CHQT

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CHQT
Global News Radio Edmonton Logo.PNG
City Edmonton, Alberta
Branding Global News Radio 880 Edmonton
Slogan Our City. Our News.
Frequency 880 kHz (AM)
First air date August 19, 1965
Format All-news radio
Power 50,000 watts
Class B
Transmitter coordinates 53°22′7″N 113°19′5″W / 53.36861°N 113.31806°W / 53.36861; -113.31806Coordinates: 53°29′26″N 113°26′55″W / 53.49056°N 113.44861°W / 53.49056; -113.44861 (iNews880)
Callsign meaning Canada's Highest Quality Talk
Former frequencies 1110 kHz (1965-1985)
Affiliations ABC News Radio, Westwood One News
Owner Corus Entertainment
(Corus Radio Company)
Sister stations Radio: CHED, CISN-FM, CKNG-FM
TV: CITV-DT
Webcast Listen Live
Website Global News Radio 880 Edmonton

CHQT (880 kHz, "Global News Radio 880 Edmonton") is a commercial AM radio station licensed to Edmonton, Alberta. Owned by Corus Entertainment, the station broadcasts an all-news format.

CHQT broadcasts with a power of 50,000 watts, using a non-directional antenna in the daytime. But because AM 880 is a clear channel frequency reserved for Class A WCBS in New York City, CHQT must use a directional antenna at night to protect WCBS from interference. iNews880 can be heard in AM stereo using the C-QUAM system. It can also be received on 93.5 MHz on Shaw Cable FM.

History

The station signed on August 19, 1965 on 1110 kHz, with 10,000 watts power. It originally broadcast an Middle of the road format. In 1979, CHQT started using 50,000 watts power. In 1985, the station changed frequency to 880 kHz as it was sold to Monarch Broadcasting, Ltd.[1]

In July 2000, Shaw Broadcasting sold the station to Corus Entertainment.[2] In June 2001, CHQT flipped to oldies as Cool 880. In October 2003, the station briefly flipped to a variety hits format as 880 Joe AM. The format moved to sister station CKNG-FM as 92.5 Joe FM on January 13, 2004, after which CHQT reverted to oldies.

On May 20, 2008, CHQT re-launched as an all-news station, branded as iNews 880, complimenting sister talk radio station 630 CHED. On May 29, 2018, the station re-branded as Global News Radio 880 Edmonton, as part of an ongoing rebranding of Corus's news/talk radio stations to create synergies with Global News television programming, and its local station CITV-DT. As part of the rebranding, the station added an audio simulcast of Global News Hour at 6.[3][4]

References

  1. ^ Decision CRTC 85-55
  2. ^ Broadcasting & Cable Yearbook 2008 page D-616
  3. ^ "CHQT (iNews 880)/Edmonton Rebrands Today As Global News Radio 880 Edmonton". All Access. Retrieved 2018-05-30.
  4. ^ "Corus rebrands another news-talk station". Cartt.ca. Retrieved 2018-05-30.

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