Radio Stations

This page of my web site describes all of the normal over-the-air radio stations of which I am aware that both are located in Cape Breton and stream their programming to users on the Internet.¹ Two stations broadcasting in Cape Breton, CICU (Eskasoni) and CJIJ (Sydney), do not offer Internet streams and are therefore not included in this listing.

If you know of any Internet radio stations located in Cape Breton that stream their broadcasts and that are not listed in this area of my web site, please let me know using the feedback address in the footer below.


¹ This RadioStationWorld web site was very useful in identifying the Nova Scotia transmitters relevant to Cape Breton and, in a couple of cases, supplied other information I was unable to find elsewhere.

CBC Radio One

URL
http://www.cbc.ca/radio/
Description
The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) is Canada’s national English-language broadcaster. It provides two different broadcast channels: Radio One, with more emphasis on news and talk, and Radio Two, with more emphasis on music. A third channel, Radio Three, is available via satellite radio and the Internet only; it is described as “breaking new sound” and “features artists from across the country in multiple genres, including rock, pop, hip-hop, electronica, and alt-country”. Radio One has regional variants, of which CBC Radio One Nova Scotia is the one for Cape Breton.
Comment
To listen to general CBC Radio One programming on the Internet, choose from the list at
         http://www.cbc.ca/listen/index.html
but be aware that the time zone of the city you select will determine which program you hear on that stream. The Radio One program schedule can be found at
         http://www.cbc.ca/programguide/.
Note
CBC Radio One broadcasts at several frequencies in (or adjacent to) Cape Breton, depending on the location of the transmitter:
  • 1140 AM   Sydney
  •   90.1 FM   Bay St. Lawrence
  •   93.9 FM   Northeast Margaree
  •   94.3 FM   Inverness
  •   97.1 FM   Sydney
  • 106.7 FM   Mulgrave (across the Strait of Canso from Port Hawkesbury)
  • 107.1 FM   Chéticamp

CBC Radio One Nova Scotia

URL
http://www.cbc.ca/ns/
Description
CBC Radio One Nova Scotia is the local regional variant of CBC Radio One. It offers three programs with some or all Cape Breton-specific content: Steve Sutherland’s Information Morning Cape Breton weekdays from 6h-8h37 AT [5h-7h37 ET] (this show also airs at the same time on CBC Radio Two); Wendy Bergfeldt’s Mainstreet Cape Breton weekdays from 16h-18h AT [15h-17h ET]; and Wendy Bergfeldt’s Island Echoes Saturdays from 20h-21h AT [19h-20h ET].
Comment
To listen to Cape Breton-specific content on the Internet, go to the URL given above and page down to CBC Radio One on the right and click the “Cape Breton” link. You may also type the URL
         http://playerservices.streamtheworld.com/pls/CBC_R1_SYD_H.pls
directly into your radio player’s URL access box (in iTunes, this is Advanced > Open Stream…).

CBC Radio Two

URL
http://www.cbc.ca/radio2/
Description
The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) is Canada’s national English-language broadcaster. It provides two different broadcast channels: Radio One, with more emphasis on news and talk, and Radio Two, with more emphasis on music.
Comment
To listen to CBC Radio Two programming on the Internet, choose from the list at the URL given above. There are five choices, one for each of Canada’s time zones. The Radio Two program schedule can be found at
         http://www.cbc.ca/programguide/weekly/today/cbc_radio_2
Note
Cape Breton’s only CBC Radio Two transmitter is at 105.1 in Sydney.

CHER 98.3 FM, “Max FM” (Sydney)

URL
http://www.983maxfm.com/
Description
CHER is a commercial broadcasting station owned and operated by MBS Radio / Maritime Broadcasting System Limited.
Comment
The web site offers few clues to its programming, but I have no reason to believe there is much traditional music there. The one time I tuned in, I heard rock and contemporary music and the announcer gave the station name as “Classic Rock 98.3 FM”.
Note
This station also broadcasts on 950 AM.

CHRK 101.9 FM, “The Giant” (Sydney River)

URL
http://www.giant1019.com/
Description
CHRK is a commercial broadcasting station; it labels itself as “Cape Breton’s Hit Music Station”.
Comment
A quick visit found rock and contemporary music playing, consistent with the web site’s general orientation.

