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Decision

Ottawa, 5 October 1984
Decision CRTC 84-866
Copper Island Broadcasting Ltd.
Golden and Invermere, British Columbia - 840964100 - 840965800
Seabrook Broadcasting Ltd. Invermere, British Columbia - 832638100
Following a Public Hearing held in Victoria on 18 June 1984, the Commission approves the application by Copper Island Broadcasting Ltd. (Copper Island) to amend the broadcasting licence for CKGR Golden by changing its program feed which is now received from CKCR Revelstoke. CKGR's programming will originate part-time from the studios of CKCR Revelstoke and part-time from new studios located in Golden.
In addition, the Commission approves the application by Copper Island for a broadcasting licence for an English-language AM radio station at Invermere on the frequency 870 kHz with a power of 1,000 watts (day-time) and 250 watts (night-time), to rebroadcast the programs of CKGR Golden. The Commission will issue a licence expiring 30 September 1989, subject to the conditions of licence specified in this decision and in the licence to be issued.
In a competing application, Seabrook Broadcasting Ltd. (Seabrook) proposed to establish an English-language FM radio station at Invermere, to rebroadcast the programs of CKAL Vernon. The Commission considered carefully the respective merits of the Seabrook and Copper Island proposals. In reaching its decision to grant a licence to Copper Island, the Commission has taken into account the easy accessibility of Invermere from Golden, and it considers that Copper Island's plan to broadcast 38 hours per week of local and regional programming originating from new studios at Golden will enable this new rebroadcasting station at Invermere to provide its audience, on a day-to-day basis, with programming that responds to its needs and interests. For these reasons, the Commission has determined that Copper Island offers the better proposal. Moreover, the Commission does not consider that the size of the Invermere market is sufficient to support the introduction of two new radio services at this time, and therefore, denies the application by Seabrook.
The programming format of the new rebroadcasting station will be Contemporary, described by the licensee as MOR/Adult Contemporary, with some "Country crossover" musical selections. Local and regional programming will feature two daily local newscasts, including road conditions, weather and recreational events; reports on the communities of Golden, Invermere and Radium; public service announcements; and extensive coverage of sports and other area events, feature stories and interviews.
During the first year of operation, a staff of 3 full-time employees will be hired to operate the new studio at Golden, supplemented by a free-lance reporter in each of the Invermere/Windermere and Radium/Edgewater areas. The licensee indicated that the full-time staff at Golden will be increased to 4 during the second year.
In accordance with paragraph 22(1)(b) of the Broadcasting Act, the Commission will only issue the licence, and the authority granted herein may only be implemented, at such time as written notification is received from the Department of Communications that it will issue its Technical Construction and Operating Certificate.
It is a condition of this licence that 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 Department of Communications that it will issue a Technical Construction and Operating Certificate or such further period as the Commission may, upon receipt of a request for extension before the expiry of the said twelve months, deem appropriate under the circumstances.
Fernand Bélisle Secretary General