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City of license Inuvik, Northwest Territories
Broadcast area Western Arctic
Branding CBC Radio One
CBC North
Frequency 860 KHz (AM)
First air date 1960
Format public broadcasting
ERP 1,000 watts
Class B
Callsign meaning C H AKlavik
Owner Canadian Broadcasting Corporation
Website CBC North

CHAK is a Canadian radio station, broadcasting at 860 AM in Inuvik, Northwest Territories. The station broadcasts the programming of the CBC Radio One network known as CBC North.



CHAK was launched in 1960 as a local community station in neighbouring Aklavik on AM 1230. That same year, a new station was being built by the CBC in the new town of Inuvik to replace the old station in Aklavik. The new CHAK went on the air on November 26, 1960 on a new frequency, 860. The station was now part of the CBC Northern Radio Service. CHAK received CBC news and topical programs by picking up CBX 1010 (later 740) Edmonton and relaying the broadcast. Tapes recorded in Montreal were also flown in on regular airline flights. Eventually the station was linked into the primary CBC network feed. CHAK was on the air way before 1960 supported by, I believe, the RCAF. I worked at the station together with the daughter of the manager of the Hudson Bay store in 1950 or '51. We proudly announced the station as "CHAK, the friendly voice of the Arctic." We played music and sent personal messages to people in the bush. Frank R. Shaffer

Local programming

During the network's primary local programming breaks, CHAK airs the same programs as CFYK in Yellowknife, including The Trailbreaker on weekday mornings, the noon-hour program Northwind, Trail's End in the afternoons, and Northern Air on weekend mornings.

However, the two stations both diverge from Radio One network programming in the afternoons, producing separate programming streams for their local First Nations communities. CHAK airs Nantaii in Gwich'in from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. and Tusaavik in Inuvialuktun from 3:00 until 4 p.m.

CHAK has two rebroadcasters in Nunavut, both in communities where CFFB, the CBC North station in Iqaluit, also broadcasts. This is done in order to provide CHAK's afternoon First Nations programming to these communities, as CFFB's afternoon schedule concentrates on programming in Inuktitut.


Rebroadcasters of CHAK
City of license Identifier Frequency Power Class RECNet CRTC Decision
Aklavik1 CBAK 1210 AM 40 watts LP Query 85-829
Cambridge Bay, Nunavut CBIN-FM 105.1 82 watts A1 Query
Fort Good Hope CBQE-FM 105.1 177 watts A1 Query 94-563
Deline CBQO-FM 105.1 FM 166 watts A1 Query 94-167
Fort McPherson CBQM 690 AM 40 watts LP Query 94-120
Kugluktuk, Nunavut CBIO-FM 105.1 82 watts A1 Query
Norman Wells CBDW 990 AM 40 watts LP Query
Paulatuk1 VF2037 106.1 8 watts LP Query
Tsiigehtchic1 VF2145 106.1 8 watts LP Query
Tuktoyaktuk CBAC 1150 AM 40 watts LP Query 2005-415
Tulita CBQI 920 AM 99 watts LP Query
Ulukhaktok1 CKHI-FM 105.1 9 watts LP Query

1 In Paulatuk, Tsiigehtchic and Ulukhaktok, CHAK's signal is rebroadcast on transmitters owned by local community groups rather than by the CBC itself. Three further community transmitters — operating on 107.1 in Colville Lake, 107.1 in Sachs Harbour and 100.1 in Old Crow, Yukon — are unlicensed by the CRTC under its exemption for low-power community radio undertakings.

1 Rebroadcaster CBAK originally received CRTC approval in 1985 to operate a low-power transmitter at Aklavik on the frequency 540 AM. In 1998, CBAK received approval to change frequencies from 540 AM to 1210 AM with the power remaining at 40 watts. [1]

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