CIGO 101.5 FM, “The Hawk” (Port Hawkesbury)

Radio Station
CIGO 101.5 FM, “The Hawk” (Port Hawkesbury)
URL
http://www.1015thehawk.com/
Description
“Established in October 1975, CIGO is a full-service adult contemporary station with a focus to servicing the community through public service, news, sports and weather information.” “The Hawk has received numerous recognition awards for our positive contribution to the community. In 2008 we [were] awarded the ECMA for Small Market Radio Station of the Year.” [web site]
Comment
This station broadcasts in English to the Quad Counties (Inverness, Richmond, Antigonish, and Guysborough). Its local news, sports, and weather coverage is excellent. Much of the music is way beyond my musical tastes (rock, hard rock, rap, and the like), but the station presents a superb traditional music programs Sunday evenings, Highland Fling, which is on my weekly “must-listen” list. The Sunday morning East Coast Rising show features musicians from Atlantic Canada’s East Coast and therefore, of course, significant Cape Breton content, but offers mostly non-traditional and non-instrumental music (just two selections, one a J. P. Cormier song and the other a traditional fiddle music piece, were all that were played in one hour I listened to that would be of interest to the traditional music fan).

CJCB 1270 AM (Sydney)

URL
http://www.cjcbradio.com/
Description
CJCB is a commercial broadcasting station owned and operated by MBS Radio / Maritime Broadcasting System Limited.
Comment
The web site once labelled itself as a “Country Favorites” station and now offers few clues to its programming. One program, hosted by Cape Breton musician Donnie Campbell, might be of some interest (I haven’t yet listened to it, having just found out about it as I was updating this web page): titled Celtic Serenade, it is said to offer a mix of Celtic music, Cape Breton music, bluegrass music, and folk music and airs on Sundays at 18h AT [17h ET]. Since that time slot conflicts with Highland Fling, I won’t be checking it out. The times I have tuned in to this station, I heard rock and contemporary music and quickly turned my attention elsewhere; one show also offers “Cape Breton Country Favourites”.

CJFX 98.9 FM, “X-FM” (Antigonish) and 102.5 FM (Inverness)

URL
http://www.989xfm.ca/
Description
CJFX is a commercial broadcasting station that offers contemporary music, local information, farming information, and community announcements.
Comment
Except for The Cèilidh, I have heard little traditional Cape Breton music on this station.

CKCH 103.5 FM, “The Eagle” (Sydney)

URL
http://www.eagle1035.com/
Description
CKCH is a commercial broadcasting station that labels itself as “Today’s Best Country”. Its programming schedule can be found at here and lists nearly all country music programs. The program schedule now lists a Kitchen Party program hosted by Jay Bedford that airs from 21h-0h AT [20h-23h ET] on Saturdays; I haven’t yet listened to it, having just found out about it as I was updating this web page, so cannot comment on it at this time. At one time, this station also offered live broadcasts of Cape Breton Screaming Eagles hockey games in the Québec Major Junior Hockey League; I do not know if they are still broadcast there in season.
Comment
When I tuned in to this station, the first selection I heard was Rita MacNeil’s “Working Man”! Most of the rest of what I heard was definitely country music, but there was some of what I would classify as rock in the mix as well.

CKJM 106.1 FM (Chéticamp) and 92.5 FM (Pomquet)

URL
http://www.ckjm.ca/english/home/index.cfm?
Description
Run by a coöperative, Coopérative Radio Chéticamp Limitée, Chéticamp Community Radio serves the communities of northwestern Cape Breton and, thanks to the repeater in Pomquet, southwestern Cape Breton as well. Most programs are in French, but some English and Gaelic programs are also heard.
Comment
You will hear a pot pourri of music of all different genres on this radio station, much of it by local and Cape Breton artists. Local Acadian music is on offer (much of it in the country/western genre) with a good amount of Scottish traditional music played by Cape Breton’s best players (including Chéticantins). Songs are sung in both English and French, with more of the latter than the former. For two programs of especial interest, see Cape Breton Fiddle Tunes and Aiseirigh nan Gàidheal (The Awakening Gaels).

