Basil Creek, described in one of CKTZ's two local talk shows

Cortes Community Radio was designed to broadcast the “concerns, interests, and activities of the Northern Gulf Islands to the public.” This goes beyond reading announcements and short bulletins. We need to produce local news and talk shows.

Though CKTZ broadcasts a number of popular news programs like Democracy Now, Radio Ecoshock and the Global Research News hour, these are all syndicated programs from outside of our listening area.


Three Local Talk Shows

At the moment, CKTZ is broadcasting three local talk shows.

Adventure Rider Radio is produced on Quadra Island. It is the self proclaimed “voice of motorcycle travel” where “respected travellers and industry pros talk about motorcycles, tech tips, motorcycle adventure travel abroad, at home, and much more.” Adventure Rider Radio is broadcast on Tuesdays, 8:00-9:00 PM. (Read More)  

Free Range Radio, produced on Cortes Island, is “a place where your mind has the possibility of roaming free and perhaps gathering in some images, some facts, some words and inspiration or even antagonistic dialogue. It is free range, it’s going to roam.” The essential question is “Who and what is going on?” (Read More)

The ECOreport is produced on Cortes. This was initially an environmental news web platform, which currently has close to 4,000 articles. The radio program was launched in 2014 and covers a variety of local issues. The ECOreport is broadcast Wednesdays, 7:00-7:30. (Read More)


Under Consideration

There are currently two more talk shows under consideration.

“Talk shows bring local information and characters into the station. In my opinion we need a lot more. I’d like to see 2 or 3 hours a day in local talk, documentary etc,” says Howie Roman, CKTZ’s station Manager.

Photo Credit: Look Who’s Talking (Kids playing near Hollyhock, Cortes Island)- Roy L Hales photo