CKOH-FM, Aboriginal, Happy Valley / Goose Bay
The Okalakatiget Society opened CKHV (1340 kHz) to serve the region’s First Nations communities. It also operated CKOK-FM in Nain (99.9 MHz).
On June 1, the CRTC approved the application by the OKalaKatiget Society to operate a Type B Native FM radio station in Nain with a rebroadcasting transmitter in Happy Valley/Goose Bay. The station would operate at 99.9 MHz (channel 260A) with an effective radiated power of 1,429 watts (non-directional antenna with an EHAAT of -10.5 metres). The transmitter in Happy Valley/Goose Bay would operate at 99.3 MHz (Channel 257A) with an ERP of 1,710 watts (non-directional antenna with an EHAAT of 187 metres). The licence would expire August 31, 2022.
The applicant planned to broadcast 126 hours of programming each broadcast week, of which approximately 103 hours would be devoted to spoken-word programming and 23 hours would be devoted to musical content. The spoken-word programming would be comprised of community news, current events and public service announcements in the English and Inuktitut languages. The station would also offer at least 20 hours of station-produced programming each broadcast week, of which at least 12 hours would be in the Inuktitut language. It would also broadcast a youth-oriented show entitled Teen Rockers that would encourage youths to learn Inuktitut via contests. Further, it would air a weekly program in the Inuktitut language entitled IlinniaKatigennik (“Learning Together”), which would feature Inuktitut-language lessons, community events, contests, recipes and Aboriginal stories. The applicant also stated that it would broadcast a total of 106 hours of wrap-around programming originating from the CBC station CFFB Iqaluit each broadcast week.
In the summer, CKOH-FM 99.3 began on-air testing from its tower at Dome Mountain in the Upper Lake Melville area. As of September 6, the FM test period was over and the CKHV 1340 transmitter had been shut down (CKHV-AM became CKOH-FM).
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