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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.

Though all the sessions are open to everyone, workshops and panels have been divided into three streams to appeal to a wide range of participants:

“One & all” are meant to be accessible and informative to people without any community radio experience as well as those in the sector keen to explore new ideas.

"Nerds" sessions are for people who are into radio technology and/or the fundraising that keeps stations going.

“Mentors" are geared for long-time community radio workers, organizers and managers who deal with volunteer coordination and outreach, equity and accessibility and decision-making.


Friday, October 16

1-5pm · Registration at CFRC· Station tours at 1, 3 and 5pm

2-4pm· Communications and Electronics museum tour

7-8:30pm · Reception

8:30-10pm · Radio drama performance & live broadcast 8:30-10pm

10pm-2am · Meet & greet at Ben's Pub

Saturday, October 17

9-10am · Radio Yoga· Registration, coffee and a light breakfast

10am-12pm · Workshops I:

              one & all — building a micro radio transmitter

              nerds — podcasting

              mentors — decision-making in an anti-oppression context

12-1pm · Lunch

1-3pm · Workshops II:

               one & all — writing for the ear

               nerds — using Serato software: digital scratching & mixing

               mentors — portable recording gear

3-3:30pm · Coffee break

3:30-5pm · Panels I:

               one & all — spirituality and campus-community radio

               nerds — funding drives, radiothons and radio bingo

               mentors — campus, community & instructional radio working together

5-6pm · Caucus groups

8-9:30pm · Haunted Walk/Radical Walking Tour/Soundwalk

10pm-2am · Dance to the Underground: live music and DJ dance party at the Mansion (Cities Turn to Sand, Treebot, plus DJs Sealegs, LK & Drew)

Sunday, October 18

9-10am · Coffee and a light breakfast

10-12pm · Workshops III:

                one & all — screenprinting 101

                nerds — multitrack recording & editing for creative production

                mentors — equity, accessibility and accountability

12pm-1:30pm · Lunch and group discussion

1:30-3pm · Panels II:

                 one & all — indigenous land, language & resistance

                 nerds — ads and sponsorship

                 mentors — building a strong radio collective

3-3:30pm · Coffee break

3:30-5pm · Panels III:

                 one & all — prison justice radio

                 nerds — grant writing

                 mentors — third-language cultural programming & outreach


We invited 40 community-based campus, community and instructional radio stations across the province. Because of funding from the Ontario Trillium Foundation the conference has no registration fees and we are offering up to $200 per station (to both NCRA members and non-members) to help cover transportation and accommodation costs.

The registration form can be found at and the PSA for the conference is attached.

For more information, contact Shelley at