Québec, Québec/Chaudière-Apalaches Quebec/Chaudiere-Apalaches

CKRB-FM (Cool FM 103.5), St-Georges-de-Beauce

, Radio-Beauce Inc.

1953
Radio Beauce Ltee opened CKRB 1400 on July 20, with a power of 250 watts.

1959
CKRB moved to 1250 kHz and power increased to 5,000 watts.

1965
The station was now operating on a frequency of 1460 kHz with a power of 10,000 watts day and 5,000 watts at night.

1973
Radio Beauce Ltd. became Radio Beauce Inc.

1975
On February 28, the transfer of 50% of Radio Beauce Inc. from the estate of Charles A. Thibaudeau to Jule Venne, Nelson Jalbert and Jacques Thibaudeau was approved.

1976
Radio Beauce Inc. received approval to operate a new AM station at Lac Etchemin (1240 kHz, 1,000 watts day and 250 watts night). Programming would originate with CKRB and include four hours of programming each day oriented to the Lac Etchemin area.


1977
CIRB 1240 signed on the air October 16 at Lac Etchemin.

1986
50% of Radio Beauce Inc. was sold by the estate of Jules Venne to Nelson Jalbert, the other shareholder in the company. Mr. Jalbert now held effective control.

1987
Radio Beauce launched CIRO-FM on June 22.

Undated
CIRO became CHJM.

1991
CKRB had its licence renewed to August 31, 1994. The station was cited for incomplete logger tapes and non-compliance with the level of French-language popular music.

On the same date, the licence for CIRB Lac Etchemin was revoked at the request of Radio Beauce Inc.

1998
On September 29, CKRB was given approval to move to the FM band, operating on  103.3 MHz with an effective radiated power of 2,175 watts. 

Undated
CKRB 1460 moved to 103.3 FM.

2002
Marie Jalbert purchased 100% of Radio Beauce inc.

Later in the year, Guy Simard purchased the company.

2005
On April 29, CKRB was authorized to change frequency from 103.3 to 103.5 MHz, and increase effective radiated power from 2,175 watts to 17,000 watts. Radio Beauce stated the changes would improve the quality of the signal in its licensed area, in addition to providing continuous radio service along highway 173 and autoroute 73.

                           Written by Bill Dulmage - Updated December, 2008