UXBRIDGE: After more than four years of waiting, Uxbridge’s first-ever radio station is set to hit the airwaves later this year.
Transmissions are expected to begin on Sept.1, when 105.5 begins broadcasting from Uxbridge, covering most of North Durham from a transmitter just south of O’Biern Rd.
It has been a long wait for station owner Frank Torres, who originally pitched the idea to councillors in the summer of 2011, before running into opposition with Bell over co-location on a tower for the stations’s transmitter.
“We had worked with an engineering firm to establish an FM frequency to shoehorn a signal into the north part of Durham Region,” Mr. Torres told councillors late last year. “We signed a letter of intent in 2012 to co-locate on a tower with Bell after receiving our license from the CRTC.”
After several years of dispute, according to Mr. Torres, the CRTC intervened in November 2014, leading to the news that the Uxbridge radio station would finally become a reality.
As well, Mr. Torres explained that his group had also encountered opposition from an existing radio company operating in the southern part of Durham.
“We encountered fierce opposition from a radio operator in South Durham during the application process. They claimed that they already covered the Uxbridge area extensively. But, their enclosure included two examples, a report about a traffic accident and a regional matter that actually covered the entire province as examples of their coverage over an entire week,” explained Mr. Torres. “We haven’t been able to provide an update for the past two-and-a-half years. But, the agreement is now signed, sealed and delivered,” explained Mr. Torres.
Mr. Torres added that the station will play “hits from the 70s, 80s, 90s and now,” and will have a distinctly local voice.
“Radio should be programmed by people that listen to it, and want to hear from local people in the community.”
Councillors were elated about the news, with many offering the congratulations on the news.
“This is a great story, I’m glad it was finally able to come together. I am curious as to what your call sign will be?” asked Ward 5 Councillor Gord Highet.
“It will be CIUX, we wanted to make sure UX was in there, and you have to be either CI or CF. So we had to go with CI because of the sound the other letters would have made. We want to be unique for the right reasons,” Mr. Torres explained as councillors roared with laughter.
Mayor Gerri Lynn O’Connor thanked Mr. Torres for his commitment to bringing a radio station to the community in spite of all of the hurdles he and his company have faced in recent years as they sought to bring this project to the community.
“Thank you for holding on and fighting for what you believe in, and giving something to the north,” commented Mayor O’Connor.