K. History


Be the change that you want to see in the world” ~Mahatma Gandhi.

When I(Douglas McLean) started working for the Student Union in the fall of 2003, I chose to chair the Radio Station Development Committee. This was the initial start of 88.7 CIVL Radio. There was no direction provided to me at the time, and in hindsight, this was probably a good thing. I was working at a local computer store by myself on Sunday mornings and took every free second I had to pour over the 89 pages of CRTC regulations. Since I had read all the documentation and analyzed the legal language, I thought to myself “I may as well get on with this my going ons”

Rachel Kates, Miles Bissky, Damon Skuce, Ben Cadieux, Michelle Kneale, Maxwell Winchester and I among other directors and volunteers for the Student Union conducted a survey of over 800 students and proved a 80% approval of the radio station. I still have the survey documents now, and after seeing them today, became a little nostalgic about the original group.

I started creating a little buzz around the campus about the radio station with the survey, and we put some posters up that asked for students to vote for the idea in the next Student Union election. Unfortunately, the idea didn’t receive the necessary 66% approval for a $3 fee; but, since the election was spoiled by some hacker, all referenda results were thrown out.

I took a break from working on the radio station project during the spring semester of 2004, and I even reconsidered whether I would focus on studies or continue on with the bureaucracy. During the summer, Rachel got a fulltime job, Damon went tree planting, and I ran into an old friend that was very excited about the project. Jordan Brigden, my old physics buddy, introduced me to Sara Church at the beginning of the fall 2004 Semester. We designed an advertising campaign for the September 24th election, and we won with a 68% majority (thanks Sara and Jay). It was close, but $40 of suckers taped to business cards and a couple t-shirts got us enough attention to win the vote.

After the September campaign, we started having weekly meetings to organize ourselves. Jordan Turner, Lance Hathaway, Lorinda Ramsey, Martin Kelley, Peter Whitmey, Dave Stephen, and many of the Cascade Newspaper crew started getting involved. By November, Miles, Ben and I had prepared a proposal for the UCFV Board of Governors, and they motioned to collect the $3 fee. We placed our order with D.E.M. Allen and Associates for the engineering documents.

In January, things were looking great. I was putting over 30 hours per week into 88.5 CIVL Radio (we actually knew it would be 88.5 that month) and I was still getting good grades. We had $20,000 to pay for the engineering documents and to prepare for the renovations. We started working harder on the CRTC application and put a lot of the ideas the group had come up with onto paper. Dustin Ellis, Deane Hanseboute, Wu, Johnny, Seth & Corwin jumped on the bandwagon and helped with the creation of the marketing plan, local development section and the programming schedule.

CIVL Radio was approved to broadcast at 88.5FM on Sept 7, 2007. For the CRTC approval click here.

We ran into issues securing a tower but we started to broadcast and podcast on http://www.civl.ca in March 2007 for the interim.

In the spring of 2010 CIVL Radio started discussions with a public radio station to swap our 88.5FM frequency to 101.7FM and to share a tower at the end of Ross Road near the Mount Lehman overpass in Abbotsford. The application was approved Mat 21, 2010. For the CRTC approval click here.

CIVL Radio started FM broadcasting Sept 7, 2010 at 11am (approx).

Read the original application here.


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