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City of license Belleville, Ontario
Branding CJBQ 800 AM
Frequency 800 kHz
First air date 1946
Format Full-service (country, oldies)
Power 10 kW
Class B
Callsign meaning CJ Belleville Quinte
Owner Quinte Broadcasting
Sister stations CIGL-FM, CJTN-FM
Website CJBQ

CJBQ 800 AM is a full-service radio station in Belleville, Ontario, Canada. It is owned by Quinte Broadcasting along with Mix 97 and Rock 107. CJBQ broadcasts in C-QUAM AM Stereo with 10,000 watts from a site south of Belleville and Trenton in Prince Edward County. The antenna is a six-tower array with differing patterns day and night, to protect Class-A clear-channel station XEROK-AM in Ciudad Juárez, Mexico, as well as neighbouring stations CKLW in Windsor and CJAD in Montreal.

CJBQ's format includes country music, oldies and adult contemporary music. It is mostly locally programmed, with the exception of John Tesh's syndicated program that airs during evenings.[1]


The station launched in 1946 on AM 1230, and moved to its current frequency in 1957. An FM sister station, CJBQ-FM, was launched in 1962.

Formerly a private affiliate of CBC Radio, the station dropped this affiliation in 1984 when CBC added CBCP-FM, a Peterborough-based rebroadcaster of the network station from Toronto, in the Belleville area. The station subsequently adopted an adult contemporary format, which it retained until switching to its current country format in 1993.

CJBQ is now widely regarded for its news team. Longtime News Director John Ferguson retired in 2006 and Todd Smith replaced him until 2011. John Spitters, current News Director and Mary Thomas are other well known local reporters and broadcasters. Jack Miller is the Sports Director and longtime play-by-play voice of the Belleville Bulls of the Ontario Hockey League on CJBQ. The morning drive, with Matt Mitchell has newscasts every half hour including a major newscast at 8:00 AM. Another major newscast airs at noon.

Weekday mornings from 9 AM until 11 AM is The Lorne Brooker Show, a call-in talk show. Afternoons from 2 PM to 7 PM features The Freddy Vette Show with 1950s and '60s rock and roll. Jim Wright hosts Saturdays from noon to 5 OM with Pop Memories, and Classic Country Sundays from 1 PM to 6 PM. Programming notes include the 1:00pm time signal and the standard Saturday 10:00am air raid siren test.


  1. ^ Fybush, Scott (January 9, 2015). Tower site of the week 1/9/15: Belleville, Ontario. Retrieved January 16, 2015.

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Coordinates: 43°58′08″N 77°25′09″W / 43.96889°N 77.41917°W / 43.96889; -77.41917

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1577 news items

Quinte News
Mon, 28 Sep 2015 03:30:00 -0700

CJBQ will bring you play by play of 20 Trenton Golden Hawk and 20 Wellington Duke broadcasts. And it starts tonight with the undefeated Golden Hawks at Cobourg. Trenton is 8-0. The Cougars are 5-1. The Pre Game Show is on the air at 6:50 tonight.
Quinte News
Tue, 13 Oct 2015 06:52:30 -0700

The Trenton Golden Hawks, who suffered their first loss of the OJHL season are no longer the top team in the Canadian Junior Hockey League. The G-Hawks 12 game winning streak ended in Orangeville Saturday night knocking Trenton into 2nd place ...

Quinte News

Quinte News
Wed, 07 Oct 2015 07:18:53 -0700

The President of Quinte Health Care is well aware that many aren't happy to hear that 2,400 day surgeries will be moved from Trenton to Belleville hospital. On CJBQ's Lorne Brooker Show today, Mary Clare Egberts, says provincial funding cutbacks have ...
Quinte News
Sat, 10 Oct 2015 01:20:51 -0700

Trenton shut out the Toronto Jr. Canadiens 5-0 Friday night to keep their undefeated season alive. Liam Morgan picked up four points and Daniel Urbani recorded 15 saves in the win. The Wellington Dukes weren't as fortunate on Friday, as they fell to ...

Belleville Intelligencer

Belleville Intelligencer
Mon, 28 Sep 2015 19:48:45 -0700

Quinte Broadcasting announced this week that CJBQ 800 AM will carry 20 Wellington Dukes games and the same number of Trenton Golden Hawks contests during the 2015-16 Ontario Jr. A Hockey League regular-season campaign. The first broadcast ...

Belleville Intelligencer

Belleville Intelligencer
Thu, 01 Oct 2015 18:07:30 -0700

our own Goss Urbanite press, a full cadre of in-office and outside sales people; a full commercial printing department in the basement; CJBQ and CIGL radio stations nestled in the lower western half of the building... phew! It was a hustling, bustling ...

Quinte News

Quinte News
Wed, 23 Sep 2015 14:18:23 -0700

800 CJBQ's Freddy Vette and the Flames perform at the first fundraiser for the Picton Splash Pad at the Community Centre on August 8, 2015. (Photo: Michael J. Brethour). Efforts to build a splash pad in Picton are moving forward. Tuesday night, County ...

Quinte News

Quinte News
Sun, 22 Mar 2015 05:45:05 -0700

Massive crowd for the final regular season home game in team history 3,722 took it in. It was an emotional night all around. Bulls have one game left in the regular season tonight in Oshawa. CJBQ has play by play 5:50 p.m. The playoffs begin in Barrie ...

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