May 4, 2018 1 year 5 months ago

Roundhouse Radio to close, even though it has a buyer

VANCOUVER – Independent Vancouver radio station Roundhouse Radio will go off the air Sunday.

The community-focused talk/interview with some music station launched in October of 2015 and has let the community know of late that it is struggling financially. It’s at 98.3 FM and is a low power station available only in the city of Vancouver and the North Shore.

In a media release today (May 4), the station did confirm it had an offer to take over operations, but that it needs CRTC approval to change owners, which can’t be done by Sunday, the date it’s board set for closure. It was founded by CEO Don Shafer, who has had a long career in radio with Standard Broadcasting, Astral Radio, Bell Media and Pattison.

“No transfer of operations can be made without CRTC approval so effective May 6th, 2018 at 6 PM PST, Roundhouse Radio will cease broadcasting,” reads the release. “Further updates will be made by the purchaser when information is available. On behalf of the ownership group, management and our staff, we wish to thank the community for their heartfelt support.”