new Edmonton radio stationsOn September 27, 2016, the CRTC held hearings  at the Radisson Hotel in Edmonton to consider 11 applications to operate  new ethnic commercial AM and FM radio stations, as well as an application for a new French language community radio station, to serve Edmonton. Several of the applications are competing for the same frequency. CRTC will announce its decisions on these applications in the next 6 to 9 months. 
1. VMS Media Group Ltd.
Edmonton, Alberta
Application 2016-0372-0

Application by VMS Media Group Ltd. for a broadcasting licence to operate an ethnic commercial FM specialty radio station in Edmonton.

The proposed station would operate at 106.5 MHz. The applicant also submitted two alternative proposals. Under the first alternative proposal, an AM station in Edmonton would operate at 580 kHz  with a daytime and night-time transmitter power of 10,000 watts. Under the second alternative proposal, an FM station in Edmonton would operate at 93.3 MHz (channel 227A) with an average ERP of 2,300 watts. The applicant stated that it would adhere to a condition of licence requiring it to direct ethnic programming to a minimum of 24 cultural groups in at least 22 different languages each broadcast week. It further stated that 100% of the programming broadcast each broadcast week would be devoted to ethnic programming, of which 90% would be devoted to third-language programming.

2. Neeti P. Ray, on behalf of a corporation to be incorporated
Edmonton, Alberta
Application 2016-0358-0

Application by Neeti P. Ray, on behalf of a corporation to be incorporated for a broadcasting licence to operate an ethnic commercial FM specialty radio station in Edmonton.

The station would operate at 106.5 MHz  with an average effective radiated power  of 9,000 watts. The applicant also submitted an alternative proposal for the use of the 1,650 kHz AM frequency with a daytime and night-time transmitter power of 10,000 watts. The applicant stated that it would adhere to a condition of licence requiring it to direct ethnic programming to a minimum of 22 cultural groups in at least 12 different languages each broadcast week. It further stated that 100% of the programming broadcast each broadcast week would be devoted to ethnic programming, 92% of which would be devoted to third-language programming.

3. Antoine Karam, on behalf of a corporation to be incorporated
Edmonton, Alberta
Application 2015-0007-5

Application by Antoine Karam, on behalf of a corporation to be incorporated for a broadcasting licence to operate an ethnic commercial FM specialty radio station in Edmonton.

The station would operate at 106.5 MHz with an average effective radiated power of 1,822 watts. The applicant stated that it would adhere to a condition of licence requiring it to direct ethnic programming to a minimum of 26 cultural groups in at least 14 different languages each broadcast week. It further stated that 100% of the total programming broadcast each broadcast week would be devoted to ethnic programming, all of which would be devoted to third-language programming.

4. Dufferin Communications Inc.
Edmonton, Alberta
Application 2016-0329-1

Application by Dufferin Communications Inc. for a broadcasting licence to operate an ethnic commercial FM specialty radio station in Edmonton.

The station would operate at 106.5 MHz  with an average effective radiated power of 3,380 watts. The applicant stated that it would adhere to a condition of licence requiring it to direct ethnic programming to a minimum of 14 cultural groups in at least 10 different languages each broadcast week. It further stated that 100% of the total programming broadcast each broadcast week would be devoted to ethnic programming, 84% of which would be devoted to third-language programming.

5. Radio India Ltd.
Edmonton, Alberta
Applications 2016-0344-9 and 2016-0374-6

Applications by Radio India Ltd. for a broadcasting licence to operate an ethnic commercial specialty FM radio station in Edmonton.

The station would operate at 106.5 MHz with an average effective radiated power of 2,200 watts. The applicant also submitted an alternative proposal (application 2016-0374-6) for the use of the 1,690 kHz AM frequency with a daytime and night-time transmitter power of 5,000 watts. The applicant stated that it would adhere to a condition of licence requiring it to direct ethnic programming to a minimum of 26 cultural groups in at least 16 different languages each broadcast week. It further stated that 100% of the total programming broadcast each broadcast week would be devoted to ethnic programming, 95% of which would be devoted to third-language programming.

