CJMS was a French language Canadian radio station located in Saint-Constant, Quebec (suburb of Montreal).

Broadcast areaSaint-Constant, Quebec
Frequency1040 kHz (AM)
Branding1040 AM, L'authentique
Formatcountry / talk
OwnerGroupe Médias Pam Inc.
First air date
April 25, 1999
Last air date
December 22, 2020
Technical information
Power10 kW (day)
1.07 kW (night)
WebcastCJMS 1040 AM (online stream)

It broadcast on 1040 kHz with a daytime power of 10,000 watts and a nighttime power of 5,000 watts as a class B station, using a directional antenna with the same directional pattern day and night to protect WHO in Des Moines, Iowa. It transmitted from the same site CKGM used when it was on 980 kHz near Autoroute 30 in Saint-Constant.

The station had a format which was part-time country music and part-time talk and infomercials. Despite having advertising itself as a country-formatted station, it was generally viewed as a talk/infomercial station which airs country music in non-key dayparts.


Initially, Michel Mathieu and André Turcôt wanted to obtain the frequency deserted by CJMS 1280, but the CRTC privileged this frequency to station CFMB, a multicultural radio station founded in Montreal in 1962.[1]

In November 1997, they requested 1320 kHz, which belonged to CJSO of Sorel.[1]

On September 28, 1998, Michel Mathieu, on behalf of a company to be incorporated, was approved for the frequency 1320 kHz, with a daytime power of 5,000 watts and a nighttime power of 3,000 watts.[2][1]

In November 1998, because of the destructive effects of the ice storm of January 1998, which felled five of the six former CKGM transmission towers, Michel Mathieu and André Turcôt who had to rebuild two towers and to be better served returned to the CRTC to request the 1040 kHz, formerly occupied by CFZZ of Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, having already belonged to Michel Mathieu, and the CRTC gave its response in March 1999.[1][3]

First logo of CJMS.

On April 25, 1999, the anniversary of CJMS 1280, CJMS was broadcasting on frequency 1040 kHz, with a daytime transmission power of 5,000 watts and a nighttime transmission power of 1,100 watts. The erection of a third tower would make it possible to increase the power, at night, from 1,100 to 3,000 watts.[1][4]

Logo of CJMS under Alexandre Azoulay's ownership.

In 2001, Michel Mathieu sold his 60% interest in CJMS to Alexandre Azoulay, through his company Communications Médialex Inc.[5]

During a period of several years beginning in the early-2000s, CJMS had a history of chronic non-compliance of its license terms. Such violations have included failures to submit logger tapes, submit annual reports, meet French-language music quotas, provide a proper Canadian talent development contribution, broadcast local news, and provide a list of its musical selections.

On November 5, 2013, the CRTC had summoned the station's owners to a hearing at its Gatineau headquarters to discuss its actions, due to the station's continual non-compliance.[6][7] At the hearing, station owner Alexandre Azoulay claimed that the non-compliance was due to his father, who was suffering from dementia. He also mentioned that he was also in the process of selling CJMS to another broadcaster, who owns one other station in the region, though he refused to say who that party was. The board then explained that the CRTC usually does not transfer or amend licenses of stations that were found out of compliance. Azoulay then agreed to provide documentation of the sale to the board within 24 hours after the hearing.[8]

Within one-to-two months after the hearing, the CRTC may impose sanctions on the station, or even mandate that its license is suspended, not renewed, or cancelled. It would also decide whether or not to accept the sale, or force the purchasing party to apply for a new license.[8]

In September 2014, it was announced that Groupe Médias Pam Inc., the owners of ethnic station CJWI 1410 AM, announced plans to acquire the station; its decision will be decided on at a CRTC hearing on November 12, 2014 in Gatineau.[9] Groupe Médias Pam plan on keeping the country format, though they intend on making the station more marketable to younger listeners, as well as plans to simulcast CJWI during drive-time periods. CJMS and CJWI both share a broadcasting site at Saint-Constant; the sale would bring the property under a single owner.[10]

