Fort Frances radio station 93-1 The Border (CFOB) is moving to the FM dial here effective Tuesday.
“If all goes well, we will go silent Tuesday on the AM dial, and come back at 5 pm on 95.9 FM in Atikokan,” said station manager Leo Melanson on Friday.
Melanson and DJ Dave Bishop will be here on Wednesday, at the Voyageur Mall, from 11 am to 2 pm, for a live remote broadcast to celebrate the occasion. They will have coffee, cake and some giveaways.
The station has been on the FM dial in Fort Frances since 2002. Northwoods Broadcasting, a division of Acadia Broadcasting, took over the station in 2007 from Fawcett Broadcasting. It now serves nine NWO communities through three stations (CFOB, CKDR Dryden and CJRL Kenora), and operates two stations in Thunder Bay (CKTG-FM, CJUK-FM).
Atikokan, which long received the CFOB signal via a rebroadcasting transmitter here, switched to its sister station, CKDR (based in Dryden) during the early 1990s. Last year, Northwoods received community support to switch Atikokan back to CFOB, and applied to the CRTC to change the signal here to the FM dial. That was approved in November, 2011.
Long known as B-93, the station rebranded as 93-1 The Border late last year. The shift involved more than just a name change, too.
“The music format now features more gold: it’s 70s, 80s, 90s and today,” said Melanson. “We’re pretty excited about the changes.”
The better quality signal means 93-1 The Border will be putting its best sound forward, starting Tuesday evening at 95.9 FM.