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"CFYK-FM" was the previous call sign for what is now CBNY-FM, a repeater of CBU-FM Vancouver.
Cbc radio one yellowknife.svg
City Yellowknife, Northwest Territories
Broadcast area District of Mackenzie
Branding CBC Radio One
CBC North
Frequency 98.9 MHz (FM)
First air date 1948
Format public broadcasting
ERP 5,500 watts
HAAT 50 meters (160 ft)
Class A
Callsign meaning Canada's Finest YellowKnife
Former callsigns CFYK (1948-2013)
Former frequencies 1340 AM (1948-2013)
Owner Canadian Broadcasting Corporation
Website CBC North

CFYK-FM is a Canadian radio station, broadcasting at 98.9 FM in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories. The station broadcasts the programming of the CBC Radio One network and locally produced programs.

Local programming

CBC station in Yellowknife

CFYK produces all of CBC Radio's local programs in the Northwest Territories, including The Trailbreaker on weekday mornings, the noon-hour program Northwind, Trail's End in the afternoon, and Northern Air on weekend mornings.

The station's afternoon programming also differs significantly from the rest of the network. Afternoon programming such as Q is pre-empted; instead, the station airs afternoon programming in First Nations languages:

  • 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.: Tide Godi, Dogrib
  • 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.: Le Got'she deh, Slavey
  • 3:00 - 4:00 p.m.: Dene Dayalt'i, Dene Suline

CHAK in Inuvik, while airing the same regular local programming schedule as CFYK, produces a distinct schedule of First Nations programming in the afternoons.


CFYK has the following rebroadcasters:

Rebroadcasters of CFYK-FM
City of license Identifier Frequency RECNet CRTC Decision
Fort Simpson CBDY-FM 107.5 FM Query [1]
Fort Smith CFYK-FM-1 97.9 FM Query
Hay River CBDJ-FM 93.7 FM Query [2]
Fort Chipewyan, Alberta CBQZ-FM 99.9 FM Query [3]
Behchokǫ̀ CBQB-FM 105.1 FM Query
Fort Providence CBAU-FM 98.9 FM Query
Fort Resolution CBQD-FM 105.1 FM Query [4]
Fort Good Hope CBQE-FM 105.1 FM Query
Wrigley CBQG 1280 AM Query
Deline CBQO-FM 105.1 FM Query [5][6]

Relocations to FM

The CBC applied with the CRTC to convert the following AM transmitters to FM:

  • On April 19, 2013, applied to convert CBQC 1230 to 98.9 MHz.[7] The application was approved on September 19, 2013.[8]
  • On May 29, 2013, applied to convert CBDO 690 to 107.5 MHz. This application was approved on October 16, 2013.[9]
  • On January 16, 2017, applied to convert CBDI 860 to 97.9 MHz.[10] The CRTC approved the application on March 17, 2017.[11] The callsign was then changed to CFYK-FM-1.

CBQG is the last remaining low-power AM transmitter to rebroadcast CFYK-FM.

Community-owned rebroadcasters

Rebroadcasters of CFYK-FM
City of license Identifier Frequency RECNet CRTC Decision
Fort Liard CHFL-FM 107.1 FM Query
Kakisa VF2021 107.1 FM Query [12]

Unlicensed rebroadcasters

Rebroadcasters of CFYK-FM
City of license Identifier Frequency RECNet CRTC Decision
Nahanni Butte VF2018 107.1 FM Query [13]
Łutselk'e VF2026 101.9 FM Query
Whatì VF2033 107.1 FM Query
Jean Marie River VF2056 107.1 FM Query [14]
Trout Lake VF2130 107.1 FM Query [15]
Wekweeti VF2132 107.1 FM Query
Gamèti VF2034 106.1 FM Query

Conversion to FM

On July 10, 2012, the CBC applied to move CFYK to 98.9 MHz,[16] which was approved on November 7, 2012.[17] In addition, the new transmitter will broadcast at 5500 watts (up from the proposed 1200 watts) on a non-directional antenna, with its effective height of antenna above average terrain increasing from 46.6 metres to 50 metres. In addition, the station will carry the CFYK-FM callsign, which has been used for a local repeater of Vancouver's CBC Music outlet, CBU-FM, at 95.3 MHz; that repeater was renamed CBNY-FM after CFYK moved to FM.[18]

See also


  1. ^ Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2013-552, CFYK Yellowknife – New transmitter at Fort Simpson, CRTC, October 16, 2013
  2. ^ Decision CRTC 88-20
  3. ^ Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2013-342, CFYK Yellowknife – New low-power transmitter at Fort Chipewyan, CRTC, July 18, 2013
  4. ^ Decision CRTC 94-804
  5. ^ Decision CRTC 94-167
  6. ^ Decision CRTC 2001-369
  7. ^ 2013-0592-0, Addition of a transmitter, CRTC, April 19, 2013
  8. ^ Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2013-500, CFYK Yellowknife – New transmitter at Fort Providence, CRTC, September 19, 2013
  9. ^ Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2013-552, CFYK Yellowknife – New transmitter at Fort Simpson, CRTC, October 16, 2013
  10. ^ [1]
  11. ^ Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2017-76, CFYK-FM Yellowknife – New transmitter in Fort Smith, CRTC, March 17, 2017.
  12. ^ Decision CRTC 86-501
  13. ^ Decision CRTC 86-506
  14. ^ Decision CRTC 86-517
  15. ^ Decision CRTC 91-199
  16. ^ Broadcasting Notice of Consultation CRTC 2012-370, CRTC, July 10, 2012
  17. ^ Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2012-617 CFYK Yellowknife – Conversion to the FM band, CRTC, November 7, 2012
  18. ^ Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2013-635, November 28, 2013.

External links

  • CBC North
  • Northwest Territories Frequency Listings Radio One
  • CFYK-FM historyCanadian Communications Foundation
  • Query the REC's Canadian station database for CFYK-FM

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