CKYR, branded as Red FM 106.7 FM, launched in Calgary on May 3, 2013. The station, operated by Multicultural Broadcasting Corporation headquartered in Surrey, BC where they operate a sister station, was approved by the CRTC on May 24, 2012. At the same time, the CRTC licenced another new station in Calgary, CHPK, branded as The Peak and yet to be launched by the Jim Pattison Broadcast Group.
The CRTC licenced Red FM in Calgary as a commercial FM radio programming broadcasting on the 106.7 FM frequency. As a condition of its licence, all of its programming is to be directed to a minimum of 23 cultural groups in a minimum of 19 different languages. Its identified target audiences are the South Asian community (primary); Filipino, Arabic and Vietnamese communities (secondary).
Ten percent of its content has to be original Canadian musical selections aired during ethnic programming periods over the broadcast week. Additionally, 120 hours of local programming are to be broadcast week, 50 hours of spoken word programming and 7 hours, 45 minutes of local news programming per broadcast week. Furthermore, they promised to make a contribution to Canadian content development of a further $553,000 over seven consecutive broadcast years over the required basic annual contribution.
From a glance at their programming schedule, they seem on track to meeting their programming commitments:
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