Canadian Radio News for February, 2013

Canadian Radio News for February, 2013

Postby Dan Sys » Fri Mar 01, 2013 11:49 am

CANADIAN RADIO NEWS

For FEBRUARY, 2013

MARCH 1, 2013

RADIO ACTIVITY

FORMAT TWEAKS
BC New Westminster 101.1 CFMI From Classic Rock to Classic Rock-Classic Hits

NEW STATIONS LAUNCHED
AB Calgary 106.7 CKYR South Asian (Multicultural Broadcasting)
BC Salmon Arm 93.7 CKVS Community (Voice of the Shuswap Broadcast Society)
BC Whistler 101.5 CKEE Triple A (Four Senses Entertainment)

STATIONS TESTING
AB Leduc 93.1 CJLD Country (Black Gold Broadcasting)

CALL LETTER DATA
BC Dease Lake 90.5 new Will become CHON-4
NL Bell Island-Wabana 93.9 new Will become CJBI
ON Barrie 98.5 new Will become CKEY
QC Hudson-Saint Lazare 106.7 new Will become CHSV
QC Montreal 990 new Will become CHRF
YT Haines Junction 99.9 new Will become CJHJ

BRANDINGS
ON Simcoe-Norfolk 98.9 CHCD From CD 98.9 to MY FM (remains AC)

NEW PROGRAMMING TO BE LAUNCHED
ON Paris-Kitchener 89.1 CBLA-2 Some local programming from Kitchener will be added on March 11 (will continue to simulcast CBLA 99.1 Toronto for the majority of the broadcast day)

OFF THE AIR
AB Calgary 106.5 CIRI City of Calgary traffic radio has assumedly been displaced by new station CKYR 106.7
ON Tillsonburg 1510 CKOT Went dark February 17, 2013 (was a simulcast for CJDL 107.3) (no longer financially viable)
ON Windsor 540 CBEF Scheduled to go dark on March 1, 2013 after simulcast time for move to 1550 AM expired
QC La Tuque 1240 CFLM Simulcast time for flip to 97.1 FM has expired

GOING OFF THE AIR
AB Edmonton 580 CKUA Will go dark this Spring due to unaffordable upgrades required to transmitting equipment
ON Dryden 97.3 CJIV Will go dark before current license expires on September 1, 2013 due to lack of listenership

CRTC & IC DECISIONS

NEW STATIONS GRANTED
ON Barrie 98.5 50 watts (Tourist Info) (Douglas Edwards)
ON Clarence-Rockland 92.5 300 watts (Soft AC) (Evanov)
QC Saint Fabien de Panet 92.5 12,600 watts (17,500 watts Max. ERP) (Hot AC) (French) (Groupe Radio Simard) (will simulcast CIQI 90.3 Montmagny) (previously approved but the construction permit expired)

TECHNICAL CHANGES GRANTED
MB Winnipeg 107.9 CJNU Move to 93.7, increase power from 45 to 460 watts, raise antenna height, relocate transmitter and upgrade status from a special events station to a regular community station
NB Fredericton 92.3 CFRK Increase power from 40,000 to 42,000 watts (93,000 to 100,000 watts Max. ERP), raise antenna height and relocate transmitter
NB Fredericton 93.1 CIHI-cp Increase power from 21,000 to 42,000 watts (50,000 to 100,000 watts Max. ERP), lower antenna height and relocate transmitter
ON Brockville 91.9 CBOB Decrease power from 1,080 to 738 watts (2,000 to 1,571 watts Max. ERP) and raise antenna height
ON Brockville 102.1 CBOF-7 Decrease power from 2,500 to 791 watts (2,500 to 1,495 watts Max. ERP) and raise antenna height
PE Charlottetown 91.3 CIOG Increase power from 50 watts to 250 watts and relocate transmitter
PE Summerside 92.5 CIOG-1 Increase power from 50 watts to 250 watts
QC Montreal 106.3 CKIN Increase power from 102 to 407 watts (300 to 1,200 watts Max. ERP)

