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Friends, we need donations to make 97.9 Valley FM a reality. Studios, control rooms and transmission equipment costs money. Donations and or Dues can be made via E-Transfer using  ( or your online banking)  Make E-Transfers payable to Email Address:

About Us

Our Vision

Vernon Community Radio Society is a not-for-profit organization, registered under the Societies Act of British Columbia. We are a group of community volunteers dedicated to the creation of a new over-the-air FM broadcasting undertaking. In accord with CRTC (Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission) regulations governing community radio, 97.9 Valley FM will offer programming that is materially different  from content currently provided by private broadcasters and by the CBC.   

How will a community station be different?

Ownership and Governance

  • Private commercial stations are owned by corporations, the shares of which can be bought and sold.
  • Community stations cannot be bought or sold. The assets and operations remain in the care of the governing Society.


  • Profits of commercial stations accrue to corporations and shareholders, while profits from community stations are used to support local programming, local talent and worthy community projects.


  • The CRTC has very few rules governing commercial radio, while community stations are held to minimum and maximum quotas for certain types of program content. 

Service / Coverage Area

  • Vernon’s two commercial stations, CJIB-FM and CICF-FM, operate at the maximum allowable radiated power of 100,000 watts.
  • Operating at a peak power of 1,000 watts CFAV-FM will have a smaller footprint, intended to serve the Greater Vernon area only. Reception in Lumby, Enderby and Falkland will be unlikely, or poor.

Anticipated Timeline / Development Path

Building a community radio station requires three key elements:

  • A license to operate issued by the CRTC, which has now been granted.
  • Money. Construction of studios, transmission facilities and offices will require a successful fund-raising initiative.
  • Volunteers. CFAV-FM will employ a small number of paid personnel, who will train volunteers, anchor key time slots, maintain compliance with CRTC conditions of license and in the sale of advertising.  Volunteers are critical – to round out a full broadcast day and to provide diversity of content.


  • September 1, 2020 – The CRTC approved our license bid.
  • Fundraising continues
  • Launch of streaming-only service targeted before the end of the 2021 calendar year.
  • Our original target to begin transmitting was in 2022, prior to August 31, 2022. With the Pandemic and resignation of our President for Health reason this new target date is 1st Sept 2023 … BUT you can hear us NOW as we are STREAMING ONLINE at
  • Volunteer recruitment will be ongoing.
Our Board of Directors

President – Pending

Secretary – Garry M, Retired Executive Director NOCLS

Vice-president – Pending

Directors at large: Dave W, Melanie O, Robert T, and Terry R.

The President’s report and financial statements of the Society as reported at the Pre PANDEMIC October 27, 2021 Annual General Meeting are available for download below. Our constitution and bylaws are also available for download below.

NEW:  Application to the CRTC to extend implementation deadline and CRTC Decision posted below.

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