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Decision

Ottawa, 21 October 1996
Decision CRTC 96-696
Golden West Broadcasting Ltd.
High River, Alberta - 941921900
Licence amendment
Following a Public Hearing held at Calgary beginning on 15 July 1996, the Commission approves the application by Golden West Broadcasting Ltd. (Golden West) to amend the broadcasting licence for CHRB High River as follows:
-  by increasing the day-time transmitter power from 10,000 watts to 50,000 watts, and the night-time transmitter power from 10,000 watts to 46,000 watts;
-   by changing the frequency from 1280 kHz to 1140 kHz; and
-  by using the transmitter recently used by CFXL Calgary.
The Commission hereby authorizes the licensee to operate the undertaking on the basis of the contours and particulars resulting from the above-mentioned changes.
Golden West proposes to discontinue the use of its current 20-year-old 10,000 watt transmitter and to use the newer 50,000 watt transmitter which had been used by CFXL. In support of its application, Golden West argued that use of these larger facilities will enable it to improve CHRB's coverage. As the conversion of CFXL to FM has been approved in Decision CRTC 94-629 dated 16 August 1994, Golden West has surrendered CFXL's AM licence to the Commission.
CHRB is mandated to provide a locally-oriented service to southern Alberta, particularly in the High River area. The Commission notes that, while CHRB is currently received in most parts of Calgary, the technical parameters approved herein will expand the licensee's 25 mV/m day-time and night-time contours, thereby greatly improving coverage in that city's central market. At the hearing, the Commission questioned Golden West on the possibility that it might reorient CHRB's programming away from its licensed mandate to serve southern Alberta and seek to serve the Calgary market. Golden West stated:
...  our signal now covers all of Calgary. So we would not propose to change anything. We would not propose to change our programming or philosophical approach to broadcasting and service. ... our plan is to continue our program and service as it is now.
Golden West further stated:
We  are licensed to serve southern Alberta, not Calgary, and it is not our intention to provide service to Calgary.
The Commission expects Golden West to maintain CHRB's current programming orientation to the smaller communities of southern Alberta, particularly in and around the High River area.
The Commission notes Golden West's commitment that CHRB will not solicit local advertising in Calgary.
The Commission further notes that, while CHRB's existing night-time interference-free contour covers High River and area including Black Diamond, the proposed night-time interference-free contour does not reach High River and also falls short of Black Diamond. The Commission expects Golden West to take the necessary measures to ensure that CHRB's night-time service in these communities remains comparable to that of the existing 1280 kHz service.
This decision is to be appended to the licence.
 Allan J. Darling
 Secretary General