Welcome to Vernon Community Radio Society - 97.9 Valley FM

Thanks to the 58 persons & organizations that submitted positive, supporting interventions to the CRTC's "Call for Comments".

About Us

Our Vision

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Vernon Community Radio Society is a not-for-profit organization, registered under the Societies Act of British Columbia. We are a group of community volunteers dedicated to the creation of a new over-the-air FM broadcasting undertaking. In accord with CRTC (Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission) regulations governing community radio, our proposed station will offer programming that is materially different  from content currently provided by private broadcasters and by the CBC.   

How will a community station be different?

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Ownership and Governance

  • Private commercial stations are owned by corporations, the shares of which can be bought and sold.
  • Community stations cannot be bought or sold. The assets and operations remain in the care of the governing Society.

Earnings

  • Profits of commercial stations accrue to corporations and shareholders, while profits from community stations are used to support local programming, local talent and worthy community projects.

Programming

  • The CRTC has very few rules governing commercial radio, while community stations are held to minimum and maximum quotas for certain types of program content. 

Service / Coverage Area

  • Vernon's two commercial stations, CJIB-FM and CICF-FM, operate at the maximum allowable radiated power of 100,000 watts.
  • Our proposed community station will have a smaller footprint, intended to serve the Greater Vernon area only. Reception in Lumby, Enderby and Falkland will be unlikely, or poor.

Anticipated Timeline / Development Path

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Building a community radio station requires three key elements:

  • A license to operate issued by the CRTC.
  • Money. Construction of studios, transmission facilities and offices will require a successful fund-raising initiative.
  • Volunteers. Once up and running, the new community station will employ a small number of paid personnel, who will be involved in training volunteers, anchoring key time slots, maintaining compliance with CRTC conditions of license and in the sale of advertising.  Volunteers are critical - to round out a full broadcast day and to provide diversity of content.

Timeline

  • July-August 2018, preparation of a technical brief to submit to Industry Canada and the CRTC.
  • September 2018, submission of application to the CRTC.
  • NEW!  On January 30th, The CRTC issued a Public Call For Comments arising from our application.  Click here to read the full text. 
  • Vernon Community Radio needs YOUR support.  Click here for info you need to file a supporting intervention!.
  • A decision as to whether the CRTC chooses to add our application as a non-appearing item on a Public Hearing Agenda will be made after the CRTC considers all responses from the January 30th call for comments. 
  • After a favourable CRTC decision, our fundraising will start in earnest. Construction would begin once funds are in hand , with test broadcasts hopefully beginning in late 2019.

Our Board of Directors

President - Gordon Leighton - 53 year veteran of commercial radio, most recently GM-GSM at CICF-FM (Sun FM) Vernon

Secretary - Garry Molitwenic, Executive Director NOCLS, Secretary of the Teens Count Too Society and community advocate

Vice-president - Vicki Proulx, Executive Director Vernon Winter Carnival and Community and Events Coordinator at the Allan Brooks Nature Centre.

Director - Dave Weatherill, President Briteland Holdings Ltd. and a Rotarian

Director - Charlie Veaudry, Realtor with ReMax Vernon and a musician with Virgil Caine

Director (elected at the May 2, 2018 AGM) - Robert Tooke. 


Our constitution and bylaws are available for download below.


The full notice from the CRTC inviting comments on our application is posted below.  For those persons choosing to submit an intervention, you may find any of three draft letters to be approriate, or simply use your own words and thoughts.  Thank you to each of you submitting a supportuing intervention! 

CRTC Notice 2019-25 Call for Comments (pdf)

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DRAFT LETTER OF SUPPORT FOR VERNON COMMUNITY RADIO SOCIETY #1 (docx)

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DRAFT LETTER OF SUPPORT FOR VERNON COMMUNITY RADIO SOCIETY #2 (docx)

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DRAFT LETTER OF SUPPORT FOR VERNON COMMUNITY RADIO SOCIETY #3 (docx)

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Valley FM - Block Program Schedule - amended Feb 18 (pdf)

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Constitution of the Vernon Community Radio Society (pdf)

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Bylaws for Vernon Community Radio Society (pdf)

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Vernon Community Radio Society AGM May 2, 2018 (pdf)

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Vernon Community Radio Society - President's Report May 2 (pdf)

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