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Decision CRTC 2000-743


Ottawa, 29 November 2000


Spirit Broadcasting, on behalf of a company to be incorporated
Lethbridge, Alberta - 200014944


18 September 2000 Public Hearing
National Capital Region


New Christian music FM radio


The Commission approves the application for a new English-language specialty FM radio station at Lethbridge. The terms and conditions of licence are set out in the appendix to this decision.


The proposed service


The new station will operate 24 hours a day and will broadcast Christian music. It will originate 168 hours a week of station-produced local programming. The station will feature "live" on-air announcers between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. weekdays. While the station will predominantly offer music, it will also broadcast local and national news, weather, sports, as well as community events announcements, interviews with artists and local public interest stories.


At least 95% of the station's total weekly music will be drawn from subcategory 35 (non-classic religious).


The applicant has confirmed that it has no plans to offer religious programming as defined in the religious broadcasting policy. The Commission, nevertheless, reminds the applicant that, if it does offer religious programming, it must abide by the requirements set out in Public Notice CRTC 1993-78 with respect to balance and other matters involving the broadcasting of religious programming as well as the policy regarding soliciting funds.


In the area of Canadian talent development, the Commission notes the applicant's commitment to allocate a minimum of $2,600 annually in direct expenditures. The initiative will consist of a Christian music talent search in Lethbridge and surrounding areas.


Related CRTC documents

  • Public Notice 1999-137 - New licence form for commercial radio stations
  • Public Notice 1997-42  - Revised policy on the use of hits by English-language FM radio stations
  • Public Notice 1995-60 - A review of certain matters concerning radio
  • Public Notice 1993-78 - Religious broadcasting policy
  • Public Notice 1992-59 - Implementation of an employment equity policy

Secretary General



This decision is to be appended to the licence. It is available in alternative format upon request, and may also be examined at the following Internet site: 


Terms of licence for the specialty radio programming undertaking at Lethbridge


A licence will be issued and effective when the licensee confirms in writing that it is ready to begin operation. This must take place within 12 months of today's date. Any request for an extension to that deadline requires Commission approval and must be made in writing within that period.


The Department of Industry has advised the Commission that this application is conditionally technically acceptable, subject to determination that there is no unacceptable interference with NAV/COM services. When the Department certifies that a broadcasting certificate will be issued, the Commission will issue the licence and the licensee may begin operation (section 22(1) of the Broadcasting Act).


The licence, when issued, will expire 31 August 2007.


The station will broadcast on the FM band, on the frequency 97.1 MHz, channel 246LP, with an effective radiated power of 50 watts.


The technical parameters approved in this decision are for a low-power unprotected FM service. The applicant would have to select another frequency for the operation of the service if required to do so to permit the best use of the frequency band.


The Commission encourages the licensee to consider employment equity issues in its hiring practices and in all other aspects of its management of human resources
(PN 1992-59).


Conditions of licence


The licence will be subject to the conditions specified below and in the licence to be issued, also as set out in Public Notice CRTC 1999-137.


1. The licensee must operate the station within the Specialty format as defined in Public Notice CRTC 1995-60, as amended from time to time.


2. The licensee must draw at least 95% of the total weekly music from sub-category 35 (non-classic religious).


3. The licensee must ensure that a minimum of 20% of Category 3 music selections (Special Interest) broadcast each week are Canadian selections.


4. The licensee must broadcast, in any broadcast week, no more than 25% hit material as defined in Public Notice CRTC 1997-42, as amended from time to time.


5. The licensee must contribute annually a minimum of $2,600 in direct expenditures for the development of Canadian talent.

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