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February 11, 2021 11:56 am  #1

1220 CFAJ Could Officially Be On Air In 2-3 Weeks - & They're Hiring

Thanks to TVguy in a previous thread, I was finally able to get the answers I've been looking for about CFAJ St. Catharines and when - if ever -  they plan to sign on after a year of testing. 

According to the owner, it could be as soon as 2-3 weeks. What's been the long delay? He says the existing facilities were sitting idle for more than a decade and needed a lot more TLC than they expected. And they're working with Industry Canada to ensure everything is up to standard before they start up fulltime. 

As for hiring, he says there are several people working there already, mostly an engineering staff, a G.M. and its chief announcer, music director and bottle washer, previously revealed here as Peter Borbely. The guy I spoke to wouldn't say how many people they'll need, (announcers or news types) but indicated there would be some on-air openings. So if you're looking for work at a small station in the Niagara area, know oldies music and can survive a job that probably doesn't pay a lot, you can write and they will hopefully get back to you. 

My only area of concern in what I was told is this: when I asked them if they had actual physical studios established, I was told "not yet." With possibly less than a month before they go full time, that doesn't make a lot of sense. But the gentleman on the phone insists most of the work will be done remotely, as is now common in the time of COVID, so it's not certain you would actually need to be wherever they eventually land.

So stay tuned to 1220 over the next few weeks. That sound you hear may be a real radio station coming to life. But unlike any other newborn, it will be over a year old on the day of its birth.