CRTC put up the transcripts for the few days of the Ottawa radio hearings. Fair warning, they are LONG. I took a glance at them, would take me a while to read all of the info. But I thought I would send the links along for those interested in what goes on at these things.
Never heard of “contour maps” before when it comes to radio frequency. I just play the music on the radio. 🙂
Some parts are in French and not translated into English yet. Audio feed had translations of both, but it’s impressive the transcripts are up this fast in the first place.
I heard some people in Kingston saw snow last night, but I didn’t. Forecast of flurries on Wednesday? Hope not.
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.
Should be able to upload tonight’s show, today instead of tomorrow with hockey the rest of the night. I’ll be at the station working on that with time on my hands.
Got a message from Ed with DawgFM in Ottawa. CRTC asked for more support letters, this time about the French aspects. I know, they don’t like to make things easy do they? This was Ed’s message to a group on Facebook.
I hate to ask again, I hope this is the last time. The CRTC has informed us that they want support letters to talk about specifically how the Official Language Minority Community will benefit from our station. We have prepared a support letter at Bluesincanada.com. This is a new letter, so if you have sent a previous letter, please go to the site again and send this letter. Click on the link below
then click on the Save DAWG FM button to send a letter of support to the CRTC. The deadline is February 12th. This is a new letter so we are asking everyone who has sent one previously to send another. You will get a failure letter from the CRTC, do not worry as we will be uploading these letters to the CRTC website and they will become public for everyone to review.
it’s even better if you go direct to the CRTC and write comments on their form. Here is the link
They have to click on the application by Frank Torres OBCI to support DAWG FM
The applications for Ottawa will be re-heard at a public hearing at the end of March. I thank you all for the many letters you have written to support the Blues.
Please feel free to send a copy to your Member of Parliament, or anyone else at Canadian Heritage, Industry Canada or anyone in government. Please send this to all of your address book, friends, family. Every letter counts. Sorry for the long email.
Emailed Ed and we talked about this example of a letter that was written. We encourage people to use their own words and not copy and paste of course. But this helps shows what it might look like, how many times do you write to the CRTC? LOL.
Please accept this letter of support for application 2007-1203-5 for a Blues format FM radio licence to Frank Torres OBCI.
A Blues format station will benefit official language minority communities in both Ottawa and Gatineau. Quebec Blues artists will now have a venue to play their music. The station playlist will prominently feature Francophone and Anglophone blues artists together.
The applicant has also agreed to support an official language minority community station as part of their Canadian Content Development funding. There are many other ways that the applicant is proposing to serve the OLM Communities in Ottawa and Gatineau and be a valuable service to persons of both Official Languages.
I understand that this letter will be in the public domain and may be posted on the CRTC website as part of the public proceeding.
Sorry for the long post but wanted to get all the info in here. Next 2 weeks of shows are funding drive episodes. So I might not get much of a chance to mention this during that time.
Talk to you on the radio. 🙂