LG 104.3 denied request to remove Blues

The CRTC has denied an application to amend the broadcasting licence for LG 104.3(CHLG-FM) Vancouver. The Newcap subsidiary had requested removal of the condition of licence requiring it to devote at least 15 per cent of its musical selections to Special Interest Music. The station argued the requirement is alienating listeners and impacting CHLG-FM’s market share and revenue

That means that Monday to Wednesday from 8pm-12am and Thursday and Sunday from 9pm-12am you will still hear the LG Blues lounge.

Newcap asked for the requirement to be removed stating that they needed it gone to be able to better compete in the market and also because there was not a good audience for Blues in the marketplace.



Published on November 4, 2017 at 1:00 am by Brian Cook


November 4, 2017 - 4:22 am

Oh brother

Why is the CRTC insisting that a station play music that, apparently, nobody wants to listen to?

November 4, 2017 - 8:23 am


Oh brother- Mindboggling how the CRTC thinks. They didnt ask for 24/7 heavy metal or all country or another traffic station.

November 4, 2017 - 9:46 am


Too much government interference in Canada , from the blues to milk and cheese.

November 4, 2017 - 9:57 am

Don Lehn FVN Fraser Valley News

Am I the only person who likes the Blues Lounge?

November 4, 2017 - 10:49 am


Canadians are such sheep. That in 2017 they allow the government to dictate to radio stations what kind of music to play is ridiculous. The CRTC does it because the corporations that control the CRTC want it that way because it limits competition.

November 4, 2017 - 11:16 am


Terrible. For all the criticism levied against large corporations, this is one of the huge failings of independent owners . Too many are willing to promise anything & everything in order to win a license, knowing full well that they’re just going to flip that license in a few years and not have to deal with the long-term competitive imbalance they’ve created.

November 4, 2017 - 12:33 pm


Truth, I dont see corporate owners being any more socially conscious than individuals. My guess is that an individual owner might be more honest than the corporation. IE Arthur Griffiths vs Canwest or Shaw

November 4, 2017 - 2:20 pm


One would have thought Newcap would have some clout with the crtc by now, but its obviously the big boys like chorus and rogers who hold greater influence over the crtc. Its been great to see LG104 gaining in the market, but no doubt this Blocked programming is the causer of limitations. Its decisions like this and over populating markets with excess radio stations. It makes it very difficult getting a deserving piece of the pie. Its a shame the crtc has to be so political. Lets come up with another idea on how to run the industry today.

November 4, 2017 - 2:41 pm

David Russell

On the plus side, while I agree with the sentiment that the CRTC ought to have much less control, I actually like the House of Blues show.

November 5, 2017 - 3:51 pm

defintely not Christian Hall

Fun Fact. The House of Blues show does not count towards a station’s Cat.3 Blues requirement as it mostly plays “hit” Blues music, while Cat.3 specifically has to be non-hit blues music. So if a blues song makes it on to the top 40 of any chart ever (including a blues chart), it doesn’t count as Cat.3 Blues. Also many of the songs on said program have been deemed “rock” and not “blues” so once again…another reason why it doesn’t count and why you don’t see it on the schedule of stations that have these requirements. #themoreyouknow

November 5, 2017 - 7:11 pm

Ajeet Manhas

We are Boomers, best of music AM or FM from the late 50’60’s 70’s. Blues became the lost child in Vancouver for years. Difference Seattle great, Vancouver midnight Sunday night. What even is left late at night is too much trouble for MBA s in Toronto.,.

November 6, 2017 - 6:33 pm


Suck it up Newcap, and learn how to sell the 1.5 stations that you have. Want to compete with the best? Then you have to be as good as them.

November 17, 2017 - 1:54 am


Punt Kelly ( ronnie radio) Latra-whater, worst am gig in the lower mainland. That’ll be a start in the right direction. His phony enthusiasm is intolerable.

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