History of FM Radio at Mohawk

There has been a student radio station in operation at Mohawk College for more than twenty-five years.

At first the station was broadcast only to the student lounge adjacent to the studios. Eventually the Mohawk Students’ Association assumed funding of the radio station. In the mid 1980’s, the signal was fed to two local cable systems for inclusion with other signals from Hamilton and Toronto and delivered to people’s homes as one of the radio signals supplied in the basic cable service.

In June of 1997 the Mohawk College Radio Corporation, the non-profit corporation that oversees governance of the station, was granted a broadcast license for a Campus Instructional Radio Station. Up to this point the station had always been referred to as CHMR. With the granting of the license by the CRTC an official set of call letters was issued to the new station, CIOI FM. The station would broadcast on the FM band at a frequency of 101.5 MHz and using the call sign of C101.5 FM. On March 23, 1998 the station began broadcasting for the first time.

In its short history, C101.5 FM accomplished a significant landmark. In August of 1998, after just a few short months on the air, the station reached an agreement with the Hamilton Bulldogs of the American Hockey League to become the official radio broadcaster for the team. The first game aired on October 3, 1998. At the time, the station was the first campus radio station to become the originating broadcaster for a professional sports franchise.

In early 2009 C101.5 FM experienced a re-branding that focused on what the radio station was really about at the time – supporting independent music, particularly locally. It was at this time that INDI 101 was born. The radio station was positioned strongly within the Greater Hamilton music community as a leader in providing exposure for hard-working independent musicians.

In May 2010 the radio station’s funding was shifted to Mohawk College and a new era has begun where the radio station is more involved in the development of tomorrow’s broadcasters.  As a result of that direction shift, another re-branding occurred that aligned the radio station more closely with the curriculum of the Radio Broadcasting and Journalism Programs at Mohawk College.  And on January 8, 2014, 1015 The HAWK took flight!