Acadia Broadcasting Limited is a Canadian radio broadcasting network that operates 5 FM radio stations in Northwestern Ontario and 10 in the Atlantic Canadian provinces of New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. It is owned by Ocean Capital Investments which is considered a part of the Irving Group of Companies. It is headquartered at 58 King Street in Saint John, New Brunswick.[1] The company was formed by a 2001 operations merger between the Saint John based New Brunswick Broadcasting Company and the Bridgewater, Nova Scotia based Acadia Broadcasting Co. Limited. In 2003, the merged companies began operating under the simpler shared name, Acadia Broadcasting Limited. Since the merger, Acadia Broadcasting has launched new stations and acquired several stations owned and operated by other broadcasters throughout the provinces of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Ontario.[2] Acadia Broadcasting radio stations attract a monthly average of over 400,000 listeners, and their websites see 5.3 million pageviews over the same period. Their markets are reached by an average of 8,400 advertising clients.[3]

Acadia Broadcasting Limited
Broadcast area
New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Northwestern Ontario
Headquarters58 King Street, Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada
Language(s)English, French
OwnerOcean Capital Investments
Key people
John K F Irving (president)
Launch date1928 (New Brunswick Broadcasting Company), 1947 (Acadia Broadcasting Co. Limited)
ReplacedNew Brunswick Broadcasting Company, Acadia Broadcasting Co. Limited
StationsCKBW-FM, CHSJ-FM, +13 others
WebsiteAcadia Broadcasting



In 1928, CFBO was launched by C.A. Monro Limited.[4] Mr. Monro had obtained a private commercial broadcasting license from the Department of Marine and Fisheries of the Dominion of Canada in Ottawa, dated April 1, 1928, for the purpose of setting up and operating an AM radio station of only 50 watts in Saint John, New Brunswick. This was radio license No. 23 issued in Canada.[citation needed]

In 1934, four newspaper publishing shareholders in Saint John, New Brunswick- Howard P. Robinson, J.D. McKenna, T.F. Drummie, and L.W. Bewick - purchased the station CFBO from C.A. Monro. Overnight, the station's new callsign became CHSJ, and it broadcast out of a new modern studio with new experienced management. Operated by Saint John Publishing Co. Limited, CHSJ soon became an affiliate of CBC Radio's Trans-Canada Network, an important link in the development of the national network.

In 1944, Kenneth C. Irving purchased Saint John Publishing Company Limited from its principal shareholder, Howard P. Robinson. With this purchase, Irving acquired both the radio station CHSJ and the two local newspapers. Later that year, the company name was changed to New Brunswick Publishing Company Limited and its subsidiary New Brunswick Broadcasting was responsible for CHSJ radio.

In 1989, New Brunswick Broadcasting purchased Acadia Broadcasting, CKBW in Bridgewater, Nova Scotia from the retiring shareholders.

In 2001, New Brunswick Broadcasting launched two new radio stations in New Brunswick, CHWV-FM in Saint John, New Brunswick and CHTD-FM in St. Stephen, New Brunswick.

In 2003, New Brunswick Broadcasting was folded into Acadia Broadcasting.

In May 2007, Acadia Broadcasting Limited acquired three radio stations in northern Ontario: CKDR-FM in Dryden, CJRL-FM in Kenora, and CFOB-FM in Fort Frances. Through a series of repeaters, CKDR-FM in Dryden also serves six other northern communities: Sioux Lookout, Hudson, Ear Falls, Red Lake, Atikokan, and Ignace.[5]

In January 2010, Acadia acquired CJUK-FM and CKTG-FM in Thunder Bay, Ontario from Newcap Radio. On July 22, 2010, Acadia Broadcasting launched CJHK-FM in Bridgewater, Nova Scotia.

In March 2014, Acadia Broadcasting acquired CKNI-FM in Moncton, New Brunswick from Rogers Media.

In April 2016, Acadia acquired CJLS-FM in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia from Ray Zinck and Chris Perry.[6]

On July 13, 2020, Evanov Radio Group announced its intent to sell CKHZ-FM and CKHY-FM in Halifax to Acadia.[7]

In July 2023, Acadia Broadcasting shut down Huddle, an online business publication based in Saint John, New Brunswick which it had purchased in 2019.[8][9]

Stations operated by Acadia Broadcasting

Radio stations owned and operated by Acadia Broadcasting Limited as of November 26, 2021
Call sign Frequency On-air branding City of licence Province First air date Format Website
CKBW-FM 98.1 FM CKBW Bridgewater Nova Scotia December 27, 1947 (AM)
2001 (FM)
Classic hits
CJHK-FM 100.7 FM Country 100.7 Bridgewater Nova Scotia July 22, 2010 Country
CKHZ-FM 103.5 FM Hot Country 103.5 Halifax Nova Scotia June 28, 2006 Country
CKHY-FM 105.1 FM Surge 105 Dartmouth Nova Scotia October 1, 2010 Active rock
CIGO-FM 101.5 FM 101.5 The Hawk Port Hawkesbury Nova Scotia October 29, 1975 Contemporary hit radio
CJLS-FM 95.5 FM Y95 Yarmouth Nova Scotia April 1, 1934 Adult contemporary
CKNI-FM 91.9 FM 91.9 The Bend Moncton New Brunswick October 11, 2005 Adult contemporary
CHSJ-FM 94.1 FM Country 94 Saint John New Brunswick March 1928 (AM)
1998 (FM)
CHWV-FM 97.3 FM 97.3 The Wave Saint John New Brunswick February 19, 2001 Hot adult contemporary
CHTD-FM 98.1 FM 98.1 Charlotte FM St. Stephen New Brunswick May 28, 2001 Classic hits
CKTG-FM 105.3 FM Country 105 Thunder Bay Ontario September 3, 1944 (AM)
1996 (FM)
CJUK-FM 99.9 FM 99.9 The Bay Thunder Bay Ontario August 2001 Classic hits
CKDR-FM 92.7 FM CKDR Dryden Ontario August 1963 Adult contemporary
CFOB-FM 93.1 FM 93.1 The Border Fort Frances Ontario 1944 (AM)
2002 (FM)
Adult contemporary
CJRL-FM 89.5 FM 89.5 The Lake Kenora Ontario 1938 (AM)
November 2004 (FM)
Adult contemporary

See also



  1. ^ "Acadia Broadcasting - Contact Us". Acadia Broadcasting. Archived from the original on 2021-11-02. Retrieved November 26, 2021.
  2. ^ "Acadia Broadcasting / A Historic Overview". Ocean Capital Investments. Archived from the original on 2016-10-13. Retrieved November 26, 2021.
  3. ^ "Acadia Broadcasting - Advertising". Acadia Broadcasting. Archived from the original on 2021-11-02. Retrieved November 26, 2021.
  4. ^ "Acadia Broadcasting - Our Culture". Acadia Broadcasting. Retrieved 28 February 2024.
  5. ^ Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2008-295
  6. ^ Long-time Yarmouth radio broadcasters retiring, announce sale of CJLS Yarmouth Vanguard
  7. ^ "Evanov sells Halifax stations to ACADIA Broadcasting – Evanov Radio Group". Archived from the original on 2020-07-14.
  8. ^ Telegraph-Journal, Andrew Bates, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter (26 July 2023). "Online business publication Huddle shut down". Penticton Herald. Retrieved 9 September 2023.{{cite news}}: CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  9. ^ MacArthur, Steve. "Maritime business news website "Huddle" closes". 91.9 The Bend. Retrieved 9 September 2023.