Christian radio station may be coming to Kamloops

A Maritimes-based group has a May 31 hearing with the Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission on its application for a licence to open a Christian radio station in Kelowna, with a rebroadcasting transmitter in Kamloops

A new radio station could be coming to Kamloops — but the people behind it don’t expect to start broadcasting until much later this year.

The International Harvesters for Christ/Harvesters Media Group (HMG) has a May 31 hearing with the Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission on its application for a licence to open a Christian radio station in Kelowna, with a rebroadcasting transmitter in Kamloops.

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HMG is based in New Brunswick.

The application was originally to have been heard by the CRTC on Jan. 11, but was withdrawn to be rescheduled later.

Jeff Lutes, president of the organization behind the bid, said he doesn’t expect a ruling on the application until the fall.

In its application, the group proposes programming from 6 a.m. to midnight, including religious-teaching programs — which would take up about five hours a day — and Christian music. News, weather and local-event promotions would also be part of daily programming.

HMG has operated radio stations for 15 years, starting in Moncton. Its Halifax station generates 75 per cent of its overall revenue.

In its application, HMG said it has hoped for years to open Christian radio stations in B.C., filling what it sees as a broadcasting void.

It said it will ensure it meets Canadian content required by the CRTC; one of the sources for its Bible programs is based in B.C. It said 20 per cent of its music lineups features Canadian singers, adding there are opportunities for local emerging artists to receive airplay and be interviewed about their music.

Documentation with the application asserts HMG has a stability level stronger than other religious FM broadcasters in the country.

“With strong transmitters, online listening, apps, a full roster of Bible teaching programs, many radio personalities, top Christian AC [adult contemporary] music and a clear list of Canadian Christian artists, we believe Kamloops and Kelowna listeners will be very satisfied with the standard of excellence we set for broadcasting,” documentation by Lutes states.

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