The Bear is still on hold

Shannon says he’s prepared to wait, and he has the station ready to go live at the turn of a switch

Remember during the summer when you could turn on your radio and hear all the tunes you enjoy listening to, or when you drove through the community and the radio DJ was talking about what was happening in the community that day?

That was pretty nice.  In fact it wasn’t just nice, it was downright wonderful.

For a few brief months the small community of Barriere got to experience a special opportunity that helped to create its own identity over the airwaves; all courtesy of radio station man Steve Shannon, the District of Barriere, and numerous local volunteers who stepped up to the microphone (literally) and helped to make it all happen.

The Bear radio station not only pulled the community together as locals started tuning in to 93.1fm, but it also assisted in bringing out volunteers for needy projects, finding missing pets for their frantic owners, and even connecting kittens with prospective families.  The station told the community what our local service groups and organizations were up to, helped organize fundraisers, and announced numerous community events and happenings.

Local advertisers were able to add another form of media advertising to their promotional campaigns, and events such as the annual North Thompson Fall Fair received constant coverage and colour commentary throughout their weekend.

In September, Shannon announced he was having to turn off the power for awhile while he processed the required CRC  and Industry Canada applications for permitting and approval, so that The Bear can become a constant fixture within the community.

Shannon reported to the Star/Journal on Tuesday that he is still waiting to hear back on the approval of his applications from these organizations.  We all know that the government process can take quite awhile, but lets hope that the government’s red tape reduction will apply to a speedy approval and get 93.1fm back on the air.  In the meantime, Shannon says he’s prepared to wait, and he has the station ready to go live at the turn of a switch.  But for now, The Bear is in hibernation.

Just Posted

Police investigating more racist slogans on First Nations signs

Police are investigating racist graffiti being posted on First Nations signs in the Kamloops area

Update: Kamloops wildfire now mapped at 500 hectares

Firefighters worked overnight on what was a fast-growing wildfire east of Kamloops.

France doubles up Croatia 4-2 to win World Cup

Played in Moscow Russia, latest Fifa World Cup marks the highest scoring final since 1966

Extreme mountain trail course opens for business in North Thompson Valley

By Jaime Polmateer / The Times Clearwater’s Smokin’ True Ranch held the… Continue reading

Greyhound to end bus service in B.C., Alberta

Company axing passenger bus and freight services in Prairies, and cutting all but one route in B.C.

REPLAY: B.C.’s best video this week

In case you missed it, here’s a look at replay-worthy highlights from across the province this week

Crews battle fire northeast of Terrace

The 10-hectare fire was discovered Saturday

Northern B.C. cadet goes from English Channel to BC Summer Games

Amber Ly is taking her experience aboard the tall ship Royalist with to Cowichan July 19-22

Intertidal Music Festival back for round two

More than 20 performances throughout the day at the North Pacific Cannery on July 21

Former NHL goalie Ray Emery drowns in Lake Ontario

Police say the 35-year-old’s death appears to be a ‘case of misadventure’

Air quality statement warns of smoky air for Kamloops area

Environment ministry says area on north side of Thompson River may be affected by wildfire smoke

Pussy Riot claims on-field protest at World Cup final

Russian protest group claimed responsibility after four people ran onto field in police uniforms

Fans party on Montreal streets after French World Cup win

To city is home to nearly 57,000 French nationals

B.C. VIEWS: Making private health care illegal again

Adrian Dix battles to maintain Cuba-style medical monopoly

Most Read