Toronto Lime - CARN 98.7 FM begins testing its signal!
After many unforeseen delays and obstacles, CARN Radio is proud to announce that it commenced the testing its 98.7 FM frequency on Monday, May 31st, 2010 at 10am EST. CARN is aimed at servicing Toronto’s vibrant Black and Caribbean population in the Greater Toronto Area and surrounding environs. Tune in now to hear it!!!!
“This is a great day for our community,” says Fitzroy Gordon, President of CARN. “We wish to thank everyone for their patience and support while we sorted out a petition against CARN.”
In April 2006, the Canadian Radio and Television Commission (CRTC) approved a new commercial radio license for CARN Radio subject to it having an approved airways frequency. The frequency chosen after much technical and engineering testing was 98.7 FM. There is a Canadian broadcast rule which stipulates that if any frequency license holder has a second adjacent license to an incumbent broadcaster, then approval from the incumbent license holder is required before the second adjacent license holder can commence broadcasting. CBC Radio 99.1 FM is the incumbent broadcaster to CARN Radio 98.7 FM.
CARN had to lobby the CBC, the CRTC, Industry Canada, and the Government of Canada in its quest to get support for this second adjacent license. Finally, in July 2009, the Government of Canada, under the Conservative Prime Minister Stephen Harper, granted CARN Radio permission to run tests on its 98.7 FM frequency. Toronto’s community held a celebration on Sunday, September 27th, 2009 to a packed house of well-wishers, politicians, media, and church elders.
CARN’s initial broadcasting test will comprise a music-only format, with occasional public service announcements, while its engineers work out technical matters. Before the switch was turned on, Fitzroy Gordon said a prayer of thanks to God for His greatness and for this great day for CARN. Then he flipped the switch turning on CARN at 10am with its first song being “One Love” by Bob Marley.