CKTZ’s Reach Extends Beyond Cortes Island

Thirteen years ago a tiny group of enthusiastic Cortes Islanders launched their own pirate radio station, sticking the antenna up a tree. Cortes Community Radio was still the expression of a remote island community, when the station received its license in 2011. Now CKTZ’s reach extends beyond Cortes Island. CKTZ’s reach extends beyond Cortes Island The station’s broadcast area includes Campbell River, Quadra Island, Lund, and the east coast of Vancouver Island as far south as the outskirts of Courtenay.  Listeners that visited the Cortes Radio website left a virtual snapshot of the larger whole. Around 7,250 people have come the website since Google Analytics was installed on January 19, 2017. Close to three quarters of the sessions are from “returning” rather than “new” visitors. This suggests that most of the web traffic comes from people with a connection to CKTZ, rather than internet searches. Only 26% were from “Campbell River,” which appears to include Quadra, Cortes and the surrounding islands. There are also significant numbers from Courtenay (16%), Powell River (4%), Nanaimo (1%) and Comox (1%). Though all but one of the radio society’s board currently reside on Cortes Island, most have connections to the station’s larger broadcast area. CKTZ’s Vice President, Barry Glickman, worked with the SRD to develop emergency communications resources through out the SRD including such places as Tahsis, Gold River, Zeballos, in addition to Campbell River. He and his wife Amanda helped set up the physical communication resources as well as develop the training programs for the region. They also laid the groundwork for CKTZ’s recent Memorandum Of Understanding with the Strathcona Regional District. Rochelle Baker,...

2017 Market Sales & Lipsyncs

The end of Cortes Community Radio’s fall sales season is approaching. How important is this? And What changes have transpired recently? A Q & A with station manager Howie Roman about 2017 Market Sales & Lipsyncs. Q/ How important are CKTZ’s market sales and Lip Syncs to the radio station? Howie: Like all non-profits we are eligible for some grants. Unfortunately, grants do not pay the operating expenses. This means that we must raise money to cover expenses like rent, hydro, telephone etc.In addition, we have a continuous need for new pieces of equipment. The Lip Syncs and Sales cover over half of our expenses.The Lip Syncs have become an island tradition, having done about 20.  One of the things Cortes Radio gets from the Lip Syncs and sales is that’s when we get to meet the listeners. Radio is a very isolated experience you sit in a room and talk or play music and than you leave; Almost no contact with the listeners.   Q/ Tell me about some of the new markets that CKTZ entered, or has expanded its presence in, this year. Where are they? And what is the significance of this activity?  Howie: Quadra Island has three times the population than Cortes and we’ve known for a long time that we probably had three times as many listeners over there. For the last two summers Cortes Radio has joined with Theatre Quadra in presenting a August Lip Sync. That one is starting to take as well, good size audience this year. This summer we’ve had a small group  of people doing markets and sales for us on...

September 2017 Cortes Island Emergency Planning Committee Meeting

The Strathcona Regional DIstrict Sent out the following news release about September’s Cortes Island Emergency Planning Committee Meeting: Cortes Island Emergency Planning Committee Meeting “Last month the Cortes Emergency Planning Committee met for its quarterly meeting at Manson’s firehall. Representatives from Family Services, the Cortes Island Fire Department, Cortes Island Emergency Support Services, Cortes Island Community Radio, the Strathcona Regional District, RCMP, BCEHS were in attendance. One decision made at this meeting was to promote awareness of this committee amongst Cortes Island. We decided that a brief summary of our meetings will be posted on Tidelines. Some of the key topics discussed at our last meeting were: ESS is expanding its outreach with community groups and tourism industries. Cortes Community Radio signed Memorandum of Understanding to broadcast public information on behalf of the SRD’s Emergency Operations Centre. Planning our next inter-agency tabletop exercise, which will likely be in February. Hosting the “Second Annual Cortes Island Chili Cook Off and Emergency Preparedness Fair” during late-September / early-October 2018. Establishing digital radio communications at Manson’s firehall and CKTZ in order to enhance communication ability with the SRD’s Emergency Operation Centre. Manson’s firehall is Cortes Island’s designated Emergency Operations Centre. If your organization would like to participate in this committee please reach out to Shaun Koopman at skoopman@srd.ca“ Cortes Island Evacuation Map - Courtesy Strathcona Regional District Click here to access the Strathcona Regional District’s Emergency Preparedness...

Calling Story Tellers; Creative Writers; Wordsmiths

(Cortes Island,Oct 2, 2017 ) - 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 https://cortesradio.ca/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/Harbour-Authority-Lella.mp3 Marine Dental Clinic - Cortes Island by Andy Vine | Sponsorship Messages https://cortesradio.ca/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/Marine-Dental-Colin.mp3 Ocean Pacific Marine & Boatyard by Andy Vine | Sponsorship Messages https://cortesradio.ca/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/Ocean-Pacific-Colin.mp3 Squirrel Cove General Store by Andy Vine | Sponsorship Messages https://cortesradio.ca/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/Squirrel-Cove-Lella.mp3 Twincomm by Andy Vine | Sponsorship Messages https://cortesradio.ca/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/Twincomm-Colin.mp3 To Become A Sponsor As we build our sponsorship base, we build a regular...