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CKMS Exploring Options

SoundFM at the University of Waterloo, after an unsuccessful attempt to win back their student levy, is facing some changes. Click on the title of this post for more information.

New member!

CKOL-FM in Campbellford, ON started broadcasting on July 1, 1992 and is a 500 Watt powerhouse, with a repeater in Madoc. They have have community news broadcasts three times a day, a station van they use to broadcast live from special town council meetings and also just started play-by-plays of the two local hockey teams: the Norwood Vipers and the Campbellford Rebels. But one of their most popular programs is the daily memorial at 12:30, where they announce who has recently died in their community and honour their lives. Welcome to CKOL! For more information, click on the title of this post.

A new transmitter and a new song!

CFRU-FM in Guelph is collecting $10,000 towards the purchase of a new transmitter. They are currently broadcasting at 110 Watts but want to go up to 250 Watts, reaching new places and new ears. To support the "Raise Your Voice" drive, on October 19 the station's Music Director Peter Bradley asked listeners to call in and contribute to a live song by local artists Jenny Omnichord and Gregory Pepper. Those who donated got to help determine the song's lyrical and musical themes, structure and style. To listen to the result, "DIS-A-RAY" and for more information, click on the title of this post. Or heck, just donate now at www.cfru.ca.

Make a Sound Investment

CHRY 101.5 FM in Toronto, broadcasting out of York University, is running their annual fundraising drive from today until October 24th. The theme this year is "Sound Investment" and their goal is $105,500. (Get that? It's like their frequency, only in dollars.) CHRY is incredibly plugged into both their campus and the wider community, as evidenced by their strong showing in this year's Community Radio Awards. Check them out and donate at www.chry.fm.

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.