A change of ownership is taking place at two local radio stations.
In a $19.2-million deal, Cogeco has acquired 10 radio stations from RNC Media, and that includes CHPR-102. 1 FM in Hawkesbury and CJLA-104.9 FM in Lachute. Both are branded as “Pop 104.9-102.1” and the Hawkesbury station mostly simulcasts programming from Lachute.
The format of the Pop stations is pop music from the 1970s to the present. The music is in both French and English but all announcing, and advertising is in French.
CHPR went on the air in 1976 at 1110 AM and originally simulcast programming from CFIX in Cornwall. It began transitioning to FM in 1985 and simulcasting programming from CJLA in Lachute, which first went on the air at 630 AM in 1974.
Cogeco also operates the cable TV system in Hawkesbury, and the local cable access channel that is part of its YourTV brand.
With the addition of the 10 radio stations from RNC, Cogeco will now have 18 stations, with Hawkesbury being the only one not in Quebec. RNC will go from having 13 stations to just three.