CKOA 89.7 FM, “The Coast” (Glace Bay)

URL
http://www.coastalradio.ca/
Description
Run by the Coastal Community Radio Cooperative Limited, this radio station offers “a great variety of music from the East Coast and around the world plus local news, sports & weather and much more!” [from an earlier version of the web site] It was named the Radio Station of the Year at the 2011 ECMA’s.
Comment
This station broadcasts to the urban areas of northeastern Cape Breton. Many Cape Breton musicians and singers are heard on its programs, which feature “a great music mix from the east coast and around the world” [from an earlier version of the web site]. While traditional Scottish fiddle music is heard on this station, this is not its primary focus (at least when I’ve listened in), except for David Gillis’ superb Cape Breton Fiddle Tunes show. The Cape Breton Kitchen Party airs on Saturdays from 22h-0h AT [21h-23h ET] and according to the web site, it is a “two hour long show featuring the music of Cape Breton musicians such as, Rita MacNeil, John Allan Cameron, The Barra MacNeils, The Rankins, Minglewood & many more island favourites.” Another show that may be of interest to enthusiasts of Cape Breton folk music is Meet The Music, hosted by singer/songwriter Jason MacDonald on Saturdays 19h-20h AT [18h-19h ET]: it features local and regional songwriters “talking about their songs and performing acoustically in a songwriter’s circle format”. I haven’t yet listened to either of these programs, having just found out about them as I was updating this web page, so cannot comment on it at this time, but they both sound quite promising.

CKPE 94.9 FM, “The Cape” (Sydney)

URL
http://949thecape.com/
Description
CKPE is a commercial broadcasting station owned and operated by MBS Radio / Maritime Broadcasting System Limited.
Comment
The web site offers few clues to its programming; on a quick listen, I heard rock and contemporary music and quickly tuned out.

1600 AM, “K-LEE Radio” (Baddeck)¹

URL
http://www.kleeradio.com/
Description
K-LEE Radio began broadcasting in the fall of 2009; it is a community radio station run by volunteers. Its name, the pronunciation of cèilidh, was chosen to indicate the type of music you can expect to hear on the station. It is definitely an “easy listening” mix of ballads, songs, sea chanteys, Celtic favourites, the occasional humour piece, and the occasional blues number, leavened with instrumental selections (about 80% vocal and 20% instrumental). The vast majority of the artists are Cape Bretoners—about the only place on the Internet where one can find nearly non-stop mostly traditional music from Cape Breton. It’s very easy on the ears, so give it a listen!
Comment
Because it is not yet a commercially licensed radio station, its air signal is confined to the village of Baddeck; the hope is that the station will eventually move to FM and become a standard radio station with a stronger transmitter capable of reaching more of Cape Breton. Since it has gone live, I find myself listening to this station a lot while surfing the web and doing other things at the computer. You can find the weekly program schedule here. One of those shows, Fiddlers Green, regularly scheduled for Friday evenings from 19h-20h30 (AT), offers a full hour and a half of Cape Breton fiddle music, a joy! It’s on my regular “must-listen” list.

¹ Since this station has not yet officially achieved commercial radio status (it remains a developmental community station), it is currently exempt from the requirement for a standard commercial Canadian radio station call sign. “K-LEE” is therefore just a nickname for the station, like “The Hawk” for CIGO in Port Hawkesbury, and not its actual call sign, which the station manager says will be CKLE if the transition to a commercial ratio station occurs, as now contemplated.

Radio-Canada Première Chaîne

URL
http://www.radio-canada.ca/radio/
http://www.radio-canada.ca/acadie/
Description
Radio-Canada is Canada’s national French-language broadcaster. Première Chaîne is similar to CBC Radio One, with more emphasis on news and talk. Several other channels are also available: Espace musique offers a general music stream; Espace classique features classical music; Espace monde presents music from the world over; Espace jazz concentrates on jazz. An additional channel, Bande à Part, is for the “musically obsessed” and features youth-oriented modern music. Première Chaîne has regional variants, of which Acadie is the one for Cape Breton, but, so far as I am aware, it offers no Cape Breton-specific content.
Comment
The first URL above takes you to the main page for Radio-Canada Première Chaîne, which defaults to the Montréal regional variant; to listen, click on the “RADIO PREMIÈRE CHAÎNE” button. To listen to the Acadian regional variant, use the second URL above and click on the program of interest.
Note
Radio-Canada Première Chaîne broadcasts at four frequencies in (or adjacent to) Cape Breton, depending on the location of the transmitter:
  •   92.3 FM   Margaree
  •   95.9 FM   Sydney
  • 103.9 FM   Chéticamp
  • 107.5 FM   Mulgrave (across the Strait of Canso from Port Hawkesbury)