CFN – In an odd twist of fate Montreal’s TSN 990 is about to go poof into the night because of the CRTC regs about station ownership; in this case a company owning more than three stations in a market. While an exemption was requested the CRTC decided to ignore the realities and forced Bell to act like Bell and decide to pull the plug on the long time sports staple in Montreal.
This is a sticky wicket. There are very few English language stations left and this was one of them. Switching to RDS990 may make Bell their 30 pieces of silver, but it’s going to really hurt what little was left of a certain culture that has all but dissipeared.
Is it about money? Listeners? Is it simply the residue of our governments allowing such media concentration? Could Bell sell 990? Yup. Would they? Never. And that means voices like Ted Bird, the tri-lingual Tony Marinaro (the best announcer the station has) and original long time nudge Mitch Melnick may be looking for work with the rest of the crew.
Listeners have taken to Facebook and social media, but big corporate decisions have a way of not changing. There is a glimmer of hope to save the station which most likely will not shutter immediately.
The facebook group’s links is HERE.
What a sad time for Montreal….
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