Few computer/internet problems today but the shows are finally up.
Lots of different artists in the first hour. Hey Rosetta, David Baxter, The Lever Pulled, Remedy, Francis Arsenault and Christine Crawford.
Start off with a DAWG FM/CRTC update. Then back to music for the rest of the show.
Neil Dobson and the Fabulous Hats, Faded Blue, The Strangeboys and Great Big Sea.
If you heard the first hour you know I mentioned winning a mug from Out There with Melissa Dimarco. Last night’s new episode was built around the “swag bag” they give out to actors who do interviews with them during the film festival. So I’m having a drink out of the mug and I see the mug itself on the show. Good timing. LOL.
As for the DAWG FM update, here is the update from the Facebook group I read part of on air last night.
The re-hearing into our DAWG 101.9FM was adjourned yesterday until June 12th 2009. At which time the Commission will hear evidence about the feasibility of the use of 94.5 FM in the Ottawa market.
What does that mean? Let me give you the short history. We were awarded the licence on August 26th 2008, after an exhaustive process. The Decision included our ALL BLUES licence on 101.9FM and a licence to Astral Media for an ADULT CONTEMPORARY licence on 99.7.
An appeal was launched by a Franco-Ontario group that suggested that they should have been licenced. The appeal was granted by Cabinet and the decision was referred back to the CRTC.
We took a proactive, positive approach to this, at great expense, we found another frequency on which, the CRTC could licence another French Language station if it desired to do so. That frequency is 94.5FM.
The CRTC is going to study that frequency to see if it can be used and all of the applicants will get a chance to make comments at the new hearing on June 12.
So we think this is very positive for the Blues. We had the best engineers in Canada find this frequency, further we had it verified by two more engineers, lastly two of the other applicants said it would work….so we know it works period.
The sticky point here is that Astral Media needs to consent to the use of the 94.5 frequency or use it themselves instead of 99.7.
Bob Walsh, Quebec Blues Legend, Alexandre Petit, from Viree Blues Boreale and Ottawa City Councillor Eli El-Chantiry came to the hearing to address the CRTC and were awesome in support of our application, our thanks to them and to everyone – over 3000 people that have supported DAWG FM.
Funny that a guy I read on a radio news message board seems to have guessed this ahead of time. User named Dan said this 3 weeks ago.
“My guess is the CRTC will re-grant those licenses to Astral and Frank Torres, plus give the go-ahead to the Gatineau Community Station (I assume it was this group that launched the initial complaint). That way everyone is happy.”
Hmmm. Sounds like that’s what’s happening in Ottawa doesn’t it? Does show you that sometimes people on an internet message boards really do have inside information. 🙂
April has snuck up on me. Hope everyone is having a nice weekend. Another gloomy day here in Kingston. Looks like winter is going to hit this area one more time. Possible rain/snow mix overnight and a chance of it from Mon-Wed. But I’ll believe it when I see it.