|2002-08-08, 01:15 PM||#1|
Join Date: Dec 2001
CRTC awards CanWest Winnipeg Radio Station
the aspers are getting more control. From a press release issued today.
WINNIPEG, Aug. 8 /CNW/ - CanWest Global Communications Corp. has received
a broadcast licence to launch a new FM radio station in Winnipeg, the
Company's home city. The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications
Commission announced that CanWest's application for a new FM station was
approved today. The station, which will broadcast at 99.1 will be programmed
to appeal to the underserved community of jazz lovers.
CanWest President and Chief Executive Officer Leonard Asper said the
decision is great news for CanWest that represents a first, but important step
into Canadian radio. "We have always considered radio a logical and positive
next step in our multi-media strategy. We hope this new radio licence heralds
the eventual creation of a national radio system just as we entered the TV
industry 25 years ago with a single TV station in Winnipeg, which became part
of the Global Television Network."
Asper added that the application, which garnered tremendous support from
the local music community, as well as Winnipeg advertisers and community
leaders, won because it focused on a genre that has not been well represented
on Canadian radio. "We want to send out a heartfelt thanks to all the people
who supported this application through their letters and emails," said Asper.
"We will not disappoint, we will provide an on-air home to fans who already
appreciate smooth jazz music and hope to attract many more new jazz listeners
along the way." The new radio station forms part of a two-pronged entry into
music programming, the other being the planned digital specialty channel
COOL TV, for which CanWest has already received a licence. The CRTC decision
will also provide an economic benefit to the City of Winnipeg as CanWest hires
additional people to operate the station, which we expect to go on the air in
The radio station will not be the first for CanWest.
|2002-08-08, 04:47 PM||#2|
Join Date: May 2002
It's good to see another jazz station pop up. But I notice more and more smooth jazz coming up in places like radio stations and compilations. Is smooth jazz something like the next big thing in the genre? I'm a swing fanatic myself.
I wonder what Cool TV will be? Maybe it's a youth channel?