CHLY 101.7 FM is a campus radio station based in Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada. Primarily funded by students of Vancouver Island University's Nanaimo campus, the station is also supported by donations and memberships from the community, as well as sponsorship and advertising from local businesses.
|Frequency||101.7 MHz (FM)|
|Branding||CHLY 101.7 FM|
|Owner||Radio Malaspina Society|
First air date
|October 5, 2001|
CHLY-FM is run by the Radio Malaspina Society, an incorporated non-profit society with a mission to broadcast an FM radio signal of 3,000 watts its broadcast community. From its broadcast site at Cottle Hill, CHLY's broadcast signal covers much of the Salish Sea, reaching as far north as Campbell River, as far south as the Cowichan Valley, Southern Gulf Islands, east to the southern Sunshine Coast, and parts of the Lower Mainland. The station had its beginnings on the Internet on April 1, 2000, before gaining its broadcasting licence from the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) on June 5. CHLY aired a test signal at 101.7 FM on September 21, and ran promotional material about the station for two weeks before officially signing on at 6:00 p.m. on October 5, 2001.
CHLY's studio is located in the basement of the Queens Hotel on Victoria Crescent in downtown Nanaimo. The station features an eclectic format with a variety of music genres (including jazz, reggae, alternative rock, hip-hop, roots music, folk and electronica) and programs reporting on issues of the campus, local community and the world.
CHLY is a member of the National Campus and Community Radio Association.
Former CHLY talent includes:
- Tchadas Leo; An Indigenous journalist and podcaster behind the "Our Native Land" podcast from CHEK. During his years at CHLY he hosted a program called "A Native Perspective" while attending Vancouver Island University.
- Cole Schisler; Journalist. Sat on CHLY's non-profit board of directors & hosted CHLY's late night hip-hop program "The Kinetic Flow" while attending university at Vancouver Island University. Worked for the Black Press, and now works for Citytv's CityNews in Vancouver as an anchor.
- Paul Manly; Former Member of Parliament for Nanaimo-Ladysmith for the Green Party of Canada. Contributed to a political commentary program called "Elephant Talk" in the early 2000s.
- "CHLY-FM | History of Canadian Broadcasting". www.broadcasting-history.ca. Retrieved 2020-11-05.
- Decision CRTC 2001-319
- Northwest Broadcasters, 2001 archives (October 3, 2001)
- "Our Native Land". CHEK. Retrieved 2023-04-28.
- "CityNews". vancouver.citynews.ca. Retrieved 2023-04-28.
- CHLY-FM history – Canadian Communications Foundation
- CHLY-FM in the REC Canadian station database