CICN-FM, Aboriginal, Marcelin

Lake Cree Nation Radio Station Corporation

CICN-FM2011104.330Lake Cree Nation Radio Station Corporation


On June 22, the CRTC approved an application by Muskeg Lake Cree Nation Radio Station Corporation for a broadcasting licence to operate an English-and Cree-language low-power Type B Native FM radio station at Muskeg Lake Cree Nation, Saskatchewan. MLCN was a not-for-profit corporation controlled by its board of directors. The station would operate at 104.3 MHz (channel 282 LP) with an effective radiated power (ERP) of 30 watts (non-directional antenna with an effective height of antenna above average terrain of 12.1 metres). The applicant indicated that, during each broadcast week, the station would offer 27.5 hours of station-produced programming. The programming would include music and spoken word content, and would benefit the community through the sharing of the Cree language, culture, history and traditions. With respect to local talent development, MLCN indicated that it planned to conduct talent shows and to provide on-air exposure for participating artists. The applicant also indicated that the remaining hours of programming would be acquired from Missinipi Broadcasting Corporation. MLCN indicated that, although it proposed to broadcast less station-produced programming than acquired programming, it planned to increase the amount of station-produced programming as its broadcasting experience grew. The licence would expire 31 August 2017.

CICN-FM began official broadcasting on November 1. It provided five and a half hours of local programming per day with the remainder originating with CJLR-FM (MBC) La Ronge. CICN was on the air Monday to Friday from 7:30 to 9:00 a.m., 10:00 a.m. to noon and 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. Aaron Bouvier and Curtis Ledoux were the CICN-FM announcers.


On November 3, the CRTC gave CICN-FM a short-term licence renewal. According to Commission records, CICN-FM filed its annual returns for the 2012-2013 and 2013-2014 broadcast years more than 11 months and 6 months late, respectively, and filed its financial statement for the 2012-2013 broadcast year more than 3 years late. In addition, the licensee did not implement the NPAS by the 31 March 2016 deadline.

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