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AWARDS: Apply now!

Since 1993, the NCRA/ANREC Awards have honoured the amazing programming, people, and activities of our sector and continue to reflect the range and diversity of campus and community radio across Canada.

Each year, recipients receive national recognition (and unique trophies) at the NCRA/ANREC Awards Gala, held during the annual National Campus and Community Radio Conference. This year's deadline is TODAY, Friday May 9th! (Or rather, sometime before we check our email the morning of Monday, May 12th 2013.)

Application forms can be downloaded in French and English here (zipped files) or found under Entry Forms. The application guidelines can aso be found in the zipped files or under Awards Guide.

To apply, send your entries to awards AT ncra DOT ca. For full details about the categories, go here. Good luck to all the applicants!

NOW HIRING: Summer Regulatory Support Guide Editor

We are looking for a student to edit, re-structure and create new content for a bilingual Regulatory Support Guide that details CRTC and Industry Canada regulations and legislation relevant to the campus and community radio sector as well as best practices for stations to get and stay compliant. The extended deadline for applications is Monday, May 12th. You can find the full job posting here

Funded by the Young Canada Works program, this year's work will build on the previous version of this guide, created by David Meffe, who was a Carleton journalism student also funded by Young Canada Works. Since that guide was created in the summer of 2011, we have distributed hundreds of copies to c/c radio stations in print editions and online.

NOW HIRING: Friends of Community Radio Support Coordinator

In an effort to increase the NCRA/ANREC's financial sustainability, and to create a way for people who want to support strong community radio in Canada to help us in our work, we are hiring someone to help develop and launch our monthly donor giving program, Friends of Community Radio.

The Friends of Community Radio Support Coordinator will work with the Executive Director to produce written and audio materials to promote the work of the NCRA/ANREC to potential donors, build a database of potential donors, help design the details of the giving program, and contact potential donors to become Friends of Community Radio.

The ideal candidate is enthusiastic, flexible, self-motivated, and has a background (or a strong interest) in both campus and community radio and fundraising. This job is funded through the government of Ontario’s Youth Employment Fund program. Application deadline is Friday, April 11th.

TODAY: Homelessness Marathon!

Today is the 12th annual Homelessness Marathon, hosted live on CJSR-FM from the streets of Edmonton, AB with additional hosting and content from 18 other campus and community radio stations across Canada.

This year it runs from 5pm MT on Wednesday, February 26th until 7am MT on Thursday, February 27th. The complete broadcast schedule is here.  Listen live here.

First started in Canada by CKUT-FM in Montreal,  the Homelessness Marathon is an annual live national radio broadcast about homelessness, housing issues and poverty. The marathon is a unique radio event that makes space for the voices of people affected by homelessness on the airwaves and is heard on over 30 campus and community radio stations across the country.

To hear archives from previous marathons, visit

Happy World Radio Day!

On November 3, 2011, the 36th General Conference of UNESCO approved the creation of the World Day of Radio, to be celebrated on February 13th of each year.

This year, there's a special focus on the role of women in radio. Check out this great infographic about women's role in radio around the world. (Also, this is the 10th anniversary of the NCRA's report and toolkit on women in campus and community radio in Canada: Women's Hands and Voices!)

UNESCO states: "World Radio Day seeks to raise awareness about the importance of radio, facilitate access to information through radio and enhance networking among broadcasters.

Radio has to be recognized as a low cost medium, specifically suited to reach remote communities and vulnerable people: the illiterate, the disabled, women, youth and the poor, while offering a platform to intervene in the public debate, irrespective of people’s educational level.

However, it is said that up to a billion people still do not have access to radio today." For more information, click on the title of this post or go to

Standing ovations and winning awards!

Two of the NCRA's Resonating Reconciliation documentaries are making news.

The Powell River Peak in Powell River, BC just did a story about their local station CJMP-FM's doc as part of the Resonating Reconciliation project.

