Ontario, North-Western Ontario

CBQT-FM (Radio One), Thunder Bay

, Canadian Broadcasting Corp.

1973
On July 18, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation was awarded a licence for a new AM station at Thunder Bay, using the old CJLX frequency of 800 Khz (CJLX had lost its licence earlier in the year). There was strong competition for the new station from applicants like National Dream Corp., Richard George Andison, Alden E. Diehl, F. Baxter Ricard, Walter J. Clemens... and Ralph H. Parker Ltd. (to change the frequency of CFPA to 800 kHz).

The CBC’s new station – CBQ 800 – went on the air. The station broadcast local programs in addition to those offered by the main CBC Radio network.

1983
CBQ purchased two Nautel transmitters: a 10,000 watt unit for regular use and a 1,000 watt standby unit. Both were expected to be installed in August.

1984
CBQ-FM was opened by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation on August 13. It offered programming from the CBC Stereo (FM) network, originating with CBL-FM in Toronto. CBQ-FM broadcast with an effective radiated power of 23,500 watts on a frequency of 101.7 MHz.

1986
On November 27, the CBC received approval for a new FM transmitter at Geraldton on the frequency of 89.1 MHz, with an effective radiated power of 11,900 watts to rebroadcast CBQ. The CBC would cease the operation of CBLG Geraldton, CBLL Longlac and CBLN Nakina, low-power AM stations which rebroadcast the programs of CBQ Thunder Bay, no later than one year following the date on which the new FM transmitter becomes operational.

1987
The CBC received permission on September 9 to operate a new FM transmitter at Manitouwadge on the frequency 89.7 MHz, with an effective radiated power of 46,400 watts to rebroadcast CBQ. The CBC would cease operation of its low-power AM stations CBEB Manitouwage and CBLM Marathon (rebroadcasters of CBL Toronto), within one year of the date on which the proposed FM becomes operational.

1988
On December 22, the CBC received approval to move CBQ from the AM band to the FM dial. It would operate on a frequency of 88.3 MHz, with an effective radiated power of 23,700 watts. The station would rebroadcast the programs of the CBC Radio network and some programming originating from studios in Thunder Bay. 

1989
On September 28, CBCH-FM Fort Hope was authorized to change its program source from CBL Toronto to CBQ.
 
1990
CBQ 800 became CBQT 88.3 on March 1. The “CBQ” name remained with the FM Stereo sister station.

1995
CBC Radio added overnight programming to its schedule on May 1, with "CBC Radio Overnight". The programming started out on certain CBC stations and was expanded to all of its stations by September. The program aired between 1:00 and 6:00 a.m. (local time) and offered reports from public broadcasters in 25 countries, with Canadian news on the hour. The program service was provided by the World Radio Network in London, England.

1997
The CBC Radio network (CBC Radio) was renamed "CBC Radio One" and the FM Stereo network "CBC Radio Two" on September 1.

In September, the CBQT noon-hour show was replaced by a new provincial noon-hour show Ontario Today, hosted by Dave Stephens from CBO in Ottawa. Cathy Alex would be the Thunder Bay correspondent for the show.

CBQT received approval October 27 to reduce the level of local programming from a minimum of 31 hours each broadcast week to a minimum of 29 hours each broadcast week.

2001
As of 2001, CBQT operated the following rebroadcast transmitters: CBOL Armstrong (on air since July 19, 1974), CBLE Beardmore (July 25, 1953), CBOI Ear Falls (July 11, 1973), CBLH Hornepayne (November 23, 1944, CBQW Hudson (October 28, 1977), CBES Ignace (August 14, 1967), CBLM Marathon (April 4, 1951), CBLN Nakina (April 27, 1944), CBLB Schreiber (April 6, 1950), CBLS Sioux Lookout (June 14, 1943), CBEH Terrace Bay (September 4, 1964), CBLW White River (April 3, 1951), CBQI-FM Atikokan (March 25, 1983), CBQH-FM Dryden (December 23, 1977), CBCF-FM Fort Hope (October 5, 1978), CBQQ-FM Fort Frances (December 12, 1983), CBLG-FM Geraldton (February 1, 1989), CBQX-FM Kenora (March 5, 1978), CBEB-FM Manitouwadge (February 1, 1989), CBQY-FM Nipigon (May 13, 1982), CBQN-FM Osnaburgh (January 10, 1977), CBQP-FM Pickle Lake (January 10, 1977), CBQU-FM Pikangikum (May 1, 1977), CBEA-FM Red Lake (December 4, 1979), CBQL-FM Savant Lake (January 10, 1977), CBQV-FM Sandy Lake (May 1, 1977) and CBQS-FM Sioux Narrows (December 23, 1977).

