Another radio station will soon be coming to the region.
Wauzhushk Onigum Nation has been approved by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission to operate a low-power, English- and Ojibway-language Indigenous FM radio station.
The radio station would operate under WONation Radio Inc. at 101.3 MHz with an average effective radiated power (ERP) of 27 watts and will provide a voice to the community that would revitalize and promote its rich culture and traditions.
They have proposed to broadcast on the new station 126 hours of local programming per broadcast week, of which approximately 119 hours would be English-language programming and 7 hours Indigenous-language programming in the Ojibway language. Further, of the 126 hours of local programming, 108.5 hours would consist of musical content and 17.5 hours would consist of spoken word programming, including news-related content. Approximately 15 hours (or 14%) of the station’s musical content would be dedicated to musical works performed or composed by Indigenous creators. Musical selections would be drawn mainly from the pop, rock, country and contemporary Indigenous music genres.
According to the CRTC, the station must be in operation by no later than October 12, 2024, two years after the broadcast licence approval.
The licence will expire August 31, 2029.