And Janet Rogers, host of Native Waves at CFUV-FM in Victoria, BC won an ImagineNATIVE award for her Resonating Reconciliation doc last October.

The project uses community radio as a tool to help all Canadians address the ongoing legacy of Indian Residential Schools. It is funded by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and administed by Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada. 

Congrats to CJMP-FM and CFUV-FM and all the stations who have done such amazing work on their docs!

Listen to all the docs that have been produced so far, with more to come!

Pic: Radio documentary producers Shelby George [left] and Devin Pielle released "We Are Still Here" last month. The documentary tells elders’ stories of life in Canada’s residential schools. Credit: Chris Bolster, Powell River Peak

Annual Returns: compliance is delicious!

This year, all 74 NCRA members that were required to submit an Annual Return to the Canadian Radio-television Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) did so on time!

We believe this reaches beyond stations filling out forms and instead shows our members' larger commitment to regulatory compliance and the responsibilities all broadcasters have in using the public airwaves.

Annual Returns track financial information, alcohol advertising and, for campus and community radio stations, the number of volunteers and volunteer hours worked in the past year, among other things. The data from the Annual Returns are compiled in the CRTC's Communications Monitoring Report on Canadian broadcasting.

Congrats to our members for this work and for all the work behind the forms that they do all year! 

Pic: Membership Coordinator Kari Benninghaus brought in this lovely "We did it!" tart to celebrate. 

Funding: Resonating Reconciliation documentary

The NCRA has funding available for 10 interested campus and community radio stations to recruit and train a local Indigenous producer or producers to make a documentary about the legacy of Indian Residential Schools in YOUR community.

The work is part of our "Resonating Reconciliation" project, funded by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and administered by the department of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada.

Based on advice from the project's Advisory Committee of inter-generational Indian Residential School survivors, this last round of applications is open to *any* Canadian campus and community radio station, whether it's broadcasting on the AM or FM dial or online-only, as long as the station is currently broadcasting at least 10 hours a week and is not-for-profit and volunteer-driven.

We are particularly interested in reaching out to Indigenous community radio stations and NCRA member stations who have not yet participated.

For more information and to download the application form, click on the title of this post. And listen to previously-produced docs.

Red Jam Slam - Ottawa!

Friday, November 8th is Aboriginal Veterans Day. It's also the day of the Ottawa Red Jam Slam, an event that brings Aboriginal artists together to address the history and legacy of Indian Residential Schools for all Canadians.

The event is from 10am-9:30pm and includes a panel of inter-generational survivors, musical performances, spoken word and poetry performances, comedy, an open mic and an open jam for people to get involved, drumming to honour veterans, films, a b-boy workshop and a harvest lunch with stew and bannock.

It's being held at 300 Des Peres Blancs Ave. at the Richelieu-Vanier Community Centre and will have a live broadcast on CHUO 89.1FM from 12pm-2pm.

For more details about Red Jam Slams, go here. For more details about the Resonating Reconciliation project, which uses community radio to help all Canadians address the legacy of Indian Residential School, go here

Project support: Welcome to Will!

For the next nine weeks, Will Lafrance is our new Project Support Coordinator!

Funded through the Aboriginal Pathways to Employment program, he will be coordinating Public Service Announcements for the Resonating Reconciliation project, helping organize the upcoming Ottawa Red Jam Slam, and working to support the Ontario Independent Music Archive, particularly in collecting more Aboriginal music.

Will grew up on the small Mohawk reservation Akwesasne, listening to the local community radio station CKON-FM, and realized just how much of an impact it can have.

He recently finished his studies in Theatre Arts at Algonquin College and is a part-time actor and a full-time lover of fun. Will specializes in community outreach and program coordination and is excited to start working on and learning more about the Resonating Reconciliation project -- that chapter in Canadian history has always intrigued him.

Welcome to Will! For his full bio, click on the title of this post.