Ryerson students voted overwhelmingly in favour of funding a new campus radio station in this week’s Ryerson Radio referendum.
The group campaigning for a new station met quorum with a total of 3,239 votes during the referendum, which was held between Oct. 24 to Oct. 26. Of those votes, 2,773 voted in favour and 448 voted against the station, with only 18 voters spoiling their ballots.
This means that Ryerson Radio will now have access to $50,000 in funding, which will go towards filing an application for the 88.1 FM radio frequency to the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC). The money will come from the $250,000 reserve of funds collected from students’ 2011-12 tuition in the form of a $10.35 levy fee. The fee formerly funded community radio station CKLN, which lost its licensing earlier this year.
The application does not guarantee that Ryerson Radio will obtain the frequency and they will still be competing with at least two other applicants who have submitted a request to the CRTC.
More to come.