CFDY-FM, Community, Cochrane

Cochrane Polar Bear Club

CFDY-FM2009104.75Cochrane Polar Bear Club


On November 29, the CRTC denied an application for a broadcasting licence to operate an English-language, developmental community FM radio programming undertaking in Cochrane. The applicant was the Cochrane Polar Bear Radio Club. The proposed station would operate at 104.7 MHz (channel 284LP) with an effective radiated power of 5 watts. It would play musical selections by new and local talent not generally broadcast by commercial stations. Music would consist of New Country, Old Country, 30’s and 50’s Hit Parade music. Local programming would consist of public service announcements and community events bulletins.


On August 1, the CRTC approved an application by Cochrane Polar Bear Radio Club for a broadcasting licence to operate an English-language, low-power developmental community FM radio station in Cochrane, Ontario. The Commission noted that developmental stations operate primarily for training purposes. In this regard, the applicant stated that it would first start with a session on the Commission’s rules and regulations. The applicant also indicated that the new station would offer training to those members of the community who wish to have access to the airwaves. The new station would offer 126 hours of programming per broadcast week, of which 118 hours would be local programming. The programming would consist of news, weather, coverage of local events and a half-hour religious program. The proposed station would offer, per broadcast week, five hours and 30 minutes of programming in the French language and 30 minutes of programming in Aboriginal languages. The applicant stated that local artists were very important to its programming schedule and that it would promote them as much as possible. The applicant also stated that it would run live singing contests in Cochrane to promote local talent. The licence would expire 1 August 2011. If the applicant wishes to continue the operation of the station beyond this period, it should file an application for a regular community radio licence with the Commission, nine months before the expiry of its licence. The station would operate at 104.7 MHz (channel 284LP) with an effective radiated power of 5 watts.


CFDY-FM (104.7) signed on the air in late 2008 or early 2009


On November 10, the CRTC approved the application by Cochrane Polar Bear Radio Club to amend the licence for CFDY-FM by adding an FM transmitter in Smooth Rock Falls. The transmitter would operate at 88.5 MHz (channel 203LP) with an average effective radiated power of 50 watts (non-directional antenna with an effective height of antenna above average terrain of 25 metres). Cochrane requested this technical change in order to serve the residents of Smooth Rock Falls. 


CFDY-FM (and CHDY-FM Smooth Rock Falls) left the air. Health issues were cited as the reason.

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