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 https://cjmp.ca/radiometers-2016-radio-documentaries/ for links.
Spring has sprung in Powell River and with that comes the Spring edition of On Your Dial, with news from your favourite radio station.
- Map of proposed signal expansion
- “Love your non-profit” contest guidelines- the winning non-profit would receive $500!
- Invitation to SPACE PROM: the 5th Annual CJMP People’s Prom (April 4)
Here are some excerpts from the newsletter…
“When I first became involved with CJMP as technical director (then president!), it was most certainly a ‘community’ thing – a neighbour asked me if I wouldn’t mind lending a hand. I had a problem with community radio at the time— namely, I couldn’t hear it. Naturally, that’s where I started, and we’ve come a long way. Featured in the CJMP Historical Museum (my living room) is the truck-hood-mount CB radio antenna that was retired when we did the first of our antenna upgrades. While it’s an ongoing project (stay tuned for some exciting news on this front!), it was a great success for one of our more obvious goals – let the people listen. Now, every time I hear someone mentioning tuning in from home, or from work, or when waiting long periods of time for a ferry, it makes me realize we’re also doing well in another sense – making people WANT to listen. So thank you, listeners, for our success. If you keep on tuning in and loving community radio, we’ll keep making it better and giving you even more reasons to want to turn your radio on.
project (stay tuned for some exciting news on this front!), it was a great success for one of our more obvious goals – let the people listen. Now, every time I hear someone mentioning tuning in from home, or from work, or when waiting long periods of time for a ferry, it makes me realize we’re also doing well in another sense – making people WANT to listen. So thank you, listeners, for our success. If you keep on tuning in and loving community radio, we’ll keep making it better and giving you even more reasons to want to turn your radio on. me realize we’re also doing well in another sense – making people WANT to listen. So thank you, listeners, for showing your support and sharing in our success. If you keep on tuning in and loving community radio, we’ll keep making it better and giving you even more reasons to want to turn your radio on.”
-Jason Leane, President, Powell River Community Radio Society
The last year has been an amazing journey at CJMP as more members, volunteers and programmers have joined together to grow the station.
In 2014 we surpassed our goals and gained 84 new members. Wow!
We’ve also got new shows on the airwaves and more slated to begin in the next few months.
Funding from a 2014 Radiometres grant gave us a few paid positions, including a First Nations Language/Content coordinator. The grant also created partnerships with Cortes Island (CKTZ) and Salmon Arm (CKVS), which has allowed us to share broadcasting and learn from each other. This year, we’ve applied for another Radiometres grant, that would increase our number of part-time paid positions and maintain the two radio partnerships we’ve already made.
As a result of a recent online survey we have a better idea of what our listeners want to hear.
You told us you valued local political coverage during and after the latest municipal elections, as well as our live music DJs and First Nations content.
Involving more seniors and youth at the station and increasing the range of diverse voices on the airwaves are goals we’re working toward, along with moving our studio to a more accessible location.
We’re always looking for ideas, time and resources. Let us know if you can help!
Email email@example.com, call 604-485-0088, or stop by.
Do you LOVE CJMP?
“Love Your Non-Profit” contest, sponsored by Powell River Living invites you to write a 500-word story on why your favourite non-profit is the most deserving in Powell River.
The winning non-profit will receive $500 plus a full-page ad in Powell River Living.
Send your story to firstname.lastname@example.org before March 31, 2015
Survey winners announced!
- Janet Southcott – $125 in PR dollars
- Coco Hess – $75 in PR dollars
- Charline Ketchum – 4 PR Kings Tickets
It takes a lot of support from many different avenues to establish a successful non-profit community radio station.
One person who’s worked behind the scenes is Terry Joyce. Terry set up our podcasting system as well as our stream and audio logging. He’d been paying for and supporting our Streaming Server and Podcast Storage out of his own pocket for the last couple of years at least.
Partnerships with the community have also boosted our strength. Thank you to: Townsite Brewery, Magpie’s Diner, Bruce Finlay and Career Link.
Also thanks to Carol Stanley for recently donating a laptop computer!
In January, Laura Berezan conducted a 3-day workshop on non-profit board development that helped us take a closer look at our organization so that we could move into the future with fewer growing pains.
What we’re planning…
Soon, our modest 5 watt signal strength will grow by leaps and bounds.
The picture to the right shows our current signal with spotty coverage, especially around Cranberry and south of Powell River.
The map below shows what our signal would look like if we moved our tower from where it currently stands above CJMP and the bowling alley, to the top of Gallagher Hill.
Total cost of the tower relocation is $12,000. We’ve applied for grants to cover the majority of the cost, but will look to donations for the remaining $500.
With your support, you can help us get there.
The expanded coverage would include parts of Courtenay as well as Cumberland and Lund.
We’re hoping to have the tower in place by June 2015!
- Dark Red: Excellent signal
- Light Red: Strong Signal
- Grey: Weak but listenable
CHECK OUT OUR SHOWS!
Every day of the week we feature live and original programming from our CJMP studio. Listen from your radio or online at cjmp.ca. Many shows are podcasted and archived too so there’s lots of ways to listen!
In this issue we’re highlighting our Friday Live line-up of local DJs. Starting at Noon, we host a live simulcast from CJSF (SFU) with Wild Salmon Warrior Radio. At 1pm, 1000 Tiny Magnets takes you on a funk-filled, dance and electronic musical odyssey. Next up at 3pm David hosts the Unending Subtleties of Powell River for two hours of all things psychedelic. Every Day is Like Sunday with Bad Karen tunes into great music and upcoming events “in the coastal town they forgot to shut down” (5pm-7pm). Cowbell Radio at 7pm by DJ Kamandi mixes modern dance and indie music, with the occasional rap song and on-air haircuts. And holding it all together is the THE POW!TOWN GET DOWN from 8pm-10pm by DJ Triple Dub, spinning Dub and Reggae and Dancehall sounds that get people on their feet. At 10pm The Stunt Man’s Radio Show broadcasts from Vancouver and sends funk and hip-hop over the airwaves with the occasional guest.
Giovanni aka Rabideye
Show: 1000 Tiny Magnets
When: Fridays 1pm – 3pm (rebroadcast Saturday nights)
Describe your show: Free-form dance music. Favourite things about Powell River: The view, the sounds, the people, the radio. Not necessarily in that order. What do you like about community radio? It’s a local, successful cooperative effort; not an easy thing to pull off anywhere, let alone in a small community! What else gets you out of bed? My painting and media work, my veggie garden, to see what the ocean and sky look like. Current favourite song/artist? Basement Jaxx (Junto) and Brit DJ Duke Dumont Explain the name of your show: the “1000 magnet” aspect comes from an ad in ‘70s comic books. Magnets = nerdy science + magic + a part of radio technology.
Show: It’s Go Time!
When: Thursdays 10pm -11pm
Describe your show: A high-energy, high-impact show filled to the brim with punk, hardcore, metal indie rock and more.
Favourite thing about Powell River: The ever-growing music scene and the optimism of the people living in our beautiful location. What about community radio? I like that they let me play whatever I want and give me the freedom to do my show, my way. What else gets you out of bed? Pure adrenaline fuelled through amazing music, amazing food, and even more amazing people.
Fav song/artist? That’s like asking me who my favourite child is: not going to happen. Some mainstays: Fugazi, Hot Water Music, Slayer, Converge, Propaghandi…
Spirit animal? A chupacabra. Look it up and get stoked.