On January 13, the CRTC approved the application for a broadcasting licence for a French-language FM radio programming undertaking (Group I) consisting of an originating station at Donnacona, on the frequency 100.9 MHz (channel 265B) with an effective radiated power of 3,100 watts and a transmitter at Sainte-Croix-de-Lotbinière on the frequency 105.5 MHz (channel 288LP) with an effective radiated power of 18 watts. The licence would expire August 31, 1999. The shorter licence term would enable the Commission to consider the renewal of this licence in accordance with the Commission's regional plan and to better distribute the workload within the Commission.
The applicant indicated that its application was intended to provide a local radio service to Portneuf and that, while Quebec City stations were received in Portneuf, they could not be deemed to provide a truly local service. The Commission noted that the applicant wished to operate a transmitter at Sainte-Croix-de-Lotbinière aimed at the north shore solely for the purpose of delivering a good quality signal to certain areas of the Portneuf region where the reception quality of the signal originating from the main transmitter was poor to non-existent because of the region's topography.
La Coopérative du Courrier de Portneuf also owned the weekly newspaper "Le Courrier de Portneuf". The applicant informed the Commission that the news departments of the newspaper and the station would be separate entities. Each undertaking would have its own news director, and each newsroom would operate independently. The applicant would broadcast a minimum of 42 hours of local programming per week consisting of news and public affairs as well as community service programming.
Radiodiffusion de Portneuf inc. sold CKNU-FM and CKNU-FM-1 to Genex Communications inc., owner of CHOI-FM Québec.
On December 23, Radio Nord Communications inc. was given approval to acquire CKNU-FM Donnacona and CKNU-FM-1 Sainte-Croix-de-Lotbinière from a company (6087329 Canada Inc.) controlled by Patrice Demers.
On August 10, CKNU was given permission to decrease effective radiated power from 3,100 to 1,585 watts, increase antenna height from 141.6 to 429 metres, and relocate the transmitter from Saint-Raymond to the summit of Mont Bélair. CKNU would combine into the CHOI-FM antenna (owner of the site).
CKNU-FM switched from Classic Rock and Talk to a CHR-Rhythmic format. The station was known as Tag Radio.
Radio Nord became known as RNC Media.
CKNU switched formats from CHR-Rhythmic to Modern Rock as CHXX-FM (“Radio X2”).
On August 8, the CRTC administratively renewed the licence for CHXX-FM Donnacona, and its transmitter CHXX-FM-1 Sainte-Croix-de-Lotbinière, until August 31, 2013.
Written by Bill Dulmage - Updated September, 2012