Media in Thunder Bay

This is a list of media outlets in the city of Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada.



Thunder Bay receives Global and CBC service from a locally-owned twinstick operation rather than network-owned stations, the largest city in Canada and the only one in Ontario with such an arrangement.

Thunder Bay Television usually uses the on-air branding scheme of Thunder Bay Television, and then the name of the network to which the channel is affiliated, except in cases when the channel is airing programming from a network to which it is not affiliated, when the network name is substituted for the channel's call sign.

WBKP TV channel 5, the CW / ABC affiliate in Calumet, Michigan can be received in Thunder Bay with an outdoor roof antenna and a digital-capable television or receiver.

OTA DTV Cable Call sign Affiliation Notes
2 49 5 CKPR-TV CBC Thunder Bay Television Twin of CHFD; Shaw Direct 304, Bell TV 211
4 54 6 CHFD-TV Global Thunder Bay Television Twin of CKPR; Shaw Direct 314, Bell TV 222
9 46 8 CICO-TV-9 TVOntario relay
12 52 3 CBLFT-18 Radio-Canada repeater of CBLFT, Toronto


The cable provider in Thunder Bay is Shaw. The community channel on Shaw Cable is branded as Shaw TV, and airs on cable channel 10.

American network affiliates on cable in Thunder Bay come from Detroit (ABC affiliate WXYZ and CBS affiliate WWJ-TV and NBC affiliate WDIV and PBS affiliate WTVS), and Rochester (Fox affiliate WUHF). The only other Canadian network affiliate to all cable subscribers in Thunder Bay is CFTM (TVA) from Montreal -- CTV service is available only to digital cable customers.


CBC's Thunder Bay studio

Thunder Bay is home to 10 radio stations, all of which broadcast on the FM band.

There are four commercial radio stations based in the city — Rock 94.3 and CKPR 91.5, owned by Dougall Media, the parent company of Thunder Bay Television and Thunder Bay's Source, and Magic 99.9 and 105.3 The Giant, owned by Newcap Broadcasting. The city receives CBC Radio One as CBQT-FM and CBC Radio 2 as CBQ-FM, at 88.3 FM and 101.7 FM respectively. The French Première Chaîne is available as a repeater of Sudbury-based CBON-FM on 89.3 FM. Lakehead University operates a campus radio station, CILU-FM, at 102.7 FM.

On May 16, 2008, the Native Evangelical Fellowship of Canada was given approval by the CRTC for a broadcasting licence to operate a specialty low-power FM commercial radio programming undertaking in Pickle Lake and a transmitter in Thunder Bay. The station will broadcast at 96.5 FM in Pickle Lake and will have a rebroadcaster at 98.1 FM in Thunder Bay. It will air content in English, Ojibwe, Cree, and Oji-Cree[1]

Frequency Call sign Branding Format Owner Notes
FM 88.3 CBQT-FM CBC Radio One public news/talk Canadian Broadcasting Corporation Rebroadcast throughout Northwestern Ontario
FM 89.3 CBON-FM-20 Première Chaîne public news/talk Canadian Broadcasting Corporation French, originating from Sudbury
FM 91.5 CKPR-FM CKPR 91.5 adult contemporary Dougall Media Formerly broadcast at AM 580[2]
FM 94.3 CJSD-FM Rock 94 active rock Dougall Media
FM 95.1 CJOA-FM CJOA 95.1 Christian music St. Joseph's Care Group Rebroadcast at Candy Mountain at FM 93.1 until 2005
FM 97.1 CITB-FM tourist information Superior Info Radio
FM 98.1 CJTL-FM-1 First Nations and Christian Radio Native Evangelical Fellowship of Canada Rebroadcast of CJTL-FM Pickle Lake
FM 99.9 CJUK-FM Magic 99.9 hot adult contemporary Northwoods Broadcasting
FM 101.7 CBQ-FM CBC Radio 2 public music Canadian Broadcasting Corporation
FM 102.7 CILU-FM LU Radio campus radio Lakehead University
FM 105.3 CKTG-FM 105.3 The New Giant FM adult hits Northwoods Broadcasting Call letters were CJLB until 2005

Out-of-market radio

One station, CFQK, operates outside of Thunder Bay, broadcasting on 104.5 FM in Kaministiquia. The main signal is not widely receivable in Thunder Bay itself, although the station also has a rebroadcaster on 103.5 FM in Shuniah, with the call sign CKED, which can be heard in the northeastern part of Thunder Bay. The station broadcasts a country music format, branded as The Thunder 103.5.

The broadcast of WGLI-FM 98.7, based in Hancock, Michigan, is occasionally receivable in the city and has a small listener base. Since CKPR ended its AM transmission in September 2007, American country station WJMS 590 AM from Ironwood, Michigan has been receivable during the day.[3]

Print media

Thunder Bay has one daily newspaper, The Chronicle-Journal, which has a circulation of approximately 28,000[4] and has coverage of all of Northwestern Ontario. There are two weekly newspapers — Thunder Bay's Source, a weekly newspaper operated by Dougall Media, and Canadan Sanomat, a Finnish language weekly newspaper.

Thunder Bay also has a locally-owned monthly arts and culture magazine, The Walleye, which is distributed for free throughout the city and surrounding area. The Walleye is also available online and the website provides insight into the local arts, culture and entertainment scene.[5]

Superior Outdoors is a locally-owned outdoor lifestyle magazine that is published twice a year (November and May). The magazine was started in 2007.[6]

Lakehead University has a student newspaper called The Argus, which is published weekly during the school year.[7] The Chronicle Journal publishes a free weekly called Spot every Thursday, focusing on entertainment. The city produces a bi-monthly publication to citizens titled yourCity, which is also available online in a PDF format. Netnewsledger is a daily updated website that reproduces press releases and lists current events in Thunder Bay, and allows politicians to connect to their constituents.[8]

See also


  1. ^ Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2008-106. 16 May 2008. Retrieved 19 May 2008.
  2. ^ News, Feb 07 - See Ontario
  3. ^ Northpine - News Archive for August 2007. See: Ontario (8/6/2007). Retrieved on 22 September 2007.
  4. ^ Sudbury Star and Sault Star part of media buyout Netnewsledger accessed 8 June 2007
  5. ^ The Walleye home page. Retrieved 7 June 2010.
  6. ^ Superior Outdoors home page. Retrieved 15 May 2007.
  7. ^ The Argus Accessed 8 June 2007
  8. ^ Netnewsledger home page. Retrieved 20 January 2008.

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