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New media and community radio

Community radio is using new media and emerging technologies to extend our local access and quality programming even further. Financial support from the government and industry would allow us to do more of this good work.

That's the message the NCRA delivered this past week to the CRTC and the House of Commons Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage.

For more information, or to read the full transcripts of our comments, click the title of this post.

Thank you and happy trails

Kevin Matthews started as Executive Director of the NCRA in March 2008 and is now moving on. His past community radio experience was at CJUM-FM in Winnipeg and he has also worked with alternative media and arts groups.

In his two years with us, Kevin oversaw many important changes to the organization, including an increased lobbying presence, more than 20 new members and some fancy new communications products (like the one you're reading.) He also managed a two-year grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation and laid the groundwork for future funding.

Quick-witted and kind, with ideas to spare, he helped many people and made many friends. He will be missed. Thanks to Kevin for all his work! We wish him well on everything that comes next.

Staffing change at NCRA/Anrec

We have a big change to announce: Shelley Robinson is the new Executive Director of the NCRA, starting today, 26 April. Shelley has been our Membership Coordinator from the end of December 2008 to this month, and her community radio history goes back to 1994 at CKDU-FM in Halifax.

In the new position, Shelley will continue to do much of the work she has been doing with members and communications but will also be taking on fundraising, advocacy and general administration. (But not much of the messy field reporting you see in this picture....)

For more information, click on the title of this post. And please welcome Shelley aboard and join us in wishing her all the best!

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!

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

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 .

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