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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.

A Big Step Forward at CKLN

A new Board of Directors has been elected!

Thanks to local volunteers, and the facilitating work of two NCRA volunteers, CKLN is one giant step closer to restoring itself as Ryerson University's campus radio station, and taking back its role in supporting local arts, culture and information.

Click on the title for more information.

Summer student begins research project on preservation of indigenous languages

The NCRA is glad to welcome aboard Kiera-Dawn Kolson, a young musician and student in Yellowknife, who is working for six weeks as our summer student researcher on the preservation of indigenous languages through community radio.

CRTC review of community radio policy

The CRTC just released its Notice of Consultation for its upcoming policy review of campus and community radio.

The Commission is asking for people's suggestions on how to reform current regulations and the NCRA will be preparing an official submission representing the views of our members.

So get reading and feel free to let us know what you're thinking and any questions you may have about the process.

The hearing is on November 30 and the deadline for submitting comments is September 11, 2009.

Click on the headline for more information

Community radio in Canada raises 'The Copyright Issue'

The NCRA released a pamphlet today that is designed to educate parliament about how copyright affects community broadcasters.

Called "The Copyright Issue", the pamphet was written by new NCRA President Charlotte Bourne with colleagues from the community radio sector.

"Copyright is a looming problem for community media and is actually holding some of our stations back from typical broadcasting activities," she said, giving the example of community radio stations that don't podcast because they are fearful of retroactive tariffs.

Download The Copyright Issue at: http://www.freewebs.com/programpolicyexchange/copyrightpamphlet.pdf