From where I sit On The Kowch, you don’t know what competition is until you participate in a CRTC license application hearing and all the big guns in media come after you. This is the big time folks. The room is full of media company presidents, vice presidents and a team of experts ready to pounce on any misstep you make at the hearing to score a point for their application.
From where I sit On The Kowch, I’m not surprised that Bell’s application to the CRTC to turn Montreal’s only English language sports radio station into a French sports station is being met with a lot of opposition by it’s long time listeners. “We don’t need an independent Quebec to get rid of English language media outlets, it’s happening right now,” reads a posting by one angry listener on the popular Fagstein media blog in Montreal.
From where I sit On The Kowch, I thought it would be fun to talk about my involvement in a project with TTP Media to launch a new radio station in Montreal. This has been a two year long journey for Paul Tietolman, Rajiv Pancholy, Nicolas Tetrault, Jordan Tietolman, Jim Connell, Yves Guerard and myself to get the license.
From where I sit On the Kowch, the time is right to launch a new English language news and talk radio station in Montreal as a result of the CRTC decision to approve the Bell/Astral merger. Bell will now own four of the five radio stations serving the English community – including the city’s only news and talk radio station.