Cabin Radio's 'fiercely loyal' fans show support for station

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Cabin Radio's 'fiercely loyal' fans show support for station

Postby Dan Sys » Wed Oct 25, 2023 9:27 am

Cabin Radio's 'fiercely loyal' fans show support for Yellowknife station as it fights for FM licence
Federal court dismissed application for appeal; judicial review and new licence application ongoing
Natalie Pressman · CBC News · Posted: Oct 25, 2023


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The N.W.T.'s Cabin Radio — a locally-owned news website and online radio station launched in 2017 — has long been seeking a commercial FM broadcasting licence. (Sidney Cohen/CBC)

After the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) decided earlier this year that Yellowknife's market can't support another commercial FM station, the N.W.T.'s Cabin Radio embarked on a multi-pronged effort to reverse the decision.

Now, as the small media outlet continues its efforts to obtain a commercial FM broadcasting licence, an Instagram account dedicated to reflecting the Yellowknife zeitgeist shows Cabin Radio still has its audience's backing.

Cabin Radio — a locally-owned news website and online radio station launched in 2017 — submitted a new application for its FM licence in May. At the same time, it has asked the Federal Court of Appeal for a judicial review as well as for a "leave to appeal" — a step before an appeal where a party is asking for permission to bring an appeal.

The federal court has rejected the leave for appeal, meaning Cabin is now left with its new CRTC application — which could take years — and the request for a judicial review.

Vista Radio, which owns True North FM in Yellowknife, has expressed opposition to Cabin's licence application and on Sept. 11 cross-examined Cabin Radio as part of the judicial review process. In the days that followed, the "YK Memes" Instagram account posted over 50 memes satirizing Vista's opposition.

Brie O'Keefe is the creator and curator of the Instagram account. She says Yellowknifers are "fiercely loyal" to Cabin Radio and argues that's reflected in the meme submissions she receives.

"When something hits home, the memes flood in and it's very apparent that it's not just me who thinks this," she said.

Read the full story here: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/north/ca ... -1.7007032
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