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Society formed to set up FM station

AMHERST - There may be more competition on the local radiowaves.

A non-profit community society, the Tantramar Community Radio Society, has been created to fill what its members feel is a void in the area.

Society president Bert McWade feels communication is important in linking towns and villages with common interests, tastes and concerns.

"We feel this can be enhanced through the airwaves and that the emergence of a community FM radio station serving much of Cumberland and Westmorland counties is long overdue," McWade said.

The society is in the final stages of completing its application to the CRTC and has secured a site in Fenwick for a transmission tower while Elder Engineering of Toronto has completed a technical application for the project.

McWade said the station would offer program that is under-represented in the mainstream media.

"It will be people to people radio in the true sense with a strong core of volunteers driving the ideas and concepts contributing to each day of broadcasting," he said.

The society, he said, is concerned with how automated radio has left many stations unattended for several hours at a time. The community station would have someone on call most of the time to handle calls from the public and would be available immediately for emergencies.

Board member Randy Smith said the society has a membership with a wealth of broadcast experience and knowledge. While no names have been revealed, Smith said, these people have already been sought out with an announcement coming soon.

Presently Amherst is served by CKDH, a Maritime Broadcasting affiliate, while listeners also get programming from radio stations in Moncton, Truro and Prince Edward Island.

Organizations: Tantramar Community Radio Society, CRTC

Geographic location: AMHERST, Cumberland, Westmorland Fenwick Toronto Moncton Prince Edward Island

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