Blackgold given green light for Ponoka radio station

Ponoka may see its own radio station in the near future.

Ponoka may see its own radio station in the near future.

Blackgold Broadcasting, operating under the name of One FM, had its second application to the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) approved Friday, Sept. 2.

Owner Mark Tamagi said in an interview he had not expected this second application to go through but was pleased with the outcome. “The commission sees the fact that Ponoka deserves a (radio) service,” he said.

In 2015, the company’s first application was turned down by the CRTC after concerns the company’s proposed 10,000 watt non-directional antenna would infringe on competitors in Lacombe and Red Deer.

“In the second application we took it down to 1,000 watts,” said Tamagi.

The similar concerns of interference were raised by other regional radio stations Newcap Radio in Wetaskiwin and Red Deer, Golden West and L.A. Radio with the CRTC, but Tamagi said he did not respond to those concerns due to the lowered antenna reach.

The CRTC based its decision of approval on those new numbers stating approximately 8,300 people would be encompassed, rather than the 17,000 originally proposed.

“Further, approximately 21,200 people would be encompassed in the proposed station’s secondary contour (compared to approximately 73,000 people in its previous application),” states the decision.

It further admits there would be some overlap in the Lacombe market, but would not reach a significant portion of any other nearby markets and that the other stations are not specifically licensed to Ponoka.

Blackgold’s proposal affirms the company intends to offer country music targeting adults aged 25 to 54 with 126 hours of local programming per broadcast week. Another 13 hours and 24 minutes would be devoted to spoken word programming.

Tamagi says the company has two years to build a station or they must ask for an extention. He needs to secure a transmitter site and equipment as well as a studio space, which could take a year.

“Once we get the ball rolling on anything it’ll be eight months to a year before we sign on,” said Tamagi.

One challenge will be dealing with Alberta’s economic downturn, which may affect when Blackgold starts the process. Tamagi estimates a year before he gets things moving. Despite the delay, he is excited for the potential.

“It’s big for Ponoka. It’s a game changer for sure,” said Tamagi.

 

Just Posted

PHOTO: St. Augustine teams will head to volleyball provincials

Both Ponoka’s girls and boys teams from St. Augustine School are heading to provincials

Rollovers near Ponoka keep crews busy

Wintry road conditions proved a struggle for motorists on the QE2 highway with several incidents

Plane crash-lands near Ponoka

The airplane had its tail ripped off and it ended right side up in a copse of trees east of Ponoka

Ponoka barrel racer looks to strong future

Shayna Weir’s climb to CFR promises more to come for the barrel racer

Naked man arrested for impaired driving

The man allegedly fled the scene of a collision wearing only a sheet. Plus other Ponoka RCMP briefs

Trudeau offers to help Pacific islands face climate change impact

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau met with the leaders from the Pacific island nations on Saturday during the APEC Summit in Papua New Guinea

B.C. asking for tips on ‘dirty money’ in horse racing, real estate, luxury cars

Action follows a Peter German report on money laundering in B.C. casinos

Canadian dead more than a week after plane crash in Guyana: Global Affairs

Global Affairs said it couldn’t provide further details on the identity of the Canadian citizen

Privacy concerns over credit card use for legal online pot purchases

Worries follow privacy breaches at some Canadian cannabis retailers

Death toll rises to 76 in California fire with winds ahead

Nearly 1,300 people remain unaccounted for more than a week after the fire began

Trump says report on Khashoggi death expected in a few days

Jamal Khashoggi was a columnist for The Washington Post who was slain Oct. 2 inside the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul

CUPW requests mediator as deadline for Canada Post offer expires without deal

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau weighed in Saturday night with a last-minute plea to the two sides

Trudeau says he won’t negotiate in public on future of LGBTQ rights in USMCA

Legislators urged Trump not to sign the agreement unless the language was removed.

Grande Prairie RCMP charge 19 men, ranging in age from 23 to 69, in prostitution sting

Three-day operation targets sex activities in the downtown area

Most Read