An update from CJMP 90.1 FM

Happy New Year to supporters of CJMP 90.1 FM!

Thanks to lots of support and hard work, we had a big year in 2017!

First and foremost, there was the move of our broadcast antenna to the TELUS tower on Gallagher Hill. Special thanks to Don Mitchinson, Roger Thorn, & Jason Leane for making this happen.

Do you remember our “Can you hear us now?” campaign on August 11th? We asked our listeners to tune in and give us a call from 12 noon to midnight. For every call received, TELUS donated to the Powell River Professional Fire Fighters Charitable Society. On October 24th, CJMP 90.1 FM and TELUS presented a donation in the value of $2,900 to the Powell River Professional Fire Fighters Charitable Society at the Fire Hall #1 in Powell River. The donation will be used to support the Fire Department in Powell River as well as their volunteer work. Thanks to our sponsorship coordinator, Leeanne Barr, for making this happen.

The Powell River Community Radio Society had its Annual General Meeting in November, where we reported on the past year’s activities & finances, and also held elections for a new board of directors. Don Mitchinson stepped down from the board after spearheading the antenna move, so we’re down to a smaller but still mighty board of directors consisting of President Jason Leane, VP Suzan Roos, Treasurer Roger Thorn, Secretary David Parkinson, & Orientation/Volunteer Coordinator Jennye Vishek.

Now, we’re planning ahead to 2018 and we hope you’ll be there with us!

Big news! CJMP 90.1 FM is bringing back The People’s Prom!! After not holding one in 2017 we realized we had to do this again, so plans are afoot for a fab dance party to blow away the winter blahs, probably sometime in early March. Stay tuned for updates and get ready for the prom you always wish you’d had.

Jennye and Trevor-Travis have been working to support a bunch of training programmers to start up new programs. If you’re interested in being on the airwaves, you can fill out an application here, or go to our contact page and select the option for “creating a new program”.

Remember: they’re your airwaves; use ’em! Remember to check our broadcast schedule, as it does change periodically.

CJMP 90.1 FM has a wide variety of local businesses sponsoring us. Thank you to Agius Builders, Base Camp Coffee, Culaccino, Capone’s Cellar, CMG Printing, Coastal Cookery, Costa del Sol, Frenchie’s Pressure Washing & Yardwork, Grassroots Botanicals Wellness Cooperative, Magpie’s Diner, Modern Windows, Paul Mercs Concerts, Powell River Peak and Top of the Hill Solutions! These sponsors help keep our rent paid and our lights on, so please support them and thank them for being friends of community radio. Or better yet, be just like them! If you want to know more about sponsoring us, contact our Sponsorship Coordinator Leeanne Barr by going to our contact page and select the option for “sponsoring CJMP or one of its programs”.

And the board is hosting our first meet-n-greet at Strikers Bowling Alley, February 7th, for CJMP volunteers.

As always, the PRCRS board of directors meet at 5:30 PM on the second Monday of every month at CJMP. The public is welcome to attend.


PRCRS Annual General Meeting Notes

On Thursday, November 24th, The Powell River Community Radio Society (PRCRS, operating the non-profit CJMP 90.1fm Powell River Community Radio) held its Annual General Meeting at the Community Resource Centre (4752 Joyce Ave.) in Powell River, BC.

There were reports by the Treasurer Roger Thorn, Staff Members Mel Edgar, Carrie Swiggum, Giovanni Spezzacatena and Ioni Wais. Secretary David Parkinson and new in-coming board member David Joseph relayed Chair and Technical reports by Chair Jason Leane and director Don Mitchinson.

The new 2017 Board of Directors acclaimed (with posts to be determined) are:

  • David Joseph
  • Jason Leane
  • David Parkinson
  • Don Mitchinson
  • Suzan Roos
  • Ionatan Waisgluss

Thanks to all who attended and enjoyed a retrospective slideshow of CJMP’s and snacked on appies provided by CJMP’s newest sponsor The Convenient Chef.

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CJMP 90.1 FM Station Report 2016

Thanks to the receipt of a Radiometres from the Community Radio Fund of Canada (CRFC) CJMP was

able to hire a team of three staff (April 2016 to February 2017):

❏  Mel Edgar, Station Manager
❏  Carrie Swiggum, News Director
❏  Giovanni Spezzacatena, Community Engagement Editor/Producer

CJMP was also able to hire Ioni Wais as Production Assistant Intern for the summer of 2016 through the CRFC’s Youth on Air Grant.

Achievements this year include:

❖  Fundraising

➢     Through a mix of internal and external fundraising CJMP Staff have helped raise over $7,000, well over half of the $10,000 goal written into the grant.

■     Internal Fundraising: Reuse-a-Thon, Spring Fund Drive, November Sustaining Membership Drive, Powell River Arts, Culture and Heritage Grant, Car Wash with Powell River Fire Rescue, CJMP Photobooths (People’s Prom, Powell River Pride, Vale Society Halloween Ball)

■     External Fundraising: Cowbell Cares Fundraiser, Little Hut Curry Fundraiser, First Credit Union Theatre Under the Stars, Vinyl Flip

❖  Increased Community Engagement   

➢      Local News Coverage through CJMP News, News Bulletins and contracted audio documentaries: including Powell River Dreams, Tla’amin Language Circle, Garden Sharing Network, Powell River Youth Council Tapping the Groundswell Report, Kathaumixw, WildSafeBC, Powell River Food Security Report, Third Crossing Society, Tla’amin Nation Election Coverage

➢     Expanded Local Arts Coverage: Community Events Listings, Coastal Colour (recorded 5 minute weekly arts segment on CJMP News)

➢      CJMP Presence at Community Events: Canada Day, Blackberry Festival, FCU Theatre Under the Stars, Powell River Pride, Halloween Ball, PRISMA on the Beach, Cowbell Cares a CJMP Fundraiser, Powell River Blackberry Festival

➢     Live Remote Broadcasting at Community Events: PRISMA on the Beach, Cowbell Cares: a CJMP Fundraiser, Powell River Blackberry Festival

➢      Public Service Announcements (PSAs) Produced for Local Non Profits: including Friends of Louis Riel Society, Powell River Community Foundation, Powell River Hospice Society, Métis Society, Kathaumixw, Malaspina Art Society (in production)

➢      Supported CommunityProduced Radio Content: Documentaries, Community Resource Centre, Sounds Like Powell River (Grant in Aid from the City of Powell River)

❖  Expanded and Improved Communication

➢      Sponsorships: Timely production of PSA’s and promos

➢      Calendars: Regular events Calendar updates, and management of studio bookings for programmers and volunteers

➢      Updates: Monthly e-newsletters, regular website updates, blog posts including photo galleries, social media

➢      Outreach: emails to community groups about free PSA’s

➢      Materials Production: signage, posters, brochure and schedule updates, flyer designs, stickers (including bumper stickers), buttons and T-shirts

❖  Training and Education

➢      Radio Happy Hour: A CJMP Open House where volunteers and new programmers are invited come in for training on the soundboard and in station policies

➢      Workshops: News 101, Mixing with Audacity, Elements of Documentary Story Production, upcoming workshop on Media Literacy / Elements of News Production

➢      Training Materials:  use of studio call box in the studio, how to podcast, etc.

➢      CJMP WIKI: online resource for volunteers and programmers including training materials, station policies, meeting agendas and minutes

❖  At the Station

➢      Regular Open Hours

➢      Equipment purchases: microphones, recording equipment

➢      Equipment sign out to volunteers and programmers

➢      Lending of sound system to community groups (PowTown Roller Derby)



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