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CRTC Grants New Stations In Toronto

Indie 88.1 Toronto CKLN 105.9 Markham CRTCThe CRTC has approved applicants for two new stations in the Toronto area.

Rock 95 Broadcasting has beaten out twenty one other bidders for the 88.1 allocation that was once held by Ryerson University’s CKLN. Their new station currently billed as “Indie 88.1” will feature an English language music format focusing on independent and emerging Canadian artists.

The new 88.1 will operate with 532 watts at 328.4 meters as has until 9/11/2014 to begin broadcasting. 40% of the music programming will be Canadian Content, and 60% of the CanCon will be emerging artists.

In the Toronto suburb of Markham, Bhupinder Bola has received approval for a new station featuring English language programming directed at the area’s local South Asian and Chinese communities. The new “Markham 105.9” allocation will operate with 618 watts at 21.1 meters.

Applications were denied for new AM’s on 1190 in Brampton and 1480 in Markham for Ethnic stations in both cities.

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Lance Venta is the Owner and Publisher of RadioInsight.com and a consultant for RadioBB Networks specializing in integration of radio and the internet. Lance has two decades of experience tracking the audio industry and its use of digital platforms.

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