The CRTC approved an application Tuesday by Golden West Broadcasting Ltd. to operate an English-language commercial FM radio station in Humboldt, Sask. In approving Golden West's proposal, the commission denied a competing application from Fabmar Communications Ltd. Both companies had proposed stations operating at 107.5 MHz. The station will feature a variety hits format. In its decision, the commission said allowing Golden West to operate a station would introduce a new local voice in the Humboldt region, which would be complementary to the service offered by Fabmar in Melfort. Golden West's proposal also offered more live-to-air programming and a higher level of programming expenses. The company also committed to offering more pure news programming per week than Fabmar. Golden West will contribute $48,000 over seven years to Canadian content development. The commission also approved Tuesday an application by Golden West to operate a station in Estevan, Sask. The station will operate on the FM dial at 106.1 MHz and will offer a classic rock and new rock music format.