Saving community radio in Kanesatake

Written by on November 26, 2018

There’s a renewed effort in Kanesatake to save CKHQ – the radio station in the community. The doors to the station were shuttered in July of 2017 after the transmitter began to fail at 101.7 FM.

“All equipment needs to be replaced. Even the antenna- it is still standing but it’s leaning over so we have a lot ahead of us,” said Sid Gaspe, a radio consultant from Kanesetake and one of the people behind the project to save the community-based station.

Gaspe says all they have left is the license and now they are fighting the application from a proposed station nearby in Lachute. That station would take over what is now an unprotected 101.7 FM signal. Gaspe and his group intervened against the application and are still awaiting a decision from the CRTC.

And it doesn’t end there for them.

“Just to get things off the ground, for example, the technical study – we’re looking at 10 thousand dollars. Just to do that engineering brief because it’s got to be official,” said Gaspe.

He estimates the whole project to save the station could cost at least half a million dollars.

A meeting will be held Tuesday at 6:30 at the United Church Hall in Kanesatake.

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