The Red River College radio station will go silent at 4 p.m. on Wednesdsay, forced to power down after new CRTC regulations regarding campus and community radio stations, as well as financial challenges.
Despite hoping to once become a self-sustaining station, Red River College continued to fund KICK FM and provided the transmitter, equipment and facilities.
The station will continue to train students for a career in radio and has a plan to resume Internet streaming in the fall.
Red River College campus radio station 92.9 KICK-FM appears to be finished after a decision handed down by the Canadian Radio-television Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) on Monday.
In a Facebook posting, the station said it was informed by the CRTC that it would “no longer be allowed to train students for a career in radio.”
The Winnipeg radio station has been a training ground for many aspiring students in the Creative Communications program seeking to work in broadcasting behind the mic.
“It is doubtful that RRC will want to continue funding a radio station that does not work within its educational department. Therefore, it seems unlikely at this point in time that KICK-FM will remain on-air,” the message went on to say.
Station management says there may be the option to move to an Internet-only feed, but didn’t provide definite details.
“We just learned about the situation with KICK and the CRTC today (Monday),” said Colin Fast, RRC’s communications manager. “We’re looking into it further and reviewing our options. No decisions have been made yet.”
KICK-FM has been on the air for the past eight years.
A new radio show put on by the Winnipeg Free Press will debut later today on 92.9 KICK-FM from Red River College’s downtown campus.
“Stop the Presses” is a weekly show from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. every Wednesday that looks at the biggest news stories of the week, featuring commentary from the paper’s reporters, columnists, and callers.
Hosted by John White, Deputy Editor Online, and reporter Melissa Martin, the first show will feature a slew of guests right out of the gate. Kevin Hnatiuk of New Media Manitoba will be on air to discuss the Apple iPad, and Morley Walker will look at the publishing implications of the new device.
Also on the agenda will be Tuesday night’s City Council meeting in Glendale, Arizona on the issue of the Phoenix Coyotes lease deals, and Darren Ford from JetsOwner.com.
The woman at the center of the Manitoba Hydro whistleblower debacle, and known by the Public Utilities Board as the “New York Consultant,” will tell her story today on 92.9 KICK-FM.
The woman — who cannot be identified — came forward under the province’s Whistleblower Act in 2008 warning of Manitoba Hydro’s possible financial risks and suggesting the utility has lost $1 billion in recent years.
Last month, her request for intervener status to appear at an upcoming PUB hearing on Manitoba Hydro rates was denied. She wanted the board to cover her expenses to participate, which were estimated at somewhere between $300,000 and $800,000. The board has since disagreed to pay the large sum of money, but negotiated to cover about $26,500 in expenses if she were to participate as an adviser. That offer was rejected by the woman and she will not be present at the PUB’s hearing.
Miss Whistle will talk to Marty Gold at 4 p.m. on “The Great Canadian Talk Show.”