CHSB-FM , Hilltop FM, Bedford

Bedford Baptist Church

CHSB-FM200999.350Bedford Baptist Church


On July 26, the CRTC approved the application by Bedford Baptist Church for a broadcasting licence to operate a low-power English-language, FM radio programming undertaking to provide religious programming in Bedford. The station would operate at 89.1 MHz (channel 206LP) with an effective radiated power of 50 watts. The station would broadcast 40 hours of programming in each broadcast week. The programming would consist of religious services from the Bedford Baptist Church including hymns, prayer, scripture, sermons, children stories, musical guests as well as other elements of worship services. The station would not broadcast commercial messages. As part of its plans for balance programming, the applicant stated that it would provide access to air time to members of other denominations to reflect their positions and that, on a demand basis, a guest speaker would discuss both community and world news from a faith perspective. The applicant indicated its willingness to accept a condition of licence requiring that it devote a minimum of 5% and up to a maximum of 10% of the programming broadcast in each broadcast week to balance programs, which may include programs of non-classical religious music reflecting a variety of faiths.


On September 26, the CRTC approved the application by Bedford Baptist Church to amend the broadcasting licence for CHSB-FM in order to change the frequency from 89.1 MHz (channel 206LP) to 99.3 MHz (channel 257LP). The licensee did not propose to change CHSB-FM’s authorized contours or any other technical parameter under which it already operated. In English-language FM radio station in Kentville, Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2007-221, the Commission approved an application by Newcap Inc. for the use of 89.3 MHz (channel 207C1) to operate a new commercial radio station in Kentville. Bedford Baptist Church filed the present application to reduce the possibility of interference with the new commercial radio station.


In February Christian station CHSB 99.3 signed on the air. It was known as “Hilltop FM”.


On August 17, the CRTC administratively renewed the licence of CHSB-FM to August 31, 2013.

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