Wrapping up Radiometres

“Doc & Bowl”: Feb 24, 2017 Listening Party for CJMP at Westview Bowling and Billiards

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, ZoĂ« 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.


Order up an ‘Evergreen’ PSA (Public Service Announcement) for your Org! (FREE)


Community Engagement is a both a big part of Powell River Community Radio Society’s radio license, and also very much in line with our purposes and values. We invite community groups, whether or not incorporated, whose mandate is to provide services or to organize events for the benefit of the community, and which does not divide profits among shareholders or other interested parties to request an “evergreen” Public Service Announcements (PSAs), produced free of charge.

“Evergreen PSAs” are non-changing and not for specific events, but for the organization, generally (i.e. there is no start or end date when the PSA must be removed). Only 1 free PSA (15 or 30 seconds long) may be produced by CJMP. Note that  there are accompanying fees only if changes are ever required to the evergreen PSA. You can always ask that a PSA be removed, free of charge.

“But I just want to advertise an even my group is holding!” Great! Then visit our event submission page (yes, that is free too).

Fill in the form here to get the process started toward your FREE 15 second or 30 second evergreen Public Service Announcement (PSA) to promote your organization. Want US to write your “evergreen” PSA script? Sure! Just email events@cjmp.ca


Get your FREE “Evergreen” PSA

Get your FREE “Evergreen” PSA

The Powell River Community Radio Society (PRCRS), a local volunteer-run non-profit organization operating CJMP 90.1FM since 2010. As a community media organization, we primarily engage listeners both on the radio and online at where we live-stream 24/7 to a world-wide audience. We are working hard to further improve our programming with new shows like CJMP News (Fridays Noon-1PM), and to expanding our signal’s reach (our on-going ‘Top the Tower’ campaign at https://cjmp.ca/15k), while increasing our memberships and sponsorships, as we seek to attain financial sustainability.

We were recently awarded grants that have allowed us to hire a few part-time employees, and as such are in the position right now to offer local community/non-profit organizations a free ‘evergreen’ (unchanging) pre-recorded Public Service Announcements of 15 to 30 seconds in length. All you need to do is come up with a message related to your organization that you want to share to the public, and we will record your message with (or for) you.

There are tips, a sample and an easy form to fill out at https://cjmp.ca/psa that will get the wheels turning. Please also feel free to share any time-sensitive community event with me as well by emailing events@cjmp.ca or filling out the handy event form (that will ensure you have the information we need) at https://cjmp.ca/submit.

Our programming and basic operations being volunteer-based, we rely heavily on community support, and we also give back so much to the community. CJMP Powell River Community Radio has something for everyone, as you can see from our program schedule (https://cjmp.ca/schedule), and offers our local audience the chance to voice opinions and to broadcast to the listening public, that which is valuable to us, without relying on advertisements and ‘bottom-line’ mainstream appeal. We were created and maintain our CRTC licence as an alternative to mass media, after all.

CJMP encourages your community organization to engage with us first of all, as a listener, with the hope that you will see the value in supporting us as individual sustaining members for as little as $5 per month (https://cjmp.ca/sustain ), as organizational sponsors (at a sharp discount on business rates — see https://cjmp.ca/sponsor), and as content contributors, as a programmer on your own show, as a guest on other programs, or as a volunteer on any of the many tasks we need done.

Thank you, and hope to hear from you regarding the free PSA!

CJMP Community Engagement/Producer
CJMP 90.1 FM Powell River Community Radio
4476C Marine Ave. Powell River, BC V8A 2K2
604.485.0088 events@cjmp.ca