Community Radio Fund Of Canada Awarded $50,000 For Deep Roots Initiative

Cortes Island (October 9, 2017) – Cortes Community Radio, 89.5 FM, is pleased to announce that the Community Radio Fund of Canada awarded the station $50,000 for the continuation and expansion of “The Deep Roots Initiative”. These funds were made available through the Radiometres program. This year’s project will invite producers to bring in stories similar to those done under Deep Roots last year, i.e. contemporary environmental issues informed by traditional knowledge and legend. However these stories will be “snapshot” segments rather than full length narratives. Two or more brief stories on a related topic will build the more complete images we wish to convey. A specific liaison position has been created with Klahoose FN to air stories originating in traditional culture and contemporary issues.  “The Deep Roots initiative enables local producers to work under the tutelage of veteran broadcasters, with decades of collective experience with some of our nation’s top radio stations. They are also brought into close contact with Klahoose FN elders. This experience will enable CKTZ’s producers to hone their skills to a degree that would not have been possible, were it not for the generosity of the CRFC,” says Roy L Hales, President, Cortes Community Radio. The CRFC is a national not-for-profit organisation whose mission is to build and improve the campus and community radio sector for all Canadians. Through the Radiometres program, which is currently the cornerstone of their funding, the CRFC just announced that they will invest close to 1.5 million dollars in our sector in order to enrich local programming as well as to promote volunteerism and community participation. Within five years, the...

Vinho do Porto

Susana was born in Porto, Portugal. After a strong career in sales as a commercial director, she founded and ran a flourishing vegetarian and macrobiotic restaurant that evolved to feed the body, mind and soul as a spiritual center for holistic healing. Susana Vijaya (Podcast to come)  In 2008 she decided it was time for a change. She sold her business and began the trip of a lifetime. With a nearly empty backpack and full of curiosity, she began her quest to discover and learn from intentional and spiritual communities operating on principles of permaculture in Brazil. In 2011, she went to the United States, bought a motor-home and traveled throughout Central and North America. In the summer of 2012, she arrived in British Columbia and after visiting several places in this amazing province, she found Cortes Island and her heart told her that it was one of her places to call home in this world. Since then, she live half the year on Cortes island. Vinho do Porto show Susana has a passion for music since she can remember. Her grandmother was always listening to Fado and she was always surrounded by musicians and Djs that opened her taste to a lot of different genres. Coming to Cortes island, she started to perform at the CKTZ LipSyncs and realized how much she loves to share her culture and how much Cortesians love to receive it. So she decided to have her own radio show, where she can share all her Portuguese music background, being that from Portugal, from the ex Portuguese colonies or Brazil. Vinho do Porto show has...

Calling Story Tellers; Creative Writers; Wordsmiths

Are you interested in creating interesting, engaging radio stories based on themes provided by Klahoose? Cortes Radio~ Deep Roots needs your skill, talent, and energy! Deep Roots is both a continuation and expansion project of The Deep Roots Initiative begun in 2016. We are excited to have successfully won attention [and funding] for another year of original radio programs. Deep Roots is a collaboration project between CKTZ and Klahoose First Nation. This year’s project: short stories [max 15 min.] originating from Klahoose. We Provide: - story themes (from Klahoose) - training, coaching and support throughout the process - equipment and technical support - honorarium payment for completed programs You: - bring your creative brilliance and storytelling skills to produce short radio stories (up to 15 min) - ability to collaborate with production team and assigned producer - willingness to learn and apply new radio production skills - agree to commit to all training sessions (3 or more sessions) and coaching We especially encourage youth writers 16-30 and First Nations voices to apply. Let us know if you are inspired to join Cortes Radio on this journey! Please apply by email to: cortesradio@gmail.ca We will respond to those selected with an invitation. Looking forward, Deep Roots Steering Committee, Cortes...

