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BORDEN, P.E.I. -- Starting next month drivers using the Confederation Bridge can keep up on traffic conditions via...


BORDEN, P.E.I. — Starting next month drivers using the Confederation Bridge can keep up on traffic conditions via a bridge radio station, 24 hours-a-day, seven days-a-week.

The body regulating Canadian broadcasting is about to approve an application for a radio station that will only broadcast Confederation Bridge information.

By tuning radios to 93.9 FM, truckers approaching the 13-km span between New Brunswick and P.E.I. will have access to the latest bridge conditions, traffic reports and the weather forecast. As well as, information on upcoming events across the province, forestry reports and the latest U.S. exchange rates on the Canadian dollar will make the broadcasts.

Jack McGaw will be the voice manning the new station. He was the host of the former CTV show “Live it Up” and now owns Jack McGaw Consulting in Halifax.

“We’re about to become part of history in a very tiny, electronic way,” says McGaw. “We think that we have a formula which is very useful.”

The low-powered FM frequency will broadcast from inside Pier 31 — in the heart of the bridge.

However, there will be no radio announcers inside the bridge. The radio station will be fully automated. The only thing inside the bridge will be a high-tech computer connected to a transmitter on the top of the concrete structure.

The radio station should be up and running by the Canada Day weekend.


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