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Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2005-41

  Ottawa, 3 February 2005
  Standard Radio Inc.
Nelson, Crawford Bay, Kaslo, Nakusp and New Denver, British Columbia
  Application 2004-0336-1
Public Hearing in the National Capital Region
7 September 2004

CKKC Nelson - Conversion to FM band

  The Commission approves the application by Standard Radio Inc. for a broadcasting licence to carry on a new English-language FM radio station in Nelson to replace its AM station CKKC Nelson.

The application


The Commission received an application by Standard Radio Inc. (Standard) for a broadcasting licence to operate a new English-language FM radio programming undertaking at Nelson to replace its AM station CKKC, and to continue the operation of the transmitters listed in the appendix to this decision. The new station would operate at 106.9 MHz (channel 295B) with an effective radiated power of 920 watts.


The applicant indicated that the proposed station would continue to offer the same musical format consisting of adult contemporary hit musical selections currently provided by CKKC. The applicant made a commitment to hire an additional local announcer, and to increase the local programming to a minimum of one-third of the broadcast day. Standard also committed that it would maintain its current spoken word programming offering.


Standard confirmed that it would participate in the plan developed by the Canadian Association of Broadcasters for contributions by radio licensees to Canadian talent development as currently in place at CKKC.

The intervention


The Commission received one intervention opposing this application, from Andrew Quinn-Young, president and partner in a general partnership carrying on business as Little Mountain Radio. The intervener was an applicant at the 7 September 2004 Public Hearing, and proposed to establish a new English-language low-power FM radio station in Nelson. Mr. Quinn-Young indicated that he opposed Standard's application if it meant that his own application would be denied. He expressed the view that the Nelson market can accomodate more than one new radio station.

The Commission's analysis and determination


The Commission has considered Mr. Quinn-Young's views but considers that there is not sufficient room in the market at this time for the new station proposed by Mr. Quinn-Young. In English-language FM radio station in Nelson, Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2005-40, also published today, the Commission has approved an application by Valley Broadcasters Ltd. (Valley) for a licence to operate a new FM radio programming undertaking to replace CHNV-FM Nelson, a transmitter of CKQR-FM Castlegar, also owned by Valley. In light of that approval, the Commission is concerned that the entry of another commercial station into the Nelson radio market could jeopardize the quality of service currently being provided by existing broadcasters. Therefore, in Low-power FM radio station in Nelson, Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2005-42, also published today, the Commission has denied the application by Andrew Quinn-Young and Dallas Wolbaum, partners in a general partnership carrying on business as Little Mountain Radio.


Accordingly, the Commission approves the application by Standard Radio Inc. for a broadcasting licence to operate a new English-language FM radio programming undertaking at Nelson to replace its AM station CKKC. The station will operate at 106.9 MHz (channel 295B) with an average effective radiated power of 920 watts.


The Commission reminds the licensee that it must fulfil all of the benefits commitments set out in Standard acquires the assets of radio stations, radio networks and television stations in Ontario, Alberta and British Columbia, Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2002-91, 19 April 2002, in which the Commission approved the application by Standard to acquire the assets of CKKC Nelson from Telemedia Radio (West) Inc.


The licence will expire 31 August 2011. It will be subject to the conditions set outin New licence form for commercial radio stations, Public Notice CRTC 1999-137, 24 August 1999.


The licensee is authorized, by condition of licence, to simulcast the programming of the new FM station on CKKC for a transition period of three months following the commencement of operations of the FM station. The licensee must surrender the AM licence for revocation by the Commission at the end of this period.

Issuance of the licence


The Department of Industry (the Department) has advised the Commission that, while this application is conditionally technically acceptable, it will only issue a broadcasting certificate when it has determined that the proposed technical parameters will not create any unacceptable interference with aeronautical NAV/COM services.


The Commission reminds the applicant that, pursuant to section 22(1) of the Broadcasting Act, no licence may be issued until the Department notifies the Commission that its technical requirements have been met, and that a broadcasting certificate will be issued.


The undertaking must be operational at the earliest possible date and in any event no later than 24 months from the date of this decision, unless a request for an extension of time is approved by the Commission before 3 February 2007. In order to ensure that such a request is processed in a timely manner, it should be submitted in writing at least 60 days before that date.

Employment equity


Because the licensee is subject to the Employment Equity Act and files reports concerning employment equity with the Department of Human Resources and Skills Development, its employment equity practices are not examined by the Commission.
  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 Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2005-41


Transmitters of the new FM station in Nelson

  CKKC-1-FM Crawford Bay, British Columbia
  CKZX-FM-1 Kaslo, British Columbia
  CKBS-FM Nakusp, British Columbia
  CKZX-FM New Denver, British Columbia

Date Modified: 2005-02-03

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