 MHz, with an effective radiated power, of 890 watts.

1986
On August 7, the CBC received approval for a CBON rebroadcaster at Chapleau, operating on the frequency 91.9 MHz, with an effective radiated power of 345 watts. 
It would replace existing CBON-9 Chapleau, a low-power AM station. 

1987
CBON-FM-26 Hearst was opened on September 1.

On September 8, CBON-FM-27  went on the air at Wawa.

1988
CBON-FM-28 Chapleau opened on March 7.

On September 16, CBON-FM was granted a licence for a transmitter at Elliot Lake, operating on 101.7 MHz, with an effective radiated power of 1,000 watts. The CBC indicated that it would shut down CBON-5 Elliot Lake, within a year of the date on which the new FM transmitter became operational and CBON-6 Blind River, once it was determined the region was being adequately served by the new transmitter. It was noted that CBCE-FM Little Current, would relay programming to the new FM station at Elliot Lake by utilizing the Subsidiary Communications Multiplex Operation (SCMO) channel. 

On the same date, a new FM transmitter was approved for Espanola, operating on 94.9 MHz, with an effective radiated power of 870 watts. The new transmitter would replace the existing AM signal, CBON-7 at Espanola. 
 

1989
CBON received approval on September 26 to add an FM transmitter at Dubreuilville, on the frequency 97.9 MHz, with an effective radiated power of 50 watts. It would replace the existing AM transmitter, CBON-11 at Dubreuilville.

1990
On January 29, CBON-FM-11 Dubreuilville signed on.

CBON-FM-5 Elliot Lake opened on February 19.

On August 28, CBON-FM-7 Espanola received authority to decrease effective radiated power from 870 watts to 520 watts. The decrease in power is associated with a decrease in the antenna height as well as other changes in technical parameters to reflect as-built conditions.

On October 29, CBON-FM-7 signed on at Espanola.

1996
CBON-FM-18 Sault Ste. Marie received approval May 15 to increase effective radiated power from 1,700 watts to 3,590 watts.

On December 5, CBON-FM received permission to replace two aging AM transmitters with FM. The new transmitter at Haileybury would operate on a frequency of 99.7 MHz, and have an effective radiated power of 780 watts. It will replace CKVM Ville-Marie, QC, which would disaffiliate from the network. A new FM transmitter at Kirkland Lake would broadcast on a frequency of 93.7 MHz, and have an effective radiated power of 2,650 watts. It would replace the existing CBON-1 (AM) Kirkland Lake.

On the same date a new FM transmitter was approved for Kirkland Lake, operating on 93.7 MHz with an effective radiated power of 2,650 watts. It would replace the existing AM transmitter, CBON-1 Kirkland Lake. 

1997
On February 1, CBON-FM-1 Kirland Lake and CBON-FM-2 Haileybury were opened.

The Radio-Canada network was renamed "
Première Chaîne” on September 1.

2000
Radio-Canada’s Chaine culturelle service arrived in Sudbury with the launch of CBBX on 90.9 MHz with effective radiated power of 50,000 watts. CBBX received its programming from CBFX-FM Montreal.

2001
As of 2001, CBON-FM operated the following rebroadcast transmitters: CBON-FM-1 Kirkland Lake, CBON-FM-2 Haileybury, CBON-FM-5 Elliott Lake, CBON-6 Blind River (on air since July 29, 1966), CBON-FM-7 Espanola, CBON-10 Matachewan (on air since August 5, 1969), CBON-FM-11 Dubreuilville, CBON-12 Mattawa (on air since December 7, 1970), CBON-FM-17 North Bay (on air since July 10, 1976), CBON-FM-18 Sault Ste. Marie, CBON-FM-19 Nipigon, CBON-FM-20 Thunder Bay, CBON-FM-21 Gogama, CBON-FM-22 Geraldton, CBON-FM-23 Manitouwadge, CBON-FM-24 Kapuskasing, CBON-FM-25 Timmins, CBON-FM-26 Hearst, CBON-FM-27 Wawa, CBON-FM-28 Chapleau. CBON-FM broadcasts approximately 30 hours of local programming each week from Sudbury.

2007
On October 24, the CBC received approval to add a transmitter for CBON-FM at Marathon, operateing on a frequency of 102.3 MHz with an average effective radiated power of 765 watts. The CBC indicated that the FM transmitter at Marathon used to rebroadcast the programming of CBON-FM was previously licensed as a radiocommunication distribution undertaking and that the licensee had ceased the operation of this undertaking. The CBC agreed to maintain the service in Marathon and now wishes to have the transmitter added to the licence for CBON-FM.

2009
On May 12 the CRTC renewed the licence for CBON-FM. The renewal included the following rebroadcast transmitters: CBON-6 Blind River, CBON-10 Matachewan, CBON-12 Matawa, CBON-FM-1 Kirkland Lake, CBON-FM-2 Halleybury, CBON-FM-5 Elliot Lake, CBON-FM-7 Espanola, CBON-FM-11 Dubreuilville, CBON-FM-17 North Bay, CBON-FM-18 Sault Ste. Marie, CBON-FM-19 Nipigon, CBON-FM-20 Thunder Bay, CBON-FM-21 Gogama, CBON-FM-22 Geraldton, CBON-FM-23 Manitouwadge, CBON-FM-24 Kapuskasing, CBON-FM-25 Timmins, CBON-FM-26 Hearst, CBON-FM-27 Wawa, CBON-FM-28 Chapleau and CBON-FM-29 Marathon. 

2010
On August 9, the CRTC administratively renewed the licence of CBON-FM (and its transmitters) to August 31, 2011.

2011
On August 25, the CRTC administratively renewed the licence for CBON-FM and its transmitters to March 1, 2013.

2012
Wayne Harvey's position as Supervisor, Transmission Services, at CBC Sudbury was eliminated.

2013
On February 22, the CRTC administratively renewed the licences for CBON-FM Sudbury and its transmitters to August 31, 2013.

On May 28, the CRTC renewed the licence of CBON-FM Sudbury and its transmitters CBON-FM-1 Kirkland Lake, CBON-FM-2 Haileybury, CBON-FM-5 Elliot Lake, CBON-FM-7 Espanola, CBON-FM-11 Dubreuilville, CBON-FM-17 North Bay, CBON-FM-18 Sault Ste. Marie, CBON-FM-19 Nipigon, CBON-FM-20 Thunder Bay, CBON-FM-21 Gogama, CBON-FM-22 Geraldton, CBON-FM-23 Manitouwadge, CBON-FM-24 Kapuskasing, CBON-FM-25 Timmins, CBON-FM-26 Hearst, CBON-FM-27 Wawa, CBON-FM-28 Chapleau, CBON-FM-29 Marathon, CBON-6 Blind River, CBON-10 Matachewan, and CBON-12 Mattawa, for a five year term, to August 31, 2018.

On August 14, the CRTC approved the CBC's application to change the technical parameters of CBON-FM-26 Hearst, to decrease the average effective radiated power from 10,500 to 8,340 watts (non-directional antenna). 

                                                       Bill Dulmage - Updated October 2013