CKGW-FM, Christian – UCB Radio, Chatham
United Christian Broadcasters Canada
|United Christian Broadcasters Canada
On March 29, the CRTC approved an application by United Christian Broadcasters Canada for a broadcasting licence to operate an English-language specialty FM radio station at Chatham, Ontario that will broadcast Christian music. The proposed station would operate at 89.3 MHz (channel 207B) with an effective radiated power of 16,700 watts. The new station would provide a Christian music service. It would operate in the specialty format, with at least 90% of all music drawn from subcategory 35 (non-classic religious). The applicant indicated that 15% of all musical selections broadcast from category 3 (special interest music) would be devoted to Canadian selections. The majority of the proposed station’s programming would be produced locally, although some programs would be supplied by CKJJ-FM Belleville, also owned by UCB. News, weather, and sports would be broadcast hourly on weekdays until 10 p.m. Other spoken word programming would include religious programming. The applicant indicated that a maximum of 25% of the broadcast week could be devoted to religious programs, some of which would be obtained from other sources. To provide balance in the presentation of issues of the day, the applicant stated that interviews would be pre-recorded so that, by the time of broadcast, an opportunity would be made available for the presentation of an alternate viewpoint. The applicant also indicated that it would adhere to the guidelines on ethics for religious programming set out in the Religious Broadcasting Policy. The licence would expire 31 August 2012.
On November 22, UCB received approval to increase effective radiated power form 16,700 watts to 18,700 watts and to decrease antenna height from 181.9 metres to 133.4 metres. The location of the antenna site would also be changed.
The Chatham station began test broadcasting at 9:00 a.m. on April 4.
At 11:00 a.m., November 3, CKGW-FM officially signed on the air. Chatham-Kent M.P. Dave Van Kesteren and Mayor Randy Hope were on hand for the launch.
On August 17, the CRTC administratively renewed the licence of CKGW-FM to August 31, 2013.
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