Due to pandemic, campus radio station CFBX now on autopilot

Campus and community radio station CFBX has switched on the autopilot.

Broadcasts from the 92.5 FM station will now be fully automated, with airtime being filled with program repeats rather than live voices.

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The decision to flip the switch came down after the province declared a public health emergency as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The radio station has about 65 volunteers and some reached out in concern to station manager Brant Zwicker.

"I started getting calls and emails from volunteers saying they didn’t feel comfortable, which I understand. There was enough of that going on that we just decided to wind it down," Zwicker said.

Prior to the change, the station broadcast about 50 shows throughout the week, from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m.

In the interim, the station will feature more Canadian content, including local music, mostly drawn from the overnight shows that usually play.

Zwicker said further updates or notices will be posted on the CFBX Facebook page or on its website, online at thex.ca.

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