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However, sometimes it doesn't "last".   A gorup of investors that wanted a 
new FM license in Halifax back in the late 80's, got full power 96.5 (Slogan: 
"Sun FM").  Thier promise was to do 'beautiful music.'  After a couple years, 
they evolved into a Magic type format, and kept after 7 PM with instrumentals 
(I actually saw their shelves of video tapes in 1993).  After there was 
apparently no negative feedback from the CRTC, they went with the Magic style 
format 24/7.   

While in a Halifax hotel, I watched cable programming of tape-delayed 
same-day gavel-to-gavel CRTC hearings on would-be station applicants, and for 
3 hours, I watched hopeful-licensees make lots of promises in person to the 
CRTC "judges." And the 'judges' were asking back many questions just like the 
Supreme Court (US) does.   Quite interesting.

In contrast, when a license transfer (or new station) is before the FCC, part 
of the application requires a "planned programming description."   A 
statement such as "We will program music and news (example) to the service 
area in a way not duplicated by other stations, and we shall air comminuty 
information"  almost always is accepted.   No one ever has to go to 
Washington DC to appear before the judges.
(unless its a contested frequency).


In a message dated 1/12/01 9:12:45 AM Eastern Standard Time, 
nostatic@earthlink.net writes:

<< I thought that the Canadian Content rules only applied to FM stations.  
One of
 the reasons that music programming survived on AM in Canada for as long as 
it did
 was because of the lack of Can Con restrictions on stations in that band.  
Or so
 I thought.  Can anyone clarify?