CHTW-FM, Tourist, Wadena

Michael Hotsko

On December 11, the CRTC approved the application by Michael Hotsko for a low-power English-language FM radio programming undertaking to provide a tourist information service in Wadena. It would broadcast, on a year-round basis, pre-recorded announcements promoting the town of Wadena and the Quill Lakes International Bird area and highlighting events, 24 hours a day. The applicant proposed, by condition of licence, to limit the use of musical selections to background music. He also proposed, by condition of licence, that no advertising material be broadcast. The station would operate at 103.5 MHz (channel 278LP) with an effective radiated power of 47 watts. The licence would expire August 31, 2009.


CHTW-FM signed on the air.


On November 21, the CRTC issued an exemption order for low-power radio stations that provided tourist information. It came into effect immediately. Licensees of radio stations that considered their operations to be eligible for exemption under the order could file a simple statement asking that the Commission revoke their licences. CHTW-FM’s licence would expire August 31, 2016.


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