OWNERSHIP CHANGES GRANTED
BC Salt Spring Island 107.9 CFSI From Salt Spring Island Radio Corporation to the Satnam Media Group (includes CFSI-1 102.1 South Salt Spring Island)

EXTENSIONS GRANTED
AB Chateh 96.9 CIAM-17 CIAM Media has until November 6, 2013 to get this rebroadcaster for CIAM 92.7 Fort Vermilion on the air
AB Peerless Lake 96.9 CIAM-13 CIAM Media has until November 6, 2013 to get this rebroadcaster for CIAM 92.7 Fort Vermilion on the air
NB Neguac 102.9 CKMA-1 Radio Miracadie has until August 6, 2013 to get this rebroadcaster for CKMA 93.7 Miramichi on the air
ON Barry's Bay 106.5 CHBY Vista Radio has until January 12, 2014 to get this new 12,000 watt AC station on the air
ON Nipissing-North Bay 97.1 new Le 5 Communications has until January 6, 2014 to get this new 77,600 watt French CHR-Hot AC station on the air

DENIALS
MB Winnipeg 104.7 CIUR Reduction in Canadian content from 40% to 35% (did not allow sufficient time to assess the impact of a 40% level of Canadian music before applying for a reduction)
NS Truro 107.1 CJIS Increase power from 2 to 340 watts (550 watts Max. ERP) (the CRTC was not convinced that a change in the station’s technical parameters is warranted to assist it in fulfilling its mandate as originally licensed)

CRTC APPLICATIONS

PROPOSED AM TO FM CONVERSIONS
AB Fort Chipewyan 1450 CBKE Move to 99.9 with 50 watts
NT Tulita (Fort Norman) 920 CBQI Move to 100.9 with 50 watts

PROPOSED TECHNICAL CHANGES
BC Prince George 91.5 CBYG Reduce average ERP from 100,000 to 52,300 watts (Max. ERP will remain 100,000 watts) and lower antenna height
ON Brighton 100.9 CIYM Increase power from 316 to 2,680 watts (316 to 5,000 watts Max. ERP), lower antenna height, and relocate transmitter
ON Fort Frances 89.1 CKSB-9 Reduce power from 50,000 to 5,620 watts (50,000 to 12,350 watts Max. ERP) and lower antenna height
ON Fort Frances 90.5 CBQQ Reduce power from 50,000 to 11,400 watts (50,000 to 25,000 watts Max. ERP) and lower antenna height
ON Hearst 90.3 CBON-26 Reduce power from 10,500 to 8,340 watts. All technical parameters will remain unchanged
ON Hearst 91.9 CBCC Reduce power from 10,500 to 8,340 watts. All technical parameters will remain unchanged
SK Regina 97.7 CBKF Increase power from 13,700 to 22,300 watts and lower antenna height

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Re: Canadian Radio News for February, 2013

Postby CKNF » Fri Mar 01, 2013 12:11 pm

Dan Sys wrote:CANADIAN RADIO NEWS

OFF THE AIR
AB Calgary 106.5 CIRI City of Calgary traffic radio has assumedly been displaced by new station CKYR 106.7

'assumedly' being the key word there, as CIRI is still on the air as I type this and it doesn't look like they're budging either! :lol:

There are still signs up on the roads advising the 106.5 frequency. I also don't seem to have any issue with tuning in either station. As far as I'm concerned, they can probably stay put, no? Car radios tend to be able to tune adjacent channels a lot better than portable or home receivers....and it is a traffic channel.

