CKLN-FM, Ryerson University’s student radio station, has been shut down by the CRTC.
The whole decision is posted here. Some highlights:
Prior to March 2009, CKLN-FM went through a series of staff level disputes, questions over the management of the station’s funds, the dismissal of staff, the dismissal of volunteers, and the “election” of competing “boards of directors.” In response to this infighting between factions of individuals with interests in CKLN-FM, the Palin Foundation locked out of the station’s studio premises all those purporting to be elected members of a board of directors for CKLN Radio, as well as station volunteers and staff. Consequently, in March 2009, the licensee ceased the station’s normal programming and day-to-day operations.
During the lockout period, in the place of regular community radio programming produced primarily by volunteers, a pre-recorded jazz program with incidental spoken word programming, set by a programmer to run on a loop before the doors were locked, was broadcast (intermittently due to transmitter problems).
For example, on 7 July 2010, a volunteer programmer fed the online stream of a radio station based in Seattle, Washington as a substitute for a jazz program when the host did not show up.
The licensee also acknowledged ongoing problems in the area of content standards, including the use of offensive language during daytime hours. Although the licensee adopted a policy on only one of the problematic words that it aired, this policy was adopted on the day before replies to interventions were due on 15 November 2010.
For example, in response to a complaint received by Mr. Sid Whittaker, an email was sent by one member of the “working board” stating that he wanted to meet with Mr. Whittaker to “try to put out ‘fires’ that [they] believe [he] may be starting with the CRTC” and that he hoped “[Sid Whittaker] will find the guts” to meet with them.
You can still go to the station’s website for information on an open station manager position and a general meeting they were holding on Jan. 31. Last time I checked, only one person noticed over on their Facebook page.