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No funds kills Alliston radio station, employees, landlord owed money

Posted July 12, 2010

CFAO 94.7 FM owner operator Frank Rogers did manage to get his FM radio station in Alliston on the air after more than a year's delay, but it didn't last long because of financial problems - namely very little ad revenue to support the model.

As a result, Mr. Rogers was evicted from his studio space in a downtown Alliston office building recently because rent payment arrears.

Mr. Rogers, who previously ran afoul of local businesses when his proposal for public transit never got off the ground, is also behind in payments to people who worked for CFAO.

In July 2008 he was granted a six year licence to operate an English-language 50 watt FM radio station in Alliston, and a separate licence for a signal serving Beeton and Tottenham - The licence expires Aug. 31, 2014.

CFAO was to air 100 hours of local programming per broadcast week, featuring locally-produced morning, midday and "drive home" shows and to feature programming focusing on issues such as single parenting and community events, programs aimed at different age groups, an emerging artist program entitled "Up and Coming," and a weekly church service program."

Mr. Rogers had agreed to pay $12,700 over seven years to foster Canadian content development, which is above the minimum required amount. In the first year the contribution is to be $1,000; year 2, $1,700; year 3, $1,500; year 4, $1,500; year 5, $2,000; Year 6, $2,500; and year 7, $2,500. Of that, at least 20 per cent is to be directed to FACTOR, an organization which funds new Canadian artists.

The station is now off the air, and the equipment is being held pending payment for rent amends.

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