On December 11, 2014, the sale was approved by the CRTC,[11] which on that date the station was rebranded as 1040 AM, L'authentique.[12] CJMS's license was also renewed through August 31, 2017 - a shorter term than usual, due to violations that were incurred under Azoulay's ownership.[11]

On July 31, 2020, due to administrative failures, complaints that content from CJWI, whose programming primarily aimed at the Haitian community, was broadcast simultaneously at prime time on CJMS, and that the station continued to broadcast messages and promotions featuring the voice of a former host who died two years ago,[who?] the CRTC denies the station's license renewal and must cease broadcasting on August 31, 2020.[13][14][15]

On September 1, 2020 at midnight, CJMS ceased broadcasting at 1040 kHz; however, a few hours later, the station resumed broadcasting when Groupe Média Pam was granted a stay to continue broadcasting until the case was heard on appeal.[16][17] On September 10, 2020, at 5:29 pm, the station ceased broadcasting again,[18] only to resume broadcasting once more on September 28, 2020.[19]

Meanwhile the station launched an online streaming outlet named CJMS 2.0 with a country music format.[20]

On December 22, 2020, CJMS 1040 AM has gone off the air again - this time, permanently. A three-judge panel of the Federal Court of Appeal dismissed an application by CJMS owner Groupe Média PAM Inc. for leave to appeal a decision by the CRTC that refused to renew the station's licence. Judges Marc Nadon, Richard Boivin and Marianne Rivoalen rejected the request by CJMS to overturn the decision and keep the station on the air.[21]


  1. ^ a b c d e "CJMS Country 1040" (PDF). BAnQ. La Presse. May 8, 1999. p. D11.
  2. ^ "Decision CRTC 98-456". CRTC. September 28, 1998.
  3. ^ "Decision CRTC 99-69". CRTC. March 22, 1999.
  4. ^ "DERNIÈRE HEURE devient partenaire officiel de la station country CJMS 2.0". DERNIÈRE HEURE. September 27, 2020. Archived from the original on October 28, 2020. Retrieved September 28, 2020.
  5. ^ "CJMS-AM". History of Canadian Broadcasting.
  6. ^ "Broadcasting Notice of Consultation CRTC 2013-448-1". CRTC. September 6, 2013.
  7. ^ "CRTC threatens to pull licence of CJMS 1040". Fagstein. September 6, 2013.
  8. ^ a b "CJMS blames non-compliance on father's dementia, says station has been sold". Fagstein. November 6, 2013.
  9. ^ "Broadcasting Notice of Consultation CRTC 2014-472". CRTC. September 12, 2014.
  10. ^ "CPAM owner agrees to buy CJMS 1040 for $15,000, keep it country". Fagstein. September 13, 2014.
  11. ^ a b "Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2014-641 and Broadcasting Orders CRTC 2014-642 and 2014-643". CRTC. December 11, 2014.
  12. ^ "CRTC approves purchase of CJMS 1040 AM". Fagstein. December 11, 2014.
  13. ^ "Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2020-239". CRTC. July 31, 2020.
  14. ^ "Radio: le CRTC sort le couperet". Le Journal de Québec. July 31, 2020.
  15. ^ "CRTC orders radio station CJMS 1040 to shut down". Montreal Gazette. August 1, 2020.
  16. ^ "CJMS 1040 goes off the air … and then back on the air". Fagstein. September 1, 2020.
  17. ^ "CJMS keeps broadcasting without a licence as it tries to appeal CRTC decision". Cartt.ca. September 4, 2020.
  18. ^ "Jean Ernest Pierre ferme le micro de sa 2e station". Intexto. September 10, 2020.
  19. ^ "CPAM1410". Facebook. September 28, 2020.
  20. ^ Official website of CJMS 2.0
  21. ^ "CJMS 1040 goes off the air after court rejects appeal of CRTC decision". Fagstein. December 28, 2020.

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Coordinates: 45°22′05″N 73°37′21″W / 45.36806°N 73.62250°W / 45.36806; -73.62250