2009
On May 12 the CRTC renewed the licence for CBQ-FM. The renewal included the following rebroadcast transmitters: CBEH Terrace Bay, CBES Ignace, CBLB Schreiber, CBLE Beardmore, CBLH Hornepayne, CBLM Marathon, CBLN Nakina, CBLS Sioux Lookout, CBLW White River, CBOI Ear Falls, CBOL Armstrong, CBQW Hudson, CBCF-FM Fort Hope, CBEA-FM Red Lake, CBEB-FM Manitouwadge, CBLG-FM Geraldton, CBQH-FM Dryden, CBQI-FM Atikokan, CBQL-FM Savant Lake, CBQN-FM Osnaburgh, CBQP-FM Pickle Lake, CBQQ-FM Fort Frances, CBQS-FM Sioux Narrows, CBQU-FM Pikangikum, CBQV-FM Sandy Lake, CBQX-FM Kenora and CBQY-FM Nipigon. 

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

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

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

On April 17, the CRTC approved the CBC's application to amend the licence for CBQT-FM Thunder Bay to replace its AM transmitters CBLS Sioux Lookout and CBQW Hudson with an FM transmitter at Sioux Lookout. The new FM transmitter would operate at 95.3 MHz (channel 237A) with an average effective radiated power of 500 watts (non-directional antenna with an effective height of antenna above average terrain of 182 metres). The CBC stated that the new transmitter was needed to improve the quality of the signal, increase Radio One's coverage and provide savings on operational costs.

On May 8 the CRTC approved the application by the CBC to amend the licence for CBQT-FM Thunder Bay in order to operate a low-power FM transmitter in Hornepayne to replace the existing AM transmitter CBLH Hornepayne. The CBC also requested authorization to simulcast the programming of CBQT-FM on CBLH for a period of three months to ensure proper coverage during the transition. The licensee submitted that this change would result in a better quality signal for listeners to the station. The new transmitter would operate at 92.3 MHz (channel 222LP) with an effective radiated power of 50 watts (non-directional antenna with an effective height of antenna above average terrain of 59.9 metres).


On the same date the Commission approved the CBC's application to amend the licence for CBQT-FM in order to operate a low-power FM transmitter in Armstrong to replace the existing AM transmitter CBOL Armstrong. The CBC also requested authorization to simulcast the programming of CBQT-FM on CBOL for a period of three months to ensure proper coverage during the transition. The CBC submitted that this change would result in a better quality signal for listeners to the station. The new transmitter would operate at 91.3 MHz (channel 217LP) with an effective radiated power of 50 watts (non-directional antenna with an effective height of antenna above average terrain of 59.8 metres).

On May 28, the CRTC renewed the licence of CBQT-FM Thunder Bay and its transmitters CBCF-FM Fort Hope, CBEA-FM Red Lake, CBEB-FM Manitouwadge, CBLG-FM Geraldton, CBQH-FM Dryden, CBQI-FM Atikokan, CBQL-FM Savant Lake, CBQN-FM Osnaburgh, CBQP-FM Pickle Lake, CBQQ-FM Fort Frances, CBQS-FM Sioux Narrows, CBQU-FM Pikangikum, CBQV-FM Sandy Lake, CBQX-FM Kenora, CBQY-FM Nipigon, CBEH Terrace Bay, CBES Ignace, CBLB Schreiber, CBLE Beardmore, CBLH Hornepayne, CBLM Marathon, CBLN Nakina, CBLS Sioux Lookout, CBLW White River, CBOI Ear Falls, CBOL Armstrong, and CBQW Hudson, for a five year term to August 31, 2018.

On August 15, the CRTC approved the deletion of transmitters CBLS Sioux Lookout and CBQW Hudson from the licence of CBQT-FM.

On October 18, the CRTC approved the CBC's application to change the technical parameters of CBQQ-FM Fort Frances, to change the antenna's radiation pattern from non-directional to directional, to decrease the average effective radiated power from 50,000 to 11,400 watts (maximum ERP from 50,000 to 25,000 watts) and to decrease the effective height of the antenna above average terrain from 142 to 141.1 meters. 

On November 22, the CRTC approved the CBC's application to change the authorized contours of CBEB-FM Manitouwadge, a transmitter for CBQT-FM Thunder Bay, by decreasing the average ERP from 46,400 watts to 4,780 watts (non-directional antenna), and by increasing the effective height of antenna. 

                                                        Bill Dulmage - Updated December 2013