New Beginnings

New Beginnings

Old and new friends meeting around food and gifts and radio. What could be better?

Old and new friends meeting around food and gifts and radio. What could be better?

Today marks CJMP’s first milestone date: It’s been exactly three months since the new board of directors was elected on October 15, 2010. The Board of Directors of Powell River Community Radio Society (PRCRS) shortly thereafter set three major goals:

To raise $3,000 by Jan 15, 2011
To gain 100 members
To have at least one live show on CJMP
Just three short months ago, with several months back rent left unpaid, and with a station newly off-air right after the last Annual General Meeting, these were lofty goals. But ‘sometimes the sun goes ’round the moon’, and strange (but good!) things do happen.

For the first time ever, CJMP now has several rings of hard-core radio supporters supplying the station with much-needed energy. Community radio starts with community, after all. This all made last night’s announcements — that together, we’d raised over $4,200 by the deadline, gained 114 new members, and had our first LIVE program last night at 7PM (thanks to dubcomandante and MC Cinnamon Bun)— all the sweeter. Close to half of these funds came from three fundraising shows largely organized by individuals!

Our gathering of forty people from ages four months to whatever, started with a pot-luck buffet and chat-a-thon with a special kids play area (thanks to Anna Strumecki and Caitlin Bryant and many elf-like pre-teen volunteers for making this happen). The Misfit Gift table bubbled with activity as well.

Introductions followed, with reports from the board of directors of the Powell River Community Radio Society, and by the five hard-working team leaders representing the Technical (Jacob Krauss), Programming (Jennye Vishek), Policies (Janet May), POM-POM (Promo-Outreach-Membership’s Meghan Hildebrand), and Fundraising (Murray Dobbin) teams. Attendees were asked to sign up for the teams’ mailing lists and to attend the fascinating (really!) meetings as they can. The CJMP calendar lists the meeting times and dates, and the team meeting minutes are all online.

Of course, new goals were set:

2-300x217Increasing the Sustaining and recurring monthly donations to at least $350/mo (right now we have only $60 recurring) to help pay the rent, asap (see here for recurring monthly PayPal options; see #3 here: http://old.cjmp.ca/support-us/)
Getting Internet and phone into the studio, plus live online streaming asap
Jump-starting the Fundraising Committee with some serious grant-writing asap
Getting some Public Service Announcements (PSA’s) and Station ID’s recorded and out there asap
Sponsor-search 2011 is ON. Policies soon in place for getting selective sponsors and advertisers. Make contact with your community businesses that are open to supporting community radio and ‘put a bug in their ear’
Getting a Schedule out and printed by mid-February, 2011
Getting a Policy manual in place by mid-March, 2011
Gaining 200 more new members by July 1st, 2011
Having 12 new live programs up and running by July 1, 2011
In the meantime, other super-exciting projects are going on, such as:

7-300x282A call for poster submissions from members and friends (http://old.cjmp.ca/2011/01/02/visualize-radio/);
A “People’s Prom” event on February 12 that will serve as a party and our next Public Gathering (location TBA);
A slew of programs coming up from Reggae to Latin to Spoken Word to Heavy Metal to Experimental music, and beyond… and
PRCRS’s Chair for the night, Aron Strumecki and Rob Hughes also announced the new Skills Link program that Career Link is running to provide paid radio training to youth 15-30 who fit the specs, called Radio Gaga, through CJMP.
Saving the best for last:
Above all, thanks to the volunteers and donors who gave and continue to give freely of their time, talents, expertise, materials, equipment, ideas and (even) hard-earned cash! It’s all necessary and it’s all greatly appreciated.

-Giovanni Spezzacatena (aka rabideye)

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Getting Up to Speed with CJMP

Getting Up to Speed with CJMP

cjmpScheduleProgressMembers of the Powell River Community Radio Society have hit the ground running, as team meetings started this week! The Programming and newly named POM-POM (formerly Promotions-Outreach-Membership) teams met separately to plan, plot and devise next steps. The other teams will be meeting this week. The PRCRS board also met and is preparing for the big Public Gathering at the Community Resource Centre (4752 Joyce Ave) on Friday, January 14th at 5:30 PM sharp. Lots of news and special announcements on our membership and fundraising goals (our funding and membership drive deadline is Jan 15, 2011), and even more exciting news from our teams and hopefully from YOU, too. Everyone is welcome to attend. Memberships will be available ($10) and donations very graciously accepted.

So… join us this coming Friday at 5:30PM for our special Public Gathering of like-minded radioheads PLUS enjoy our Finger Food Pot-Luck & Misfit Gift Swap. Here’s how it’ll go: To make this as fun as possible, think ahead: did you receive anything this year, last year… that you simply didn’t need or couldn’t use (but is still new)? Books? Kitchen implements? Clothes? Tools? Toys? Gadgets? Knick-knacks? Join us! Let’s make a little party out of it.

misfitCJMP2-300x231Bring in:

Some finger food ( e.g. cut veggies, chips, dips, guacamole, houmus, salad rolls, desserty treats, nothing too messy… and only if you can); PLUS
Something you got for Xmas or some other gift that you can’t/ won’t use, and re-gift it (only if you can). No packaging required. Anything goes (i.e. not “just toys”). It’s our way of freecycling in the new year.
Drop your gift(s) off at the door on your way in, and relax.
After the meeting, we’ll share some food and swap some gifts.
Remember.. you don’t need to bring gifts or food to attend.
The gathering is free and promises to be a fun time.
Families and kids welcome!
Any leftover gifts will be used for a springtime CJMP “Members’ Garage Sale” fundraiser!
If you have a CJMP poster or show idea to submit, bring it along!

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Visualize Radio!

Visualize Radio!

 CJMP wants your vision. Submit your visual art to our poster project! Click the image above to download our logo in various formats.

CJMP wants your vision. Submit your visual art to our poster project! Click the image above to download our logo in various formats.

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