CKPP-FM, Coast FM, Prescott
Vista Radio Ltd.
On November 10, the CRTC approved an application by Haliburton Broadcasting Group Inc. for a broadcasting licence to operate an English-language FM commercial radio programming undertaking in Prescott. It would operate at 107.9 MHz (channel 300A) with an average effective radiated power of 1,000 watts (maximum ERP of 4,200 watts with an effective height of antenna above average terrain of 120 metres). The station would offer a Hot Adult Contemporary music format and broadcast a minimum of 126 hours of local programming in each broadcast week, including approximately 15 hours of spoken word programming. Haliburton would devote 2 hours and 45 minutes of the spoken word programming to pure news, 50% of which would feature local news stories. The station would also feature weather, sports, a community calendar, health and lifestyle segments, as well as entertainment features. Haliburton committed to devote at least 40% of all category 2 (Popular Music) musical selections broadcast during each broadcast week and between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. from Monday to Friday to Canadian selections broadcast in their entirety. The licence would expire August 31, 2018.
On October 19, the CRTC approved the application by Vista Radio Ltd. for authority to acquire from Haliburton Broadcasting Group Inc. the assets of Haliburton’s AM and FM radio stations and their transmitters located in Bancroft, Barry’s Bay, Bolton, Bracebridge, Caledon, Cochrane, Elliot Lake, Espanola, Fort Erie, Haldimand, Haliburton, Hearst, Huntsville, Iroquois Falls, Kapuskasing, Kemptville, Niagara Falls, North Bay, Parry Sound, Prescott, St. Catharines, Stratford, Sturgeon Falls and Timmins. Vista was a corporation controlled by Westerkirk Capital Inc., in turn controlled by Thompson Investments Limited.
After many delays, it was announced that CKPP-FM would begin testing in the fall.
COAST FM (CKPP) signed on the air October 20 at noon. The first song played was Carry On My Wayward Son by Kansas. The station was offering a Greatest Hits format with music from the ‘70s and ‘80s, and some reaching back into the ‘60s.