VOAR is moving to FM!
That’s right! VOAR will be moving from 1210 AM to 96.7 FM.
Mount Pearl, NL, July 6, 2017 – With an historic license that dates back to 1929, VOAR, Canada’s largest Christian Radio Network, based in Mount Pearl, NL, applied to the CRTC on February 4th, 2016 to move from AM to FM. The CRTC required the non-profit station, owned and operated by the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Newfoundland and Labrador, to apply for a brand new license. The application went to a CRTC Hearing in Hull, Quebec, in December 2016, and after no interventions against the application were submitted, the CRTC granted final approval on June 27th, 2017. The station will move from 1210AM to 96.7FM.
Honorary Patron for the FM Campaign and long-time VOAR volunteer, MHA Steve Kent said, “The move to the FM dial will see VOAR go from 10,000 watts to 100,000 watts. This will increase their coverage area by a whopping 49%,” said Kent. He said, “VOAR is incredibly important to many people of faith and faith communities in Newfoundland and Labrador. People of all walks and stripes listen in daily, and are not disappointed as they seek spiritual encouragement and teaching. It’s more than just a tower.”
The new stereo signal should reach listeners around Conception Bay, Bay Bulls and along the Southern Shore. Station Manager, Sherry Griffin, said they hope to break ground on the tower foundation in August; however, fund-raising will begin right away. Griffin said, “As excited as we are about this new historic milestone for VOAR, we wish our consultant, Peter Flemming, was here to share in our joy.” Flemming passed away from cancer shortly after the application was submitted. Griffin said, “Flemming had a heart for Christian Radio, and volunteered at a local station in his home town. He was a kindred spirit.”
Moving to the FM band will improve the quality of VOAR’s broadcast signal. As the second oldest Christian station in the country, VOAR is already heard on the FM band across the island in eleven locations, with two sites on the air in Labrador. The Station can also be found across the country on Bell TV channel 950, and available on the Internet with repeater towers in Nova Scotia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, British Columbia and Iqaluit.
Thank you for your continued prayers and support!