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It's that time of year: falling leaves and gathering cash

For eight years, CJTR-FM, Regina Community Radio has provided unique programming 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Now they need your help to keep them strong for at least another eight. Their Radiothon is on now until October 9th and their goal is to raise $20,000. They've got the requisite cool mugs and t-shirts and everyone who pledges also has a chance to win a daily prize draw or a grand prize trip to Mexico! Check them out at www.cjtr.ca and support Regina radio. And, as an update: CJSR-FM in Edmonton raised just over $115,000 from their recent Funding Drive! Community radio depends on people like you as listeners, producers, board members and financiers. So thanks to everyone who is reaching into their pockets to support local community-oriented and volunteer-driven radio.

New place on the dial, same sweet sounds

At midnight on Monday, October 5th CJAM-FM in Windsor, Ontario will stop broadcasting at 91.5FM and begin the installation of a new antenna. Later that week the station will begin a new era of community radio at 99.1FM. But the only thing changing is the frequency! CJAM will continue to broadcast the unique blend of hyper-local alternative radio that you've come to expect from Windsor's only community radio station. In the meantime, they're also running their annual pledge drive, asking people (like you) to help them raise $25,000 to keep the station thriving. Go to www.cjam.ca and click the donate button to pay with paypal or by credit card. Swag abounds.

eat radio*breathe radio*sleep radio - update!

The schedule of workshops and panels is ready and registrations are coming in for the upcoming Ontario regional campus and community radio conference in Kingston, October 16-18. But the weekend promises more than just great radio talk. Delegates have their choice of one of three guided tours around historic downtown Kingston: a haunted walk of the city's mysterious past, a radical walk highlighting its political struggles and a sound walk to capture an audio record of its rattles and hums. Friday night promises live radio drama, Saturday morning has radio yoga and Saturday night features live local music and DJS, including Treebot and Cities Turn to Sand. For the full schedule of events or to hear the public service announcement about the weekend, click on the title of this post.

GroundWire partners with VoicePrint

In an effort to reach even more Canadians, GroundWire, the NCRA's bi-weekly Canadian grassroots radio news show is now exchanging content with VoicePrint, the 24-hour broadcast reading service that is mandated to serve the 5 million Canadians who can't independently access print media. Monthly starting September 11, excerpts from VoicePrint’s flagship interview program Contact will be included in GroundWire and broadcast on at least 20 campus and community radio stations across the country. VoicePrint will also air episodes of GroundWire. For more information, click on the title of this post.

CJSR-FM in Edmonton is 25 years old! And needs your support!

As I write, listeners and supporters of community radio in Edmonton have already pledged $3044.98 to CJSR-FM -- which is a good start towards their ultimate $150,000 goal. But you can help them get even further along. And you have ten days to do it. The station has been on-air for 25 years this year and relies on its annual funding drive to "maintain the cutting edge programming that constantly challenges the status quo".

As a registered charity, they can issue you a tax receipt for your donation or you can get your hands on some of their incredible swag (who doesn't need either a totebag or a hoodie or both?) To donate without further ado, go to www.cjsr.ualberta.ca.

NCRA submits comments to CRTC Campus and Community radio policy review

Today, the NCRA submitted its comments to CRTC proceeding 2009-618, the review of campus radio policy and community radio policy. In the 53-page document, we answer the questions asked by the CRTC in its Notice of Consultation, and lay out our stations' needs in terms of programming content requirements, technical issues, spectrum scarcity, reporting requirements, and many other issues. The submission is a result of about six months of consultation with our members.

CHLY'n with Buckwheat Zydeco

CHLY-FM, known as Radio Malaspina, is in Nanaimo, BC. And this month they're having their eighth annual Membership Drive since they went FM! It runs September 20-28th and will kick off with a performance by legendary New Orleans accordion player Buckwheat Zydeco.

The station represents students from Vancouver Island University and Nanaimo community members. Their goal this year is for 300 community members to renew and 100 new folks to sign up: which is why the slogan is "join the cause". Membership is only $25 for a year. More information is at www.chly.ca or click the title of this post to find out the top ten reasons to join.

NCRA Engages in Federal Copyright Consultation

Today the NCRA submitted a memo to the Government of Canada's public consultation on copyright. Industry Canada and Canadian Heritage launched this consultation together, asking for input into copyright act reform. The process has received thousands of submissions from industry stakeholders and individual Canadians, and our submission aims to put the needs of community-based radio stations forward as part of the copyright reform agenda.

Please see the attached document for our full submission.

Regional community radio conference - in Kingston!

This Fall, from October 16-18, CFRC-FM in Kingston will host a regional community radio conference, bringing together NCRA members, other community stations and interested members of the community to talk shop. In addition to hands-on workshops and panel discussions there will be a tour of the Communications and Electronics museum, radio yoga, local music and a radio drama performance! For more details, click the title of this post. Or register now at http://www.ncra.ca/conference/regional.pdf And watch this space for even more information coming soon.

An open letter to Redbeard

Dear Redbeard (aka Jeff Corbett), This is to express our profound thanks: You’re the first volunteer programmer in the country to respond to the NCRA’s funding needs by throwing a grassroots benefit for the association, and we greatly appreciate it. Thanks to you and 91.3 FM CJTR in Regina.