Tuesday, October 30, 2012

CBC Radio Nord Quebec (via Sackville, NB)

CBC Radio Nord Quebehas been received the past few days (29 and 30 October 2012) with amazing strength and clarity on 9.625 kHz, here in South East Asia. Sadly its operation from the CBC Sackville, New Brunswick short-wave site is slated to cease at the end of October. See this article on the revocation of its licence to operate.

Needless to say, despite many letters and petitions to both the CBC and the Canadian government, over the past several months, this heritage site is to be foolishly dismantled. Interestingly enough, this did not have to happen. Keith Perron of PCJ Media, based in Taiwan, proposed to the CBC that his company would take over the management and funding of the Sackville facility. He provided a working model -- similar to one used at ABC in Australia -- that would have turned a profit within two years, but the CBC made it clear it had no interest in the deal.

Alas, I am thankful I had the good fortune to QSL this station in late December 2011. At the time -- as is usally the case -- I did not realise its days were numbered, just as those of Radio Canada International.

For me, it is another sad chapter in short-wave radio broadcasting.  I have great memories of first hearing and frequently listening to this station on the 49 meter band, back in the late 1960s, when I lived in Denver, Colorado. So long CBC Radio Nord Quebec via Sackville!

In memory of this wonderful station I give you CBC Radio Nord Quebec -- as heard in Malaysia on 29 October 2012 -- HERE and HERE.

CBC Radio Nord Website

Farewell ;-(

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