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CRTC Confirms Hearing Date for New Radio Stations in Edmonton

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    In Call for applications – Radio stations to serve Edmonton, Alberta, Broadcasting Notice of Consultation CRTC 2015-562(Broadcasting Notice of Consultation 2015-562), 18 December 2023, the Commission called for applications for broadcasting licences for radio stations to serve Edmonton, Alberta. The Commission’s preliminary view was that the Edmonton market would be best served by proposals targeting ethnic communities. However, it did not preclude any other types of applications. The Commission indicated that applications were to include all of the information requested in the appendices to that notice of consultation, failing which the application would not be considered as part of the process.

    The deadline for submissions of interventions/comments/answers is July 20th, 2023.

    In response to this call, the Commission has received a number of applications for new ethnic radio stations, as well an application for a new French-language community radio station, to serve Edmonton.

    Items 1 to 8 are technically mutually exclusive since the applicants propose to use 106.5 MHz.

    Items 9 and 10 are technically mutually exclusive since the applicants propose to use 580 kHz.

    Several applicants proposed alternative frequencies and supported their proposals by providing technical suitability documentation. These proposals will be considered in this process and are identified in this notice. Consistent with the approach set out in Broadcasting Notice of Consultation 2015-562, the Commission will not consider any alternative frequencies other than those identified in this notice.

    The Commission will hold a hearing beginning on 27 September 2023 at 9 a.m. at the Radisson Hotel & Convention Center Edmonton, 4520 76 Avenue Northwest, Edmonton, Alberta, to consider the following applications:

    The applications for items 1 to 11 will be treated as competitive radio applications for the Edmonton radio market.

    Preamble for item 12

    The Commission intends to consider, subject to interventions, item 12 during the non-appearing phase of the hearing.

    1. VMS Media Group Ltd.
    Edmonton, Alberta
    Application 2016-0372-0

    Application by VMS Media Group Ltd. for a broadcasting licence to operate an ethnic commercial FM specialty radio station in Edmonton.

    The station would operate at 106.5 MHz (channel 293B1) with an average effective radiated power (ERP) of 1,600 watts (maximum ERP of 7,000 watts with an effective height of antenna above average terrain (EHAAT) of 163.6 metres).

    The applicant also submitted two alternative proposals. Under the first alternative proposal, an AM station in Edmonton would operate at 580 kHz (class B) with a daytime and night-time transmitter power of 10,000 watts. Under the second alternative proposal, an FM station in Edmonton would operate at 93.3 MHz (channel 227A) with an average ERP of 2,300 watts (maximum ERP of 4,800 watts with an EHAAT of 18.5 metres).

    The applicant stated that it would adhere to a condition of licence requiring it to direct ethnic programming to a minimum of 24 cultural groups in at least 22 different languages each broadcast week.

    It further stated that 100% of the programming broadcast each broadcast week would be devoted to ethnic programming, of which 90% would be devoted to third-language programming.

    The Commission may withdraw this application from the public hearing if it is not advised by the Department of Industry, at least 20 days prior to the hearing, that the application is technically acceptable.

    Applicant’s address:

    3307 20th Street
    Edmonton, Alberta
    T6T 0C5
    Email: radiosursagar@gmail.com
    Email to request electronic version of application: radiosursagar@gmail.com

    2. Neeti P. Ray, on behalf of a corporation to be incorporated
    Edmonton, Alberta
    Application 2016-0358-0

    Application by Neeti P. Ray, on behalf of a corporation to be incorporated, for a broadcasting licence to operate an ethnic commercial FM specialty radio station in Edmonton.

    The station would operate at 106.5 MHz (channel 293B1) with an average effective radiated power (ERP) of 9,000 watts (maximum ERP of 1,910 watts with an effective height of antenna above average terrain of 121.7 metres).

    The applicant also submitted an alternative proposal for the use of the 1,650 kHz AM frequency with a daytime and night-time transmitter power of 10,000 watts.

    The applicant stated that it would adhere to a condition of licence requiring it to direct ethnic programming to a minimum of 22 cultural groups in at least 12 different languages each broadcast week.

    It further stated that 100% of the programming broadcast each broadcast week would be devoted to ethnic programming, 92% of which would be devoted to third-language programming.

