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Ottawa, 3 May 1989
Decision CRTC 89-244
T.E.E.N. Radio Society of Pincher Creek
Pincher Creek, Alberta -881029300
Following a Public Hearing in Saskatoon on 20 February 1989, the Commission approves the application by T.E.E.N. Radio Society of Pincher Creek (T.E.E.N. Radio) for a broadcasting licence for an English-language FM community radio station at Pincher Creek on the frequency 90.5 MHz, channel 213, with an effective radiated power of 10 watts. The licence will expire on 31 August 1993, and will be subject to the conditions specified in this decision and in the licence to be issued.
In accordance with the applicant's proposal and the Commission's policy statement on The Review of Community Radio (Public Notice CRTC 1985-194 dated 26 August 1985), the Commission will issue a special FM licence for community radio, Type A, to this station, which will be operated in a Group IV music format.
Community radio stations in general are encouraged to develop innovative and alternative forms of community-oriented programming that contribute to the diversity and variety of radio services within a community. T.E.E.N. Radio has proposed a community station broadcasting 35 hours per week and offering programming primarily directed to teenagers in the areas of recreation, communication, education, social awareness and creativity. The radio service, which will be oriented to the community of Pincher Creek, will include locally-produced French-and native-language community programming.
This community station is owned and controlled by a non-profit organization whose structure provides for membership, management, operation, and programming primarily by members of the community and, in particular, the participation of teenagers throughout the production process. In view of the fact that this non-profit corporation will be supported in part by government loans or grants, the applicant is reminded that it should ensure that it retains at all times full control over all management and programming decisions.
With respect to the development of Canadian talent, the applicant proposes to broadcast live and taped interviews with and performances by local artists. Further, the applicant has committed that 33% of its music selections drawn from category 5 (Music -General) will be Canadian. The Commission notes, however, that 5% of the station's programming will represent spoken word content. The Commission encourages the applicant to increase its total broadcast hours as well as its spoken word programming as resources become available.
While T.E.E.N. Radio has undertaken to provide a minimum of five hours each week of broadcast time for commercial-free access programming, it has not submitted to the Commission precise details of its access policy. Further, the licensee has not specified the amount of alternative music it plans to broadcast. Accordingly, T.E.E.N. Radio is required to report within three months of the date of this decision outlining its specific plans with regard to station access and its proposed amount of alternative music.
It is a condition of licence that the applicant not devote more than 20% of its weekly broadcast time to commercial messages, in accordance with the community radio policy for Type A stations.
It is also a condition of licence that the applicant adhere to the provisions of The Broadcast Code for Advertising to Children published by the Canadian Association of Broadcasters, as amended from time to time and approved by the Commission.
The Commission also authorizes T.E.E.N. Radio to make use of the Subsidiary Communications Multiplex Operation. The Commission expects T.E.E.N. Radio to adhere to the guidelines set out in Appendix A to Public Notice CRTC 1989-23 dated 23 March 1989 entitled "Services Using the Vertical Blanking Interval (Television) or Subsidiary Communications Multiplex Operation (FM)".
The Department of Communications (DOC) has advised the Commission that this proposal is technically acceptable, but that issuance of a Technical Construction and Operating Certificate (TCOC) is conditional on the resolution of any problems involving interference with aeronautical NAV/COM services.
It is a condition of licence that the construction of the station be completed and that it be in operation within twelve months of the date of receipt of written notification from the DOC that it will issue a TCOC or, where the applicant applies to the Commission and satisfies the Commission that it cannot complete implementation before the expiry of this twelve-month period and that an extension of this period is in the public interest, within such further period of time as is approved in writing by the Commission.
An intervention was received from the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation expressing concern that the applicant's use of channel 213 will cause interference on two other channels which the CBC plans to use in the future. In reply, T.E.E.N. Radio stated that it has already committed to vacate channel 213 once the CBC commences broadcasting on channel 211 and/or 216. The Commission is satisfied with the applicant's response in this regard.
The Commission acknowledges the supporting interventions received from Fred D. Bradley (M.L.A. for Pincher Creek-Crowsnest), the Napi Friendship Association and Sybille Manneschmidt.
Fernand Bélisle
Secretary General

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