Employees get vacation
Weekend move went smoothly; new home still not found

by Anne-Marie Jennings
Northern News Services

NNSL (Mar 06/98) - The executive director of the Native Communications Society says the weekend move of CKLB Radio went smoothly, but a final home has not been found.

"We're fully moved," Barry Zellen said. "We had about 10 people working round the clock, but we got everything moved.

"We took everything but the drywall."

Last week, NCS was negotiating with Yellowknife Films owner Alan Booth to possibly move NCS into offices currently occupied by Yellowknife Films. Zellen explained that the closure of the agreement hinged upon the ability for Yellowknife Films to move, which turned out to be impossible.

As a result, NCS was left without a definite place to move, leaving the group to make do on temporary measures while the society looks for a new space.

Zellen added that as much as possible was taken from the space, because the new tenants, the federal Department of Canadian Heritage, will be renovating the space to its own needs.

"We had some specially-manufactured consoles in our studios, which we took with us," he said. "We were able to move those into a heated trailer for the time being."

For the time being, all the radio equipment and other office furniture is in storage while Zellen secures a permanent location. While the station looks for new office space, employees at CKLB have been given two weeks off.

"It will give the employees a real chance to rest," Zellen said. "So instead of three weeks vacation this year, everybody will get five."

CKLB will not be without a radio signal during the down time, as NorthwesTel Cable came through to help keep the station's signal broadcasting.

"In our studios, we had a transponder which picked up the radio signal," Zellen explained. "Northwestel offered to run cable into their system to get our signal out."

Satellite transmissions will make up the majority of programming on CKLB's airwaves for the next two weeks, and Zellen said he hopes to have a make-shift studio up and running shortly.

"We're hoping to use some office space temporarily so we can get people back on the air," he said, adding that they are not interested in renting.

"We want to be our own landlord."