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NCRC: June. Island. Radio. Camp.

Gabriola Co-op Radio is hosting this year's National Campus and Community Radio Conference (NCRC) June 7-11.

It will be a week-long “Camp Radio” with a five-day immersion in all things radio, community and community radio — hosted in a beautiful rural island setting. (There’s even a campfire to gather round….)

The conference is open to all NCRA members as well as anyone else interested in expanding their radio skills and knowledge. But it won’t be all work and no play as we have also arranged lots of entertainment and time for networking outside workshops. See you in June!

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CFRC gains student levy increase

CFRC, Canada's oldest campus broadcaster, enjoys increased financial support from its students. A parade through campus of station volunteers and supporters preceded the March 23 vote.

Get recognized: Community Radio Awards - new deadline!

You may already know about the NCRA's annual Community Radio Awards, which recognizes the amazing programming, people and activities of campus and community radio stations across Canada.

Now we have extended the deadline to give more time for your good work to flood in. The new deadline is midnight EST April 1, 2010. (No fooling!) So get cracking on your application.

For more details or to download the application form, click on the title of this post. If you have questions, email

The homelessness marathon is on now: tune in!

Starting at 5pm on Tuesday, February 23 until 7am the next morning the eighth annual Homelessness Marathon will once again serve up 14 hours of people-powered radio, broadcasting this year from almost 40 communitities across the country.

Get involved! Call toll-free: 1-866-594-7729 to participate in radio live from the streets.

Listen online here or to see the full list of participating stations, click on the title of this post.

It's that time of year again: The NCRA Community Radio Awards!

Are you using community radio to help promote local talent, showcase diverse music and the artists who make it, contribute to your community or raise awareness of under-reported stories?

The NCRA Awards honour the amazing programming, people and activities our sector has to offer and reflect the range and diversity of community radio across Canada.

Winners receive national recognition at the NCRC Awards Gala on June 11, 2010 on Gabriola Island, British Columbia and on the NCRA website.

All work must have been aired on an NCRA member station between April 1, 2009 and March 1, 2010. The station must belong to the NCRA by the submission deadline.  Deadline for submissions: Monday, March 22 at 6pm EST. For more information click on the title of this post.

Community Radio Fund -- apply now!

The Community Radio Fund of Canada (CRFC) is pleased to launch its second call for applications for Canada’s campus and community radio sector.

Contributions are available to the sector under two programs: the Radio Talent Development Program and the Youth Internship Program. The goal of both programs is to develop innovative local interest programming while providing mentorship, education, and training for broadcasters.

The deadline for each program is March 19, 2010. There is $80,000 available under each program, with a maximum $10,000 for each applicant. The applications will be assessed in April by an independent jury. The final results will be announced in mid-May. Guidelines and forms are available on the CRFC’s website .

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The NCRA is hiring

The NCRA/ANREC seeks a National Coordinator to manage operations, and to support and foster the growth and development of this dynamic association and its diverse stakeholders.

This position requires strong leadership, excellent communication skills, and the ability to work strategically to achieve the association’s goals.

The ideal National Coordinator is a highly organized self-starter who has worked or volunteered in the campus/community radio sector, has experience in not-for-profit management, fundraising, membership services and outreach in a not-for-profit context, and is enthusiastic about joining an association which unites and serves community-access radio broadcasters throughout Canada.

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CFRU turns 30!

CFRU-FM, the community-based campus station at the University of Guelph, turns 30 on January 28, 2010!

Radio at the University of Guelph dates back to 1939 when there was a credit course in radio broadcasting offered by the Ontario Agricultural College. In 1969 Radio Gryphon, named after the university mascot, began regular programming to cafeterias and student lounges through a closed circuit system.

Finally in 1980 they were CFRU-FM, reaching Guelph and beyond.

This past year the station raised more than $10,000 from their listeners for a new transmitter (and 250 W of power) and are participating in an international soundscape project with groups from Australia and Northern Ireland that will be featured at the Guelph Jazz Festival.

Congratulations to CFRU! (And to Guelph!) For more information go to or click the title of this post.

25 years on the FM dial! (And 55 years of campus radio....)

On October 17th, 1955, the Calgary branch of the University of Alberta ran a 15-minute program called Varsity Vista on CFAC radio. Five years later, a campus radio club was founded. By 1972 an AM and cable broadcast had been added and the station was on-air 24 hours a day.

Then on January 15 1985, CJSW-FM in Calgary started broadcasting with the Talking Heads song "Once in a lifetime".

To celebrate their 25 years on the FM dial, the station is kicking off a year-round celebration. And the good times start this weekend....on Saturday, January 23 CJSW has invited some of the most beloved Calgary bands of the past and present, including Agnostic Mountain Gospel Choir, Tinderbox and Chad VanGaalen, to perform for the city's music fans.

Congratulations to CJSW-FM (who also recently moved into beautiful new studio and office space). Here's to another 25 years!

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