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CHMB is a Canadian
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 radio station, broadcasting at 1320 AM in Vancouver
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, British Columbia
British Columbia
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. The station airs a Chinese language
Chinese language
The Chinese language is a language or language family consisting of varieties which are mutually intelligible to varying degrees. Originally the indigenous languages spoken by the Han Chinese in China, it forms one of the branches of Sino-Tibetan family of languages...

 programming format.

CHMB is currently owned and operated by Mainstream Broadcasting Corporation, a British Columbia media company owned and operated by Vancouver businessman James Ho. Mainstream began broadcasting in 1973 as Overseas Chinese Voice (OCV). In 1993, OCV programming was incorporated into the multicultural AM radio station of CHMB AM 1320, serving the needs of Vancouver’s multicultural community.


CHMB was originally an English-language station that was called CHQM. It signed on the air for the first time on December 10, 1959, as an easy listening
Easy listening
Easy listening is a broad style of popular music and radio format that emerged in the 1950s, evolving out of big band music, and related to MOR music as played on many AM radio stations. It encompasses the exotica, beautiful music, light music, lounge music, ambient music, and space age pop genres...

 station under the ownership of Vancouver Broadcast Associates Ltd. with 10,000 watts of power. CHQM's sister station, CHQM-FM
CHQM-FM is a Canadian radio station in the Metro Vancouver region of British Columbia. It broadcasts at 103.5 megahertz on the FM band with an effective radiated power of 100,000 watts from a transmitter on Mount Seymour and airs an adult contemporary format...

, first aired on August 10, 1960 as a simulcast of the AM station. Originally airing 19 hours a day, CHQM and CHQM-FM went to 24-hour broadcasting on September 1, 1962.

In November 1966, CHQM increased its transmission power to 50,000 watts. On August 23, 1969, corporate parent Vancouver Broadcast Associates changed its name to Q Broadcasting Ltd. Jack Stark, who originally co-founded the company with Bill Bellman, became the sole owner in 1979. In September 1984, CHQM began airing the "Music of Your Life
Music of Your Life
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" format from 6 p.m. to midnight daily while retaining its main easy listening format for the balance of its broadcast day.

On January 1, 1990, CHQM dropped its longtime easy listening format for an adult contemporary format and began using the on-air brand Lite 1320. CHQM and CHQM-FM were purchased by CHUM Limited
CHUM Limited
CHUM Limited was a media company based in Toronto, Ontario, Canada from 1945 to 2007. Immediately prior to its acquisition, it held full or joint control of two Canadian television systems — Citytv and A-Channel  — comprising 11 local stations, and one CBC Television affiliate, one...

 on October 17 that year, but due to CRTC regulations of the time (which allowed ownership of only one AM and one FM station in the same market), CHUM had to sell either CHQM or its other Vancouver AM outlet, CFUN
CFTE is a Canadian radio station in Vancouver, British Columbia. On 1410 AM, it is owned by Bell Media and currently carries a sports format as TEAM 1410, a secondary station to CKST .-History:...

; CHUM chose to sell CHQM.

On February 20, 1991, CHQM switched formats again to adult standards
Adult standards
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 of the 1930s to the 1960s with the new station brand Q 1320. The station began airing Chinese-language programming on January 23, 1993, from 10:30 p.m. to 6 a.m. daily, then moved the start time for Chinese shows to 9 p.m. three weeks later. On December 14, 1993, the CRTC approved CHUM's sale of CHQM to Mainstream Broadcasting Corporation. On February 9, 1994 (on which the Chinese New Year
Chinese New Year
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 fell that year), CHQM signed off for the final time at 9 p.m. with Bob Hope
Bob Hope
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's "Thanks for the Memories" as the farewell song, and was replaced moments later by CHMB. Original station co-owner Jack Stark died on October 30, 2001, at age 83.


CHMB's programming is primarily Chinese (Cantonese & Mandarin), aired from Monday to Friday, with some Brazilian
Portuguese language
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, Danish
Danish language
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, Filipino
Tagalog language
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, Greek
Greek language
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, Icelandic
Icelandic language
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, Japanese
Japanese language
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, Norwegian
Norwegian language
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, Swedish
Swedish language
Swedish is a North Germanic language, spoken by approximately 10 million people, predominantly in Sweden and parts of Finland, especially along its coast and on the Åland islands. It is largely mutually intelligible with Norwegian and Danish...

, Tamil
Tamil language
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, Ukrainian
Ukrainian language
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 and Vietnamese
Vietnamese language
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 programming on weekends.

External links

  • AM1320 CHMB
  • CHQM-AM/CHMB history at Canadian Communications Foundation
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