CKJM (Coopérative Radio Chéticamp Ltd.) is a radio station broadcasting from Chéticamp, Nova Scotia at 106.1 FM covering the west coast of Cape Breton Island and at 92.5 FM in Pomquet covering the south coast of Cape Breton and Antigonish County. CKJM offers a french-language community radio service as well as a high quality recording studio, Studio Marcel Doucet.
It all started in 1991 when a group of people organized a public meeting to sound out the community on the subject of a French community radio station. It was decided to do short term broadcasts with equipment rented from l'Alliance des radios communautaires du Canada. The first broadcast was so popular that plans were undertaken for a permanent community radio station. In February 1992, La Coopérative Radio-Chéticamp was formed. Several short term broadcasts and fund-raising activities were organized in order to raise almost $90,000, 30% of the estimated cost of installation.
In October 1995, CKJM makes its permanent broadcasting debut, with a 3,000 watt FM stereo tranmission. The programming is assumed by a team of employees and volunteers as well as the rebroadcasting of CFIM's signal, a community radio station from the Magdalen Islands. Situated about 80 kilometres northwest of Chéticamp in the Gulf of Saint Lawrence, the Islands are part of the province of Québec.
In August 2000, Le Studio Marcel Doucet had its grand opening. The digital multi-track recording studio is equipped with the very latest in technology. The studio is used for professional recording of albums, broadcasting of our annual radiothon as well as for recording musical radio shows.
Today, CKJM broadcasts 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, with local programming blended with automated broadcasts and live and pre-taped programming from Le Réseau francophone d'Amérique (www.radiorfa.com).