This month marks a milestone for our station, being on-air and in the community for 40 years.
In 1976, Andrew F. Markle received a license for a new FM station in Barrie that would broadcast on a frequency of 93.1. Markle was the publisher of community newspapers in the area. He proposed using his staff and freelancers as community reporters. The studios and offices were on Highway 26 & 27 (later renamed 743 Bayfield Street) at Findlay Road, two miles north of Barrie.
CHAY-FM started broadcasting on May 21, 1977 originally with a traditional easy listening format from a 1,000 foot tower just south of Barrie along Highway 27 that it shared with local television station CKVR-TV. The radio station was known as “The Welcome Sound from Huronia”.
On behalf of the entire team at 93.1 Fresh Radio, we would like to thank you for being dedicated listeners of the station. We are honoured to be serving the Barrie community. Thank you for your continued support, and for helping us reach this 40-year milestone.
Did you know?
- 93.1 Fresh Radio broadcasts with 100,000 watts of power.
- Our broadcast tower height is above average standing at 303.5 meters (996 ft) tall.
- “Chay” is a Huron greeting loosely translated to “good day.”
- CHAY launched as easy listening and in 1977 you were probably listening to Debby Boone, Barbara Streisand, The Bee Gees and Linda Ronstadt on 93.1