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New member: Nuxalk Radio!

Welcome to the NCRA's latest member: Nuxalk Radio!

The station is based in Bella Coola, BC and is launching on the summer solstice on June 21st.

They have already applied to the CRTC and will operate as a non-commercial, educational, community radio station, operated by community volunteers, administered by Nuxalk Acwsalcmalslayc Academy of Learning Society (NAALS) and managed by the Nuxalk Radio Committee.

One of the station's main missions is to promote Nuxalk language use, increase the fluency of semi-fluent Nuxalk language speakers, inspire new Nuxalk language learners, raise the prestige of the Nuxalk language, and reaffirm the fact that the Nuxalk language is relevant today and not simply of the past.

You can find their entire mission here.

NCRC Victoria!

More than 120 campus and community radio people (representing more than 25 NCRA member stations) from across Canada have come together this week to talk all things radio.

Events include a concert for the 10th anniversary of the Women's Hands and Voices project; a keynote by Weird Canada founders Aaron Levin and Marie Flanagan; a presentation by CRTC Commissioner Stephen Simpson; a number of amazing workshops on radio production, human rights, accessibility, and the Resonating Reconciliation project, among others; the AGM; and this year's regulatory compliance game show: Compliance Family Feud!

Check out the conference website for full details!

Friends of Community Radio Coordinator!

We are thrilled to have Penny Clark join our staff to help launch a new program that will give people who love and want to help community radio a chance to support our work directly!

The Friends of Community Radio Program is a monthly-donation program that will help cover the ongoing costs of the NCRA's training, advocacy and equity-based work so that every Canadian has access to diversity on the dial and the chance to make and hear radio featuring local music and voices and perspectives you just can't find anywhere else.

Penny has a BA in Political Philosophy, and Nardwuar the Human Serviette has said that she has her master’s degree in CiTR 101.9 FM.

She has also worked with Mint Records and is currently the editor of the How To section at Weird Canada, which facilitates the sharing of knowledge and expertise between the talented members of the Canadian independent music community. 

Welcome Penny! 

AWARDS: Apply now!

Since 1993, the NCRA/ANREC Awards have honoured the amazing programming, people, and activities of our sector and continue to reflect the range and diversity of campus and community radio across Canada.

Each year, recipients receive national recognition (and unique trophies) at the NCRA/ANREC Awards Gala, held during the annual National Campus and Community Radio Conference. This year's deadline is TODAY, Friday May 9th! (Or rather, sometime before we check our email the morning of Monday, May 12th 2013.)

Application forms can be downloaded in French and English here (zipped files) or found under Entry Forms. The application guidelines can aso be found in the zipped files or under Awards Guide.

To apply, send your entries to awards AT ncra DOT ca. For full details about the categories, go here. Good luck to all the applicants!

NOW HIRING: Summer Regulatory Support Guide Editor

We are looking for a student to edit, re-structure and create new content for a bilingual Regulatory Support Guide that details CRTC and Industry Canada regulations and legislation relevant to the campus and community radio sector as well as best practices for stations to get and stay compliant. The extended deadline for applications is Monday, May 12th. You can find the full job posting here

Funded by the Young Canada Works program, this year's work will build on the previous version of this guide, created by David Meffe, who was a Carleton journalism student also funded by Young Canada Works. Since that guide was created in the summer of 2011, we have distributed hundreds of copies to c/c radio stations in print editions and online.

NOW HIRING: Friends of Community Radio Support Coordinator

In an effort to increase the NCRA/ANREC's financial sustainability, and to create a way for people who want to support strong community radio in Canada to help us in our work, we are hiring someone to help develop and launch our monthly donor giving program, Friends of Community Radio.

The Friends of Community Radio Support Coordinator will work with the Executive Director to produce written and audio materials to promote the work of the NCRA/ANREC to potential donors, build a database of potential donors, help design the details of the giving program, and contact potential donors to become Friends of Community Radio.

The ideal candidate is enthusiastic, flexible, self-motivated, and has a background (or a strong interest) in both campus and community radio and fundraising. This job is funded through the government of Ontario’s Youth Employment Fund program. Application deadline is Friday, April 11th.

TODAY: Homelessness Marathon!

Today is the 12th annual Homelessness Marathon, hosted live on CJSR-FM from the streets of Edmonton, AB with additional hosting and content from 18 other campus and community radio stations across Canada.

This year it runs from 5pm MT on Wednesday, February 26th until 7am MT on Thursday, February 27th. The complete broadcast schedule is here.  Listen live here.

First started in Canada by CKUT-FM in Montreal,  the Homelessness Marathon is an annual live national radio broadcast about homelessness, housing issues and poverty. The marathon is a unique radio event that makes space for the voices of people affected by homelessness on the airwaves and is heard on over 30 campus and community radio stations across the country.

To hear archives from previous marathons, visit ckut.ca/homeless.

Happy World Radio Day!

On November 3, 2011, the 36th General Conference of UNESCO approved the creation of the World Day of Radio, to be celebrated on February 13th of each year.

This year, there's a special focus on the role of women in radio. Check out this great infographic about women's role in radio around the world. (Also, this is the 10th anniversary of the NCRA's report and toolkit on women in campus and community radio in Canada: Women's Hands and Voices!)

UNESCO states: "World Radio Day seeks to raise awareness about the importance of radio, facilitate access to information through radio and enhance networking among broadcasters.

Radio has to be recognized as a low cost medium, specifically suited to reach remote communities and vulnerable people: the illiterate, the disabled, women, youth and the poor, while offering a platform to intervene in the public debate, irrespective of people’s educational level.

However, it is said that up to a billion people still do not have access to radio today." For more information, click on the title of this post or go to www.worldradioday.org

Standing ovations and winning awards!

Two of the NCRA's Resonating Reconciliation documentaries are making news.

The Powell River Peak in Powell River, BC just did a story about their local station CJMP-FM's doc as part of the Resonating Reconciliation project.

And Janet Rogers, host of Native Waves at CFUV-FM in Victoria, BC won an ImagineNATIVE award for her Resonating Reconciliation doc last October.

The project uses community radio as a tool to help all Canadians address the ongoing legacy of Indian Residential Schools. It is funded by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and administed by Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada. 

Congrats to CJMP-FM and CFUV-FM and all the stations who have done such amazing work on their docs!

Listen to all the docs that have been produced so far, with more to come!

Pic: Radio documentary producers Shelby George [left] and Devin Pielle released "We Are Still Here" last month. The documentary tells elders’ stories of life in Canada’s residential schools. Credit: Chris Bolster, Powell River Peak

Annual Returns: compliance is delicious!

This year, all 74 NCRA members that were required to submit an Annual Return to the Canadian Radio-television Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) did so on time!

We believe this reaches beyond stations filling out forms and instead shows our members' larger commitment to regulatory compliance and the responsibilities all broadcasters have in using the public airwaves.

Annual Returns track financial information, alcohol advertising and, for campus and community radio stations, the number of volunteers and volunteer hours worked in the past year, among other things. The data from the Annual Returns are compiled in the CRTC's Communications Monitoring Report on Canadian broadcasting.

Congrats to our members for this work and for all the work behind the forms that they do all year! 

Pic: Membership Coordinator Kari Benninghaus brought in this lovely "We did it!" tart to celebrate.