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Welcome Friends!

Thank you for joining us online.

Our society envisions an amazing, new, community radio station. And we are just at the beginning of making this dream come true!

Please help us get ON AIR broadcasting on 97.9 FM with our “Power the Tower” fundraising campaign. We need you help! 

Thanks so much for all who participated, donated, and bid on our Power the Tower Online auction that completed on June 30. With your help we are nearing the finish line in getting 97.9 Valley FM ON AIR across Greater Vernon. Stay Tuned!

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Our Story

In 2017,  Gord Leighton and others saw a need for an additional radio station to provide local ON AIR programming for the greater Vernon area. So they founded the Vernon Community Radio Society.

Since that time, the society has gotten an approved FM radio frequency, studio space,  and broadcasting equipment. In addition, has been streaming content (and a growing list of local programs) online over the past year.

Valley FM is now taking the dream of a locally focused radio station into reality and will soon start broadcasting on 97.9 FM  ON AIR!

Thank you for joining us in making this dream into reality!

Click here to see our recent “Our Story” page.

About Us

97.9 Valley FM is about bringing us all together.

We are locally-focused radio: local talk, news, music, news/interviews nurture a vibrant, friendly, informed community.

As we go ON AIR we will be able to become a vital part of our city offering live news coverage of local stories and more. Last year’s wildfires reminded us of the necessity for 24/7 live broadcasting of news!

We provide quality air-time support and advertising and promotional opportunities for Vernon businesses–from exciting startups to established community-minded businesses.

We provide broadcasting and promotional support for local sports and recreation as well as festivals, arts, and culture.

We give volunteer and learning (student) opportunities for careers in radio broadcasting, IT, writing, promotion, and more.

We understand that we have much work to do to establish the kind of programming, learning, quality, and advertising for which we are reaching here. But we believe that through this kind of local focus we can build a type of community radio that brings us together and is a vital part of the media landscape of our city.

Click here to see our recent “About Us” page.

Power The Tower

We need to raise funds to purchase and install the  radio transmitter on our tower so that we can go ON AIR and and thereby build a community radio station in Vernon of which we can all be proud.

The CRTC has given us until September 1, 2024 to complete this long running and living project. This to say, if we do not get ON AIR by that time, we will lose our license and related 97.9 FM community radio station.

The Vernon Community Radio Society thanks you for your consideration and help.

Click here to see our recent Power the Tower page and promotion.


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.

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