Training and Streaming
Much like springtime’s bees-a-buzzin’, CJMP’s studio is coming to life with activity! This past weekend, the Radio Ga-Ga program (a Skills Link project run by Career Link and operated by Aron Strumecki and Rob Hughes, where eight youth are using the station to develop job skills) interviewed CBC’s Wire Tap’s Jonathan Goldstein and Howard Chackowicz who traveled from Montréal to Powell River for the PR Public Library’s final Whoop-di-Doo set. The piece is being edited and prepped for the project’s upcoming arts/news program ‘Roulette Radio’.
Excellence is an art won by training and habituation. We do not act rightly because we have virtue or excellence, but we rather have those because we have acted rightly. We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.
It’s part of CJMP’s mandate to develop new talent and provide training, support and access to the airwaves to community members. One way we do this is through providing free Public Service Announcements (PSAs), and by supporting volunteer community members in producing their own program. And now you can listen to what community radio sounds like from the trenches, live at 90.1 FM/ 89.1 Shaw Cable or via our online live streaming options on Mondays and Tuesdays from 11 am to 1 pm. Tune in to The Training Wheel for an eclectic and admittedly (and necessarily) random assortment of music interspersed with technical and stylistic tips as new DJs test the waves of community radio and have their radio voices heard, often for the very first time!
Developed by the CJMP Production Team’s Zoë Ludski, the program serves as a training ground and launch pad for upcoming DJs whose programs have been submitted for review and accepted by the Programming Team (apply for a program by clicking here).
The volunteer-run support structures also extend to the promotion of programs through audio promotions (ads for programs) and through printed material. DJs are also encouraged to develop community ties through obtaining sponsors for their programs (click here if you are interested in sponsoring a specific program or the station as a whole).
Zoë Ludski will train you!
I happened to be one of the first trainees last week, as I am prepping for my program called Sunshine Yellow (a Saturday morning mix of ‘up’-music to clean your house by or to go for a run to), and it was a delight to finally learn how the technology we’ve been trying to streamline, is actually working.
Volunteer Zoë Ludski patiently and happily provides both technical instruction and general direction on how to develop a unique voice that will resonate with audiences, including aspects such as:
introducing yourself and your program’s name
repeating the station’s call letters and frequency
informing the public of the time and weather conditions
avoid repeating words that come up when nervous (e.g. “like”, “fabulous”, “interesting”), verbal ticks that are not often perceptible until you sit down and review what you actually said; we have a logging program that allows us to pick out your segment and take it home with you to scream over)
Speak to the audience in friendly tones and speak impossibly close to the mic, and if you’re with another DJ, don’t necessarily look at them when you’re talking to them (as this turns you face away from the microphone)
Wear headphones (bringing your own is best)
Carefully select songs that you can say something about, including the track’s title
How to fill out a written log of material played, and to keep an eye on keeping the CanCon (Canadian Content) up-up-up…
Zoë says “pretend you’re talking to your grandmother” to avoid using ‘inappropriate’ language and remember that listeners are listening in all kinds of environments and situations: at work, upon waking up, whilst driving, etc.
Remember that people are tuning in to your program (whether online anywhere on the planet with an Internet connection or off the radio) for a reason; they want to hear what you want to say and what you have to play: make it fun and throw in a few things to make them think, too
And finally, keep it local and relevant.
The Training Wheel is just one of the many, many indicators that CJMP is vital to providing an alternative to commercial radio– radio that can be challenging at times, but so rewarding for everyone concerned. Please consider becoming a sustaining member of CJMP.