CRTC Grants New Toronto FM To Rock 95 Broadcasting For Indie Rock Station
September 11, 2012 at 10:20 AM (PT)
ROCK 95 BROADCASTING has won the hotly-contested battle for the vacant 88.1 FM allocation in TORONTO and will launch an English-language indie Rock format on the frequency formerly occupied by RYERSON UNIVERSITY campus station CKLN, the license of which was revoked in 2011.
ROCK 95, licensee of Active Rock CFJB (ROCK 95) and Hot AC CKMB (107.5 KOOL FM)/BARRIE, ON, beat out 21 other applicants, including the CBC, NEWCAP, MX MEDIA, and others. The new station will operate with a maximum ERP of 875 watts at 328.4 meters above average terrain.
“Even in the age of digital media, Canadian artists who do not have major-label support face a tough road to success. ROCK 95’s station will give much-needed radio exposure to those artists and listeners will have an opportunity to discover new talent,” said LEONARD KATZ, CRTC Vice-Chairman of Telecommunications. “We received some very compelling applications, but could only award one licence.”
In addition, the Commission granted a new FM license in MARKHAM, ON to BHUPINDER BOLA over another application for an Ethnic AM by 8041393 CANADA INC. BOLA proposed a Triple A/AC format on 105.9 FM using a maximum ERP of 618 watts at 21.1 meters.
And the CRTC denied an application by SARBJEET S. ARORA for a new AM daytimer Ethnic community station at 1190 AM with 500 watts. Several parties objected to the proposal because they said the GREATER TORONTO AREA was already served by at least 10 other Ethnic stations.