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Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2003-584

  Ottawa, 20 November 2003
  The Kamloops Campus/Community Radio Society
Kamloops, British Columbia
  Application 2002-0701-0
Public Hearing in the National Capital Region
29 September 2003

Community-based campus FM radio station in Kamloops

  The Commission approves the application to operate a new English-language community-based campus FM radio station in Kamloops.

The application


In New development campus radio station, Decision CRTC 2001-76, 16 February 2001, the Commission approved an application by The Kamloops Campus/Community Radio Society (the Society) to operate a new developmental campus radio station in Kamloops (CFBX-FM). Consistent with its approach for developmental campus radio stations, as outlined in Campus radio policy, Public Notice CRTC 2000-12, 28 January 2000, the Commission licensed this station for three years until 31 August 2003.


The Society decided that it wished to continue operation of CFBX-FM beyond this period and, accordingly, filed the present application for a broadcasting licence to operate an English-language community-based campus FM radio programming undertaking in Kamloops. The applicant proposed to operate the station under the same technical parameters as those of the current campus developmental FM radio station, namely at 92.5 MHz (channel 223VLP) with an effective radiated power (ERP) of 4.9 watts.


The Commission was unable to rule on the Society's application for a regular campus radio licence before the current licence expired. In Administrative renewal, Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2003-422, 27 August 2003, the Commission renewed the broadcasting licence for CFBX-FM, from 1 September 2003 to 31 January 2004.



The applicant stated that, in each broadcast week, the new station would broadcast an average of 112 hours of programming between 8:00 a.m. and midnight, seven days a week. The station would offer a minimum of six hours of ethnic programming in English, Japanese, Spanish, Portuguese, Mandarin, German, and Korean as well as two hours in French. It would also offer a wide range of spoken word programming that reflects the needs and interests of the students of the University College of the Cariboo (the University) and members of the community at large.


The applicant made a commitment that no less than 12% of all category 3 (Special interest) musical selections aired in each broadcast week would be Canadian selections.


The applicant stated that it would promote the music of local artists and other Canadian artists whose music is seldom heard on other stations. In each broadcast week, the station would air a one hour program that focuses exclusively on talent from the community. Public service announcements, album features, in-studio interviews and performances would highlight local talent at every opportunity. Over the licence term, the applicant would increase its promotion of new-album release events, offer more in-studio interviews and performances, and expand its music programs which feature local artists.

Volunteer recruitment and training


The station would continue to be operated primarily by volunteers from the University's student body and faculty as well as from the greater Kamloops community. The station manager and programming coordinator would be the only paid staff. Co-op students from the University's Telecommunications Technician program would be responsible for maintaining and repairing equipment.


The Society plans to recruit volunteers through on-air solicitation, messages on its website and articles in the local print media. The applicant would train all volunteers and ensure that each person would be made aware of the Commission's policies and the station's policies. A programming committee would monitor on-air conduct and content of programs.



The Commission did not receive any interventions in connection with this application.

The Commission's analysis and determination


The Commission expects community-based campus radio stations to provide programming differing in style and substance from that provided by other elements of the broadcasting system, particularly commercial stations and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC). Such programming should consist of music, especially Canadian music, not generally heard on commercial stations (including special interest music, as well as styles of popular music seldom broadcast), in-depth spoken word programming, and programming targeted to specific groups within the community.


In Campus radio policy, Public Notice CRTC 2000-12, 28 January 2000 (Public Notice 2000-12), the Commission stated, among other things, that campus radio stations should rely on volunteers from the campus, and from the community at large, for their programming and operation.


The Commission notes that the Society is a not-for-profit organization controlled by its board of directors. In accordance with Public Notice 2000-12, the Commission expects the board of directors of a campus radio station to include balanced representation from among the student body, the associated college or university (for example, faculty or administration), station volunteers, and from the community at large. To ensure continuity of direction, the Commission also encourages campus stations to establish positions on their boards of directors with terms of more than one year.


Based on its examination of this application, the Commission is satisfied that it is in conformity with all the applicable terms and conditions for community-based campus radio stations announced in Public Notice 2000-12. The Commission also notes that local and Canadian artists will occupy a predominant position within programming, offered by the station. Accordingly, the Commission approves the application by The Kamloops Campus/Community Radio Society for a broadcasting licence to operate an English-language community-based campus FM radio station in Kamloops at 92.5 MHz (channel 223VLP) with an ERP of 4.9 watts.

Issuance of the licence


The licence will expire 31 August 2010 and will be subject to the conditionsspecified in New licence form for campus radio stations, Public Notice CRTC 2000-156, 16 November 2000. It will also be subject to the following condition of licence:

In each broadcast week, the licensee shall devote to the broadcast of Canadian selections no less than 12% of all category 3 (Special interest) musical selections.


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

Employment equity


The Commission considers that campus radio stations should be particularly sensitive to employment equity issues in order to reflect fully the communities they serve. It encourages the applicant to consider these issues in its hiring practices and in all other aspects of its management of human resources.
  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:

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