The Barriere radio station, The Bear 93.1FM, had been on air for the last several months, up until noon on Monday, Sept. 10. Owner and operator Steve Shannon was broadcasting at a low wattage (one watt) until the CRTC paperwork and permits came through, something he was legally permitted to do as long as no one sent in a complaint to the CRTC.
In June, the CRTC did receive a complaint. The details of the complaint have not been undisclosed at this time.
On on Sept. 9 they contacted Shannon and requested that he stop broadcasting until the permits were officially through.
Shannon therefore stopped broadcasting at noon on Sept. 10, and will resume broadcasting, this time at full capacity (50 watts) as soon as he receives the permit. Shannon expects his permit to arrive in the next three to five weeks.
He has sent letters to all those who had been advertising their events with The Bear, informing them of the situation.
In the interim, Shannon will be upgrading his systems in preparation for broadcasting at full strength.