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August 23, 2020 4:12 pm  #91


Re: 1220

RadioActive wrote:

And of course the big question remains: when they finally do sign on, whatever century that may be, will they keep that varied playlist or go back to the traditional 300 songs that have worn out their welcome with most listeners?

Those same 300 songs may already by covered by MORE FM 101.1 which is in the area and perhaps Giant FM may soften with the new ownership. They will have to find a way to differentiate perhaps like Boom and Zoomer.
 

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August 24, 2020 11:44 am  #92


Re: 1220

RadioActive wrote:

And of course the big question remains: when they finally do sign on, whatever century that may be, will they keep that varied playlist or go back to the traditional 300 songs that have worn out their welcome with most listeners?

THE Bigger question is, how much does it cost to be in, what seems like "test mode" forever? 
If there's no ad time, where is the money coming from to pay for the tower...etc? 

 

 

September 14, 2020 12:37 pm  #93


Re: 1220

I came across this almost by accident on the CRTC site and I'm wondering if anyone here can explain it. If you scroll down to the fourth entry, you'll notice a numbered company, listed as "10070394 Canada Inc." the owner of the new CFAJ in St. Catharines.

The list of languages for the station is what intrigued me. It says "Ethnic" which clearly the place is not (or at least it isn't supposed to be. That's what got the previous owner in so much trouble that they eventually lost the licence.) Is this just because it's owned by Radio Dhun, which IS an ethnic broadcaster? Or is this a preview of something to come? 

Why would it be listed that way?

CRTC Licensing Page 

 

September 14, 2020 12:54 pm  #94


Re: 1220

RadioActive wrote:

I came across this almost by accident on the CRTC site and I'm wondering if anyone here can explain it. If you scroll down to the fourth entry, you'll notice a numbered company, listed as "10070394 Canada Inc." the owner of the new CFAJ in St. Catharines.

The list of languages for the station is what intrigued me. It says "Ethnic" which clearly the place is not (or at least it isn't supposed to be. That's what got the previous owner in so much trouble that they eventually lost the licence.) Is this just because it's owned by Radio Dhun, which IS an ethnic broadcaster? Or is this a preview of something to come? 

Why would it be listed that way?

CRTC Licensing Page 

My best guess is that it's exemption status is based on the fact the station is still in "testing" phase and hasn't been granted its certificate from ISED.  Maybe?

 

September 14, 2020 1:33 pm  #95


Re: 1220

Radiowiz wrote:

RadioActive wrote:

And of course the big question remains: when they finally do sign on, whatever century that may be, will they keep that varied playlist or go back to the traditional 300 songs that have worn out their welcome with most listeners?

THE Bigger question is, how much does it cost to be in, what seems like "test mode" forever? 
If there's no ad time, where is the money coming from to pay for the tower...etc? 

 

Two words: "immigration consulting".  The principals of the company are immigration consultants.
http://iccimmigration.ca

I also believe they might broker airtime on one of the GTA ethnic stations.  But they were not licensed as an ethnic station.  In fact in response to interventions they claimed they would not air ethnic programming directed to the GTA.  They would be allowed up to 15% of the weekly broadcast period 06:00-24:00 to air ethnic programs, under the standard conditions of licence.
 

 

October 12, 2020 7:37 pm  #96


Re: 1220

I think I may have accidentally stumbled on the one employee that we know works at CFAJ. His name is Peter Borbely and he spent a decade or so at CKTB in St. Catharines. His Facebook page, which hasn't been really updated in a long time, lists him as "Announcer/Music Director at 1220 CFAJ Radio." 

Whether that's still the case, it's hard to say. 

Not sure if he's the guy doing the occasional IDs, but the CFAJ Facebook page from a few months ago said they had one tower up at 1,000 watts and eight more to go. Eventually, they'll be at 10K but you have to wonder how long that's going to take. This thread began way back in February. I was listening to it on the weekend for about an hour but there's still no word of any official sign-on date. 

 

October 13, 2020 5:18 am  #97


Re: 1220

I can confirm he is the MD