Québec, Québec/Chaudière-Apalaches Quebec/Chaudiere-Apalaches
CHRC-AM, Québec City, Les Ramparts de Quebec
CHRC went on the air April 1, on 880 kHz.
CHRC switched to 600 kHz.
CHRC moved back to 880 kHz with 100 watts.
CHRC switched to 645 kHz with 100 watts.
CHRC moved to 580 kHz with 100 watts. Owner: CHRC Ltd. Studios were in the Victoria Hotel.
On March 29, CHRC moved from 580 to 1400 kHz.
CHRC was airing completely in French, games of the Quebec Amateur Hockey Association. The French commentary was handled by Phil Gimael, with R. Halpin reflecting in English between periods.
CHRC increased power to 1,000 watts in July. At some point in the year, the station also moved to 800 kHz.
Narcisse Thivierge was CHRC's managing director.
CHRC's studios in the Victoria Hotel were destroyed by fire on September 19. The station lost five minutes of air time and then went on to broadcast a flame by flame description of its own fire. Until arrangements could be made for new studios, CHRC was broadcasting from the transmitter site. The schedule continued without interruption.
J.N. Thivierge was CHRC's manager. J.D. Boudreau left CHRC as traffic manager to become manager of the new CJEM in Edmundston, N.B.
Joseph A Hardy left CHRC's sales department to form Joseph A. Hardy & Co. Ltd.
CHRC – “The Station in Quebec District” – increased power from 1,000 watts to 5,000 watts.
The station was owned by CHRC Ltee. Studios were at 39 St-Jean, and the transmitter was on Route Demeule, St. Romuald. CHRC was on the air from 7:00 a.m. to 12:00 a.m., 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 a.m. Sundays.
Joseph Hardy left CHRC to open his own sales representation firm. He had been with the station for 15 years and was sales manager.
CHRC was now operating with 5,000 watts of power.
Slogan: The Voice of Old Quebec.
Narcisse Thiverge announced his resignation as managing director after 25 years with the station. He started in radio in 1921. In 1932, he incorporated his amateur station as CHRC. He was a co-founder and recently re-elected a director of the Canadian Association of Broadcasters and the Quebec Association of Private Broadcasters. Following Thiverge's announcement, CHRC made the following appointments: Henri LePage (general manager), Aurele Pelletier (commercial manager), Magella Alain (program director), Leon Delisle (secretary-treasurer).
CHRC was granted a 250 watt FM licence.
Henri LePage was manager. Aurele Pelletier was commercial manager.
CHRC-FM was inaugurated.
CHRC applied for permission to increase power from 5,000 to 10,000 watts. The application was denied.
Slogan: Leader in Quebec area in power and results. Your best French seller.
The CBC approved the recapitalization of CHRC Ltee from 7,500 common shares to 7,500 common and 5,000 preferred shares. The board also approved the issuance of 1,598 preferred shares in CHRC Ltee.
Former CHRC sales manager Joseph Antoine Hardy passed away in June at the age of 61. He left the station as sales manager in 1946.
CHRC received approval to use a 1,000 watt emergency transmitter.
Albert Brie was an announcer. Magella Alain was program director.
From an ad: "Top French Radio Voice in Quebec Area". The only 5,000 watt station in Quebec City. CHRC reaches 250,000 radio homes in a 29 county area.
A joint application by Famous Players Canadian Corp. and radio stations CHRC, CJNT and CKCV, for a television station at Quebec City was filed. The CBC Board of Governors approved the application.
CHRC joined the RTNDA. Guy Rondeau was news director.
Approval was given for the transfer of 1,124 common and 213 preferred shares in CHRC Ltee.
NABET was certified as bargaining agent for employess of CHRC and CKCV.
Approval was given for the redemption of 253 preferred shares and the issuance of 255 preferred shares in CHRC Ltee.
Guy Rondeau was in the news department.
