Ruthie's Predictions For Montreal Area FM Allocations
- Dear Neal (and other interested R.I.M. members):
Here are, briefly, my predictions. Of course, there should be no
need for new FM applications, since the band in the Montreal area
has reached its saturation point years ago, and the C.R.T.C., in its
infinite wisdom, is blissfully unaware of that fact, as it continues
to license more and more totally unneeded FM stations that, in turn,
contribute to the worsening of reception conditions for listeners who
have inadequate, AFC-less FM receivers or receivers that have a built-
in AFC circuit that can't be switched on or off.
Anyway, enough said and on with my predictions.
91.9 is a frequency that shouldn't be on the block at all.
Noncommercial public radio stations with a cultural vocation should
never be made to suffer from other stations' interference, as the
case will be for Montrealers with inadequate pre-1980 receivers. If,
however, the C.R.T.C. decides to allocate 91.9 to a Montreal station,
it should be a classical music/jazz/entertainment station just like a
public radio station, a format/concept that is sadly lacking in
100.1 or 100.3: With The Buzz on 99.9 delivering such a powerhouse
signal all the way to the Laurentians, people with state-of-the-art,
bells-and-whistles, digital-readout gear would have an extremely hard
time separating 100.1 or even 100.3 from The Buzz.
104.7: The C.R.T.C. won't be persuaded by Montreal area lovers
of "freeform radio" (such as our beloved Sheldon, who even took time
to present a brief against the C.B.C. application) that "The Point"
is worth leaving alone for others to enjoy. After all, the
Catastrophic Broadcasting Corporation has already told the CRTC
commissioners that it needs both 104.7 and 105.1 to serve the handful
of people in N.D.G. and surrounding areas who would be interested in
listening to the CBC's elitist, pedantic, and soporific style. I
have a hunch the CBC will be allocated both frequencies in order to
be able to switch between frequencies whenever its signal gets jammed
out by intermodulation products, tropo, or sporadic E-skip.
My other predictions: A new Corus "English" station in Montreal?
No. A Native station? Hopefully, yes! While I do love country
music, big-band music, jazz, hip-hop, calypso, and reggae I
nevertheless do miss the authentic Native chants and drumming
CKRK/Mohawk Radio used to play in its first few years on the air. A
new "urban" station? Pray tell, why a second one? Doesn't CKRK
admirably fit the bill for this format? A "Nostalgia" station?
great idea if an "English" or bilingual station with the "Music of
Your Life" format (music from the 1910's to the mid-70's); if French,
forget it. And, for myself, I'd love to be able to listen to a
format that would be a cross between "The Buzz" and the psychedelic
sound (Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention, Melanie, Bohemian
Vendetta, The Sewer, etc.) that made WCFL (Chicago) so successful in
the late 60's and early 70's.
Best regards and good listening!
RUTH BERGERON TREMBLAY