CFWJ-FM, Tourist, Sault Ste. Marie
On March 2, the CRTC approved John Elliott’s application for a new low-power English-language FM radio station at Sault Ste. Marie. The applicant proposed a tourist information service consisting of welcome messages, paid advertising and general information relating to tourist sites and events in and around the area of Sault Ste. Marie. Programming would consist of a recorded announcements package repeated continuously. The service would operate on a year-round basis. The licence would expire August 31, 2007. The station would operate on the frequency 96.3 MHz, channel 242LP, with an effective radiated power of 50 watts.
On August 7, the Commission approved the application to amend the broadcasting licence for the tourist information radio programming undertaking serving Sault Ste. Marie by changing the frequency from 96.3 MHz (channel 242LP) to 92.9 MHz (channel 225 LP). The licensee stated that the proposed change would eliminate co-channel interference with a Michigan station broadcasting on 96.3 MHz.
CFWJ-FM began broadcasting.
On August 30, the CRTC gave CFWJ-FM permission to increase the amount of advertising broadcast in each clock hour from 6 minutes to 12 minutes.
CFWJ-FM apparently left the air in July but its licence remained active.
On November 21, the CRTC issued an exemption order for low-power radio stations that provided tourist information. It came into effect immediately. Licensees of radio stations that considered their operations to be eligible for exemption under the order could file a simple statement asking that the Commission revoke their licences. CFWJ’s licence would expire August 31, 2014.
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