Listing: CHRC 800 kHz 5,000 watts full-time, DA-1, CHRC Ltee. (H. Baribeau 39.6%, E. Fontaine 16.7%, E. Flynn 7.2%, J.H. Price 13.9%, G. Pratte 18.4%, H. LePage 4.1%, J. Grenier 0.1%).
Herve Baribeau was president of the company and Henri Lepage was CHRC's manager.
CHRC announcers included Roc Prou, Georges McKie, Nap Gariepy, Michel Montpetit, Claude Septembre and Guy Thivierge.
CHRC 800 now had a fulltime power of 10,000 watts.
Col. Herve Baribeau was President of CHRC Ltee while Henri Lepage was Managing Director of CHRC.
Aurele Pelletier was manager.
Slogan: Preferred by far for public service in Metro and Rural Quebec.
Miville Couture, 52, died April 24. The well known radio personality started his career at CHRC and CJBR (Rimouski) in 1938 as a comedy announcer. He joined the CBC in 1941.
Slogan: Radio-Quebec City.
Henri LePage retired as general manager on December 31. He had managed CHRC-AM and FM since 1946. LePage would retain his financial interests in the stations and remain on the board of directors. He was also on the board of Television de Quebec (Canada) Ltee, licensee of CFCM-TV/CKMI-TV, and president of CKRS-AM-TV Jonquiere. Aurele Pelletier would become general manager of CHRC-AM-FM on January 1, 1969.
On August 7, approval was granted for the transfer of indirect control of (A) Enterprises Tele-Capitale Ltee (CKLM, CFCM-TV, CKMI-TV, CFER-TV and CFER-TV-1); (B) CHRC Ltee (CHRC-AM and CHOI-FM) – through the transfer of not less than 50.5% of Class B common voting shares of Tele-Capitale Ltee (the parent company) from Claude Pratte and one or both of the other major shareholders, Jevlam Inc. (J. A. Pouliot) and Baribeau & Fils Inc. (Baribeau family) to Corporation de Gestion La Verendrye. This was conditional on Corporation de Gestion LaVerendrye doing a public offering within 21 days to acquire Class A common non-voting shares of Tele-Capitale. J. Conrad Lavigne was among the new directors of Tele-Capitale. The company undertook to make the following improvements at CHRC/CHOI-FM: $650,000 for separate facilities, $100,000 to develop local talent over the next four years.
Also approved on the same date, the transfer of CHRC and CHOI-FM from CHRC Ltee to Tele-Capitale Ltee and then on to Enterprises Tele-Capitale Ltee.
Gilles Gregoire was promoted to president of Tele-Capitale while retaining the position of chief operating officer.
In May, the CRTC approved the transfer of CHRC & CHOI-FM to Capital Radio Broadcasting Operations Inc., from Tele-Capitale Inc.
CHRC adopted a news/talk format, with 21.5 hours weekly being picked up by CKVL in Verdun. The network portions also include a three hour program of music from the 1930s and 1940s.
Claude Beaudoin, executive vice president and general manager of Tele-Capitale for the past year, returned to Montreal to work for Telemedia.
CHRC's licence was renewed for only 20 months over concerns about the station's handling of talk shows.
CHRC had its licence renewed only to August 31, 1990. The station was instructed to submit new guidelines and any other control measures it proposed specifically tailored to its open line programming and to respond to concerns about its programming. CHRC was given three months to respond.
A one-year licence renewal and several conditions reflected the CRTC's renewed concern about the handling of open line shows at CHRC - specifically by host Andre Arthur. The Commission said instead of improving since the 1988 renewal, the situation has deteriorated. Jacques Duhamel, president of CHRC's parent company said he was shocked by the decision. He said the ruling could set a precedent in defining the limits of free speech on the airwaves.
