CKDH not alone in opposition of community radio

Brad Works
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AMHERST - Maritime Broadcasting is not alone in opposition to the proposed licence for a new Amherst-based community FM radio station.

Joining the owner of CKDH in its battle to keep the Tantramar Community Radio Society off the air were publishers Paul Marchant of the Oxford Journal, and Richard Spicer of the Coffee News. There were also more than 50 other letters against sent to the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission.

The were joined by about 70 arguing in favour of the application, which is now in it second attempt after its first was denied last September.

"With the global economic crisis, the Oxford Journal can ill afford to lose anymore revenue in advertising," Marchant said in his letter to the regulator. "We have been publishing a weekly newspaper for 110 years and never before have the times been as difficult."

Spicer echoed Marchant's concerns.

"If you throw another radio station into the fray, someone is going to lose plain and simple," Spicer wrote.

All three also expressed concerns about the non-profit group's ambitious fundraising goals effect on other community groups.

In an earlier interview, TCRS spokesman Randy Smith dismissed those concerns saying the proposed station would work with those groups to help boost their efforts.

The Town of Springhill appears to share Smith's view.

"We are committed to working with a not-for-profit organization that will be community-based and volunteer driver and that will provide our citizens with an outlet to voice their opinions, promote their events and activities and showcase our home-grown talent," Springhill chief administrative officer Don Tabor said in the letter to the CRTC from the town.

CKDH is still waiting to hear from the CRTC on its own FM licence application.

Organizations: Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission, Tantramar Community Radio Society, Oxford Journal Coffee News

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  • Tim
    January 18, 2010 - 11:14

    People might actually listen to CKDH if they go FM or even get a more powerful transmitter because the sound quality is terrible, usually the only time I ever listen to it is to check for school cancellations. Also I'm not sure where the transmitter is actually located at, I thought it was across from the new mountie station but you can't even pick up a signal from CKDH inside the plant at Poly Cello unless your somewhere close to a window.

  • rush
    January 18, 2010 - 10:53

    let the new radio station go ahead. I am sure in due time there will only be one radio station left in amherst but am not sure how they plan on fundraising the amount they say they can when well established organizations have a hard time keeping their doors open with fundraising.

  • Huge
    January 18, 2010 - 10:51

    Some of this stuff is just precious......

    The Coffee News guy is worried about his sales volume because a bunch of community volunteers want to start a station.

    He doesn't mind schlepping his FREE newspaper around and cutting into Amherst Daily's ad revenue or CKDH's for that matter, but nooooooooo when someone else tries it, thats a whole nother thing.

  • Don
    January 18, 2010 - 10:42

    CKDH is a joke. I can't even figure what audience they are trying to capture. Their music is crap from the 70's 80's 90's and today(just a play on their own self-promotion). You'd think they would realize that there are no young people listening, so stop repeating the same old songs day after day. Their attempt at variety is lame at best. Maybe those who want to start this new station see this also & feel there is much untapped revenue out there for a real community radio. Besides, what's wrong with a little friendly competition? Why should CKDH have a monopoly on local radio ads?

  • D
    January 18, 2010 - 10:33

    I agree With Mr Smith and the people who are trying to keep Amherst on the cutting edge...which includes industry
    I personally do not listen to CKDH .... but from the infomation to date, a second station may be complimentary and beneficial to the community at large .... A Battle .... hmnnn ...no one wins....
    d.

  • david
    January 18, 2010 - 10:30

    fine to worry about compitition however in the last two weeks many residents have lost power and rely on the radio system for updates and information ckdh seems to be so worried about someone new coming to town and going fm one would think that they should get good at what they do now first seems to me they should have some obligation at the present time to mantain their service during a power outage they have a nice new building and I guess a new generator THE OLD GREY MARE AIN'T WHAT SHE USED TO BE better get good at what you do first before you decide to worry about everyone elses business

  • Country Boy
    January 18, 2010 - 10:28

    I agree, with the gist of this column. I find it appalling that CKDH does not have a backup when the power is out. It should be a vital part of our safety system in Amherst but is one of the first to prove it is unreliable during any emergency. During this last storm I had no power, no phone and NO CKDH. I had to try to find another station that would give me updates and was sorely disappointed. I am probably one of the few country folk that actually listen to CKDH on a regular basis, I can tell you that if a more reliable station were to come to the Amherst area I would definitely jump ship.

    So CKDH, upgrade or step aside. The people of Amherst deserve a station they can be proud of.