On July 11, the CRTC approved an application by Frank Torres (OBCI) for a broadcasting licence to operate a new commercial FM radio station to serve Georgina. Torres’ proposal would ensure a balance between the three distinct levels. It would ensure that the Georgina market had its own distinct voice as the applicant has committed to broadcast 126 hours of local programming in each broadcast week of which 19 hours and 10 minutes would be spoken word programming including local news, weather, sports, traffic and community event information. Four hours and 22 minutes of this amount would be devoted to pure news. The proposal also ensured a plurality of ownership in the private element, which was necessary to maximize the diversity of voices in the Canadian broadcasting system. The Torres proposal would add to programming diversity as the applicant proposed a Classic Hits/Oldies music format drawing primarily on hit songs from the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s and targeting adults aged 25 to 54 and would offer local, regional and national reflection. The licence would expire 31 August 2024, and the station would broadcast at 93.7 MHz with an average effective radiated power of 6,780 watts (maximum ERP of 26,000 watts with an effective height of antenna above average terrain of 56.1 metres).
On October 18, the CRTC approved an application by Frank Torres to increase the average ERP from 6,780 to 8,804 watts (maximum ERP from 26,000 to 39,000 watts) and by decreasing the EHAAT from 56.1 to 41.6 meters.
It was announced in February that CKOU-FM was expected to begin broadcasting on the May 24 long weekend.
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