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CFOM-FM is a French-language Canadianmarker radio station located in Quebec Citymarker, Quebecmarker. While the station's official city of license is and always has been Lévismarker, its studios are now in Quebec City, and it identifies itself as a Quebec City station.

Owned and operated by Corus Entertainment, it broadcasts on 102.9 MHz using a directional antenna with an average effective radiated power of 16,800 watts and a peak effective radiated power of 32,800 watts (class C1). The station's transmitter is located at Mount Bélairmarker.

Branded as "Souvenirs Garantis" ("Memories Guaranteed"), the station has a largely-defined oldies format, including music from the 1960s to the early 1990s but mostly from the 1970s and early 1980s, supplemented with talk radio in weekday mornings. It used to be an AM station, broadcast at 1240 AM from its inception in December 1967 until 1976, then moved to 920 AM until 1994 and was originally known as CFLS. When the station switched to an oldies format in 1995, it changed its call sign to the current CFOM-FM. Ironically, CFLS was Quebec City's Top 40 station in the 1970s and early 1980s and had to compete, until 1976, against an English-language Top 40 station known as CFOM, which was closed by order of the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) for failure to respect Canadian Broadcasting Corporation affiliation requirements. That station began operating in 1949 under the call letters CJNT until 1954 when the call letters were changed to CJQC and were again changed in 1964 to become CFOM, at 1340 on the dial.

In March 2009, Corus will expand the oldies format and Souvenirs Garantis branding to four other stations -- CHLT-FM in Sherbrookemarker, CJRC-FM in Gatineaumarker, CHLN-FM in Trois-Rivièresmarker and CKRS-FM in Saguenaymarker -- all four stations will be flipping from their long-time news-talk formats. These changes also came following the closedown of these stations' AM signals, as well as a CRTC revision of its formatting regulations a few weeks earlier to permit oldies music on FM radio for the first time.

References

  1. Decision CRTC 92-698
  2. Francophone news-talk listeners across much of Quebec will be out of luck at month's end Scott Fybush/NERW, 2009-03-09
  3. Broadcasting Regulatory Policy CRTC 2009-61


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