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CKTZ’s Reach Extends Beyond Cortes Island

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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.

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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.

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Doug Butt Left Allegro

Dress rehearsal for Handel's Messiah by the Hobart Baroque Chorus - by Stefan Karpiniec via Flickr (CC BY SA, 2.0 License)


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.
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New Sponsor Messages On Cortes Community Radio

One of the New Sponsor Messages On Cortes Community Radio comes from Squirrel Cove

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!

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CKTZ Signs MOU With Strathcona Regional District

BC Ferry Arriving Heriot Bay by David Stanley via Flickr (CC BY SA, 2.0 License)

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.

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Summer Lip Syncs

Summer Lip Sync

Cortes Island : July 29, 2017 - Cortes Community Radio is holdings Summer Lip Syncs this year. The first will be on Cortes Island, August 12, and then there will be another Lip Sync on Quadra Island August 19.

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2016/17 Was A Breakthrough Year

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2016/17 Was A Breakthrough Year

Cortes Island - Cortes Community Radio’s 2017 AGM was held at the station, in Mansons Landing, B.C., on Sunday, June 11, 2017.

The key message was delivered by outgoing President Sheryl Thompson, who said 2016/17 was a breakthrough year.

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Deep Roots – March Update

Deep Roots – March Update

Deep Roots Stories To Be Aired

The shows will start being aired at 9:00am on Thursdays, with the first one on March 16th. They will be repeated on Saturdays at 2:00pm. Each week a new program will be featured.

In addition to the Deep Roots staff introduced in these pages, Cortes Radio would like to thank the volunteers and story producers who made this initiative happen:


Deep Roots Initiative – News

Introducing the Deep Roots Initiative Logo!

This rectangular Coast Salish design depicts two Coast Salish guardian spirit dancers singing the song of their power. The subtle circle between them is a drum with Salish sound waves emanating from it. In contemporary Canadian visual culture, crescents are utilized to symbolize sound waves. This is a cultural commonality that Coast Salish and Canadian cultures have in common. In Coast Salish art, crescents are used to create a real rhythmic rippling, a real fluid flowing feeling.


Artist: LessLIE Sam, Coast Salish

Visit the Alcheringa Gallery website for more information on the artist.


Greg and Rob continue to mentor and support story producers’ progress – with draft scripts all submitted, and with insightful reviews thereof. Our story writers have been given training in interviewing techniques, recording equipment and guidance in First Nations protocol. Some of the most interesting moments so far were the training sessions on critical listening skills offered by CBC veteran Rob Selmanovic.


Initially conceived as a youth [ages 16-30] project; we found ourselves with high calibre skill sets; and years of experience with writers ranging in age from 15 to 70. We have a well rounded set of writers representing Aboriginal youth, local elders, radio writers, aspiring journalists and environmentalists including:

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THE STEERING COMMITTEE:foci_circle-logo-1

Our volunteer board includes representatives from each partner in this project: Kate Maddigan and Max Thaysen [Friends of Cortes Island -FOCI], David Rousseau and Sheryl Thompson,President [Cortes Community Radio Society], Jacqueline Mathieu [Klahoose First Nation] Advisors to steering committee: Shannon Johannsen, Educator and Odette Auger, Grantwriter.


Jacqueline Mathieu organized a Meet and Greet Tea at Klahoose; October 26 where story producers met with Klahoose community members and began a process of learning from traditional knowledge and local wisdom. Connections were made, elders suggested, and Jacqueline continues her work of connecting and facilitating this essential community building.

More than just a historical backgrounder; Deep Roots Initiative seeks to problem solve current issues by reconnecting/building upon foundations of Salish culture. With Jacqueline’s coordination, Salish voices and experience will be a valued resource in the writing of our stories for Deep Roots radio.


One result of Deep Roots is the creative partnership with the Cortes Museum. Vintage Vignettes are a side project spinoff of Deep Roots. This project brings to light history and anecdotes from the early days of European settler life on Cortes, incorporating several volunteer voice actors from Cortes and Quadra.


We are exploring merchandise sales; with our eloquent and visually stunning logo, the image Salish Soundwaves, by Salish artist LessLIE Sam. Keep an eye out on our market tables! As well, we are working closely with CKTZ fundraising endeavours - with opportunities to sponsor shows, including the Deep Roots initiative. Please contact or visit for full details on sponsorship programs.

Cortes Radio and Partners are grateful to the Community Radio Fund of Canada, the Victoria Foundation and Tides Canada for their financial support for Deep Roots.