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Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2003-31

Ottawa, 7 February 2003
Way of Life Broadcasting
Dryden, Ontario
Application 2001-1202-9
Public Hearing at Toronto, Ontario
17 September 2002

Low-power Christian music FM radio station in Dryden

1.

The Commission approves the application by Way of Life Broadcasting (Way of Life) for a licence to operate a low-power English-language specialty FM radio programming undertaking in Dryden, Ontario. The station will operate at 97.3 MHz (channel 247LP) with an effective radiated power of 50 watts.

2.

The applicant indicated that the new station would be a not-for-profit operation, with revenues generated through listener donations, offering Christian music. Way of Life also stated that at least 95% of all music broadcast would be drawn from subcategory 35 (non-classic Religious), and that 15% of all Category 3 music would be devoted to Canadian selections. Conditions of licence related to these commitments are set out in the appendix to this decision.

3.

Way of Life proposed to offer religious spoken word programming, and stated that it would make available at least 6.25% of each broadcast day for use by members of other faiths in the community. The applicant confirmed that it would adhere to the requirements of the Commission's Religious Broadcasting Policy, Public Notice CRTC 1993-78, 3 June 1993, involving the offering of balance programs and guidelines on ethics regarding solicitation of funds and religious programming practices. The applicant also identified daily programs that will provide balance. A condition of licence regarding the ethics guidelines is set out in the appendix to this decision.

4.

The Commission received two interventions in support of the application. One opposing intervention was also submitted by Fawcett Broadcasting Limited (Fawcett), licensee of CKDR Dryden, objecting to the applicant's potential ability to sell commercial advertising.

5.

In reply to Fawcett's intervention, the applicant reiterated its commitment that it would not broadcast any commercials. The Commission is satisfied with Way of Life's response to the opposing intervention, and notes that a condition of licence prohibiting the broadcast of local advertising is set out in the appendix to this decision.

6.

The licence will expire 31 August 2009, and will be subject to the conditions set out in the appendix to this decision as well as those set out in New licence form for commercial radio stations, Public Notice CRTC 1999-137, 24 August 1999.

7.

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.

8.

The Commission reminds the licensee 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.

9.

Given that the technical parameters approved in this decision are for a low-power unprotected FM service, the Commission also reminds the licensee that it will have to select another frequency if the Department so requires.

10.

Furthermore, the licence for this undertaking will be issued once the licensee has informed the Commission in writing that it is prepared to commence operations. 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 7 February 2005. In order to ensure that such a request is processed in a timely manner, it should be submitted at least 60 days before this date.
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: http://www.crtc.gc.ca

 

Appendix to Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2003-31

 

Conditions of licence

 1. The licence will be subject to the following conditions, as well as the conditions set out in New licence form for commercial radio stations, Public Notice CRTC 1999-137, 24 August 1999.
 2. The station shall be operated within the Specialty format as defined in A review of certain matters concerning radio, Public Notice CRTC 1995-60, 21 April 1995, and Revised content categories and subcategories for radio, Public Notice CRTC 2000-14, 28 January 2000, as amended from time to time.
 3. A minimum of 95% of all musical selections broadcast during each broadcast week shall be devoted to selections drawn from subcategory 35 - non-classic religious.
 4. The licensee shall ensure that a minimum level of 15% of musical selections from category 3 (Special Interest Music) broadcast during each broadcast week is devoted to Canadian selections.
 5. The licensee shall not broadcast hit material, as defined in Revised policy on the use of hits by English-language FM radio stations, Public Notice CRTC 1997-42, 23 April 1997, or as amended from time to time.
 6. The licensee shall not broadcast commercial messages.
 7. The licensee shall adhere to the guidelines on balance programs and ethics for religious programming as set out in section IV of Religious Broadcasting Policy, Public Notice CRTC 1993-78, 3 June 1993, as amended from time to time.

Date Modified: 2003-02-07