Québec, Québec/Chaudière-Apalaches Quebec/Chaudiere-Apalaches
CIHO-FM, St-Hilarion, Radio MF Charlevoix Inc.
On January 29, Radio MF Charlevoix was granted a licence for an FM station at Baie Saint-Paul, operating on 96.3 MHz with an effective radiated power of 7,520 watts. A rebroadcast transmitter at La Malbaie was not approved because of technical issues.
Radio MF Charlevoix, a non-profit community organization was established in 1981. Since the fall of 1982, the applicant had been producing a weekly, one-hour program that was broadcast on the Rivière-du-Loup community station, CION-FM, for the residents of Charlevoix.
On June 28, CIHO was authorized on a temporary basis (to August 11) to decrease its effective radiated power from 7,520 watts to a power not greater than 7 watts. The station was also authorized to relocate the transmitter site from the authorized location to a number of sites all located within the coverage area already authorized. The temporary authority would allow the station to broadcast local events during the summer from mobile facilities until the station officially goes on the air.
CIHO-FM was given approval to decrease ERP from 7,520 to 2,200 watts and relocate the transmitter site from Saint-Hilarion to Mont des Éboulements. Until the station was ready to operate at full capacity, it was allowed to operate at a power no greater than 7 watts and to move the transmitter (on a mobile basis) within the planned coverage area.
CIHO signed on the air on October 10.
CIHO was given approval to add a transmitter at La Malbaie, operating on 105.9 MHz with an effective radiated power of 100 watts.
Approval was granted for CIHO to add a transmitter at Rivière-du-Gouffre (Baie Saint-Paul) on 92.1 MHz with an effective radiated power of 15 watts.
CIHO was given approval to move the transmitter site approximately 10 kilometers northwest from Mont des Éboulements to Montagne de la Croix at Saint-Hilarion and to increase ERP from 2,200 to 2,450 watts.
CIHO-FM (with CIHO-FM-1 La Malbaie and CIHO-FM-2 Riviere-du-Gouffre) had its licence renewed only to August 31, 1992 due to problems meeting foreground program and other commitments in its Promise of Performance and in meeting CRTC regulations.
The CRTC issued a Mandatory Order for two years against CIHO-FM, primarily for failing to maintain logger tapes. A Mandatory Order is filed with the Federal Court and failure to meet its requirements will put the station in contempt of court.
CIHO-FM-2 Rivière-du-Gouffre was given approval to increase power from 15 to 16.3 watts and to relocate the antenna site from Rivière-du-Gouffre to Baie-Saint-Paul, approximately 1.7 kilometres southwest of the present site.
CIHO was given permission to add transmitters at Petite-Rivière-Saint-François (88.1 MHz with 20.7 watts) and Saint-Siméon (88.1 MHz with 32.2 watts).
On August 2 the CRTC renewed CIHO-FM's licence until August 31, 2009. The renewal included transmitters CIHO-FM-1 La Malbaie, CIHO-FM-2 Baie-Saint-Paul, CIHO-FM-3 Petite-Riviere-Saint-Francois and CIHO-FM-4 Saint Simeon. The Commission noted Radio MF's history of non-compliance for the years 1989 to 1996 as well as Radio MF's current failure to comply with its condition of licence for the broadcasting of category 3 (Special Interest Music) music. A more thorough review by the Commission revealed other anomalies involving certain conditions of CIHO-FM's licence. The Commission noted the refusal by the Department of Industry to grant a broadcasting certificate for the Saint-Siméon transmitter (CIHO-FM-4); Radio MF's failure to submit CIHO-FM's annual report for the year 2002 to the Commission despite its obligation under the provisions of section 9(2) of the Radio Regulations, 1986.
The Commission approved the application by Radio MF Charlevoix inc. to amend its condition of licence with regard to the broadcast of category 3 musical programming. Also approved: the application by Radio MF Charlevoix inc. to delete the condition of licence related to the number of hours of advertising that can be broadcast by CIHO-FM. Radio MF's licence is subject to a condition of licence that requires it to broadcast at least 35% English-language vocal music. Given that this station holds a French-language commercial radio licence, the Commission considers it unnecessary to renew this condition of licence. The Commission also approved the application for an amendment related to the broadcast of spoken word programming. Conditions: The licensee shall devote, in each broadcast week, at least 5% of its musical selections to content category 3 (Special Interest Music) musical selections, at least 15% of which will be devoted to Canadian musical selections scheduled in a reasonable manner throughout each broadcast day. The licensee shall broadcast at least 15% community-oriented spoken word programming in each broadcast week. The licensee shall devote, in each broadcast week, at least 40% of its content category 2 (Popular music) musical selections to Canadian selections broadcast in their entirety.
Written by Bill Dulmage - Updated August, 2009
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