What’s the deal with KICK?


On January 23rd we posted a story on our Facebook fan page regarding a directive the station received from the CRTC. Allow me to outline what has transpired.

In 2002, CKIC-FM was awarded a license to operate an Instructional Campus radio station, based at Red River College, whose primary objective was to train Creative Communications students for careers in commercial radio. We signed-on in December, 2003.

In 2010, the CRTC reviewed its Campus Radio Policy and made some substantial changes from the previous policy. Among the changes, the new policy removed the distinction between Instructional Campus stations (like KICK) and Campus stations (like UM-FM and CKUW). All campus-based stations will henceforth fall under one type of license: the Campus/Community license. Existing Instructional Campus stations (like KICK) were encouraged in the policy to continue training students, while at the same time broadening their base of community participation.From the new policy:

29. The Commission notes the specific role that stations currently licensed as campus instructional play in training broadcasters who will work for commercial radio stations. The Commission encourages these stations to pursue this goal within the new campus station framework, or through alternative means of broadcasting.

KICK-FM was happy with the new policy, which would come into effect with the renewal of our original license. We applied for a license renewal with the CRTC in 2011, and systematically promised to uphold the terms of the new policy.

Instead of a renewal, we were given an extension on our original license, while the Commission considered our renewal. We still operate, and will continue to operate under that license, at least until it expires at Midnight, August 31, 2012. No programs or training will be affected during the term of the existing license.

Prior to Christmas, 2011, myself and several members of the CreComm Radio Inc. Board of Directors (owner/operator of the CKIC-FM license) were called into an “off-the-record” meeting with a local CRTC Commissioner, to discuss the ramifications of the new policy on KICK-FM. The Commissioner told us that we were to focus on community involvement rather than student training, despite what the new policy document says, as quoted above. We asked for clarification: How much student training versus community volunteers would we allowed to broadcast under the new policy? The Commissioner agreed to seek clarification on this matter from Ottawa.

On January 23, the Commissioner called me with the answer. She said that Ottawa felt that she had “sugar-coated” her message to us at the meeting, that there is to be “no training of students for a career in commercial radio” and that if we insisted on training students, our “license renewal will be denied”.

When I asked the commissioner why there had been a change from the policy, as quoted above, without any official amendment to said policy, she gave me two reasons:

a) The CRTC has had a lot of issues with Instructional Campus stations recently, including the revocation of licenses of CJWV-FM, Winnipeg (FLAVA 107) and CKLN-FM, based at Ryerson in Toronto. (Both were clearly out-of-compliance with the regulations, and deservedly lost their right to broadcast.)

b) It was “a new Commission” with a new Commissioners, a new Chair, and a new direction.

So, our options seem to be the following:

1) Insist on training students, and have our license renewal denied. End result: go off-the-air.

2) Stop training students, focus on community volunteers, and perhaps lose our funding from the College, as we’d no longer be an educational component of the Creative Communications program. End result: go off-the-air.

3) Transfer the station to the internet, develop new KICK apps to increase ease-of-listening, and focus on training students in broadcasting and new media. End result: valuable training would continue in a positive direction and encompass the new methods of disseminating content in a digital world.

Next week, the BOD of CreComm Radio Inc. will meet to discuss our options, which we will eventually present to Red River College. We will keep you posted on developments.

As always, thank you very much for your continued support of Winnipeg’s Indie Station, 92.9 KICK-FM.

Rick Baverstock

Station Manager

posted : Thursday, January 26th, 2012

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CKIC-FM is owned and operated by Cre-Comm Radio Inc. and licensed by the CRTC as a non-profit campus radio station, based at Red River College, which supplies the majority of the station's operating costs.

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the kick 40      
      For the week of January 22, 2012    
    Now   Then Artist   Title   CD  
    1   1   Hawksley Workman Tokyo Bicycle Meat  
    2   2   Memphis   I Want the Lights on After Dark Here Comes a City
    3   6   Florence and the Machine   What the Water Gave Me   CD Single  
    4   7   Wilco   Born Alone The Whole Love  
ManCon   5   3   The Details   Surface Breaks The Original Mark EP  
    6   4   The Rapture   How Deep Is Your Love?   CD Single  
ManCon   7   5   The Weakerthans Wellington's Wednesdays   Live at the Burton Cummings Theatre
    8   8   Imaginary Cities   That's Where It's at Sam   Temporary Resident  
    9   10   Apostle of Hustle Eazy Speaks Eats Darkness  
ManCon   10   14   Amy Thiessen Radio   Give Up the Fight  
    11   12   Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes Home Up from Below  
ManCon   12   13   Katie Murphy   Oooo! (She's Got a Lot Goin' On Exes and Uh-Ohs  
ManCon   13   9   Nicole Byblow Things That I Learned When I Worked at the Hospital Nicole Byblow Plays All the White Keys
    14   11   Duke Spirit Surrender   Bruiser  
    15   17   Jackie Valentine   Keep It Going   Building Walls and Burning Bridges  
    16   18   Cashier No. 9   Oh Pity To the Death of Fun  
    17   15   Fleet Foxes   Grown Ocean Helplessness Blues  
    18   16   The Vaccines   All in White CD Single  
    19   20   Hospitality   Friends of Friends Hospitality  
    20   22   Family of the Year   St. Croix   St. Croix  
    21   23   Eugene McGuinness   Lion CD Single  
    22   24   Washed Out Amor Fatali   Within and Without  
    23   21   I Break Horses   Wired   Hearts  
    24   19   Sufjan Stevens   I Walked   CD Single  
ManCon   25   25   The Ripperz   Moon and Stars You Are the Moon  
ManCon   26   27   Xanad00ds Look Out Below   CD Single  
ManCon   27   28   Paolo Bussoli   South of Symington   CD Single  
ManCon   28   29   Eardrums   Toronto   We Are Not from Toronto  
    29   30   Transistor   The Painter Time In Between  
ManCon   30   31   Federal Lights   I Woke Up   CD Single  
    31   32   Monday's Fiction   You and I   The Way We Are  
    32   33   Arctic Monkeys   The Hellcat spangled Shalalala   Suck It and See  
    33   34   Titiyo The Awakening   Hidden  
ManCon   34   35   JD Edwards Band   Roads and Roads Roads and Roads  
    35   36   Feist   How Come You Never Go There? Metals  
    26   26   The Strokes   Taken For a Fool   CD Single  
    37   37   The Battles w/Matais Aguayo   Ice Cream   CD Single  
    38   new   Nick Faye and the Deputies   Giulianova   the last best west  
    39   new   Jon Levine Hot Girls Ground-Tide  
    40   new   Wooden Sky   (Bit Part) If I Don't Come Home You'll Know