By Don Mitchinson
As many have you have heard – or better put – not been able to hear, our aging transmitter had been showing the croak in its voice for the last two weeks, until it uttered its last words last week. The timing couldn’t have been much worse, as we were in the final stages of testing our new antenna on Gallagher Hill.
Even though we’re close, ooh so close, to finally getting a better signal, all you hear now is the silence of a turned off transmitter. It’s been a couple years work to get this far, so we’re hoping you stick with us for just a while longer.
The antenna has been mounted on Gallagher Hill. We’ve received official approval. And finally, a new transmitter is on its way. We are planning a celebration for this event whenever it happens. Stay tuned to Facebook and the website for updates – and when it does happen, let us know if it’s made a difference in your listening locations.
We hoped we’d beat the BC Ferries schedule with the new ferry running between Comox and Powell River, but it looks like they might just win that race by a hair.
Your patience and unending support is appreciated.
CJMP will be at the Newcomers Social at Dwight Hall tomorrow night (Tuesday May 16) from 6-9pm, so make a point of dropping by and seeing us. Ask about our new shows and our survival plans for the future. You can always volunteer to take a more active role in that lifeline support. We have had some amazing staff and continue to rely on the work of dedicated volunteers, especially in times like the year ahead of us, when we don’t have a grant to pay staff.
CRUNCHING THE NUMBERS
Because of the immense support we’ve received from the community (Cranberry Hall, Regional District, Community Forest), donations from the Top The Tower campaign, significant reductions in Telus fees, reduced installation charges from TriLinks communications, we have enough in our Tower Fund to cover the equipment and installation, as well as monthly tower rental charges for the next year.
Unfortunately the failed transmitter was not part of our budget. We have enough to pay for it by combining funds from our Contingency and Sponsorship Funds, but if you’d like to help out, we’d certainly accept donations or sustaining memberships with grateful thanks.
sus·tain. səˈstān verb 1. strengthen or support physically or mentally. synonyms: comfort, help, assist, encourage, succor, support, give strength to, buoy up, carry, cheer up, hearten noun MUSIC 1. an effect or facility on a keyboard or electronic instrument whereby a note can be sustained after the key is released.
This November (or is it Yesvember?), Become a CJMP Sustaining Member!
CJMP and The Powell River Community Radio Society invite YOU to renew your support via a Sustaining Membership at the $10 per month rate; note that a sustaining membership can cover up to two members in the same household. Click here!
As a Sustaining Member, you can feel you are directly contributing to local independent non-profit media, and helping to maintain our programming like CJMP News and all our excellently diverse music and spoken word programs, PLUS you can help fund our proposed move to a newly wheelchair-accessible studio location, and of course help fund our broadcast tower move as well to help dramatically increase our reach to our whole region and beyond to Texada Is., Savary Is.,Lund, and Courtenay/Comox!
But this can only happen with the steady small stream of income that YOUR automatic monthly contribution can bring. For as little as a cup of coffee and a sandwich every month, you can show your L♥VE for community radio and enjoy the perks of membership.
Use PayPal, Credit or Debit cards or direct bank transfer via First Credit Union. It’s easy, and worry-free. Gift memberships are also available for this coming festive season. Just visit http://cjmp.ca/sustain for all the details or give us a shout at 604.485.0088
- Coming up…
The 2nd Annual Vinyl Flip Record Sale is on Saturday, Nov 5th @ Noon-4PM at CranHall; 50% of the $2 entry fee goes to CJMP– contact the organizers to have a table there asap. @vinylflip
- The Powell River Community Radio Society (operating CJMP) is holding its Annual General Meeting on Thursday, November 24th at 7PM at the Community Resource Centre. There are a few spots available on the board of directors, so if YOU are passionate about radio and have mad skills in the areas of community development, radio tech, computers, event organization, the arts and the like, why not run for election? Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.
Special thanks this month go out to Powell River’s First Credit Union and Insurance. Since becoming a station sponsor First Credit Union has helped CJMP raise almost $1500 for our Top the Tower Campaign.
CJMP was blown away by First Credit Union and Insurance generous spirit. Thank you First Credit Union for all you do from raising funds for us at your Jeans Day, donating proceeds from concession sales from this year’s Theatre Under the Stars to presenting us with a generously big cheque.
Special thanks also to volunteers from Powell River Women’s Punk Rock Choir who stomped out in force to help out at Theatre Under the Stars as well as Powell River Regional District manager of emergency services Ryan Thoms who helped us spread the word about CJMP’s emergency broadcast system.