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Pursuant to Public Notice CRTC 1986-22 dated 3 February 1986, the Commission approves the application to amend the broadcasting licence for CFRC-FM Kingston by changing the frequency from 91.9 MHz (channel 220) to 101.9 MHz (channel 270), by increasing the effective radiated power from 1,270 watts to 3,000 watts, and by relocating the transmitter from Fleming Hall on the Queen's University campus to a site three miles northeast of Kingston (Vivarium site).
The licensee has indicated that these changes will enable it to avoid interference resulting from electronic measuring equipment in use elsewhere on campus and to improve its service to Queen's University and the immediate surrounding area.
In accordance with paragraph 22(1)(b) of the Broadcasting Act, the Commission will only issue the licence amendment, 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 an amendment to the Technical Construction and Operating Certificate.
The Commission also approves the proposal to delete the condition of licence which authorizes the simulcasting of programming originating with CFRC on CFRC-FM.
The licensee proposes to increase its weekly broadcast time from 51 hours 30 minutes to 78 hours 30 minutes and to change the station's format from "Classical/Fine Arts" to "Group IV", based primarily on an increase of more than 15 hours in the weekly commitment to subcategory 52 (Pop and Rock-Harder) music. It further proposes to augment its weekly commitment to traditional and special interest music by 48 minutes from 21 hours 2 minutes to 21 hours 50 minutes and to broadcast in stereo.
The Commission approves the request to change CFRC-FM's format to "Group IV". It has considered this change in light of opposing interventions from Kingston's two commercial AM stations, CKWS and CKLC, and the licensee's response thereto.
Although the interveners claimed that CFRC-FM's move to "Group IV" would infringe on the formats of their local stations and fragment the market, the Commission notes that there are important differences in the service proposed by this FM undertaking and that offered by the interveners on the AM band. In the Commission's view, CFRC-FM's commitment to draw 90% of its category 5 selections from "non-hit" material, its commitment to traditional and special interest music, and its undertaking not to engage in commercial activity at this time, should ensure diversity in the programming offered to listeners in this area and should not unduly affect the ability of CKWS and CKLS to attract revenue. The Commission further notes that student FM stations historically have never achieved significant audiences according to BBM surveys.
The Commission acknowledges the receipt of three interventions in support of this application.