6. Multicultural Broadcasting Corporation Inc.
Edmonton, Alberta
Application 2016-0348-1

Application by Multicultural Broadcasting Corporation Inc. for a broadcasting licence to operate an ethnic commercial FM specialty radio station in Edmonton.

The station would operate at 106.5 MHz with an average effective radiated power of 2,100 watts. The applicant stated that it would adhere to a condition of licence requiring it to direct ethnic programming to a minimum of 18 cultural groups in at least 16 different languages each broadcast week. It further stated that 100% of the total programming broadcast each broadcast week would be devoted to ethnic programming, 85% of which would be devoted to third-language programming.

7. Harmon Bal, on behalf of a corporation to be incorporated
Edmonton, Alberta
Application 2016-0353-0

Application by Harmon Bal, on behalf of a corporation to be incorporated for a broadcasting licence to operate an ethnic commercial FM specialty radio station in Edmonton.

The station would operate at 106.5 MHz with an average effective radiated power of 1,600 watts. The applicant stated that it would adhere a condition of licence requiring it to direct ethnic programming to a minimum of 15 cultural groups in at least 15 different languages each broadcast week. It further stated that 100% of the total programming broadcast each broadcast week would be devoted to ethnic programming, 79% of which would be devoted to third-language programming.

8. Akash Broadcasting Inc.
Edmonton, Alberta
Application 2016-0359-8

Application by Akash Broadcasting Inc. for a broadcasting licence to operate an ethnic commercial FM specialty radio station in Edmonton.

The station would operate at 106.5 MHz with an average effective radiated power of 2,200 watts. The applicant stated that it would adhere to a condition of licence requiring it to direct ethnic programming to a minimum of 21 cultural groups in at least 14 different languages each broadcast week. It further stated that 100% of the total programming broadcast each broadcast week would be devoted to ethnic programming, over 89% of which would be devoted to third-language programming.

9. South Fraser Broadcasting Inc.
Edmonton, Alberta
Application 2016-0365-5

Application by South Fraser Broadcasting Inc. for a broadcasting licence to operate an ethnic commercial AM radio station in Edmonton.

The station would operate at 580 kHz with a daytime and night-time transmitter power of 10,000 watts. The applicant stated that it would adhere to a condition of licence requiring it to direct ethnic programming to a minimum of 14 cultural groups in at least 14 different languages each broadcast week. It further stated that 100% of the total programming broadcast each broadcast week would be devoted to ethnic programming, 86.5% of which would be devoted to third-language programming.

10. 1811258 Alberta Ltd.
Edmonton, Alberta
Application 2016-0360-6

Application by 1811258 Alberta Ltd. for a broadcasting licence to operate an ethnic commercial AM radio station in Edmonton.

The station would operate at 580 kHz with a daytime and night-time transmitter power of 10,000 watts. The applicant also submitted an alternative proposal to operate the station at 106.5 MHz with an average effective radiated power (ERP) of 2,200 watts. The applicant stated that it would adhere to a condition of licence requiring it to direct ethnic programming to a minimum of 9 cultural groups in at least 17 different languages each broadcast week. It further stated that 100% of the total programming broadcast each broadcast week would be devoted to ethnic programming, 89% of which would be devoted to third-language programming.

11. Thursday, 29 September 2016
Société Radio Communautaire du Grand Edmonton Society
Edmonton, Alberta
Application 2016-0354-8

Application by Société Radio Communautaire du Grand Edmonton Society for a broadcasting licence to operate a French-language FM community radio station

The station would operate at 97.9 MHz with an average effective radiated power of 113 watts. The applicant proposes to broadcast at least 92.5 hours of local programming per broadcast week. The remaining programming would originate from Réseau francophone d’Amérique and Radio France international.

Read the transcripts from the hearings at: http://www.crtc.gc.ca/eng/transcripts

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