Thursday, January 10, 2008

Support Radio One in Vancouver!

CBC needs your help! Please take a few minutes to send a note to the CRTC. More information and links to their Facebook campaign here.

CBC Vancouver has the unique opportunity to move Radio One from the AM dial to the FM dial in the Greater Vancouver area, therefore vastly improving the sound quality and coverage of our Radio One service!

Our application to the CRTC has been approved for public hearings and we have just two weeks to show enormous support from listeners in the Lower Mainland in order to convince the CRTC to give us the FM signal.

Why move to FM? There are two main reasons.

1. AM reception is very poor in many parts of the Lower Mainland, including the heart of the city in the West End. CBC did a survey of Radio One listeners in Vancouver that told us that almost 40% of respondents experienced poor reception either at home, at work or in their cars. Making the move to FM is the only way to ensure that all of the people of Vancouver are able to receive Radio One's unique and distinctive service.

2. Tuning to the AM dial is in decline and has been for years. Four out of ten Vancouver radio listeners do not listen to the AM dial at all. Making the move to FM is an investment in CBC Radio One's future. It's about being relevant and staying connected to everyone living in Metro Vancouver.

How can you help?

By sending your written support by email, fax or mail to the CRTC by January 23, 2008. The message doesn't have to be long, but it does have to be individually written. The CRTC dismisses the "cut and paste" copying of form letters. A few sentences explaining why you value Radio One's programming and how you would like it to be on the FM dial so you can hear it consistently wherever you are in Metro Vancouver is all that's required.

To email your support, click here and follow the instructions under "Here's How You Can Help". (CBC actually has three applications in for various improvements in BC, but these instructions specifically support the move of CBU to the FM dial.)

We also have a Facebook page which you can link your own Facebook page to if you'd like.

In order to be successful, we will require hundreds of letters of support, so please pass this information on to everyone you know who values public broadcasting in Greater Vancouver. Again, the deadline is less than two weeks away - January 23, 2008.

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