Infobox Radio Station

name = CBQT-FM
airdate = 1973
frequency = 88.3 MHz (FM)
city = Thunder Bay, Ontario
area = Northwestern Ontario
format = public broadcasting
owner = Canadian Broadcasting Corporation
erp = 23,730 watts
branding = CBC Radio One
slogan =
class = B
website = [http://www.cbc.ca/thunderbay/ CBC Thunder Bay]
callsign_meaning = Canadian Broadcasting Corporation Quetico Thunder Bay
former_callsigns = CBQ (1973-1990)

CBQT-FM is a Canadian radio station. It is the CBC Radio One station in Thunder Bay, Ontario, broadcasting at 88.3 FM, and serves all of Northwestern Ontario through a network of relay transmitters.


The station was launched in 1973 on the AM band as CBQ 800. The 800 frequency had been vacated earlier that year by the defunct CJLX [ [http://www.broadcasting-history.ca/listings_and_histories/radio/histories.php?id=827&historyID=988 History of the former radio station CJLX at Canadian Communications Foundation] ] . CBQ Radio's inaugural morning broadcast in December of 1973 made it the second city in Ontario to get a regional broadcast centre. The call sign CBQ was a last minute choice by station managers since CBL and CBT were already taken. (CBL for Lakehead or CBT for Thunder Bay). Instead the letter Q was chosen for Quetico, after the provincial park near Atikokan, which is west of Thunder Bay.

Prior to CBQ's launch, CBC Radio programming aired on private affiliate CFPA 1230. CBQ moved to the FM band as CBQT-FM in 1990. [ [http://www.crtc.gc.ca/archive/ENG/Decisions/1988/DB88-866.HTM Decision CRTC 88-866] ] The CBQ-FM call sign was already in use by the CBC Stereo sister station on 101.7 FM.

Some of the relay transmitters for CBQT previously rebroadcast CBL in Toronto.

Local programming

The station's local programs are "The Great Northwest", hosted by Lisa Laco in the morning (5:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.) and "Voyage North", hosted by Gerald Graham in the afternoon (4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.).

The CBC Radio studio in Thunder Bay also produces the hourly weekend weather reports for all of Ontario after the hourly news break.


CBQT-FM has the following rebroadcasters:


External links

* [http://www.cbc.ca/thunderbay/ CBC Thunder Bay]
* [http://www.broadcasting-history.ca/listings_and_histories/radio/histories.php?id=299&historyID=299 CBQT History at Canadian Communications Foundation]

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