Fredericton's only French radio station could be off the air as early as mid-July after running into financial difficulties.

Jacques Cormier, president of radio station's board of directors, says CJPN, which has been operating since 1997, needs $25,000 to stay open past July 15 and an additional $50,000 by September to finish out the year.

In addition to the financial strain, the station lost its advertising representative and hasn't been able to secure new, local advertisers.

"That's where we need someone to come in and help sell. But it's a very difficult situation in Fredericton, being the francophone minority here and we have to compete with all the big English radio stations to try and get some sales," says Cormier.


Emilie Tremblay hosts her morning show on CJPN FM in Fredericton. The Fredericton radio station may shut down due to financial problems. (Bridget Yard/CBC)

The station is running shorthanded as two employees have already been laid off. Those who still have a job don't know how long they'll be able to work.

Emilie Tremblay hosts CJPN's morning show, Debout la Capitale, but she also takes on many other roles at the radio station.

"I am a host but I do a lot of administrative duties. I do publicity and help the director of the radio station for a lot of things," she said.

If the station closes, Tremblay said she doesn't have any concrete plans. But she said she will probably head to Moncton to pursue other career paths.

The station sent a letter last week to members of the Sainte Anne community centre.

Organizers have invited interested parties to meet in order to brainstorm fundraising ideas at a meeting on June 19 at 7 p.m.

The station's directors met on Monday to discuss its budget, but they hope the community will offer suggestions at Thursday's meeting.

The station’s only ongoing fundraising initiative is the sale of memberships, which sell for $10 per person and $20 per family.

The station's president says CJPN has received government support in the past, but that it's not an option anymore.

Some community members are worried about losing a link to the francophone community.

Leana Rouselle is the mother of a trilingual household.  Her children speak English, their father speaks French she is Ukrainian.

Rouselle says the family often listens to CJPN and it helps to keep the French conversation going.

"I tune into the radio even though French is not my first or even second or third language but to listen to the news and to see what's going on in the community, especially in the French community, is very important," says Rouselle.