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County FM submits CRTC application for radio station

County FM 92.3 logo designed by Tim Snyder of Ton-Up Creative

The Prince Edward County Radio Corporation has submitted its license application to the CRTC for a community controlled station.

“Completing our license application means we are over the second major hurdle in setting up a community FM radio station exclusively focused on the County” said Treat Hull, board chairman. “We jumped the first hurdle in May when the broadcast engineer identified 92.3 as an available frequency. Now that the license application is in, we can move ahead with the practical work of getting the station on the air while we wait for the CRTC to process the application.”

Before the station can go on the air, the application must first be approved by the regulator, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC). The license approval is expected to take eight to 12 months and the station hopes to start broadcasting in 2013.

“Community support is one of the key things the CRTC looks for in deciding whether to approve a license and our license application went in with over 170 members behind it and support letters from 14 community leaders and organizations.”

The station is owned by Prince Edward County Radio Corporation, a federally incorporated not-for-profit corporation whose purpose is to fund and operate a community radio station that reflects and enhances the richness, diversity and economic vitality of Prince Edward County.

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  1. Treat Hull says:

    Hi Chris. The station will broadcast with an effective radiated power of 3000 watts with an omnidirectional antenna at a height of 71 meters above average terrain. BTW, we certainly welcome an ex broadcast professional engineer as part of the team ;-}

  2. Chris says:

    Thanks Gary and Treat for the info! One final question….(from an ex broadcast professional engineer )…. How many Watts and ERP??

  3. Gary Mooney says:

    The application has just been submitted, so I’m guessing that they haven’t had time to upload it to the website yet.

    The earlier application was from a GTA-based group that wanted a commercial license. It was turned down primarily because it would have drained away too much revenue from other Quinte stations, making it more difficult for all to survive.

  4. Treat Hull says:

    Hi Chris

    The application went in last Friday but it will take a while for the CRTC to post it.

    The station will be called “92.3 County FM”. It will be owned and operated by the Prince Edward County Radio Corporation, a federally incorporated not-for-profit which currently has over 200 members here in the County.

    Thanks for recognizing my personal effort, but it truly has been a team effort by the Board which includes Ange Stever, Bernie Finkelstein, Doug Monk, John Mather, Mary Sinclair, Peter Fleming, Shelagh Mathers and myself.

    Please feel free to speak to any board member with your ideas or to get involved. With the exception of a full-time station manager, the station is expected to run entirely with volunteers.

  5. Chris says:

    Looking forward to their successful approval, but a quick jaunt through the CRTC web did not reveal their application. I did find one that was denied last year, though 🙁

    “The Commission denies an application for a broadcasting licence to operate an English-language commercial FM station in Prince Edward County, Ontario.
    The application

    1. The Commission received an application by 7253231 Canada Limited (7253231 Canada) for a broadcasting licence to operate an English-language commercial FM radio programming undertaking in Prince Edward County, Ontario.

    2. The new station would offer an Adult Album Alternative music format.”

    Perhaps they made the application through another Company, b/c there are no current applications submitted under the name Prince Edward County Radio Corp.

    Anyone have the deets on Mr. Hull’s effort?

  6. Dee Alder says:

    Sounds wonderful !!!

  7. Gary Mooney says:

    County FM will make a major contribution to the richness of life in the County. I can’t wait forit to go live!

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