CHAK is a Canadian radio station, broadcasting at 860 AM in Inuvik, Northwest Territories. The station broadcasts the programming of the CBC Radio One network known as CBC North.
CHAK was launched in 1960 as a local community station in neighbouring Aklavik
on AM 1230. That same year, a new station was being built by the CBC in the new town of Inuvik to replace the old station in Aklavik. The new CHAK went on the air on November 26 1960
on a new frequency, 860. The station was now part of the CBC Northern Radio Service
. CHAK received CBC news and topical programs by picking up CBX
1010 (later 740) Edmonton
and relaying the broadcast. Tapes recorded in Montreal
were also flown in on regular airline flights. Eventually the station was linked into the primary CBC network feed.
During the network's primary local programming
breaks, CHAK airs the same programs as CFYK
, including The Trailbreaker
on weekday mornings, the noon-hour program Northwind
, Trail's End
in the afternoons, and Northern Air
on weekend mornings.
However, the two stations both diverge from Radio One network programming in the afternoons, producing separate programming streams for their local First Nations communities. CHAK airs Nantaii in Gwich'in from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. and Tusaavik in Inuvialuktun from 3:00 until 4 p.m.
CHAK has two rebroadcasters in Nunavut, both in communities where CFFB, the CBC North station in Iqaluit, also broadcasts. This is done in order to provide CHAK's afternoon First Nations programming to these communities, as CFFB's afternoon schedule concentrates on programming in Inuktitut.
1 In Paulatuk, Tsiigehtchic and Ulukhaktok, CHAK's signal is rebroadcast on transmitters owned by local community groups rather than by the CBC itself. Three further community transmitters — operating on 107.1 in Colville Lake, 107.1 in Sachs Harbour and 100.1 in Old Crow, Yukon — are unlicensed by the CRTC under its exemption for low-power community radio undertakings.