The last batch of Green FM staff and volunteer programmers has terminated its relationship with the local radio station, citing financial turmoil that has dogged operations ever since a change in ownership was announced two years ago.
Four paid programmers and a raft of volunteers hosts named March 31 as their official last day, although many had broadcasted their final shows sometime earlier in the week. Station manager Radha Fournier put in her final shift at CFSI (Green FM) on Sunday, March 22.
While programmers say the station’s financial difficulties and owner Dave Dhillon’s absenteeism have made work difficult, the final straw was notice of a second CRTC licensing hearing on May 13, in which Dhillon must address a number of possible infractions to broadcasting regulations.
The CRTC hearing will consider whether Salt Spring Radio Corp.’s licence will be renewed after it expires on Aug. 31, 2015 and, if so, whether for a temporary basis. The body granted a previous one-year extension following a non-compliance hearing held in January 2014.