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.