North Thompson Radio owner and DJ, Steve Shannon, says he made a quick trip to Calgary after the floods to visit his sons who live in the city, and to help out if possible.
“It was interesting to say the least,” said Shannon on his return earlier this week, “When I arrived at my son’s house I was greeted by 27 people that were staying there because their homes were flooded and power was out. I am so proud of my boys in the way they are helping friends that are in one hell of a mess at this time. I have never seen such devastation in my life, and what is most impressive is the way the people in Alberta have a “get it done” attitude, its amazing!”
Shannon says the amount of volunteers at the ready was huge and he almost felt “in the way” with so many already there and willing to help out. Once he had checked on his family, Shannon came back home to Barriere, eager to find out the status of his Barriere radio station’s licencing application to the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC).
Shannon says the CRTC has told him The Bear’s application will be posted in area newspapers in July, with the final CRTC hearing is set for Sept. 12.
“If all go’s well we could be on the air by September 20th or so,” says Shannon, “I am getting frustrated at the tardiness of Ottawa, but there is not much I can do to get it moving faster.”
Meanwhile, Barriere and area residents are eagerly awaiting the return to the airwaves of The Bear 93.1.