After almost 10 years of broadcasting, Red River College’s (RRC) student radio station 92.9 KICK FM will discontinue its on-air broadcasting.
According to a statement on KICK FM’s website, the radio station’s board, Cre-Comm Radio Inc., has decided to discontinue over the air broadcasting as a result of a campus radio policy change by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC).
The change, which was announced in January, declared that the CRTC would no longer license stations that exist purely for educational reasons.
"92.9 KICK FM went on-air almost 10 years ago with a mandate to provide a radio broadcast training forum for students that resembled, as near as possible, the operation of a commercial radio station. Red River College provided the transmitter and facilities as well as start-up funding, with the goal that the radio station become self sustaining over a period of time. Despite never being able to achieve this, the College continued to fund the station," the statement says.
92.9 KICK FM will return its current broadcast license to the CRTC.
"Radio training at Red River College will continue uninterrupted, and the plan is for KICK FM to resume streaming in the fall," the statement said.
92.9 KICK FM will discontinue over-the-air broadcasting July 4 at 4 p.m.