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There are only a few city rinks that have music for skating. Nathan Phillips and Colonel Sam Smith both play music. And it's not unusual to hear long strings of ads booming out over city hall square, along with the music.
We assumed that the city must be getting some money to broadcasts these private radio ads over the public square, so we asked the city through Freedom of Information. Their answer is here.
It turns out that the ads are broadcast all over our main civic square for free! From the FOI response:
"City staff may play commercial radio at rinks, however there is no policy or protocol governing this, it is very much a local decision."
At Colonel Sam Smith, the rink staff like CHFI. Maybe at city hall too. And they can share their taste, and the ads, with the world at large, just as they choose.