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May 22, 2018 3:54 pm  #31

Re: Radio Humsafar 1350 Brampton

Not to be a wet blanket, covered mostly by senior's sneezing into it whilst they milk that tepid McD's small tea all day, but, like it or not, it's the PUBLIC that is dictating the flow of tech and not the broadcasters. AMS was a no-go. Why? Nobody bought a compatible receiver. HDr will also be (ultimately) a no-go. Why? It's largely exclusive to the horseless carriage.  And, as people don't turn their cars over as quickly as in years gone by, and the younger set aren't actually buying cars, opting to Uber, bike ride or rickshaw, the reception (pardon the pun) will not be fast enough for the broadcasters to invest. This is akin to the cigarette companies inventing a new shape of the cancer stick while there are fewer and fewer actual smokers out there.


May 22, 2018 7:26 pm  #32

Re: Radio Humsafar 1350 Brampton

Technological developments in television have had a higher success rate than radio.  It took a few years, but as the price of the receivers dropped color television and HDTV were eventually adopted by the public.  4K television is the next frontier and possibly 8K.  3DTV was a flop, largely because people did not want to wear special glasses to view it.


May 22, 2018 10:40 pm  #33

Re: Radio Humsafar 1350 Brampton

It's not easy - purely on a technology level - for broadcasters to plan for beyond the next couple of years at a time. Technology is jumping ahead at a rapid pace and we're swamped with potential options. A system that used to last for 20-30 years, or more, now lasts five before being overtaken by the next big thing. The "smart" phone would appear to be a logical direction, but there are many tangential what-ifs; and who knows what platform the kiddies will settle on ... one day the youngsters are all over Facebook, then they ditch it for Instagram. The Smart phone is also not fully practical with the car as a handheld device but can be easily adapted. The radio business is really two separate businesses - the platform (delivery truck) business and the content business. The smart broadcaster will be very good at winging it on as low a budget as possible, operating on both short-term plans (1-3 years) and long-range visions (having some sense as to where things might be headed 5-10 years out). Never be the first on your block to adopt a new way unless you have some sort of insider / intelligence advantage (ie., you're part of the development team). Might help to talk to your young children and observe - take a journalist's approach to it: what, where, when, how and why they're using communications and entertainment technology.


May 23, 2018 5:05 am  #34

Re: Radio Humsafar 1350 Brampton

cGrant wrote:

     people don't turn their cars over as quickly as in years gone by, and the younger set aren't actually buying cars   

Frank Stronach's self-driving solar-powered 4 X 4 sports utility with 8 levels of bum massage + vintage Jerry Lee Lewis on demand will be worth the wait  


May 23, 2018 8:46 am  #35

Re: Radio Humsafar 1350 Brampton

It's amazing how a thread on Radio Humsafar turned into this. That said, these two articles serendipitously turned up online Wednesday on Both are from a U.S. perspective but the same principles could easily apply here. 

Where Radio Went Wrong With HD

It’s Time To Kill The AM Band


October 3, 2018 11:13 am  #36

Re: Radio Humsafar 1350 Brampton

tvguy wrote:

New application to move AM 1350's antenna posted by the CRTC.  Looks like they still intend to launch.  From their technical brief:
"Since it was not possible to achieve all necessary coordination at the original site proposed in the first application, the applicant is proposing to move the operation to a new site located at 1715 Britannia Rd E in Mississauga (ON)."

This thread goes back a ways. But it now appears Radio Humsafar, the new ethnic station in Brampton may become the next CKNT. Their transmitter issues continue without any apparent solution, but the CRTC has denied their latest foray into changing the contours they were granted. In essence, the Commission believed the place they'd chosen would be more likely to target Mississauga and not Brampton, so they turned them down. 

There were also complaints from another ethnic outlet, CJMR, which is licenced to Mississauga. And there were other concerns about how it would impact CINA, the X-band station at 1650. 

Whatever happens, the clock is ticking for 1350. Unless they apply for an extension (which now seems likely) they have until Dec. 7 to be on the air. With no settled TX site, I can't see how that's achievable.     

CRTC Decision


October 3, 2018 12:32 pm  #37

Re: Radio Humsafar 1350 Brampton

This is exciting.


October 3, 2018 3:48 pm  #38

Re: Radio Humsafar 1350 Brampton

I find it slightly amusing that the CRTC believed that the different contours would target Mississauga instead of Brampton.  With a night-time power of only 40 watts, the station would be able to target almost nothing after dark.


October 3, 2018 4:00 pm  #39

Re: Radio Humsafar 1350 Brampton


RadioActive wrote:

... may become the next CKNT.

This is a little different though. It looks like on paper they tried to change their CoL and got slapped for that. They were suppose to set up shop in Brampton where the CRTC felt there was a need - not Mississauga.

THEY HAVE UNTIL DEC. 7/2018 TO GET ON THE AIR, according to the decision.

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October 3, 2018 5:49 pm  #40

Re: Radio Humsafar 1350 Brampton

Maybe they can buy airtime on 960-CKNT?

In the mean time I guess this means I can continue to enjoy WARF, WOYK, WIOU and KRNT after sunset.