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Wed Apr 18 8:18 pm  #1


Roundhouse Radio is out of time and money-closing up on April 30th

Don Shafer, the creative mind behind Roundhouse radio broke the bad news that the station is closing up shop on April 30th.

Gene Valitis is the morning man there and was quite despondent over the news...

Wishing Gene good new beginnings and the station's owners thanks for having courage to play in a major market and be a unique radio concept at the same time!

Here is more...

https://www.theglobeandmail.com/canada/british-columbia/article-out-of-time-money-vancouvers-roundhouse-radio-to-stop/

 


The world would be so good if it weren't for some people...
 

Wed Apr 18 10:43 pm  #2


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Tue May 1 8:07 am  #3


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Roundhouse radio has a "prospective buyer" Gene Valaitis said on air this morning.
Roundhouse radio remains on the air

 

Tue May 1 8:18 am  #4


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Tue May 1 11:59 am  #5


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This reminds me of the movie - Slapshot.

"Reggie begins to focus on how to renew interest in the team for a possible sale as he knows if the team folds, his hockey career is over. Without telling anyone of his plan, he begins a rumor that the owner is negotiating a sale with a city in Florida.

http://puckjunk.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/Slap_shot.jpg

 

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Tue May 1 12:35 pm  #6


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If regulators actually shut a broadcaster down rather than always caving @ the last minute, might the industry take them more seriously?

 

Tue May 1 1:01 pm  #7


Re: Roundhouse Radio is out of time and money-closing up on April 30th

Kilgore wrote:

If regulators actually shut a broadcaster down rather than always caving @ the last minute, might the industry take them more seriously?

I'm not sure what the regulators have to do with the potential closure or continuation of this station.
 

 

Tue May 1 1:15 pm  #8


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You're right, absolutely nothing.  RR is completely in compliance and play by the book.  This is a funding crisis and nothing more.  I've been in these situations where the shareholders just get tired of feeding good money after good and turn off the tap.  For most involved there's no immediate 'option 2' so might as well see it through where either someone will purchase it and maintain it, or it will go dark.  

Since it's so difficult to get any type of FM presence in Vancouver, even if it's a crap signal, I'm sure it's in someones best interest to purchase the frequency, even if fo no other reason that to approach the crtc in 12 months, using this as the example to prove that the format just isn't viable, but another ethnic cash cow might be.  

No matter what happens, I don't believe the station, if it survives, will be anything like the present incarnation. 

It's unfortunately another good example of broadcasters with time on their hands, sitting around bemoaning how it 'should' be done, and 'could be done' either terrestrial or online, doing it, and within a few months realizing there are fiscal realities and political pressures that have to be met, and maybe it's not quite as easy for the 'big bad' media companies to survive and make a profit as it seemed in the coffee shop.  The initial budget outlay on facilities and staff seemed way out of proportion with what the station could possibly have generated, especially in the first 5 years.  Hindsight, yet again though, is 20/20.

who knows.



cGrant wrote:

Kilgore wrote:

If regulators actually shut a broadcaster down rather than always caving @ the last minute, might the industry take them more seriously?

I'm not sure what the regulators have to do with the potential closure or continuation of this station.
 

 


Madness takes its toll.  Please have exact change.
 
 

Tue May 1 1:37 pm  #9


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ig wrote:

 



It's unfortunately another good example of broadcasters with time on their hands, sitting around bemoaning how it 'should' be done, and 'could be done' either terrestrial or online, doing it, and within a few months realizing there are fiscal realities and political pressures that have to be met, and maybe it's not quite as easy for the 'big bad' media companies to survive and make a profit as it seemed in the coffee shop  

WOW, well put!
 

 

Tue May 1 4:33 pm  #10


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Still on the air on May 1st:

Roundhouse Radio, the “urban talk” station that broadcasts to the northwestern parts of the Lower Mainland at 98.3 FM, may yet be saved.The station — call letters CIRH — was set to go off the air Monday if new investors had not been found, station CEO Don Shafer announced with great regret two weeks ago.But Monday afternoon, he confirmed that there was a prospective buyer for the station and that they were going to stay on the air for the time being. “We’re still on the air,” he said over the phone. “There is a prospective buyer and we have a commitment from the board to stay on the air until it closes.”He couldn’t say who the prospective buyer was and did try to couch the news, but it was clear he was happy that there was even a chance that the station, which first went on the air in the fall of 2015, might stay open for business.Shafer and his team were enjoying pizza and beers today no matter what, as they paid tribute to their station.“I’m really blessed to have this crew.”The news they may get a new owner had also made for a practical reality: “we’re prepping for tomorrow’s shows,” he declared with obvious delight.“We’ve bought another day or two anyway.”

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Sun May 6 3:18 pm  #11


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From The Vancouver Sun:

Roundhouse Radio sold, will cease broadcasting on Sunday

Sign off time is 6 PM Sunday Pacific Time or 9 PM our time for those want to listen online and catch any famous last words. The station has, in fact, found a buyer, but will go silent until the deal is approved by the CRTC.

In what form it returns has yet to be determined, but I'd be surprised if the present format is replicated in its entirety. No word on what happens to the staff working there now or if any of them will be invited back by whoever took over - the new owner's name hasn't been revealed.

 

Sun May 6 3:35 pm  #12


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Agreed: they "maintained" a high-cost format via a low-power signal. The former on-air staff were quite expensive if you factor in their experience. Give the hush-order of the transaction, it's doubtful it was one of the majors. Perhaps, they'll go "community" format, which no one listens to other than the hosts family.