UFV Asking CRTC For CIVL Chilliwack Repeater

Fraser Valley – Ask anyone in the radio end of broadcast media, and they will tell you that they (secretly) have an affinity for campus radio. So this story hits home for FVN and right off the bat, we support this application.

UFV University of the Fraser Valley has had a campus radio station in Abbotsford since it’s genesis in 2003. On September 7th, 2010, shortly after 11AM, CIVL finally broadcast on 101.7 FM. .. then with 40 watts and now with a whopping 520 watts!!(basically, powering up a few light bulbs)

The downside is that the station could not be heard in Chilliwack. Having campuses spread out over the Valley was a challenge.

In 2018, CIVL Radio/University of the Fraser Valley have applied to the CRTC – Canadian Radio Television and Telecommunication Commission, for a Chilliwack repeater.

The proposed Chilliwack station would repeat CIVL Abbotsford at 92.3FM with 4,600 watts. The frequency and pattern has to protect repeaters from Rogers Radio.

Station manager Aaron Levy told FVN that the proposal is in the early stages and gathering intervenors (ie supporters) for the application. That process can be found here.

Info can be found at info@civl.ca

Levy said he had no idea as of yet, when a formal CRTC hearing would take place and where it would be.

From the legalese in the application process to the CRTC: (Thanks to Dan Sys from CRN Canadian Radio News for the info)

CIVL Radio has served the communities of the UFV through online radio content since 2008, and has continued to serve Chilliwack online since the inception of its Abbotsford FM broadcast signal in 2010. The geographic communities that exist throughout the Fraser Valley, including in Abbotsford, Mission, and Chilliwack, where CIVL has promoted artists and events, and contributed to developing the civic fabric through community engagement in municipal elections and other public discourse, have a significant impact on the operations of the University itself (and vice versa). UFV participates actively in municipal development and social engagement, much of which is covered by CIVL. This includes things like UFV’s development of an Abbotsford U-District; working with the innovative CityStudio project that connects UFV and its departments, students and faculty with active workshops

Application for a technical amendment to a broadcasting licence for an analog radio programming undertaking (including a new transmitter) – Form 303
addressing social problems; and acting as a host for arts, culture, and dialogue in our communities. CIVL books, hosts, and promotes musical events for independent artists in Chilliwack, as well as initiating the Canadawide art event ‘Art Battle’ in Chilliwack several times over the past four years along with community partners. According to www.civl.ca google analytics reports, 20% of CIVL’s web traffic comes from people in Chilliwack, making it the single largest municipality from which CIVL draws visitors to our site, more than any of the nearby communities of Surrey, Abbotsford, Vancouver and Mission. This amendment will allow CIVL’s broadcast content to reach the entirety of UFV’s student, faculty, staff and the communities around them, rather than simply a portion of it (roughly a third of CIVL’s student and community membership resides, works or attends school in Chilliwack). CIVL already creates programming relevant to Chilliwack as a significant community that is home to both many UFV faculty, staff and students, as well as CIVL volunteers and programmers. CIVL runs many promos and PSAs, as well as covering arts and other community events in and around Chilliwack. CIVL currently promotes on air and on social media Chilliwack-centric engagements including the Harrison Folk Festival, Chilliwack Arts Council events and events at the Chilliwack Cultural Centre. CIVL has also included in its election coverage content pertaining to Chilliwack ridings and Chilliwack elections either by hosting in studio or recording on-site all candidate debates and rebroadcasting at the station later. CIVL does the same for the Abbotsford, Mission and Langley ridings, as the Fraser Valley is home to commuters living and working in separate communities along the corridor of highway 1 that CIVL serves on 101.7 FM. While many residents either work in Chilliwack and live in Abbotsford, or vice versa, CIVL looks forward to providing the content we already serve online and on 101.7 FM in Abbotsford to community members on 92.3 FM in Chilliwack as well.


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