Tuesday, January 08, 2008

more good radio - please offer your support

CBC Radio 1 wants to move from the AM to the FM band. Please support the CBC's application by writing a note of support to the CRTC.

Here's a copy and pasted email:

From: CBCRadioOneFM Vancouver [mailto:CBCRadioOneFM@CBC.CA]
>Sent: January 8, 2008 1:44 PM
>To: CBCRadioOneFM Vancouver
>Subject: Making the Move to FM: CBC Radio One
January 8, 2008

Dear Friend,

CBC Vancouver has the unique opportunity to move Radio One from the AM dial to the FM dial in the Greater Vancouver area, therefore vastly improving the sound quality and coverage of our Radio One service!

Our application to the CRTC has been approved for public hearings and we have just three weeks to show enormous support from listeners in the Lower Mainland in order to convince the CRTC to give us the FM signal.

Why move to FM? There are two main reasons.

1. AM reception is very poor in many parts of the Lower Mainland. CBC did a survey of Radio One listeners in Vancouver that told us that almost 40% of respondents experienced poor reception either at home, at work or in their cars. Making the move to FM is the only way to ensure that all of the people of Vancouver are able to receive Radio One's unique and distinctive service.

2. Tuning to the AM dial is in decline and has been for years. Four out of ten Vancouver radio listeners do not listen to the AM dial at all. Making the move to FM is an investment in CBC Radio One's future. It's about being relevant and staying connected to everyone living in Metro Vancouver.

>How can you help?

By sending your written support by email, fax or mail to the CRTC by January 23, 2008. The message doesn't have to be long, but it does have to be individually written. The CRTC dismisses the "cut and paste" copying of form letters. A few sentences explaining why you value Radio One's programming and how you would like it to be on the FM dial so you can hear it consistently wherever you are in Metro Vancouver is all that's required.

To email your support, go to http://www.cbc.ca/bc/making-the-move-to-fm/ and follow the instructions under "Here's How You Can Help". (CBC actually has three applications in for various improvements in BC, but these instructions specifically support the move of CBU to the FM dial.) Also, for easy reference we've attached a pdf document with the email, fax and mail instructions.

In order to be successful, we will require hundreds of letters of support, so please pass this information on to everyone you know who values public broadcasting in Greater Vancouver. Again, the deadline is only three weeks away - January 23, 2008.

We have been trying to get Radio One moved to FM in Vancouver for ten years, and now a dial position has become available. This is a very rare and unique opportunity long overdue so we welcome your support!

Happy New Year from all of us at CBC Vancouver!

Yours truly,
Johnny Michel

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