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Radio Station CJOA
CJOA 95.1 FM is a Christian radio station broadcasting from Thunder Bay, Ontario
Thunder Bay Christian Radio
Thunder Bay Christian Radio is a group of Christians who live and work in the Thunder Bay area. In addition to being committed to our own churches, we have been drawn together with a common vision of ministering to the spiritual needs of the people of Thunder Bay. Since 1984, we have gained experience in both radio and television broadcasting, and have learned the ins and outs of applying for a broadcast licence.
Our first official day of broadcasting was December 20th, 1998
Our group is interdenominational, with representatives from several different churches. Our first meeting was held in early 1994. Our Board of Directors now meet bi-weekly. We believe that there is a need for this radio ministry to complement the work of the church, in both spreading the Gospel, and in ministering to the Christian community.
We praise God for the vision of the large number of people who faithfully assisted us in carrying out this ministry.
Thunder Bay Christian Radio (CJOA) began its broadcasts in December, 1998 just before Christmas, the result of a ten-year history of attempts to establish Christian radio in Thunder Bay. Through the efforts of volunteers surveying the opinions of people at local fairs, malls, churches, it was felt that there was a hunger for radio programming with a Christian perspective. People were not aware of the new styles of music available as an alternative to existing commercial stations. Through the input of key personnel and the CRTC, it was determined that a music service enhanced with local public announcements suited local listeners.
It was always a pleasure to receive feedback and encouragement from listeners who share how the ministry of CJOA had enriched their lives. As people have become so technically skilled and wanting to network with others, we developed a Facebook page so many could see how God continues to bless this ministry. Through several emails from the CRTC, it has become apparent that the broadcasting field is going through changes. We are applying for a license renewal to be decided on at the end of March /2013.
CJOA will join with United Christian Broadcasters of Canada (UCB Canada) who have stations in Belleville, Bancroft, Kingston, Cobourg-Port Hope and Chatham and are known worldwide. There are a lot of similarities between the two ministries and the CJOA executive has seen the benefits UCB has to offer. While maintaining its local flavor, CJOA’s programming will expand under the guidance of UCB. These are exciting times for Christian radio in Thunder Bay. Please keep us in your prayers as CJOA undergoes this transition.