There was lots of good news for members of Winnipeg’s Nostalgia Broadcasting Cooperative at their Annual General Meeting on October 29.
Topping the list was an update on CJNU’s quest to become a full-time broadcaster with 10 times their current transmitter power. A CRTC hearing will be held in Ottawa on November 7 at which time the Commission will consider the station’s application for a permanent spot at 93.7 on the FM radio dial.
That application was supported by 440 letters from listeners. Nostalgia Broadcasting believes it has made a strong case to the CRTC for approval of a community owned and operated station. It’s hoped the station can go on the air at its new frequency by mid-2013.
CJNU has been operating as a low power special events broadcaster under a CRTC exemption rule for over six years.
Other good news announced at the AGM included the fact that, for the first time, Nostalgia Broadcasting now has in excess of 1,000 members. The station is also close to completing the construction of a permanent, professional broadcast studio.
An important part of this year’s annual general meeting was the election of Directors to the Board.
Newly elected officers to the 15 member Board were Ernie Nairn, Roger Currie, Dorothy Dobbie, Gil Forrest, and David Schilling.
“This election strengthened our Board in preparation for the challenges that we’ll be facing in the coming months,” said station manager Bill Stewart.
“It adds to our board the many years of broadcast experience of people like Ernie Nairn and Roger Currie, two of Winnipeg’s most senior, best recognized broadcasters.
“On the business/administrative side of things, Gil Forrest is a Professional Accountant (CGA),” said Stewart.
“Dorothy Dobbie brings a wealth of experience to us being the owner and founder of Pegasus Publications whose publications include Manitoba Gardener and Lifestyle 55 magazine, as well as being a weekly radio host, a past member of Parliament, a member of the Canadian Broadcast Standards Council, and immediate past president of the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra.”
Stewart said, “David Schilling adds a youth dimension to our operations, which enhances CJNU’s succession planning while capitalizing on fresh ideas and enthusiasm.”
“I am very excited about our new Board and the diversity in talent and experience in its composition.”
At the meeting, Ed Henderson was presented with the Builders Award in recognition of his long term commitment to the station. He has been involved with CJNU from the beginning in numerous capacities as operator/producer, studio tech and go to guy for many technical matters and problems.