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Decision CRTC 2001-76


Ottawa, 16 February 2001


The Kamloops Campus/Community Radio Society
Kamloops, British Columbia


20 November 2000 Public Hearing
in Burnaby


New developmental campus radio station


The Commission approves the application for a broadcasting licence for a developmental English-language FM campus radio programming undertaking at Kamloops. The licence will be subject to the terms and conditions described in the appendix to this decision.

1. 9;

The licence will be held by a not-for-profit organization whose structure provides for membership, management, operation and programming by members of the community at large. The board of directors, headed by Charles Neil Russell, is ultimately responsible for adherence to the Radio Regulations, 1986 and the station's conditions of licence.

2. 9;

Developmental stations operate primarily for training purposes and have a certain measure of programming flexibility (PN 2000-13).

3. 9;

The Commission expects this developmental campus station to provide community access to the airwaves and to offer alternative programming that reflects the diverse elements of the communities it is licensed to serve. It is in a position to make a strong contribution to the reflection of Canadian cultural diversity, especially by providing exposure to new and developing artists from minority cultural groups. It also has the responsibility to play music not often played by commercial stations. Further, it is well placed to provide spoken word programming that reflects the perspectives and concerns of minority cultural groups.

4. 9;

The new station will replace the closed-circuit radio service currently operated at The University College of the Cariboo.

5. 9;

The station will provide 96 hours of locally produced programming each week, including at least 6 hours of ethnic programming. Volunteers from the community will produce approximately one-third of the station's programming, while students will produce the remainder. Students will host the proposed ethnic programming. Additional ethnic programming will be drawn from The University College of Cariboo and from various community groups within Kamloops.

6. 9;

The applicant's objectives are to "emphasize local content, to create a bridge between the campus and Kamloops communities, and to offer music and information that is not normally presented by the mainstream media." The station will serve as training facility for students and volunteers from the community interested in developing broadcasting skills.


The Commission acknowledges the many interventions submitted in support of this application.


Related CRTC documents


. Public Notice 2000-156 - New licence form for campus radio stations


. Public Notice 2000-12 - Campus radio policy


. Public Notice 2000-14 - Revised content categories and subcategories for radio


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: 


Appendix to Decision CRTC 2001-76


Terms of the licence for the developmental campus radio programming undertaking at Kamloops


The Commission will only issue the licence, and it will only be effective at such time as:


· 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, having advised that the application is conditionally technically acceptable, has determined that there is no unacceptable interference with NAV/COM services and indicated that it will issue a broadcasting certificate (section 22(1) of the Broadcasting Act).


The licence will be subject to the conditions specified in the licence to be issued, as also set out in Public Notice CRTC 2000-156.


The Commission has established a maximum period of three years for the operation of developmental radio stations. The licence for this station, when issued, will expire 31 August 2003. If the licensee wishes to continue the operation of the station beyond this period, it must, nine months before the expiry of its licence, file an application with the Commission for a regular community radio licence, or cease operations when its licence has expired.


The station will broadcast on the FM band, on the frequency 92.5 MHz, channel 223LP, with an effective radiated power of 4.9 watts.


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


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