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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 .

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

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.

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

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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CRTC review of campus and community radio policy

This week, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) is holding the public hearing on the policy that regulates most community radio stations. The last such review was in 1999.


This year the NCRA submitted recommendations in conjunction with our colleagues at l'Association des radios communautaires (ARC) and l'Association des radiodiffuseurs communautaires du Quebec (ARC-Q).


We will be appearing on Monday, January 18th in Gatineau, Quebec and many NCRA members will also be presenting throughout the week.


The agenda is here:


To stream the proceedings, go to or for more information, click the title of this post.

Radio Laurier is celebrating it's (re)birthday....

Today, the web-based radio station at Wilfrid Laurier University re-launched!

Radio Laurier has existed in other forms before but joined Wilfrid Laurier University Student Publications (WLUSP), a student-run media organization in May of 2009 and began revamping its structure and programming to become a professional campus radio station.

Included on the new station is content drawn from NCRA members across the country, posted on our Program Exchange. Congratulations and good luck to Radio Laurier!

Eighth annual Homelessness Marathon from CKUT-FM

This year's Homelessness Marathon will broadcast live from the streets of Montreal, and several other locations across Canada, on Tuesday, February 23rd, starting at sunset and running all night long until sunrise on Wednesday, February 24th.

It will once again serve up 14 hours of people-powered radio, providing an opportunity for homeless people and their supporters to take to the airwaves, and allow a nationwide discussion on homelessness issues and possible solutions. Reaching out to every listener, the audio for the Homelessness Marathon is available for free to all non-commercial broadcasters via the Internet.

Last year, 40 stations carried the Homelessness Marathon. The participation of community radio stations from across Canada is vital for the Marathon to achieve its goals. For more information, click on the title of this post.

NCRA ads now live on DoGood

The NCRA and DoGood HQ are now working together to raise money, support initiatives and movements for social change, and put consumer power in the hands of your web browser - all at once! Simple, fast, and totally free, the DoGooder is a browser plug-in that turns your everyday web browsing into donations for green initiatives and movements for positive social change. The DoGooder is available for Firefox, Internet Explorer, and Safari on both PC and Mac. It brings new NCRA ads into the web browsers of users who have chosen to see them, and raises money for us and other causes. Please click on the title for the full article.

CICK-FM Smithers Radio: (Floating) On-air!

Last weekend CICK-FM in Smithers, BC broadcast live from that station for the first time. The new signal reaches all the way from the Telkwa landfill to the airport and beyond on 93.9 fm. They are currently testing the signal with a repeating playlist, but also testing out their new DJs. Programs and broadcast times are changing regularly, so check the schedule at Click on the title of this post for more information.