Manson’s Landing, on Cortes Island - Cortes Radio, CKTZ 89.5 FM,  is one step closer to having its broadcasting license renewed. The station’s current mandate expires on August 31, 2018. As a result of our increasing the amount of local programming, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) found CKTZ to be in “apparent compliance” with our license. The public was given until March 28 to comment, subject to which the Commission intends to renew our license for a full seven year term. There was only one submission. The NCRA intervenes in Cortes Radio’s favour intervenes in CKTZ’s favour.

NCRA Intervenes For Six Stations

The National Campus and Community Radio Association / l’Association nationale des radios étudiantes et communautaires (NCRA/ANREC) is dedicated to advancing the role and increasing the effectiveness of campus and community radio in Canada. There are currently 108 stations in the association. Cortes Radio was one of six in “apparent compliance” with their licenses when they applied to have their licenses renewed this year. The other five were:

  • Small Town Radio (“CFWN-FM”)
  • Lillooet Camelsfoot T.V. and Radio Association (“CHLS-FM”)
  • The Kamloops Campus/Community Radio Society (“CFBX-FM”)
  • Haliburton County Community Radio Association (“CKHA-FM”)
  • San Lorenzo Latin American Community Centre (“CHHA-AM”)

Barry Rooke, Executive Director of the NCRA, informed the CRTC, “We believe that CFWN-FM, CHLS-FM, CFBX-FM, CKHA-FM, CHHA-AM, and CKTZ-FM have all accomplished a great deal during their current licence terms, and we are pleased to share some of their successes with the Commission. We therefore encourage the Commission to approve these applications and ensure that these stations can continue to serve their communities in furtherance of the objectives of the Broadcasting Act.”

Regarding CKTZ

As regards Cortes Radio, in particular, he added:

“For the last 13 years, CKTZ-FM has been serving the Cortes Island community, accessible from the B.C. mainland by two ferries. The station broadcasts to approximately 100,000 potential listeners, and they have substantial support in their community, with approximately 100 paying members, 30 programmers, and involvement by over 100 community members and groups.

“CKTZ-FM acts as their community’s official emergency broadcaster, and they receive speech-to-text technology memos in real-time when local emergency officials announce special measures. Staff have trained on-air programmers to receive the information and expand on it as the situation requires. CKTZ-FM’s efforts in this area are intended to address gaps in the community response network that are unfilled by commercial broadcasters, in order to better serve its community in emergency situations.

“With support from a Community Radio Fund of Canada grant, CKTZ-FM developed close community connections with the local Klahoose First Nation, who worked with the station to create “Deep Roots,” a 30-part radio series about their history, community, and relationships. CKTZ-FM also produces regular Klahoose language programming, and an ongoing show that summarizes of other Indigenous stories from across the country.”

NCRA - An Invaluable Resource

“This is yet another occasion in which the NRCA has shown itself to be an invaluable resource for Cortes Radio,” said Roy L Hales, President of the Cortes Community Radio Society.

He added that the idea to broadcast local programming twice, which enabled CKTZ to meet the quota set by its license, originated with the NCRA.

The CRTC is expected to renew Cortes Radio’s license in the next few months.

Photo at top of page:Barry Rooke, Executive Director of the NCRA.