The CRTC has denied an application for a new transmitter in Scarborough, ON to rebroadcast York University campus radio station VIBE 105.5(CHRY-FM) Downsview, ON. The application was made on the basis of better serving the eastern part of the Greater Toronto Area (GTA), however the commission found complaints about signal degradation from Pickering, Scarborough, Brampton and Mississauga fall outside the station’s service contours and reliable reception should not be expected in those cities.
I have to confess I never listen to CHRY, but many here will well recall the day they fired all their volunteers and suddenly went commercial. I never really understood how that was allowed to happen. Weren’t they supposed to be a campus radio station licenced to serve York University and its students? How can they justifiably try to compete on a commercial basis with everyone else on the dial? And why did the CRTC let that happen?
Obviously what they did wasn’t illegal or it would have been stopped by now. But students pay for this thing in their fees, and according to Wikipedia, they also are able to attain grants through a charitable status. Really? CHRY a charity? It's a specialized license holder that continues to act as though it was a commercial entity. And no one, especially not the CRTC, has said anything.
When the station goes bankrupt sometime in the near future they can always go online I guess 😭
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