The Sounds of Silence

Ginny – CJMP’s never-one-to-complain assistant in all tower endeavors

By Don Mitchinson
As many have you have heard – or better put – not been able to hear, our aging transmitter had been showing the croak in its voice for the last two weeks, until it uttered its last words last week. The timing couldn’t have been much worse, as we were in the final stages of testing our new antenna on Gallagher Hill.

Even though we’re close, ooh so close, to finally getting a better signal, all you hear now is the silence of a turned off transmitter. It’s been a couple years work to get this far, so we’re hoping you stick with us for just a while longer.

The antenna has been mounted on Gallagher Hill. We’ve received official approval. And finally, a new transmitter is on its way. We are planning a celebration for this event whenever it happens. Stay tuned to Facebook and the website for updates – and when it does happen, let us know if it’s made a difference in your listening locations.

We hoped we’d beat the BC Ferries schedule with the new ferry running between Comox and Powell River, but it looks like they might just win that race by a hair.

Your patience and unending support is appreciated.
CJMP will be at the Newcomers Social at Dwight Hall tomorrow night (Tuesday May 16) from 6-9pm, so make a point of dropping by and seeing us. Ask about our new shows and our survival plans for the future. You can always volunteer to take a more active role in that lifeline support. We have had some amazing staff and continue to rely on the work of dedicated volunteers, especially in times like the year ahead of us, when we don’t have a grant to pay staff.

Because of the immense support we’ve received from the community (Cranberry Hall, Regional District, Community Forest), donations from the Top The Tower campaign, significant reductions in Telus fees, reduced installation charges from TriLinks communications, we have enough in our Tower Fund to cover the equipment and installation, as well as monthly tower rental charges for the next year.

Unfortunately the failed transmitter was not part of our budget. We have enough to pay for it by combining funds from our Contingency and Sponsorship Funds, but if you’d like to help out, we’d certainly accept donations or sustaining memberships with grateful thanks.

Transition Times

Transition Times

It’s definitely transitiony out there. Cool, crisp, bracing November winds and a (somewhat) new local government in Powell River. At CJMP, of course, we also have an almost entirely new board of directors who are starting to find their place in the organization, and getting to know the out-going board and other members of the current expanded board of seven members elected at the November 10th Annual General Meeting.

Transition requires a lot of information being shared, usually with some helpful context and technical tutorials. It’s all part of increasing our community’s capacity to run PRCRS and to produce quality independent media. The new board members will be occupying their roles shortly to include: President, Vice-President, Treasurer, Secretary, Operations Director, Communications Director and Volunteer Engagement Director.

In the meantime, members of Powell River Community Radio Society are encouraged to renew our membership and commitment to non-profit, eclectic and representative community radio for the 2011-2012 year. If you have a cream-coloured membership card* (as opposed to the new blue one), your membership has expired and we’d love for you to renew it! It’s an easy thing to do:

CJMP 90.1 fm Powell River Community Radio BC

CJMP 90.1 fm Powell River Community Radio BC

Just visit one of our vending organizations (CMG Printing, Ecossentials, Kingfisher Used Books, or Creative Rift- all on Marine Avenue in Powell River, BC) and Magpie’s Diner (Rodmay Hotel, in Townsite) or drop by/mail in/drop off your cheque including your name, address, and email address to our studio at: 4476-C Marine Avenue, Powell River BC V8A 2K2 — call first if you want to visit inside– 604-485-0088), or email for more information.

Memberships are only $10/year and they make a lovely Christmas gift (they even come with their own card designed by Meghan Hildebrand!). Buy a fab new CJMP t-shirt while you’re at it and make it a tidy CJMP bundle.

Of course, you may also buy your membership online by clicking here. Or become a sustaining member of CJMP, by using your credit card, debit card, or PayPal account to maintain your membership for as little as $5 per month. Sustaining members in good standing do not need to renew their memberships–ever!

Lots of fun is in the works, with our new POM-POM-FUN team’s planning and plotting some fantastic events that you can help out with; their next meeting is this Thursday Nov. 24th at A Step Above (Quality Foods) at 5:30PM. Drop by and see what the fuss is all about— I hear jingle bells a-ringin’.

* If you purchased your membership after June 30, 2011 and still have a cream-coloured card, you are a paid up member until (but not including) the PRCRS 2012 Annual General Meeting.