CBZF-FM (99.5 MHz) is a non-commercial public radio station in Fredericton, New Brunswick. It is the local Radio One station of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and is owned by the Canadian government. The studios are at 1160 Regent Street in Fredericton.

Broadcast areaCentral and Northwestern New Brunswick
Frequency99.5 MHz (FM)
BrandingCBC Radio One
FormatPublic Radio - News/Talk
OwnerCanadian Broadcasting Corporation
First air date
March 4, 1964; 60 years ago (1964-03-04)
Former call signs
CBZ (1964-2004)
Former frequencies
970 kHz (AM) (1964-2004)
Call sign meaning
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation Z Fredericton
Technical information
ERP3,200 watts
HAAT82.9 meters (272 ft)
WebsiteCBC New Brunswick

CBZF-FM is a Class A station, with an effective radiated power (ERP) of 3,200 watts. The tower is at a height above average terrain (HAAT) of 82.9 metres (272 ft).[1] The transmitter is on Fernwood Drive in Fredericton. In addition to CBZF 99.5 FM, another Radio One station, CBD-FM 91.3 Saint John, can easily be heard in the provincial capital.

History edit

CBC Radio programming first aired in Fredericton on privately-owned network affiliate CFNB 550 AM.

CBC's own station launched on March 4, 1964; 60 years ago (March 4, 1964). It was CBZ at 970 AM. Provincial Premier Louis Robichaud and Don Messer's troupe were on hand for the opening ceremonies which originated from the Lord Beaverbrook Hotel.[2]

In 2004, CBZ moved to the FM band on 99.5 MHz.[3] The call sign was changed to CBZF-FM. That's because CBZ-FM was already used by the CBC Radio 2 sister station.

Local programming edit

CBZF currently produces a local morning news and current-affairs program, Information Morning with Jeanne Armstrong. It airs weekdays from 6:00 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. exclusively on 99.5 FM. CBZF also produces news and weather updates which are heard throughout the province weekdays between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m.

Information Morning is simulcast via television station CBAT-DT to the entire province. The program airs Monday to Friday from 6 a.m. to 7 a.m. on CBAT. CBZF also carries the provincial afternoon show Shift, which can be heard between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. weekdays and comes from CBD-FM 91.3 in Saint John.

Current staff edit

  • Jeanne Armstrong - Host of Information Morning
  • Myfanwy Davies - Producer of Information Morning
  • Jennifer Sweet - Newsreader

Notable Former Staff edit

  • Hance Colburne - host of Information Morning (Now at CBD-FM Saint John)
  • Terry Seguin - host of Information Morning (Retired)

Transmitters edit

Rebroadcasters of CBZF-FM
City of license Identifier Frequency Power Class RECNet CRTC Decision
Boiestown CBZB-FM 90.9 FM 836 watts A Query
Bon Accord CBZC-FM 103.3 FM 44200 watts C1 Query
Doaktown CBZD-FM 96.5 FM 86 watts A1 Query
Edmundston CBAN-FM 99.5 FM 24000 watts C1 Query 2003-412
McAdam CBZF-FM-1 95.5 FM 50 watts LP Query 2017-396
Woodstock CBZW-FM 95.3 FM 15 watts LP Query 96-623 2008-292

In the 1970s, CBAM Edmunston changed its low-power AM frequency from 1490 kHz to 1320 kHz. CBAN-FM in Edmunston previously used the CBAM call sign until 2003, when it converted to FM at 99.5 MHz. That call sign now belongs to CBAM-FM in Moncton, which adopted it after CBA moved to FM in 2007.

On September 1, 2017, the CBC applied to convert CBAX from 600 kHz to 95.5 MHz. The new callsign will be CBZF-FM-1.[4] CBAX was the last low-power AM transmitter to rebroadcast CBZF-FM and also the last low-power CBC AM transmitter in the province. The CRTC approved the CBC's application to move CBAX to 95.5 FM on November 3, 2017.[5]

References edit

  1. ^ FCCdata.org/CBZF-FM
  2. ^ Canadian Press (5 March 1964). "CBC Station Goes on Air in Fredericton". The Globe and Mail. p. 10.
  3. ^ Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2002-460 - CBZ Fredericton - Conversion to FM band
  4. ^ 2017-0770-5
  5. ^ Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2017-396, CBZF-FM Fredericton – New transmitter in McAdam, CRTC, November 3, 2017

External links edit

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