I guess, no word from the CRTC of this channel moving yet Dan?
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Re: Canadian Radio News for February, 2013

Postby Dan Sys » Fri Mar 01, 2013 12:37 pm

The Industry Canada database lists the status of CIRI 106.5 as a "tentative deletion". I would guess that once CKYR 106.7 completes their test period CIRI will be gone as they are technically a low-power unprotected FM service and it's highly unlikely that they would be allowed to operate on an adjacent channel to a local Class B FM station.
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Re: Canadian Radio News for February, 2013

Postby CKNF » Fri Mar 01, 2013 1:11 pm

Dan Sys wrote:The Industry Canada database lists the status of CIRI 106.5 as a "tentative deletion". I would guess that once CKYR 106.7 completes their test period CIRI will be gone as they are technically a low-power unprotected FM service and it's highly unlikely that they would be allowed to operate on an adjacent channel to a local Class B FM station.

Hmm...and I'm going to hazard a guess that if there were any plans to relocate to another frequency, that application would have been submitted by now. Perhaps the City of Calgary is wanting to scrap CIRI?

Thanks for the update Dan!
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Re: Canadian Radio News for February, 2013

Postby Dan Sys » Fri Mar 01, 2013 2:26 pm

Not necessarily. In this new era of CRTC streamlining and fast tracking It would probably just take a phone call to Industry Canada for authorization to operate CIRI on a different frequency.

By the way, I have received confirmation that CBEF 540 in Windsor is indeed dark (thanks Andy).
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Re: Canadian Radio News for February, 2013

Postby CKNF » Wed Jul 10, 2013 9:46 am

FYI - 106.5 CIRI Traffic Advisory radio is still on the air despite the supposed shutdown date of March 1st. On May 24th the station went dark, only to reappear (on the same operating frequency of 106.5MHz) on May 28th.

So, for several months now we've had two licensed stations co-exist on adjacent frequencies and honestly, I don't have an issue tuning in either one. I'm wondering if this could set some kind of a new precedent for lower powered FM stations?

It's got to be some kind of technical experiment as I can't really imagine the City of Calgary blatantly defying federal orders.

Has anyone else ever seen something like this happen before in Canada?
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Re: Canadian Radio News for February, 2013

Postby jon » Wed Jul 10, 2013 4:30 pm

CKNF wrote:I can't really imagine the City of Calgary blatantly defying federal orders.

Has anyone else ever seen something like this happen before in Canada?

Not sure if you are referring to adjacent channels or a government defying the CRTC.

One level of government defying another level of government is not new. Not even in Broadcasting.

With considerable success, CKUA twice challenged the authority of the CRTC to regulate a provincially-owned broadcaster. In the early 1970s, when I used to get all the CRTC announcements by mail, CKUA ran for a while with only Industry Canada approval. By the time I arrived in 1982, they had already negotiated a settlement with the CRTC, that gave them a license with special conditions, most notably allowing 100% AM/FM simulcasting, but also reducing CanCon levels.

The second challenge came around 1984 when they ran an unlicensed 10 watt TV transmitter in Calgary for the new ACCESS TV channel, in a successful effort to force cable companies to carry them on an unimpaired VHF channel.
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Re: Canadian Radio News for February, 2013

Postby CKNF » Thu Jul 11, 2013 8:02 am

jon wrote:Not sure if you are referring to adjacent channels or a government defying the CRTC.

Both, actually. :)

jon wrote:One level of government defying another level of government is not new. Not even in Broadcasting.

With considerable success, CKUA twice challenged the authority of the CRTC to regulate a provincially-owned broadcaster. In the early 1970s, when I used to get all the CRTC announcements by mail, CKUA ran for a while with only Industry Canada approval. By the time I arrived in 1982, they had already negotiated a settlement with the CRTC, that gave them a license with special conditions, most notably allowing 100% AM/FM simulcasting, but also reducing CanCon levels.

The second challenge came around 1984 when they ran an unlicensed 10 watt TV transmitter in Calgary for the new ACCESS TV channel, in a successful effort to force cable companies to carry them on an unimpaired VHF channel.

Neat. I did not now about any of those things as they would have happened at a time when I was too young of an age to either remember or even realize what was going on. Thanks for sharing that! :occasion5:
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