FREDERICTON - Veteran Canadian broadcaster Ross Ingram has been awarded a broadcast licence for Fredericton, New Brunswick.
CJRI-FM will be an LPFM operation at 94.7 on the FM dial. Ingram describes CJRI as "a full service community station" that will serve the 100,000+ population in the greater Fredericton area with local news, detailed local weather and local sports news and extensive coverage of local events.
The music format for the new station will be drawn from the southern gospel, country gospel and praise genres.
"The history of praise music in this area of the Maritimes dates back to about 1800 when British and Foreign Bible Society missionaries arrived in the Fredericton area. For the past 50 years or more, southern gospel music has earned itself a place throughout the so-called Bible belt that extends from just south of redericton to Centreville some 100 kilometres away. We feel this music format is an excellent fit for this market," Ingram says.
"Low power FM operations and, further down the road, local digital radio operations owned by local people can provide a local service the higher powered stations cannot. Low power community radio has a definite place in the future of Canadian radio," he says.
Ingram's 40-year background in broadcasting includes stints at radio stations in Niagara Falls and Hamilton in Ontario, at New Glasgow and Truro in Nova Scotia and in Saint John, New Brunswick. He retired from CBC Radio and Television in 1988 and went on to found a weekly newspaper and provide daily newscasts to radio stations in New Brunswick and Maine.
The CJRI application was approved by the CRTC November 26.
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