    The Commission may withdraw this application from the public hearing if it is not advised by the Department of Industry, at least 20 days prior to the hearing, that the application is technically acceptable.

    Applicant’s address:

    1515 Britannia Road East
    Suite 315
    Mississauga, Ontario

    L4W 4K1
    Fax: 905-795-9030
    Email: neetiray@gmail.com
    Email to request electronic version of application: neetiray@gmail.com

    3. Antoine Karam, on behalf of a corporation to be incorporated
    Edmonton, Alberta
    Application 2015-0007-5

    Application by Antoine Karam, on behalf of a corporation to be incorporated, for a broadcasting licence to operate an ethnic commercial FM specialty radio station in Edmonton.

    The station would operate at 106.5 MHz (channel 293B1) with an average effective radiated power (ERP) of 1,822 watts (maximum ERP of 8,800 watts with an effective height of antenna above average terrain of 127.5 metres).

    The applicant stated that it would adhere to a condition of licence requiring it to direct ethnic programming to a minimum of 26 cultural groups in at least 14 different languages each broadcast week.

    It further stated that 100% of the total programming broadcast each broadcast week would be devoted to ethnic programming, all of which would be devoted to third-language programming.

    The Commission may withdraw this application from the public hearing if it is not advised by the Department of Industry, at least 20 days prior to the hearing, that the application is technically acceptable.

    Applicant’s address:

    11876 Demeulles Street
    Montréal, Quebec
    H4J 2E5
    Fax: 514-745-3475
    Email: tony@1450am.ca
    Email to request electronic version of application: FGauthier@LStelcom.com

    4. Dufferin Communications Inc.
    Edmonton, Alberta
    Application 2016-0329-1

    Application by Dufferin Communications Inc. for a broadcasting licence to operate an ethnic commercial FM specialty radio station in Edmonton.

    The station would operate at 106.5 MHz (channel 293B1) with an average effective radiated power (ERP) of 3,380 watts (maximum ERP of 7,500 watts with an effective height of antenna above average terrain of 135.2 metres).

    The applicant stated that it would adhere to a condition of licence requiring it to direct ethnic programming to a minimum of 14 cultural groups in at least 10 different languages each broadcast week.

    It further stated that 100% of the total programming broadcast each broadcast week would be devoted to ethnic programming, 84% of which would be devoted to third-language programming.

    The Commission may withdraw this application from the public hearing if it is not advised by the Department of Industry, at least 20 days prior to the hearing, that the application is technically acceptable.

    Applicant’s address:

    5312 Dundas Street West
    Toronto, Ontario
    M9B 1B3
    Fax: 416-233-8617
    Email: carmela@evanovradio.com
    Email to request electronic version of application: carmela@evanovradio.com

    5. Radio India Ltd.
    Edmonton, Alberta
    Applications 2016-0344-9 and 2016-0374-6

    Applications by Radio India Ltd. for a broadcasting licence to operate an ethnic commercial FM specialty radio station in Edmonton.

    The station would operate at 106.5 MHz (channel 293B1) with an average effective radiated power (ERP) of 2,200 watts (maximum ERP of 5,000 watts with an effective height of antenna above average terrain of 144.2 metres).

    The applicant also submitted an alternative proposal (application 2016-0374-6) for the use of the 1,690 kHz AM frequency with a daytime and night-time transmitter power of 5,000 watts.

    The applicant stated that it would adhere to a condition of licence requiring it to direct ethnic programming to a minimum of 26 cultural groups in at least 16 different languages each broadcast week.

    It further stated that 100% of the total programming broadcast each broadcast week would be devoted to ethnic programming, 95% of which would be devoted to third-language programming.

    The Commission may withdraw this application from the public hearing if it is not advised by the Department of Industry, at least 20 days prior to the hearing, that the application is technically acceptable.

    Applicant’s address:

    201-12830 80th Avenue
    Surrey, British Columbia
    V3W 3A8
    Fax: 450-963-7229
    Emails: lours2003@videotron.ca, sharongill@radioindialtd.com
    Website to view application: www.Radioindia.ca
    Email to request electronic version of application: lours2003@videotron.ca

    6. Multicultural Broadcasting Corporation Inc.
    Edmonton, Alberta
    Application 2016-0348-1

    Application by Multicultural Broadcasting Corporation Inc. for a broadcasting licence to operate an ethnic commercial FM specialty radio station in Edmonton.

