44°10′13″N 76°42′10″W / 44.170179°N 76.702856°W / 44.170179; -76.702856

Broadcast areaLoyalist Township
Greater Napanee
Frequency101.3 MHz (FM)
BrandingAmherst Island Public Radio
FormatCommunity radio
OwnerAmherst Island Radio Broadcasting Inc.
First air date
April 1, 2006
Former frequencies
93.7 MHz (2006–2007)
92.1 MHz (2007–2021)
Call sign meaning
CJ Amherst Island
Technical information
ERP3050 watts average
4800 watts peak
horizontal polarization only
HAAT43 meters (141 ft)

CJAI-FM, known on air as Amherst Island Radio, is a radio station in Stella, Ontario, Canada. Broadcasting at 101.3 FM, the station airs a community radio format serving the Loyalist Township, Kingston and Greater Napanee regions. It's one of the few remaining independent radio stations in Canada.

The barn that houses the CJAI 101.3 FM radio station in Stella, Ontario.

History edit

The station launched on April 1, 2006, originally on 93.7 FM with a power of 5 watts.[1] Previously licensed as a developmental community radio station, Amherst Island Radio changed frequency to 92.1 FM in October 2007 following the licensing of a new radio station on the adjacent 93.5 frequency in Kingston,[2] and was granted a permanent license on December 6, 2007.[3] It operated as a 250-watt class B community broadcast undertaking for the ensuing 14 year period.[4]

CJAI-FM 92.1 Amherst Island Radio's former logo from 2007 - 2021

On August 4, 2020, Amherst Island Broadcasting Inc. submitted an application to change CJAI-FM's frequency from 92.1 MHz to 101.3 MHz with an associated power increase. [5] On April 8, 2021, Amherst Island Radio Broadcasting Inc. received CRTC approval to change CJAI-FM's frequency from 92.1 MHz to 101.3 MHz, increasing the maximum effective radiated power (ERP) from 250 to 4,800 watts, increasing the average ERP from 166 to 3,050 watts, increasing the effective height of the antenna above average terrain from 18 to 43.4 metres. [6]

The station was moved its current 101.3 FM frequency, with increased power, and new transmitter site on October 26, 2021.

Operations edit

The station is 100% volunteer-run and 100% non-profit, and is the only Canadian broadcast station located in a barn. Operating from the barn's 14 ft x 19 ft milkhouse, it houses two studios (each 6 ft x 7 ft). Altogether, it is one of the smallest legally licensed broadcast stations in the world.

Personalities associated with the station have included former television anchor Peter Trueman, as well as community members including Terry Culbert, Adam Miller, Judy Chui, Brian Little, Shell Madden, Leah Murray, Ellis & Mary Lou Wolfreys, Ross Haines, Doug Green, Jack Smith, Dayle Gowan, Susan Filson, Janet Scott, Peter Large, Ula Stief, Leah Murray, Ian Murray, Sally Bowen, Rosemary Richmond, Jim Gould, Don Ross, Michael Rowan, Fae MacArthur, Steve Kennedy, Keith Miller, Cheryl Saunders, Cathy Christmas, Eric Tremblay, Devin Stewart, Nic Rossetti, Larry Jensen, Shannon Myra, Derek Wagar, Dan Simpson, Jef Leeson, Judy Bierma, Anthony Gifford, Duane Hudson, Colin Kennedy, Kevin Offord, Shannon Myra, Kaela Simpson, Josh Bolton, Dave Wreggitt, Michael George, Sue Dodds, Chris Gaines, David Knowles, Sue Jennett, Nancy Cervenko, Bill McKee, Scott Jackson, Bon Evans, Mike Cox, Jai Sadler, Ang Fohry, Jeff Chestnut, Lorna Willis, Lynn Wyminga, Jon Nye, Darlene Martin-Stuart, Michael Peters and Carrick McAllister.

The LP record and production studio has been dedicated as the "Alan M. Kidd Studio", in memory of a longtime community volunteer and station programmer who died on November 30, 2008.

Funding of the station comes through donations, memberships, sponsorships, and fundraising events.

Musical content on Amherst Island Radio is approximately 55 per cent Canadian content on average and spans numerous genres: bluegrass, country, folk, rock, alternative rock, indie rock, pop, blues, jazz, classical, etc. Volunteers produce spoken word programming and several times per week local bands and special guests entertain listeners with in-studio performances/appearances. The diversity of programming is a reflection of the listeners in the station's broadcasting area.

Amherst Island Radio is a member of the National Campus and Community Radio Association.

References edit

  1. ^ Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2005-550
  2. ^ Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2007-376
  3. ^ Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2007-414
  4. ^ Broadcasting Notice of Consultation CRTC 2014-50
  5. ^ 2020-0440-7, CJAI-FM Amherst Island Radio Broadcasting Inc. Technical amendment - contours and frequency change - Stella, Ontario, CRTC, August 4, 2020
  6. ^ Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2021-127, CJAI-FM Stella – Technical changes, CRTC, April 8, 2021

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