CKTZ’s New Emergency Communications Network

Originally Published On the ECOreport Cortes Community radio’s new tower does not look impressive. It only rises thirty feet or so above the station, but CKTZ’s new emergency communications network is leading the way in Northern Vancouver Island. CKTZ’s New Emergency Communications Network If there is a major earthquake, or disaster of a similar scope, it will most likely take out the region’s electrical and telecommunication systems. Isolated settlements like Cortes could be virtually cut off from the rest of British Columbia for weeks. The packet VHF system and associated tower installed at CKTZ is part of an emergency communication system that will link us to the world. This system is already ready in parts of Southern Vancouver Island and being installed in the Lower Mainland. CKTZ has one of the first packet systems in Northern Vancouver Island and is the only packet system going into one of the region’s radio stations. The Key People Behind This This mornings interview is with Barry and Amanda Glickman, two of the three key people behind this project. Shaun Koopman, Protective Services Coordinator for the Strathcona Regional District, recently married and was not available for comment. The Glickmans are scientists, whose careers “led into disaster/emergency sort of things.” Barry’s background is genetics.  He studied nuclear accidents, and later HIV issues, in a number of countries. Amanda worked in environmental toxicology, investigating chemical based incidents. They met in a University of Victoria lab and later “went off sailing.” “When we moved to Cortes Island, it was so funny, the real estate agent kept saying ‘You don’t want this place, it is off grid.’ And we...

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. 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 as a common thread all songs in Portuguese language, and the genres varies between Fado, Rock, Pop, Blues, Dance, Samba, Jazz, Reggae, Hip-Hop, Folk, Bossa Nova, MPB, Forro, Choro, Frevo, Batucada, Maracatu, Morna, Semba, Marrabenta, etc. Recent Shows Episode 40 by Susana Vijaya | Vinho do Porto http://rest.s3for.me/vinhodo-porto/VinhodoPorto40.mp3 Episode 39 by Susana Vijaya | Vinho Do Porto http://rest.s3for.me/vinhodo-porto/VinhodoPorto39.mp3 Susana Vijaya 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...

Allegro Is Back

Good news for CKTZ listeners who felt that Doug Butt’s retirement, last September, left a gaping hole in CKTZ’s line-up. With Eleanor Cork’s assistance, Doug brought the world of classical music to our homes every Sunday at 3:00. Though the station has yet to find anything that could take their place, more than 30 episodes were stored in the station’s computer. This is more than enough to fill out another season and Eleanor has consented to do an occasional new show. So Cortes Community Radio is pleased to announce that Allegro is back. On Allegro: Jan 14, 2018 Four works, including compositions by Johann Sebastian Bach, Antonín Leopold Dvořák and Frédéric François Chopin. January 14, 2018 Program by Doug Butt | Allegro http://rest.s3for.me/allegro/180114.mp3 On Allegro: Jan 7, 2018 Chamber music featuring the piano. Two works by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: his 1784 quintet for piano and wind instruments; his 1786 quartet for piano and strings, which is generally regarded as the first quartet for these instruments. A sonata for two pianos and percussion  by HUngarian composer Béla Bartók in 1937. January 7 Program by Doug Butt | Allegro http://rest.s3for.me/allegro/180107.mp3 Photo Credit: Playing Mozart at the Mozart Dinner, Grand Hotel Bohemia, Prague by Roman Boed via Flickr (CC BY SA, 2.0...

Adventure Rider Radio

Adventure Rider Radio features motorcycle adventure stories and industry pros talking tech and technique on this engaging podcast. This program is produced on Quadra Island and was downloaded over one million times last year. About Adventure Rider Radio Jim Martin, ARR’s host, brings years of adventure tourism experience, almost a decade of automotive publishing background and in recent years, work with podcasting and audio productions to the ARR show. Jim is a motorcycle enthusiast that especially enjoys the outdoors, camping, and exploring new and out of the way places on his bike. Elizabeth Martin, ARR producer, has a huge love of history, the outdoors and travel, she’s travelled to the UK several times, Germany, France, Taiwan, United States and coast to coast through Canada. She brings extensive adventure tourism, business and management skills to the show. Their website is https://www.adventureriderradio.com Podcasts: Long Distance Riding: Iron Butt Rally Competitor What is the thrill of riding long distances, alone, looking for clues and gathering points for 11 days straight? Who would want to do that? Well, every year a group of riders join the Iron Butt Rally and on this episode we find out what it’s like to ride the rally and what drives someone to want to do such an arduous ride. (Read More) From Start to Finish: Determined to Cross the Line When Dimitrio Tournas spotted a GS Trophy poster at the BMW dealership, even with no off-road riding experience, he decided to sign up for a riding school course with his sights set on competing in the challenging adventure. With his passion and level of determination, he just might...

The Homegrown Show

  The Homegrown show has been playing on Cortes Radio since 2012. It features local and Canadian music, especially artists from the west coast. The genres are open, but it tends to feature folk music, country, rock and blues, particularly with a west coast theme, or subjects that celebrate our lives on the BC coast. However, I like to play a few songs from Atlantic Canada as well in each show. I try to include a humorous or novelty song each show as well. These can be from anywhere. Spoken word also gets played on the show, and I would welcome more recorded poetry to include, as well as short stories, taking a bit of a literary direction as well as the music. The well respected works of Stewart MacLean and Wade Davis are two examples of Canadian literary work that I would like to include more of, as well as local radio plays. It would be awesome to revive the lost art of the radio play on the Homegrown show and showcase local creativity. The Homegrown Show Some of the music played on the Homegrown show is available online through CD baby, a platform for independent artists to distribute their works. A lot of the music is aquired at live shows hosted by our sponsoring establishment, Kameleon Food and drink. A lot of it is not available online, and is the one time only collected works of local artists who may have published one album and not found their way into distribution. Hurricane Rena here on the Homegrown Show makes sure their music will be part of our...

The ECOreport

The ECOreport has been been Cortes Community Radio’s only locally produced news program since 2014. It started out as an environmental news website, whose articles are reposted on better known web platforms like Clean Technica, PVSolar Report and East County Magazine. Written articles are still published on the ECOreport. RECENT BROADCASTS: CKTZ Leads Northern Vancouver Island’s Emergency Communications Network The ECOreport broadcast for Jan 17, 2018: Cortes Community radio’s new tower does not look impressive. It only rises thirty feet or so above the station, but with its installation CKTZ leads Northern Vancouver Island’s emergency communications network. (Read More) Launching Deep Roots Second Season The ECOreport broadcast for Jan 10, 2018: - According to Volunteer and Fundraising co-ordinator Odette Auger, Deep Roots is important because it is “local, regionally based spoken word programming.” Steering Committee leader David Rousseau says, “it builds capacity and connection around Cortes Radio.” Senior producer Greg Osaba explains, “Deep Roots is both a skill building and story telling exercise to generate original stories from people who have something to say.” To which Klahoose co-ordinator Jacqueline Mathieu adds, “The stories that are going to be developed really do need to be told.” They were talking about Cortes Radio’s premiere documentary series. The station will soon be launching Deep Roots second season. (Read More) Delores Broten & The Watershed Sentinel Originally broadcast on Cortes Community Radio Wednesday, July 9, 2014: The Watershed Sentinel’s origins go back to 1990. Most of Cortes Island’s forest is second growth, which has grown up up since the turn of the 20th century. When MacMillan Bloedel came to harvest these trees, they found themselves opposed by 100 to 200 local...