    The station would operate at 106.5 MHz (channel 293B1) with an average effective radiated power (ERP) of 2,100 watts (maximum ERP of 7,000 watts with an effective height of antenna above average terrain of 165 metres).

    The applicant stated that it would adhere to a condition of licence requiring it to direct ethnic programming to a minimum of 18 cultural groups in at least 16 different languages each broadcast week.

    It further stated that 100% of the total programming broadcast each broadcast week would be devoted to ethnic programming, 85% of which would be devoted to third-language programming.

    The Commission may withdraw this application from the public hearing if it is not advised by the Department of Industry, at least 20 days prior to the hearing, that the application is technically acceptable.

    Applicant’s address:

    8383A 128th Street
    Unit 201
    Surrey, British Columbia
    V3W 4G1
    Fax: 604-599-6063
    Email: kulwinder@redfm.ca
    Email to request electronic version of application: application@redfm.ca

    7. Harmon Bal, on behalf of a corporation to be incorporated
    Edmonton, Alberta
    Application 2016-0353-0

    Application by Harmon Bal, on behalf of a corporation to be incorporated, for a broadcasting licence to operate an ethnic commercial FM specialty radio station in Edmonton.

    The station would operate at 106.5 MHz (channel 293B1) with an average effective radiated power (ERP) of 1,600 watts (maximum ERP of 7,000 watts with an effective height of antenna above average terrain of 163.6 metres).

    The applicant stated that it would adhere a condition of licence requiring it to direct ethnic programming to a minimum of 15 cultural groups in at least 15 different languages each broadcast week.

    It further stated that 100% of the total programming broadcast each broadcast week would be devoted to ethnic programming, 79% of which would be devoted to third-language programming.

    The Commission may withdraw this application from the public hearing if it is not advised by the Department of Industry, at least 20 days prior to the hearing, that the application is technically acceptable.

    Applicant’s address:

    804 East 37th Avenue
    Vancouver, British Columbia
    V5W 1G2
    Email: harmonbal@1023fm.ca
    Email to request electronic version of application: harmonbal@1023fm.ca

    8. Akash Broadcasting Inc.
    Edmonton, Alberta
    Application 2016-0359-8

    Application by Akash Broadcasting Inc. for a broadcasting licence to operate an ethnic commercial FM specialty radio station in Edmonton.

    The station would operate at 106.5 MHz (channel 293B1) with an average effective radiated power (ERP) of 2,200 watts (maximum ERP of 5,000 watts with an effective height of antenna above average terrain of 144.2 metres).

    The applicant stated that it would adhere to a condition of licence requiring it to direct ethnic programming to a minimum of 21 cultural groups in at least 14 different languages each broadcast week.

    It further stated that 100% of the total programming broadcast each broadcast week would be devoted to ethnic programming, over 89% of which would be devoted to third-language programming.

    The Commission may withdraw this application from the public hearing if it is not advised by the Department of Industry, at least 20 days prior to the hearing, that the application is technically acceptable.

    Applicant’s address:

    13376 Comber Way
    Surrey, British Columbia
    V3W 5V9
    Fax: 604-599-6201
    Email: fmband@edmontonconnectfm.com
    Website to view application: www.edmontonconnectfm.com
    Email to request electronic version of application: fmband@edmontonconnectfm.com

    9. South Fraser Broadcasting Inc.
    Edmonton, Alberta
    Application 2016-0365-5

    Application by South Fraser Broadcasting Inc. for a broadcasting licence to operate an ethnic commercial AM radio station in Edmonton.

    The station would operate at 580 kHz (class B) with a daytime and night-time transmitter power of 10,000 watts.

    The applicant stated that it would adhere to a condition of licence requiring it to direct ethnic programming to a minimum of 14 cultural groups in at least 14 different languages each broadcast week.

    It further stated that 100% of the total programming broadcast each broadcast week would be devoted to ethnic programming, 86.5% of which would be devoted to third-language programming.

    The Commission notes that this application replaces a previous application (2013-0405-5) by South Fraser Broadcasting Inc. published in Broadcasting Notice of Consultation 2013-663 and withdrawn in Broadcasting Notice of Consultation 2013-663-1.

