Vernon Community Radio Station approved by CRTC



For Immediate Release

September 2, 2020


Vernon Community Radio Station approved by CRTC 


Almost two years after starting the application process the Vernon Community Radio station finally has the green light to go ahead.


The Canadian Radio-Television Commission (CRCT) announced today it’s approval for a broadcasting licence to operate an English-language community FM radio station in Vernon, British Columba.  The Commission found that the Vernon radio market cannot support an additional commercial radio station. However, given that community stations generally do not raise concerns pertaining to commercial impact, the license for the community station was granted.

The Vernon Community Radio Society is a non profit organization run by a board of directors. The station itself will operate under the call letters CFAV-FM and the name of 97.9 Valley FM.

“We are thrilled to finally receive the go ahead and get started!” says Gord Leighton, Chair of the of the Vernon Community Radio Society. “Our board has worked hard over the past two years to get this project off the ground and now that we have a license the real work begins with fundraising, volunteer recruitment and creation of the station both on and off the air.”

Programming on Valley FM will consist of spoken word, news, and a mix of music genres. Local musicians, guests and community content will play a large part in the programming featured on the station.

For more information on volunteering, or ways you can donate visit

About Vernon Community Radio Society  

Vernon Community Radio Society is a not-for-profit organization, registered under the Societies Act of British Columbia. We are a group of community volunteers dedicated to the creation of a new over-the-air FM broadcasting station to serve Greater Vernon with original local programming. CFAV-FM will be the call letters for 97.9 Valley FM, offering programming that is materially different from content currently provided by private broadcasters and by the CBC. To get involved visit us online at


For the complete CRTC Decision:


For further information, or to request interviews, contact: 

Gord Leighton, Chair.  Cell 250-306-1087

Vernon Community Radio Society

Email: gl*******@te***.net





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