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Radio One St. John’s Launches FM Rebroadcaster
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CBC Radio One in St. John’s, NL (CBN) has a new spot on the dial. The station did a special live broadcast and drive-through with staff helping listeners reprogram their radio to 88.5 FM.

In August, the CRTC approved an application to add an FM rebroadcaster to supplement the original 640 AM signal. According to the application, a number of complaints were received regarding interference and poor quality AM signal around the city. CBN has a network of FM rebroadcasters across the province, but until now, had only been available on AM in the originating market.

At 3612 watts ERP, CBC says the new FM signal should reach about 80% of existing AM listeners. The AM will stay on the air to service outlying areas.

CBN Coverage

The new FM has the call sign CBN-1-FM and broadcasts from the CBC tower on Kenmount Hill in St. John’s, which is home to a number of other broadcast and wireless services.

Interestingly, the new FM service was occasionally heard on the air before the CRTC publicly announced approval of the application.


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