Last May, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) found CKTZ to be in “apparent compliance” with our license. After months of waiting, its decision is now official. The CRTC renewed Cortes Radio’s license for another seven years.

CRTC Renewed Cortes Radio’s License

There is only one stipulation, “CKTZ-FM Cortes Island … shall devote no less than 40% of its musical selections from content category 2 (Popular Music) in each broadcast week to Canadian selections broadcast in their entirety.”

Cortes Radio was one of eight stations whose licenses were renewed last week.

Our new license takes effect on 1 September, 2018, and expires on 31 August, 2025.

“This is good news. CKTZ can now move forward with its plans for the future. Among other things, we can now take the next steps towards relocating our tower to a location more suitable to fulfilling our mandate as an emergency communications resource,” said Roy L Hales, President of the Cortes radio Society.

Both the  National Campus and Community Radio Association and Strathcona Regional District (SRD) supported Cortes radio’s application to have its license renewed.

Emergency Communications

Last August, Cortes Community Radio CKTZ signed a memorandum of understanding with the SRD stating its willingness to provide temporary usage of the station during emergencies last August. This led to the installation of a packet VHF system and associated tower at the station, connecting us to directly to the SRD. When disaster strikes, CKTZ broadcast the SRD’s emergency bulletins.

The weak point in this system is CKTZ’s current reliance on the internet. Though the station has shown that it can continue to broadcast for up to 14 hours after the grid goes down, it connects to its tower on Thunder Road through the internet.

Both the SRD and Now that CKTZ’s license has been renewed, the station can continue exploring the possibility of moving its tower to a site where it can continue broadcasting even if both the internet and grid go down.

Illustration Credit: CRTC Banner Image “Harnessing Change: The Future of Programming Distribution in Canada”