Doug Butt Left Allegro

  After six years and a half years of entering our homes every Sunday at 3:00, that distinguished sounding voice that introduced many CKTZ listeners to classical music is going away. Doug Butt left Allegro. (There is more detail in the podcast above) Doug Butt Left Allegro He explained, “I’m 85, that’s one reason and there is a time when one stops this sort of thing. I believe, as a matter of principle, that any sort of volunteer work should be rotated. Somebody should take over and do it his or her way, instead of just me having on. And the last few weeks the last few weeks, I have been excited about it … [Producing Allegro] has been a chore. When I go in, as of late, the routine is to push the buttons and get started. I needed to come home and listen to some of the long and loud pieces that I can’t really play on the program … Before that, I was just listening to the shorter pieces that I was going to play: auditioning them so to speak; and trying to balance them with chamber music and vocal and full orchestral music - to try to have a balanced program, which I always did.” Before Cortes The man we all know as the voice of classical music on CKTZ is a former consulting actuary, who resided in Majorca for around 26 years. He occasionally returned to Toronto to work. Doug also once bought and operated a hotel in England, which was successful in every way but monetary. He and his wife moved to Cortes...

New Sponsor Messages On Cortes Community Radio

Recorded Sponsor Messages Listeners note, we now have recorded sponsor messages to acknowledge the essential support we receive from local businesses. The brief messages are always preceded by a ships bell, music and sound effects. Community radio is non-commercial- it has no advertising-.  That’s one reason we listen. But Cortes Radio also relies on listener and sponsor financial support to stay on air. We can get grants for special projects, but we still must raise funds to pay the bills. It’s all done by volunteers folks! Cortes Radio has several long-term, loyal sponsors who have been sponsoring individual shows. These are acknowledged by the DJ on air, and that will continue. But our new sponsorship program invites businesses to sponsor not just a show, but the station. All current sponsors now will receive a unique acknowledgement message played at least twice a week during daytime hours. It’s not advertising: it’s a grateful thanks from all of us at Cortes Radio! Our First Five Messages Our first five sponsor messages were produced for Harbour Authority Cortes Island (HACI), Marine Dental Clinic- Cortes Island, Ocean Pacific Marine Supply & Boatyard, Squirrel Cove General Store and Twincomm. Sample podcasts of these messages appear below: Harbour Authority Cortes Island by Andy Vine | Sponsorship Messages http://cortesradio.ca/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/Harbour-Authority-Lella.mp3 Marine Dental Clinic - Cortes Island by Andy Vine | Sponsorship Messages http://cortesradio.ca/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/Marine-Dental-Colin.mp3 Ocean Pacific Marine & Boatyard by Andy Vine | Sponsorship Messages http://cortesradio.ca/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/Ocean-Pacific-Colin.mp3 Squirrel Cove General Store by Andy Vine | Sponsorship Messages http://cortesradio.ca/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/Squirrel-Cove-Lella.mp3 Twincomm by Andy Vine | Sponsorship Messages http://cortesradio.ca/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/Twincomm-Colin.mp3 To Become A Sponsor As we build our sponsorship base, we build a regular...

CKTZ Signs MOU With Strathcona Regional District

Cortes Island, August 29, 2017 - Cortes Community Radio CKTZ signs MOU with Strathcona Regional District, stating its willingness to provide temporary usage of the station during  emergencies. “This memorial of understanding is a significant milestone in our relationship with the Strathcona Regional District (SRD), and is fully aligned with the purposes laid down by Cortes Community Radio’s founders. Article 2.g of our constitution  states that one of the station’s purposes is “to establish an ongoing community radio station that can broadcast important information to the community in cooperation with emergency services,” said Roy L Hales, President of Cortes Community Radio. The MOU With Strathcona Regional District The ability to disseminate information to the public during an emergency is a crucial pillar of emergency response. This memorandum of understanding will allow the Strathcona Regional District’s Emergency Operations Centre to pass valuable, confirmed messages directly to Cortes Community Radio. In the event regular communications become disrupted, the SRD has supplied Cortes Island with two radio kits and a satellite telephone in order enhance the degree of redundancy that is built into our ability to communicate tactical emergency information. According to the Purpose statement of this MOU: ”  … The purpose of this Memorandum of Understanding is to confirm the willingness of the Cortes Island Community Radio Station CKTZ to provide temporary emergency use of its broadcasting station so we may establish a direct link between the Information Officer in the Strathcona Regional District’s Emergency Operation Centre [SEP] and CKTZ personnel. This way the SRD’s EOC can disseminate first-hand information to CKTZ and we can ensure the message being spread by...