    The Commission may withdraw this application from the public hearing if it is not advised by the Department of Industry, at least 20 days prior to the hearing, that the application is technically acceptable.

    Applicant’s address:

    2900-550 Burrard Street
    Vancouver, British Columbia
    V6C 0A3
    Fax: 604-231-9717
    Email: suki@sukibadh.com
    Email to request electronic version of application: suki@sukibadh.com

    10. 1811258 Alberta Ltd.
    Edmonton, Alberta
    Application 2016-0360-6

    Application by 1811258 Alberta Ltd. for a broadcasting licence to operate an ethnic commercial AM radio station in Edmonton.

    The station would operate at 580 kHz (class B) with a daytime and night-time transmitter power of 10,000 watts.

    The applicant also submitted an alternative proposal to operate the station at 106.5 MHz (channel 293B1) with an average effective radiated power (ERP) of 2,200 watts (maximum ERP of 5,000 watts with an effective height of antenna above average terrain of 144.2 metres).

    The applicant stated that it would adhere to a condition of licence requiring it to direct ethnic programming to a minimum of 9 cultural groups in at least 17 different languages each broadcast week.

    It further stated that 100% of the total programming broadcast each broadcast week would be devoted to ethnic programming, 89% of which would be devoted to third-language programming.

    The Commission may withdraw this application from the public hearing if it is not advised by the Department of Industry, at least 20 days prior to the hearing, that the application is technically acceptable.

    Applicant’s address:

    9868A 33 Avenue North-West
    Edmonton, Alberta
    T6N 1C6
    Fax: 403-690-3121
    Email: sharnbuttar@gmail.com
    Email to request electronic version of application: sharnbuttar@gmail.com

    11. Société Radio Communautaire du Grand Edmonton Society
    Edmonton, Alberta
    Application 2016-0354-8

    Application by Société Radio Communautaire du Grand Edmonton Society for a broadcasting licence to operate a French-language FM community radio station in Edmonton.

    The station would operate at 97.9 MHz (channel 250A1) with an average effective radiated power (ERP) of 113 watts (maximum ERP of 180 watts with an effective height of antenna above average terrain of 38 metres).

    The applicant proposes to broadcast at least 92.5 hours of local programming per broadcast week. The remaining programming would originate from Réseau francophone d’Amérique and Radio France international.

    The Commission may withdraw this application from the public hearing if it is not advised by the Department of Industry, at least 20 days prior to the hearing, that the application is technically acceptable.

    Applicant’s address:

    8627 Marie-Anne-Gaboury Street (91 Street)
    Office 116
    Edmonton, Alberta
    T6C 3N1
    Email: j8565@telus.net
    Email to request electronic version of application: FGauthier@LStelcom.com

    12. Riding Mountain Broadcasting Ltd.
    Brandon, Manitoba
    Application 2016-0342-3

    Application by Riding Mountain Broadcasting Ltd. for a broadcasting licence to operate an English-language FM commercial radio station in Brandon to replace its AM commercial radio station CKLQ Brandon, Manitoba.

    The station would operate at 91.5 MHz (channel 218C) with an effective radiated power of 100,000 watts (non-directional antenna with an effective height of the antenna above average terrain of 325.6 metres).

    The applicant wishes to maintain the AM transmitter as a rebroadcasting transmitter for the new FM service. The AM transmitter would operate at the current technical parameters, namely at 880 kHz (class B) with a daytime and night-time transmitter power of 10,000 watts.

    The applicant proposes to maintain the station’s current Country music format.

    The Commission notes that 91.5 MHz will become available in Brandon when Native Communications Inc. changes the frequency of its transmitter CIWM-FM Brandon, as authorized in CINC-FM Thompson and its transmitter CIWM-FM Brandon – Licence amendment and technical changes, Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2016-100, 16 March 2023.

    The Commission may withdraw this application from the public hearing if it is not advised by the Department of Industry, at least 20 days prior to the hearing, that the application is technically acceptable.

    Applicant’s address:

    624 14th Street East
    Brandon, Manitoba
    R7A 7E1
    Fax: 204-726-1270
    Email: clarkc@westmancom.com
    Email to request electronic version of application: clarkc@westmancom.com