Grande Prairie radio station extending reach into the Peace

A Grande Prairie-based Christian contemporary music station has been given approval by the CRTC to expand its signal into Dawson Creek and Fort St. John.

Reach FM station manager Terry Van Veen said he hopes to start the broadcast as soon as this summer, but wasn't sure exactly when that would happen.

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"We have some tower sites in mind already," Veen told the Alaska Highway News. "Now... I will be contracting out to somebody to get the technical work done. We have to install the equipment and there has to be a test signal run over a period of time before we launch. At this point, it is very early. I would love to be on the air at the start of the summer, that's kind of my wish."

Veen says the station's main thrust is contemporary Christian music, with some spoken word teaching programs in the evenings, along with "the usual radio content" of weather, news and community event information.

"We have some Southern Gospel on the weekend a couple of hours, praise and worship music on Sunday... but for the most part, I consider us a music station," he said.

The station got approval from the CRTC just this week, following a long process that included giving broadcasters in Dawson Creek and Fort St. John a chance to voice their concerns about the station coming into their market.

"That window passed late last year," Veen said, noting that no one spoke up against the idea.

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