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Tue Mar 13 9:04 am  #1


101.1 More FM CFLZ

They were pounding into Ridgway, Pennsylvania Monday March 12th between about 930am and 1030am.  Here's two youtube videos with audio of the reception. The video shows the signal level, 2 out of 3 bars and has audio fed directly into the video. RCA outputs from my radio, line in to my digital recorder and line out of the digital recorder into my IPhone. Distance from the C F L Zed transmitter to my porch is 103.94 miles/167.27km. Sure, it's 50KW at 76 meters/250 feet but it's a new logging in my book, overcoming weak as heck semi local WFGE State College, PA (70 miles/110km) and often strong as crap semi local WHOT Youngstown, OH (110 mile/177 meters)

Equipment: Sony XDRF1HD radio and Kathrein Scala YA7 5 element Yagi antenna







 

 

Tue Mar 13 3:20 pm  #2


Re: 101.1 More FM CFLZ

The 101.1 transmitter is located near Lake Erie in Fort Erie, Ontario.  Not only is it old, but the location doesn't do the station much good financially.  The signal is much better in Western New York than it is in parts of the Niagara Peninsula, but Canadian regulators won't allow the station to solicit advertising in the United States.

The new owners have discussed the possibility of replacing the transmitter.  If so, I suspect they may apply for a transmitter relocation and a power adjustment similar to what was done with CJED 105.1 about ten years ago. 

CJED faced the same problem when it broadcast from the Skylon Tower in Niagara Falls...too strong a signal in the United States and not enough power in parts of their Canadian service area.

 

Tue Mar 13 3:28 pm  #3


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@Chuck99, I am not aware of any CRTC regulation preventing Canadian broadcasters from soliciting in the US.  Please point me to the Policy....

I saw in the decision that they plan on purchasing new transmitters for both stations, so that might add to the signal capacity.

 

Tue Mar 13 7:10 pm  #4


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splunge wrote:

@Chuck99, I am not aware of any CRTC regulation preventing Canadian broadcasters from soliciting in the US.  Please point me to the Policy....

I saw in the decision that they plan on purchasing new transmitters for both stations, so that might add to the signal capacity.

  Accepting U.S. advertising is fine.  But when a station actively solicits ads in the U.S. it usually means it is trying to morph into a pseudo American station and that will often get you a slap on the wrist at license renewal time. 

If the CRTC wades in, it is usually the result of complaints from other broadcasters.  105.1 got it first power increase in 2003 on condition that it stop soliciting advertising in Buffalo.  Prior to that, it was marketing itself as a Buffalo station.  Its afternoon DJ was American and often broadcast on location from a bar in Buffalo.  Traffic reports were also dedicated to Bufflalo area highways.  That all ended after the power increase was granted. 

For a while, 101.1 had an agreement with a company in Buffalo to sell U.S. advertising when it was known as Wild 101.1.  After the CRTC ordered the station to end that arrangement, it became a dedicated Canadian station as Z101.1.

I read the CRTC decision on the sale of the stations and I think Byrnes only wants to replace the 101.1 transmitter, which is nearly 30 years old.  There is plenty of land to build a new one next to the 105.1 transmitter in Thorold,  It would improve reception in St. Catharines, which is the biggest ad market in the region and the station could still be heard in its city of license of Fort Erie as long as their wasn't a big reduction in power.


 

 

Tue Mar 13 8:13 pm  #5


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@Chuck, you defined it.  The previous owners were programming to the US and even using buffalo studios for a time. (this was before Vista).  Hence the CRTC requirement that the Niagara Falls station carry something like 3 hours of canadian local news programming per week.  However, it had nothing to do with soliciting or accepting advertising from across the bridge.  the commission doesn't care about that in the grand scheme of things.

I think you're correct about the 101 transmitter.  i haven't read the application in awhile.  if i recall, byrnes was granted an exemption from the "crtc sales tax" if they upgraded the plant and equipment.


 

 

Tue Mar 13 9:11 pm  #6


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splunge wrote:

@Chuck, you defined it.  The previous owners were programming to the US and even using buffalo studios for a time. (this was before Vista).  Hence the CRTC requirement that the Niagara Falls station carry something like 3 hours of canadian local news programming per week.  However, it had nothing to do with soliciting or accepting advertising from across the bridge.  the commission doesn't care about that in the grand scheme of things.

I think you're correct about the 101 transmitter.  i haven't read the application in awhile.  if i recall, byrnes was granted an exemption from the "crtc sales tax" if they upgraded the plant and equipment.


 

Its the old chicken and egg syndrome.  You can solicit for ads in the States, but you will not sell many if your programming does not appeal to an American audience and CanCon regulations make that difficult.  The soliciting itself is not the issue.  Its the programming comprises that are made to generate those U.S.ads that gets you into trouble with the CRTC.  If 101.1 has any future, it will be as a regional Canadian station, hence the need for a new transmitter in a better location.
 

 

Tue Mar 13 10:28 pm  #7


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yes Chuck... i don't know much about the american side and its on air offerings, but i would infer that as long as your programming... spoken word in particular... is of high quality focusing on cross-border regional news, i can't see cancon music as an impediment for drawing sales or listeners.  Fact is, byrnes is only a few weeks into it.  let's talk in a year and see how it's developed.

 

Wed Mar 14 12:43 am  #8


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The area certainly has had a rich history of broadcasters pushing the envelope with the CRTC.  Non-compliance issues led the CRTC to revoke the licenses of CHSC 1220 and CJRN 710. 

 

Wed Mar 14 1:31 am  #9


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And speaking of non-compliance, how I could I have forgotten Vista simulcasting 2DayFM on 101.1 and 105.1 for 3 years.