Two broadcasters will soon know the fate of their applications for the first radio licence in Sylvan Lake, Alberta. An application submitted by Lethbridge-based Clear Sky Radio proposes a modern rock FM radio station while Altona, Manitoba-based Golden West Broadcasting proposes a Country FM station. Both proposals promise a considerable amount of local news and community information.
Clear Sky’s station, 88.5 FM The Lake, proposes to play modern music along with reports on local news, weather, sports and highway conditions to fill demand created by the current absence of a local radio station. More than 60 news packages totalling more than three hours in length to be aired each week are proposed. Their proposal claims a strong in-car signal would allow Sylvan Lake residents commuting to and from Red Deer would make up an important listener base and enable their access to up-to-date road and weather reports on Highway 11 to make make important travel decisions.
If licensed, the new station will join Alberta sister stations CJCY in Medicine Hat, CKBD at 98.1 FM (aka The Bridge) and CJOC at 94.1 FM in Lethbridge and the newly licenced CKOV at 104.5 FM (aka The Wolf) in Strathmore scheduled to launch late this year.
Golden West Broadcasting has also applied for a licence, theirs for a Country format station to broadcast on the same 88.5 FM frequency as Clear Sky.
If successful, the station will join Golden West’s Alberta sister stations: CHOO at 99.5 FM (aka The Drum) in Drumheller, CKFT at 107.9 FM (aka Mix 107) in Fort Saskatchewan, along with CHRB at 1140 AM and CKUV at 100.9 FM (aka The Eagle) in High River.
On November 5, 2015 the CRTC announced that they had denied both applications. See their decision at: www.crtc.gc.ca/eng/archive/2015/2015-494.htm