On the same day the people of Egypt finally had their voices heard, the hip-hop community in Toronto also managed to make enough noise to save a staple to the city. At least for now. On Friday, the CRTC made a decision to keep CKLN on the air until they further review the situation. The CRTC passed a ruling to revoke the station’s license on Jan 28, 2011. Since then, the urban community has come together to display their support for the long running station. Thousands of signatures were gathered for a petition and letters were written to the CRTC which stated the significance of the station to the community. Although it was a day to celebrate, there are still ways to go to ensure nothing like this does not happen again. It was another example of the things that can be accomplished when you have people striving for a common goal. For further details of the ruling, check out: https://www.ckln.fm/
Photo: Andre WidjajaThere is still a shot at saving Toronto's community radio station CKLN, which is in the midst of getting its broadcasting license taken away by the CRTC. Whether it’s a long shot or a sure one is unclear. But it’s there. This was the once piece of hope that a packed room of people in Toronto’s Metro Hall on Wednesday, February 9th were hanging on to. Due to the public concern toward the uncertain future of urban radio in the city, a “town hall” meeting was put together on Wednesday night by the good folks at Manifesto. It was a chance for people in the hip-hop community to voice their concerns, ideas and solutions regarding the current place of urban music on Canada’s airwaves, and to discuss what can be done to keep CKLN on the air. Click below to read the full article.