CitySaltspring Island, British Columbia
Frequency107.9 MHz (FM)
BrandingSaltspring Island Radio
Formatcommercial radio
OwnerSatnam Radio Group
First air date
September 14, 2009
Call sign meaning
C F Saltspring Island
Technical information
ERP130 watts average
700 watts peak
horizontal polarization only
HAAT215.6 meters

CFSI-FM was a Canadian radio station began broadcasting on September 14, 2009. Broadcasting on 107.9 FM, it is the first radio station licensed to Salt Spring Island in British Columbia.

The station was licensed by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) on October 22, 2007.[1] It offers a community-oriented programming format, including a variety of different musical styles: independent artists, blues, classical, jazz, world music. Programming also includes local interest talk shows and spiritual shows. Richard Moses, a former programmer with CKUA in Edmonton and CJRT in Toronto, was one of the contributing programmers.

The station began testing on June 15, 2009.[2] and officially began broadcasting in September 2009.

On September 23, 2011, Salt Spring Island Radio Corp. received CRTC approval to operate a new FM transmitter at 102.1 MHz in Mount Bruce.[3]

The station was sold in mid-February 2013 to South Asian broadcaster Satnam Media Group; Satnam announced it intended to maintain the existing format on CFSI.[4] However, after several non-compliances in a CRTC Audit, as well as alleged missing voluntary audits, including faulty program logs, as well as missing annual returns and several years of unpaid fees, a number of former CFSI staff/volunteers intervened [5] with the CRTC asking for license revocation due to the poor management of Satnam Media. After a hearing in May 2015, the CRTC revoked CFSI's radio license on June 25, 2015 and CFSI went off the air on July 25, 2015.[6]

On November 28, 2019, Gulf Islands Community Radio Society submitted an application to operate a new community FM radio station at Salt Spring Island. The new station would operate on 107.9 MHz (channel 300A) with an average effective radiated power (ERP) of 313 watts (maximum ERP of 850 watts) with a rebroadcasting transmitter at 102.1 MHz (channel 271A) with an average ERP of 4 watts (maximum ERP of 18 watts).[7] Gulf Islands received CRTC approval to operate an English-language community FM radio station as well as a rebroadcasting transmitter on Salt Spring Island on January 24, 2022.[8]

New call signs for the station will be:

CHIR-FM 107.9 Salt Spring Island and VF5176 102.1 Mount Bruce.


  1. ^ CRTC decision 2007-387
  2. ^ CFSI 107.9 Testing 1,2,3,4
  3. ^ Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2011-612
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-08-31. Retrieved 2013-02-13.((cite web)): CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^
  6. ^ Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2015-281
  7. ^ Broadcasting Notice of Consultation CRTC 2019-384, CRTC, November 28, 2019
  8. ^ Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2022-9, Community radio station and transmitter on Salt Spring Island, CRTC, January 24, 2022

Coordinates: 48°50′56″N 123°31′52″W / 48.84889°N 123.53111°W / 48.84889; -123.53111