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CFRC 101.9FM to become independent service

April 26, 2012

KINGSTON, ON – As of May 1st, 2012, the Alma Mater Society and CFRC Radio will begin a two-year transitional period with the goal of CFRC Radio becoming an independently run service. A memorandum of understanding (MOU) between the AMS and Radio Queen’s University (RQU), CFRC’s license holder, was passed with unanimous support at an RQU Board meeting on April 25th, with the vote 20 in favour, and 3 abstentions.


“After months of consultation we are happy that we were able to reach an agreement that will successfully see them through their transition,” says AMS President Morgan Campbell. “This MOU lays out specific timelines and responsibilities for the transition process, and also provides significant support and room for unanticipated complications.”


Changes to Canadian Radio-television Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) policy prompted the AMS and CFRC to re-evaluate their relationship, as the CRTC requires that broadcast license holders maintain independent operations, finances, management, and control over facilities.


“This process was crucial to ensuring the future of the station,” says Dan Szczepanek, AMS Media Services Director. “The current structure was in violation of CRTC requirements, and CFRC Radio is due for a licence renewal in 2014. We couldn’t jeopardize the existence of the station through a lack of proactivity.”


CFRC plans to seek an increase to their student fee to help fund their operations once independent. Currently CFRC’s student fee is $4.93, one of the lowest fees compared to other campus radio stations in Canada. The AMS looks forward to continuing to work with CFRC to support them throughout this transition period so that they can continue to broadcast in 2014 and beyond.


CONTACT:
Please direct all media inquiries to Amanda Judd, AMS Communications Officer, at comm@ams.queensu.ca or (613) 533-6000 x 75850.

BACKGROUNDERS
Alma Mater Society (AMS) - http://www.myAMS.org
The central undergraduate student government at Queen’s University, the AMS represents over 14,200 students and is the oldest student government in Canada. The constituency is represented through 12 faculty and residence societies. The AMS Council, which is made up of a three-person executive, six commissioners, and three directors, oversees all day-to-day activities within the Society, including 14 corporate services and various government committees that address virtually all matters of student life at Queen’s.

CFRC 101.9FM http://www.cfrc.ca
CFRC is Queen's campus and community radio station located in the basement of Carruthers Hall, providing a wide variety of music and spoken word programs, as well as free broadcast and journalism training. Broadcasting since 1922, CFRC is the longest-running campus-based broadcaster in Canada.

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