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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THURS. NOV 24 @ 7PM at the CRC: Annual General Meeting of PRCRS (CJMP 90.1fm)

cjmp_agm_webPlease attend the Annual General Meeting of the Powell River Community Radio Society (operating CJMP 90.1 fm Powell River Community Radio) to be held this coming Thursday, November 24th at 7PM at the Community Resource Centre (4752 Joyce Ave.) The event is informal, open to all, with dessert catering by CJMP’s new sponsor, The Convenient Chef (for sponsorship info, please click here).

 

Come mingle with CJMP programmers, volunteers, Board and staff to find out what your community radio station has been up to this past (and very active) year, and to select the 2017 Board of Directors for PRCRS (only PRCRS members may vote).
 
Speaking of membership… our November Sustain Campaign is ongoing, and if you haven’t had the time to support grassroots, community-based media which this past year featured CJMP News program, NOW is the time. 

 

Sustaining Memberships of just 33 cents per day ($10/mo.) are crucial to maintaining and improving CJMP, and to make our plans for a larger broadcast range (our continuing “Top the Tower” efforts) and to move the station to a more visible street-access/ wheelchair- accessible space. We’re even getting little bits of support from listeners around the world who listen to our programs via web streaming services (click here), but – so far – not so much from Powell Riverites. 

It’s time to step on up and become an active part of local independent media, as a volunteer, as a sponsor, and as a Sustaining MemberSustaining donations can be set up via PayPal, Credit or Debit cards, and you can also use our handy form to set up a recurring monthly or one-time donation via First Credit Union Powell River branch (you don’t need to have an account there, either. Our account # there is #422253).

If you would rather send us a cheque, you can do that as well: c/o PRCRS at Powell River Community Radio Society (CJMP), 4476C Marine Avenue, Powell River BC, V8A 2K5.

You can even give the gift of a regular ($10) or sustaining membership to a friend for their birthday or Christmas, and they get a lovely locally-designed e-card of your choice too (click here). We also have CJMP t-shirts available for $25 (no tax) at Base Camp Arts Cafe on Marine Ave.– $13 from every sale goes directly to CJMP’s promotions budget.

Here is how CJMP Supports Powell River

  • CJMP News broadcasts LIVE Fridays Noon-1:00PM and rebroadcasts 11AM-Noon on Saturdays, and available for download as a downloadable audio file (or podcast) at cjmp.ca/podcast, along with many of our other programs!) You may have heard interviews with local city counsellors, and movers and shakers from around the world, as well as your next door neighbour on CJMP News! This is a group ‘citizen journalism’ effort with producer Carrie Swiggum at the helm.
  • We help get the word out on community events by on-air mentions of non-profit and arts events in Powell River, as well as though pre-recorded audio art events via Coastal Colour (you can submit community event announcements here).
  • We produce FREE Public Service Announcements for local community groups (submit one here).
  • We provide FREE access to the airwaves to the local community; get a programvolunteer to help out on a program or take on some of the many fundraising, outreach, and technical aspects involved in creating community radio, and learn lots in the process, while meeting new friends! 
  • We have a free drop-in “Happy Hour” Tuesdays 3-5PM at the station (4476C Marine Ave. above and behind Westview Bowling); folks can borrow or use our equipment on site to create radio programs, station IDs, PSAs, and radio spots/documentaries or more experimental work.
  • We are OPEN to the public Tuesdays-Fridays 11-4PM; call to make sure– 604.485.0088. Had we more room, we could also offer meeting spaces and work spaces for radio and community groups.
  • We offer periodic training sessions in radio technology and methodology for FREE.
  • CJMP is a hub of our local community, providing music and spoken word programs that are just not produced or available via corporate media — listen 24/7 at 90.1f or streaming free online hereview our program schedule here.
  • We remain commercial-free, and independent of corporate interests (we do the accept program and station sponsorship from local businesses or community groups only); unlike many campus stations you may be familiar with, we are not funded by a university via student fees
  • We support community events by also attending, participating, and documenting them and redistributing information through various media
Many of us agree that a local independent media helps to create an informed public, and this is crucial to democracy, social cohesion and a force for positive social change: this doesn’t happen without your support. CJMP is a hard-won community asset that could easily disappear. 
 
Don’t let us down, please become a Sustaining Member today and be part of the solution.

 

 

Thank you-

Giovanni

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