Community FM radio station clears final hurdle

Staff ~ The Truro Daily News
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TRURO - A community radio station proposed for the Truro area has received final approval to operate a low-power FM station.
"We're thrilled, of course," said Melanie Grant, executive director of the Truro Live Performing Arts Association, regarding approval received this week from the Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC), for an application to broadcast over the 97.9 FM frequency.
"It's really exciting," she said. "We really feel that our station will enhance and celebrate our culture."
The group now has about 18 months to get its station on air under the CRTC approval. Grant said she anticipates it will be at least a year before they reach that stage.
The overall plan is to air up to 126 hours a week - from 6 a.m. to midnight, seven days a week - of varying musical genres from "fiddle to folk to rock," Grant said. Programming will also include country, church choirs, school concerts, pipe and drum bands and other music, interviews and community events.
In the meantime, efforts will be concentrated on building a launch team, for which the group is seeking local business people to volunteer their expertise.

Organizations: Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission, Truro Live Performing Arts Association

Geographic location: TRURO

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Recent comments

  • Sam
    March 01, 2010 - 14:40

    Good to hear all of the regulatory hurdles have been cleared. That said, the people spearheading this effort need to get their act together. I've contacted them three times - once to donate money and twice to volunteer - and I haven't heard back from anyone .... in over 4 months.

    This is a great concept that managed to make it through the red tape of government - now let's see this project actually take flight. Looking forward to hearing the reaults!

  • Alan
    March 01, 2010 - 14:39

    This would be a perfect oppourtunity to showcase local talent. We have a lot of musicians who never get a chance for the bigstage , and it would be great to have a specific time slot alotted each week to local musicians. I know I would tune in.

  • Reg
    March 01, 2010 - 14:39

    Save us from Big Dog!!!