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  Route reference: 2009-296
  Ottawa, 27 October 2009
  Dawson City Community Radio Society
Dawson City, Yukon
  Application 2009-0183-6, received 15 January 2009
Public Hearing in the National Capital Region
21 July 2009
 

Community radio station in Dawson City

  The Commission approves an application for a broadcasting licence to operate an English-language low-power Type B community FM radio station in Dawson City.
 

Introduction

1. The Commission received an application by Dawson City Community Radio Society (Dawson City Radio) for a broadcasting licence to operate an English-language low-power Type B community FM radio programming undertaking in Dawson City, Yukon to replace the very low-power developmental community radio programming undertaking in Dawson City authorized in Broadcasting Decision 2006-569. The Commission did not receive any interventions in connection with this application.
2. Dawson City Radio is a not-for-profit corporation controlled by its board of directors.
 

Proposed service

3. The proposed station would operate at 106.9 MHz (channel 295LP) with a maximum effective radiated power of 50 watts (effective height of the antenna above average terrain of 24.7 metres). The Commission notes that the technical parameters set out in this decision differ slightly from those announced in Broadcasting Notice of Consultation 2009-296 as they are the technical parameters certified by the Department of Industry.
4. Dawson City Radio indicated that the station would broadcast 126 hours of programming each broadcast week. Type B community radio stations may not increase or decrease their total weekly broadcast time by more than 20% without prior approval.
5. The new station would offer 44 hours of local programming and 82 hours of programming originating from the commercial radio station CKRW-FM Whitehorse.
6. The new station’s musical programming would include folk, soul funk, indie rock, jazz and blues music as well as selections from other genres. The applicant indicated that its spoken word programming would provide news, discussions between hosts and guests on current affairs, sports reports supplied by the City Recreation Department and school news as provided by the school newsletter. The applicant committed to devote at least 5% of the news broadcast to local stories each broadcast week.
7. With respect to the promotion of local artists, Dawson City Radio stated that its station would continue to feature new and local talent through interviews, music airplay and live studio performances. The applicant also indicated that it would promote the annual event organized by the Dawson City Music Festival Society, whose mandate is to promote local and Canadian music, and that it would devote airtime to the festival’s feature artists.
8. Dawson City Radio further stated that the station would be inclusive and that it would welcome public participation in both the production and programming aspects of the proposed station. The applicant stated that the station would be operated by local volunteers and that its priority would be to train the volunteers so that they may provide the proposed 44 hours of locally produced programming. The applicant also indicated that it would provide continuous training so that radio broadcasting becomes an educational experience for the volunteers. If the demand is there, Dawson City Radio may also offer professional radio broadcast training workshops based on the workshop curriculum it currently co-owns with Yukon College. The applicant is also working with local elementary and high schools to incorporate radio training in the school curriculum.
 

Commission’s determination

9. The Commission is satisfied that the application is consistent with the provisions for Type B community radio stations set out in Public Notice 2000-13. Accordingly, the Commission approves the application by Dawson City Community Radio Society for a broadcasting licence to operate an English-language low-power Type B community FM radio programming undertaking in Dawson City. The terms and conditions of licence are set out in the appendix to this decision.
10. The Commission notes that the applicant has increased its local programming from 18 to 44 hours since it obtained a broadcasting licence to operate an English-language developmental community radio station in Broadcasting Decision 2006-569. Nonetheless, the Commission encourages the licensee to pursue local community radio programming content and to increase the amount of hours devoted to this local programming. The Commission will review the licensee’s performance in this area at the time of the station’s licence renewal.
  Secretary General
 

Related documents

 
  • English-language developmental community radio station in Dawson City, Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2006-569, 3 October 2006
 
  • Community radio policy, Public Notice CRTC 2000-13, 28 January 2000
  This decision is to be appended to the licence. It is available in alternative format upon request and may also be examined in PDF format or in HTML at the following Internet site: http://www.crtc.gc.ca.
 

Appendix to Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2009-672

 

Terms, conditions of licence and encouragements

 

Terms

 

Issuance of the broadcasting licence to operate an English-language low-power Type B community FM radio programming undertaking in Dawson City, Yukon

  The licence will expire 31 August 2016.
  The applicant must file an executed copy of its amended by-laws by 27 October 2010.
  The station will operate at 106.9 MHz (channel 295LP) with a maximum effective radiated power of 50 watts (effective height of the antenna above average terrain of 24.7 metres).
  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.
  The Commission reminds the applicant 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.
  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 so requires.
  Furthermore, the licence for this undertaking will be issued once the applicant 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 27 October 2011. 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.
  In accordance with Community radio policy, Public Notice CRTC 2000-13, 28 January 2000, the licence for this community radio station will be held by a not-for-profit organization without share capital whose structure provides for membership, management, operation and programming by members of the community at large. The board of directors will ultimately control the undertaking and be responsible for adherence to the Radio Regulations, 1986 and the station’s conditions of licence.
 

Conditions of licence

 

1. The licence shall be subject to the conditions set out in New licence form for community radio stations, Public Notice CRTC 2000-157, 16 November 2000.

 

2. The licensee shall devote, in each broadcast week, 12% or more of its musical selections from content category 3 (Special Interest Music) to Canadian selections broadcast in their entirety.

 

Encouragements

  The Commission considers that community radio stations should be particularly sensitive to employment equity issues in order to reflect fully the communities they serve. It encourages the licensee to consider these issues in its hiring practices and in all other aspects of its management of human resources.
  The Commission notes the challenges related to operating an exclusively local programming service in a community of the size of Dawson City. Nonetheless, the Commission encourages the licensee to pursue local community radio programming content and to increase the amount of hours devoted to this local programming.