Sunday, February 6, 2011

CKLN Has license revoked by CRTC. Sign the petition!!

The long and short of it is that the CRTC is pulling the plug on CKLN 88.1 FM on Feb. 12th 2011. Unless the decision is over turned before then or soon after we stand to lose a huge outlet for Hip Hop in Toronto as well a lot of  community programming; " a voice for the people". Sign the petition to show support and help them stay on the air The article below is taken directly from the CKLN website and give a more detailed account of what has happened.
"What really happened?
Thursday, 03 February 2011 15:12
As most of you have heard, CKLN has had its days numbered due to a recent decision by the CRTC to revoke our broadcasting licence.  Many people have asked why this is happening and how they can help keep us on the air.  First we recommend reading the CRTC's decision on their website, you can also sign our petition to keep us on the air.  Aside from the now-obvious legal avenues, many listeners have asked what else they can do to support the station.  Though we are limited in the initiatives we can pursue, the community at large has the real voice in this matter.  The first step is always education. We'd like to start by providing some information already available.  To fully understand the situation, we need to understand two things.  First is the current climate of broadcast media in general.  Three articles by the Globe and Mail and the CBC sum it up nicely (read more):

CBC: Media convergence, acquisitions and sales in Canada
CBC: CRTC's Internet billing decision appealed
Globe and Mail: Harper steps into Web dispute

There have also been various news articles written by these outlets:

The Globe and Mail
The Toronto Star
NOW Magazine
Exclaim! Magazine

The other important thing to understand is what the community has to say about the decision, our listeners are the reason we're on the air and their opinion MUST be represented to really understand what's going on.  Following are several places to read commentary about this.  We encourage all comments in every forum, the best thing anyone can do is let their voices be heard!

From TorontoMike
From BlogTO
From AllAccess
From Ryersonian

Lest we forget, community radio is today's term for what used to be called The Radio!  Having a broadcasting outlet for the community is absolutely a fundamental aspect of the medium, regardless of how it's administered. There are obvious reasons for the CRTC's decision that have been outlined very concisely in this CBC story.  However what has also been noted by even the CRTC itself is that even with a chaotic history like that, things have been on the mend ever since.  The real question should be: does the community want its own radio station anymore?  If the CRTC decision is allowed to stand there's no telling what will happen to the frequency, while Toronto will lose one more outlet for the community's voice to be heard!"

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