TORONTO, Aug. 11 /CNW/ - The CRTC today decided to uphold the licence
issued to DAWG FM, Canada's first All-Blues radio station, after a
reconsideration process that has taken close to a year.
On November 21, 2008 Minister of Canadian Heritage, The Honourable James
Moore, in a news release announced that Order in Council P.C. 2008-1769
returned the original licence decision to the CRTC for reconsideration
sighting the consideration for the needs of Francophones in Ontario.
As part of the reconsideration the CRTC also issued a licence to a group
of Franco-Ontarians that launched the appeal.
Frank Torres, President of DAWG FM, said of the decision, "We are pleased
with the Decision from the Commission today and look forward to continuing our
work to get the station on the air as soon as possible. Ottawa is the perfect
flagship market for DAWG FM's All-Blues music format. Along with Ottawa's
world class Blues festivals, DAWG FM will help make Ottawa "Chicago North" - a
focal point for Canadian blues artists to get their music played on FM
The Torres group was instrumental in engineering a new frequency that
will reach the Francophone Community of Ottawa and Gatineau. Torres says, "We
proposed and engineered the use of 94.5 FM at a significant expense and tested
it to prove that 94.5 could provide a quality signal. We are pleased that the
Commission accepted our proposed use of 94.5 MHz as a solution that allows the
original licences to DAWG FM and Astral to be upheld, while allowing a third
FM frequency to be used for the Francophone community".
Torres is hopeful that this Decision paves the way for his Halifax Blues
station to be approved shortly, "We have a unique application in front of the
Commission for an All-Blues radio station in Halifax. The sharing of Canadian
blues talent between the Maritimes and the nation's capital is an exciting
facet of our business plan, and will provide a cultural blues exchange across
Ed Torres and Frank Torres are the principals of DAWG FM and Skywords
Radio and Media companies, a national radio broadcasting organization with
offices in Halifax, Ottawa, Markham and Edmonton.
For further information:
For further information: Frank Torres, (905) 470-7655 ext 100; Todd
Bernard, (613) 521-7543