On Friday August 11, we ask… “Can You Hear Us Now?”

After 15 years on the local airwaves at 90.1 FM, Powell River’s community radio station CJMP 90.1 FM has moved its broadcast antenna to the TELUS tower on Gallagher Hill, increasing the reach of its signal and providing emergency broadcast service to more of the region than ever before.

To celebrate this big step forward, we invite everyone in the region to tune in to 90.1 FM between the hours of 12:00 noon and 12:00 midnight on Friday August 11 as CJMP asks the question “Can You Hear Us Now?” The board and volunteers of the Powell River Community Radio Society are especially eager to hear from listeners who were previously unable to pick up the FM signal and are now able to do so.

For 12 hours the airwaves will be filled with live programming featuring a number of our twenty or so regular programmers. Everyone in the region is invited to tune in, enjoy the programming, and phone (604) 485-0088 to let CJMP know whether You Can Hear Us Now. There will be prizes drawn for callers and hours of fun programming throughout the day. Tune us in!

The Powell River Community Radio Society especially thanks TELUS, the Powell River Regional District, the City of Powell River and the Powell River Community Forest Foundation for the significant financial contributions they made to the Signal Boost project.


Wrapping up Radiometres

“Doc & Bowl”: Feb 24, 2017 Listening Party for CJMP at Westview Bowling and Billiards

Around 25 audiophiles attended Powell River’s possibly first-ever Listening Party at Strikers Pub/Westview Bowling and Billiards last night, where 5 short audio documentaries were played, two of which had never aired on CJMP. The docs were produced through a CRFC Radiometres grant received by CJMP in 2016. All five producers [Janet May, Zoë Ludski, Ionanthan Waisgluss (Ioni Wais), Sandra Lopez, and Giovanni Spezzacatena (rabideye)] were in attendance at the event that was held with the financial support from a grant awarded by The Powell River Council for Arts, Culture and Heritage.

The surprisingly intimate gathering (seeing as it was held in a bowling alley) listened attentively, some with eyes shut, while the short documentaries played. The audience did not hold back on reactions to the material, providing a new an interesting way to deliver audio docs: in a live setting and with the producers present. A brief q&a period followed, where some audience members pointed out how inspired they were by the unique the multi-faceted docs, two of which prominently featured the T’a’amin Nation, and all of which really got to a very specific sense of “place”.

Many kudos to former CJMP News Director Carrie Swiggum who planned the event, acted as emcee, and who provided direction and assistance in the production of the docs.

This event also marked the close of the Radiometres grant period, that helped fund three part-time staff members [Carrie Swiggum (News Director), Mel Edgar (Station Manager) for 20 hours per week and Giovanni Spezzacatena (Community Engagement/Producer) for 8 hours per week], who were also joined in the summer of 2016 by intern Ioni Wais at 20 hours per week. The grant helped produce 7 months of weekly 1-hour CJMP News programs, two major fundraisers (Top the Tower and the Fall Membership Drive), CJMP presence at loads of public events (Canada Day, The 2016 People’s Prom, Movie Under the Stars, Blackberry Fest, and many more), community engagement via these events, monthly e-newsletters, maintaining of the CJMP events calendar, the production of a dozen PSAs for community organizations as well as internal promos and graphics, a serious uptick in new programming with 7 new programs, and the documentaries screened on February 24th.

This good work would not have been possible without the dedication, hard work and attention paid by the volunteer board that operates CJMP, the Board of Directors of The Powell River Community Radio Society.

To listen to the audio documentaries produced, visit http://cjmp.ca/radiometers-2016-radio-documentaries/ for links.


CJMP Went National on Groundwire

CJMP hosted Groundwire News – “community news from coast to coast”
on January 30, 2017 (CLICK here to listen to the recording online!)
Groundwire News airs on over 30 community radio stations across the country
Hosted by Nola Poirier, Carrie Swiggum Roger Thorn
Local reports from Courtney Harrop, Zoe Ludski, Carrie Swiggum
Featured music: Shallow Waters – Ta’kaiya Blaney

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