Telemedia Communications announced plans to close CKCV so the company could acquire CHRC. Jacques Duhamel, president and CEO of CHRC, and his partners, would retain ownership of CHOI-FM. Telemedia would keep CITF-FM. Claude Beaudoin, president of Telemedia, said his company had pumped at least $12 million into CKCV over the last ten years in an attempt to return the 64 year old station to profitability. Telemedia closed CKCV in November upon striking the deal for CHRC.
The CRTC denied the purchase of CHRC by Telemedia. The Commission was concerned about the closure of CKCV, the dominant position the company would gain in Quebec City with the purchase of CHRC - both in audience share and ad revenue. The Commission also expressed concern over the management agreement that would exist between CHRC and CHOI-FM. The deal would have the two stations managed by the same individuals on behalf of two different licensees.
CHRC received another short term licence renewal from the CRTC. The Commission still had concerns about open-line host Andre Arthur. The renewal was for a one-year term - the station's third consecutive short-term renewal.
The CRTC removed conditions from CHRC's licence that were imposed as a result of talk show problems. It was noted the station was now spending $750,000 a year on news and $430,000 on sports information.
On March 27, the CRTC approved the transfer of CHRC from Les Entreprises de Radiodiffusion de la Capitale Inc. (Mr. André Arthur and Mr. Jacques Grenier) to Financière Micadco Inc. (25%), Groupe Commercial AMT Inc. (25%), 2861-3545 Québec Inc. (25%) and Télémédia Communications Inc. (25%); and subsequently, the transfer of the shares of ERC held by Financière Micadco Inc., Groupe Commercial AMT Inc. and 2861-3545 Québec Inc. (75%) to the remaining sole shareholder, Télémédia Communications Inc.; and the transfer of the assets of CHRC to Radiomédia Inc.
On January 21, the CRTC approved an exchange of assets between Corus Entertainment Inc. and Astral Media Radio Inc. Corus acquired from Astral: CKAC Montréal, CHRC Québec, CJRC Gatineau, CKRS Saguenay, CHLN Trois-Rivières, CHLT and CKTS Sherbrooke, and CFOM-FM Lévis. Astral acquired from Corus: CFVM-FM Amqui, CJDM-FM Drummondville, CJOI-FM and CIKI-FM Rimouski, and CFZZ-FM Saint-Jean-Iberville.
On June 26, the sale of CHRC by Corus (591991 B.C. Ltd.) to 9183-9084 Québec inc. was approved. The new owner was a corporation controlled by the Hockey Club, Les Remparts de Québec inc., which in turn was jointly controlled by three shareholders: Financière Micadco inc. (Michel Cadrin), Gestion Maurice Tanguay (Jacques Tanguay) and Phantrex inc. (Patrick Roy). The CRTC noted that Corus tried unsuccessfully to remedy CHRC's financial situation. Furthermore, under the proposed transaction, a group of local owners involved in the Québec community would have an opportunity to reactivate the only AM station in the market. The Commission further notes that 9183-9084 Québec is a company of individuals with business expertise, including expertise relating to business turnarounds, and that the applicant committed to undertake numerous initiatives to make the station financially viable. Mr. Michel Cadrin and Mr. Jacques Tanguay were shareholders in CHRC from 1985 to 1994, and from 1992 to 1994 they were active in the turnaround of the station following a very difficult financial situation. In 1994, they surrendered the station to Télémédia.
Although the applicant indicated that it would offer local programming in the form of sports and weather coverage and cultural information, the Commission considers that given the applicant's intent not to broadcast local news, the applicant's proposed local programming does not satisfy the definition of local programming as set out in the Commercial Radio Policy. The Commission therefore expects that applicant to incorporate, into its local programming, spoken word programming of direct and particular relevance to the community being served, in compliance with that policy. This spoken word programming must include local news, local weather and local sports coverage, and the promotion of local activities and events.
On May 28, the CRTC renewed the licence of CHRC until August 31, 2016.
Written by Bill Dulmage - Updated September, 2010
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