The CRTC has approved a change in the ownership and control of Grande Prairie Radio Ltd., the licensee of commercial Christian music station CJGY-FM. Golden West Broadcasting Ltd. will acquire all of Grande Prairie’s shares with effective control to be exercised by CEO Elmer Hildebrand.
The CRTC has revoked the license of CIHS-FM Wetaskiwin, AB. Owner Sukhdev S. Dhillon requested the closure based on an inability to make the station financially viable. Previous applications to increase the station’s power to 50,000 watts and reduce the commitment of broadcasting a minimum of 50 per cent musical selections from sub-category 35 (Non-classic religious) were previously denied by the CRTC.
Radio-Canada has launched a training center at CBC Regina where 10 new journalists from across the country are spending four weeks learning how to be multi-platform reporters. Radio-Canada has never had an official training center for journalists with the aim to cut down on training time for editorial teams at the stations welcoming the new staff.
Author Ian Howarth has penned a book on the golden age of Montreal radio entitled Ian Howarth’s Rock ’n’ Radio: When DJs and Rock Music Ruled the Airwaves. The former high school teacher, who now works as a freelance journalist, explores Montreal rock radio from the ‘60s through ‘80s revisiting a time when AM ruled the airwaves. Dave Boxer, Dean Hagopian and Buddy G (George Morris) are just a few of the radio legends, Howarth touches on.