Community radio station needs money for transmitter before CRTC licence pulls plug


by Tracey Prediger

March 21, 2024

Photo: ValleyFM Community radio station fundraising for transmitter to go “On Air”

The volunteers behind Vernon’s community radio station are hoping to raise money for a transmitter that allows their listeners to actually tune into 97.9 FM.

Right now, Valley FM can only be accessed online and if they can’t get on air by September 1, 2024, the CRTC, or Canadian Radio and Telecommunications Commission, could pull the radio station’s license.

“We are in an existential crisis,” says Marv Machura who hosts the Western Canadian music segment. “We need a minimum of $25,000 to get that transmitter up and running, otherwise we’ll have to start from square one all over again.”

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