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The 30th annual National Campus and Community Conference is almost here!

Running June 6-10th and hosted by CKDU-FM in Halifax it brings together c/c radio producers and enthusiasts from across the country. In addition to the Community Radio Awards and the Women in Radio conference, this year it also features keynotes from CBC and This American Life contributor Jonathan Goldstein, Rich Terfry (aka Buck 65) and Haitian community radio activist Marie Guyrleine Justin.

There are also sessions on community news, social media, Aboriginal programming and a million other topics. Full information at

The picture is some of the dedicated members of the organizing committee, waving to let you know they're ready.

New membership coordinator!

Kim Vallière is the NCRA’s new bilingual Membership Coordinator. The position is funded as part of a grant from the Department of Canadian Heritage’s Enhancement of Official Languages Program.

Kim is from Rouyn-Noranda in Northwest Quebec and is finishing up her Masters of Communications at the University of Ottawa. For the last year and a half she has been volunteering at CHUO-FM, the only bilingually-licenced campus station in Canada, producing “Autour du Bloc” (Around the Block) a weekly arts and current affairs show.

Kim will be helping the NCRA and its members become more bilingual, including translating this website, and will also provide other support, from compliance issues to helping plan regional conferences.Her email is Welcome! 

For more information, click on the title of this post.

NCRC: It's radio week in Halifax! June 6-10

This June, CKDU 88.1FM will host the 30th annual National Campus and Community Radio Conference in Halifax. Community radio practitioners from across Canada will come together to exchange ideas on radio and grassroots media. Workshops will cover production skills, media training, social and cultural issues awareness, technical radio know-how, community outreach and organization, and a variety of topics of value to Canada’s community radio workers and volunteers.

Click on the title of this post for more information and to download the registration form.

More details on the NCRC website:

LAST DAY TO APPLY: Community Radio Awards/Les prix de la radio communautaire

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

Submissions open: MONDAY, APRIL 4th at 9am, ET

Deadline for submissions: SATURDAY, APRIL 30th at midnight, ET

Les prix NCRA/Anrec récompensent les meilleures initiatives en matière de programmation et d'actiivtés dans le domaine de la radio étudiante et communautaire.

Date d’ouverture pour les propositions: Lundi de 4 avril à 9 h HE

Date butoir pour les propositions: Lundi le 30 avril à 24 h HE.

For more details click on the title of this post.

CKLN still on-air while appeal decided

CKLN-FM has been granted a stay of the recent CRTC decision to revoke their license.

The campus/community station based at Ryerson University in downtown Toronto was originally ordered to stop broadcasting February 12th, but the stay of the decision will allow them to be on-air until the Federal Court of Appeal considers their request for leave to appeal the CRTC’s decision under Canada’s Broadcasting Act.

"We're thrilled CKLN will continue its diverse mix of local volunteer-produced programming while showing that they are responsible broadcasters," said NCRA/ANREC executive director Shelley Robinson. "They had problems but worked hard to get back on track and we believe they belong on-air."

Joeita Gupta is the station's staff representative and one of the hosts of the show Frequency Feminisms. “CKLN’s history, role and mandate are crucial to this city’s non-mainstream artists, journalists and to several different communities,“ she said.

The NCRA/ANREC agreed with CRTC Commissioner Louise Poirier's dissent to this decision when she stated that it was "premature, disproportionate and inequitable".

To help CKLN in the coming days go to the stations' website at for details about writing the CRTC and your MP and sign the online petition here:

Support CKLN: sign the petition, listen to the voices

Last week the CRTC revoked the license of CKLN-FM, the community-based campus station operating out of Ryerson University. This is a huge blow to Toronto and other campus and community broadcasters across the country. Here's some of what they've done to show their support and solidarity:

PETITION: Former CKLN volunteer and longtime listener Lindsay Bess created an online petition that says, in part, "CKLN is vital to our community, and without its presence on air we lose not only a rich history of our city, but future opportunities....Please support CKLN". It already has more than 1500 signatures and will be sent to the government and the CRTC.

Check it out and add your name and thoughts here:

RADIO: CKUT-FM in Montreal produced an hour of special programming about the station, featuring former staff, listeners and volunteers.

Get it here:

PSA: CHLY-FM in Nanaimo, BC produced a public service announcement about CKLN for their listeners.There are more than 150 campus and community stations across Canada -- and the risk of losing one is heartbreaking. The mp3 is attached to this page for listening or, if you're a station, feel free to play it or create your own. 

For more information on what you can do to help CKLN-FM, visit their website at

CRTC revokes CKLN-FM's license

The NCRA/ANREC is shocked by today's decision by the CRTC to revoke CKLN's licence, as the Commission could have taken other reasonable steps to ensure regulatory compliance while allowing CKLN to continue serving the community.

The NCRA/ANREC agrees with CRTC Commissioner Poirier's dissent to this decision when she states that it was "premature, disproportionate and inequitable". Poirier also states that as far as she can tell "the Commission has never revoked a license without first issuing a mandatory order or reducing the license term."

"This is a huge loss not just for the city of Toronto, but also for community media across the country," said NCRA executive director Shelley Robinson.

"We need places where people can speak for themselves, to their own communities. This is as important in big cities with crowded spectrum as it is in small towns with no other local radio."

The full decision is here:

For more information click on the title of this post.

New policy brings essential funding

The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) released a decision today that will provide stable funding for community radio in Canada for the first time.

More than $750,000 each year will go towards the Community Radio Fund of Canada to help support stations. The money was part of a larger policy that governs the sector and recognized the vital role community radio plays in local development.

The full policy can be found here:

The three associations that represent 144 French and English campus and community stations across the country say the decision was a long time coming and is a good first step.

For more information, click on the title of this post.

New member: CFTH-FM

Welcome to CFTH 97.7 FM in Harrington Harbour, Quebec!

This island station was first incorporated in 1985, but it took another six years of hard work and fundraising by local volunteers for CFTH to officially start broadcasting on January 21st, 1991. They now reach six communities (five English and one French) and approximately 1000-1500 people. In summer the station is only accessible by boat and in the winter, snowmobile.

The station is run by three staff, Station Manager Kate Nadeau, Program Director Nancy Bobbitt and On-air Host Lois Jones. In the summer, they broadcast live every weekday 7am-3:30pm. (Fall and Winter they start an hour later.)

Probably the most popular show is "Harbourside" which airs every weekday from the open of broadcasting till noon. Hosted by Nancy Bobbitt it features local news, trivia, contests and music requests.

For more information, click on the title of this post.

Drumroll please....

It's finally time to announce the winners!

The NCRA Awards were founded in 1993 with a contribution from the Standard Radio group and ran as the Standard Awards for 12 years. Since 2005 they have been the NCRA Community Radio Awards.

But whatever the name, the Awards have always served as a place for our members to recognize the amazing work that goes on in our sector –- from what we put on air to how we contribute to our communities. And, needless to say, the entries here are only a slice of the great work produced by member stations.

Thanks to everyone who applied. It was a record year! We had 103 submissions from new and longstanding members and campus and community stations working in both rural and urban areas. In fact we had so much material that we had to strike two juries!

To see the full list of the winners, please click on the title of this post.