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City Mount Pearl, Newfoundland and Labrador
Broadcast area St. John's Metropolitan Area
Branding VOAR
Frequency 1210 kHz
First air date Fall 1929
Format Religious
Power 10,000 watts (day and night)
Class B
Transmitter coordinates 47°32′05″N 52°49′16″W / 47.5347°N 52.8211°W / 47.5347; -52.8211Coordinates: 47°32′05″N 52°49′16″W / 47.5347°N 52.8211°W / 47.5347; -52.8211
Callsign meaning Voice Of Adventist Radio
Former callsigns 8BSL (1929-1930)
8RA (1930-1931)
Owner The Seventh-day Adventist Church in Newfoundland & Labrador
Webcast VOAR listen live
Website www.voar.org

VOAR is a Canadian radio station, which airs religious programming in Mount Pearl, Newfoundland and Labrador at 1210 kHz.

VOAR first broadcast in the fall of 1929 as 8BSL, over the years, the station switched from one AM frequency to another, until it moved to its current frequency, 1210, which was approved by the CRTC in 1991.[1] Since 2002 it was broadcasting mainly on FM.[2]

VOAR is one of just four broadcast radio stations (all in Newfoundland) in Canada whose call letters do not begin with C, the others, VOWR, VOCM, and VOCM-FM, are in St. John's, where VOAR initially was based. With the exception of VOCM-FM, these stations first aired before Newfoundland joined the Canadian Confederation in 1949, the ITU prefix VO was originally assigned to Newfoundland and remains in use by Newfoundland and Labrador radioamateurs.

On October 6, 2016, the CRTC received an application from VOAR to convert to FM with the callsign VOAR-FM at 100 kW of power, and to shut down its AM signal and its Bay Roberts repeater, VOAR-1-FM 95.9, with the remainder becoming repeaters of the new FM signal. Reasons for the conversion request stated in the application were listener confusion with VOWR (both stations receive each other's mail), signal reception issues in portions of the St. John's area, and the AM station's transmitter (installed in 1990) reaching the end of its usable life,[3] on June 27, 2017, the CRTC approved VOAR's application to replace its religious AM radio programming undertaking VOAR Mount Pearl and its rebroadcasting transmitter in Bay Roberts. The new FM station in Mount Pearl will operate at 96.7 MHz with an effective radiated power of 100,000 watts (non-directional antenna with an effective height of antenna above average terrain of 156.8 metres). [4]


In 2002, VOAR has added several FM rebroadcasters in various parts of the province.[5] VOAR is also carried across Canada on Bell TV Channel 950 and Rogers Cable Channel 929.

A broadcasting licence up to 2015 was issued in 2008.[6][7]

In 2008 various transmitters were opened in British Columbia.

Rebroadcasters of VOAR
City of license Identifier Frequency Power Class RECNet
Bay Roberts, Newfoundland VOAR-1-FM 95.9 MHz 250 watts A1 Query
Marystown, Newfoundland VOAR-2-FM 99.5 MHz 15 watts LP Query
Lewisporte, Newfoundland VOAR-3-FM 91.7 MHz 50 watts LP Query
Gander, Newfoundland VOAR-4-FM 89.7 MHz 50 watts LP Query
Deer Lake, Newfoundland VOAR-5-FM 102.1 MHz 50 watts LP Query
Botwood, Newfoundland VOAR-6-FM 101.1 MHz 50 watts LP Query
Springdale, Newfoundland VOAR-7-FM 103.3 MHz 50 watts LP Query
Grand Falls-Windsor, Newfoundland VOAR-8-FM 98.3 MHz 250 watts A1 Query
Corner Brook, Newfoundland VOAR-9-FM 105.7 MHz 240 watts A1 Query
Port aux Basques, Newfoundland VOAR-10-FM 99.9 MHz 50 watts LP Query
Happy Valley-Goose Bay, Newfoundland VOAR-11-FM 101.9 MHz 250 watts A1 Query
Wabush, Newfoundland VOAR-12-FM 102.5 MHz 50 watts LP Query
Bridgewater, Nova Scotia VOAR-13-FM 107.1 MHz 50 watts LP Query
Cranbrook, British Columbia VF2497 106.5 MHz 16 watts LP Query
Creston, British Columbia VF2507 92.9 MHz 17 watts LP Query
Golden, British Columbia VF2508 99.9 MHz 14 watts LP Query
Nakusp, British Columbia VF2515 92.9 MHz 25 watts LP Query
Williams Lake, British Columbia VF2519 95.1 MHz 50 watts LP Query
Hope, British Columbia VF2532 94.1 MHz 50 watts LP Query
Inuvik, Northwest Territories VF2533 92.7 MHz 50 watts LP Query
Terrace, British Columbia VF2535 101.5 MHz 50 watts LP Query
100 Mile House, British Columbia VF2577 106.7 MHz 30 watts LP Query
Quesnel, British Columbia VF8026 92.3 MHz 50 watts LP Query

The station also had repeaters in Prince George, British Columbia 107.3 (VF2510); Kamloops 105.1 (VF2525); Kelowna 98.9; and Oliver 106.1 (VF2524), but was taken off the air due to licensing issues with the CRTC in January 2009.[8] The station also had applications to expand into 25 additional communities in British Columbia in early 2009.[9]


  1. ^ "Decision CRTC 91-163". CRTC. March 27, 1991. Retrieved October 27, 2017. 
  2. ^ "Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2002-49". CRTC. February 20, 2002. Retrieved October 27, 2017. 
  3. ^ "2016-0136-0". CRTC. Retrieved October 27, 2017. 
  4. ^ "Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2017-219". CRTC. June 27, 2017. Retrieved October 27, 2017. 
  5. ^ "Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2002-49". CRTC. February 20, 2002. Retrieved October 27, 2017. 
  6. ^ "Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2008-282". CRTC. October 8, 2008. Retrieved October 27, 2017. 
  7. ^ "Radio Station History Newfoundland VOAR-AM (Religious)". Canadian Communications Foundation. Retrieved October 27, 2017. 
  8. ^ "VOAR Broadcast in Prince George". VOAR. Archived from the original on July 15, 2010. Retrieved July 15, 2010. 
  9. ^ "VOAR - Voice of Adventist Radio". Adventist Single Adult Ministries. Retrieved October 27, 2017. 

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