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25 years on the FM dial! (And 55 years of campus radio....)

On October 17th, 1955, the Calgary branch of the University of Alberta ran a 15-minute program called Varsity Vista on CFAC radio. Five years later, a campus radio club was founded. By 1972 an AM and cable broadcast had been added and the station was on-air 24 hours a day.

Then on January 15 1985, CJSW-FM in Calgary started broadcasting with the Talking Heads song "Once in a lifetime".

To celebrate their 25 years on the FM dial, the station is kicking off a year-round celebration. And the good times start this weekend....on Saturday, January 23 CJSW has invited some of the most beloved Calgary bands of the past and present, including Agnostic Mountain Gospel Choir, Tinderbox and Chad VanGaalen, to perform for the city's music fans.

Congratulations to CJSW-FM (who also recently moved into beautiful new studio and office space). Here's to another 25 years!

For more information, click on the title of this post or go to

CRTC review of campus and community radio policy

This week, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) is holding the public hearing on the policy that regulates most community radio stations. The last such review was in 1999.


This year the NCRA submitted recommendations in conjunction with our colleagues at l'Association des radios communautaires (ARC) and l'Association des radiodiffuseurs communautaires du Quebec (ARC-Q).


We will be appearing on Monday, January 18th in Gatineau, Quebec and many NCRA members will also be presenting throughout the week.


The agenda is here:


To stream the proceedings, go to or for more information, click the title of this post.

Radio Laurier is celebrating it's (re)birthday....

Today, the web-based radio station at Wilfrid Laurier University re-launched!

Radio Laurier has existed in other forms before but joined Wilfrid Laurier University Student Publications (WLUSP), a student-run media organization in May of 2009 and began revamping its structure and programming to become a professional campus radio station.

Included on the new station is content drawn from NCRA members across the country, posted on our Program Exchange. Congratulations and good luck to Radio Laurier!

Eighth annual Homelessness Marathon from CKUT-FM

This year's Homelessness Marathon will broadcast live from the streets of Montreal, and several other locations across Canada, on Tuesday, February 23rd, starting at sunset and running all night long until sunrise on Wednesday, February 24th.

It will once again serve up 14 hours of people-powered radio, providing an opportunity for homeless people and their supporters to take to the airwaves, and allow a nationwide discussion on homelessness issues and possible solutions. Reaching out to every listener, the audio for the Homelessness Marathon is available for free to all non-commercial broadcasters via the Internet.

Last year, 40 stations carried the Homelessness Marathon. The participation of community radio stations from across Canada is vital for the Marathon to achieve its goals. For more information, click on the title of this post.

NCRA ads now live on DoGood

The NCRA and DoGood HQ are now working together to raise money, support initiatives and movements for social change, and put consumer power in the hands of your web browser - all at once! Simple, fast, and totally free, the DoGooder is a browser plug-in that turns your everyday web browsing into donations for green initiatives and movements for positive social change. The DoGooder is available for Firefox, Internet Explorer, and Safari on both PC and Mac. It brings new NCRA ads into the web browsers of users who have chosen to see them, and raises money for us and other causes. Please click on the title for the full article.

CICK-FM Smithers Radio: (Floating) On-air!

Last weekend CICK-FM in Smithers, BC broadcast live from that station for the first time. The new signal reaches all the way from the Telkwa landfill to the airport and beyond on 93.9 fm. They are currently testing the signal with a repeating playlist, but also testing out their new DJs. Programs and broadcast times are changing regularly, so check the schedule at Click on the title of this post for more information.

CKLN-FM "Voice of the Underground" is back!

Last night the CKLN Board of Directors decided to re-join the NCRA after a year's absence -- and we're pleased to have them. The station, which is on the Ryerson University campus in downtown Toronto, was licensed in 1983 and has long been recognized for its programming innovation and diversity. Over the years the station and its members have also made a significant contribution to NCRA projects. Here's to the future together! And for those of you who are counting: this bring the NCRA's regular membership up to 74....

Ups and Downs for Campus Radio funding

Effects of the recession only one factor in the challenge of sustaining community-based radio -- please click title for full article.

CKMS Exploring Options

SoundFM at the University of Waterloo, after an unsuccessful attempt to win back their student levy, is facing some changes. Click on the title of this post for more information.

New member!

CKOL-FM in Campbellford, ON started broadcasting on July 1, 1992 and is a 500 Watt powerhouse, with a repeater in Madoc. They have have community news broadcasts three times a day, a station van they use to broadcast live from special town council meetings and also just started play-by-plays of the two local hockey teams: the Norwood Vipers and the Campbellford Rebels. But one of their most popular programs is the daily memorial at 12:30, where they announce who has recently died in their community and honour their lives. Welcome to CKOL! For more information, click on the title of this post.