Tuesday, November 22, 2011

New stations granted in Montreal

OK, we have the winners...

Montreal, Quebec: 690KHz:
CKGM granted move from 990.
50,000 watts day & night, probably non-directional.
English-language all sports.

Montreal, Quebec: 940KHz:
Permit granted for new station.
50,000 watts day & night, directional status unknown.
French-language news/talk.

Montreal, Quebec: 990KHz:
Permit granted for new station.
50,000 watts day & night, directional all hours, different patterns day & night.
(will use the former CKGM facility)
French-language LGBT-oriented station.

The stations that were granted 940 and 990KHz had both requested 690, but the CRTC felt CKGM could make best use of the channel.


Rob Grant said...

Not really related to this - other than being a Canadian channel vacated by a station, but does anyone have visions for 1550 kHz in Windsor, vacated by CBE?

I think oldies-formatted CKWW could do well on the channel from their existing site, and get away from 580 where WRDT 560 is killing them with IBOC.

Better yet, move the Windsor-centric talk from 800 to 1550, a frequency already known to Windsorites, and bring back "The Big 8"!

Doug Smith said...

Haven't heard anything about it.

In terms of groundwave coverage in the immediate Windsor area, CKWW's 580 is a better frequency than 1550, even with the difference in power. I don't think the 2nd-adjacent IBOC is enough of a problem on enough radios to be a big deal south of the border, in Canada.

So I wouldn't rule out someone applying for a new station on 1550, or to move a station elsewhere in Ontario (London?) to 1550 from some other AM frequency. But I don't think we're going to see any existing Windsor stations ask for the ex-CBE facility.