British Columbia, Vancouver Island
CHLY-FM (Campus), Nanaimo, Radio Malaspina Society
The Radio Malaspina Society was formed at Malaspina University-College in Nanaimo, BC on Vancouver Island.
On June 5 the CRTC approved the application for a community-based campus radio station. Under it's new campus radio policy, the Commission noted that it expected Canadian music, not generally heard on commercial stations (including special interest music, as well as styles of popular music seldom broadcast), in-depth spoken word programming, and programming targeted to specific groups within the community. The Commission also noted the applicant's plans to devote more than 5% of its weekly schedule to foreign language programming, to provide a further seven hours of Aboriginal-language programming, and three hours in French each week.
The new station, CHLY-FM was licensed to operate at 101.7 MHz with an average effective radiated power of 1300 watts (3000 watts peak ERP).
At 6:30 a.m. on September 21, CHLY-FM began transmitting a test signal on 101.7 from the same tower as the other two Nanaimo stations, CKWV-FM and CHWF-FM at Cottle Hill, just north of the city. The station ran promotional information for the first two weeks until the studio transmitter link was completed allowing program origination from their studios.
The station officially signed on at 6 p.m. Friday October 5, four months to the day, after official CRTC approval, with an on-air party followed by a live Nanaimo Clippers hockey broadcast. Coverage included north to Qualicum and south to Ladysmith on Vancouver Island, the Gulf Islands, plus parts of Vancouver and the BC Lower Mainland and into the northwest corner of Washington State.