Please 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).
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 Member! Sustaining 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 show, volunteer 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 here; view 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
A dozen radioheads snugly learning about the craft of researching and producing radio documentary here at the Community Resource Centre on July 21, 2016. Presenters Claudia Medina, Carrie Swiggum and Ioni Wais did a great job covering everything from concept to post-production. Some of the topics covered were:
- Personal access to stories or topics; passion there and where the personal becomes public
- Storytelling craft (narrative arc and creating a ‘container’ for the audience to position themselves within a narrative)
- Audience considerations and the motivation of characters
- When to let your interviewees and materials collected lead you in different directions — and when not to let this happen
- Interview techniques
- Recording techniques and considerations (recording ambient sounds, wearing headphones while recording, eliminating external sound sources, etc.)
- Structure: leading with attention grabbers, and the need to have a clear initial ‘elevator speech’ topic or theme
- Pre-interviewing; not leading characters; avoiding ‘yes’/’no’ answers
- Embracing silence
- Letting interviewees know that it’s ok to have silence and that there will be editing involved
- Rule of 3’s: retell the central theme
- Sound editing essentials
and more, with samples too!
Stay tuned for more FREE audio workshops coming up soon.
In Real Life:
Elements of Documentary Story Production
Come learn the techniques of local award-winning documentary makers in this FREE workshop at the CRC.
Learn about what makes a good story and how to make it compelling.
Claudia Medina‘s work has been recognised by numerous awards from the Canada Council of the Arts, and she has worked alongside well-known directors and on projects for the National Film Board. Claudia is well versed in all aspects of documentary production including writing, producing and directing. She received her master’s degree in Visual Culture from the University of Barcelona.
Carrie Swiggum is a journalist and multimedia producer, and her writing, radio and video work has been published in both the U.S. and Canada. As an independent producer she recently won an award by the Society of Professional Journalists for a full-length radio documentary. She holds a masters in journalism from the University of British Columbia and is the News Director at CJMP
Ionatan Waisgluss (Ioni Wais) is a community animator living in Powel River, BC with a focus on Media, Nature and Interpretation. His wide range of interests and skills have resulted in countless collaborations with community organizations and institutions, as well as some neat solo projects, like his interpretive media hub Vegetation Station.