Cortes Island, January 31, 2018 - Cortes Radio reached a significant milestone this month. The station was created to broadcast the concerns, activities and talents of the Northern Gulf Islands to the general public. Our broadcast area stretches from Campbell River and the Discover Islands down to Courtenay, on Vancouver Island, and Lund on the Mainland. According to our license, most of our content is supposed to be produced locally (whether it is a DJ broadcasting his musical choices, local music or a local talk show). Up until now, the station has not been able broadcast the required quota. As of January 2018, CKTZ broadcasts over 100 hours of local content weekly.

Over 100 Hours Of Local Content

Paul Kirmmsee, who co-hosts long time “Anything Goes” with Howie

Some of this has come as a result of our broadcasting more repeats:

  • In addition to its usual (10:30 AM - 1:00 PM) Saturday broadcast, Anything Goes with Howie & Paul now repeats Thursdays: 8-10:30 PM.
  • Clio FM is on Wednesday 5:00-7:00 PM and again Friday 7-9 PM
  • Free Range Radio with airs Sundays 7:30 -9:30 PM and Mondays 10:00 -10:30 PM
  • From The Muse’s Garden with Victor Van Buskirk: Mondays 5 -7 PM; Thu 12 - 2 PM
  • Island Voice, a shared space used by The ECOreport (most weeks) and Discovery Sound (every 4th Wed and the following Tuesday) is broadcast Wednesdays 9 AM and repeats Tuesdays at 5 PM. 
  • Pachamama Pranayama is Sundays 11:30 - 1 PM and Wednesdays 10 - 11:30 AM.
  • Phil’s Pick ’n Mix - Wednesdays 8 -10 PM; Tuesdays 9 - 11 PM.
  • Radio Clash with D J Johnnie is Fridays: 9:30 - Midnight; Wednesdays: 11 PM - 1 AM.
  • ShimSham Show with Psychedelic Sam - Thursdays: 6:00-8:00 PM; repeats Mondays 2 - 4 PM.
  • Stone Soup with DJ Artemisia is Wednesdays 12:30-2:30 PM and again Mondays 12 - 2 PM.
  • Take me to the Casbah with Mr Driven’ broadcasts Sundays:10:00-12:00 PM, Thursdays: 10:30 PM - 12:30 AM.
  • Vinho do Porto with Sussana is Tuesdays 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM and Fridays 1 - 2:30 PM.

The Acoustic Music Show, Adventure Rider RadioFolk Club, AllegroKen Hanuse, Kirsten (Cinema Musique), Lunchtime Locomotion, Misty Morning Hop and Mixtapes continue at their regular times. (See the CKTZ’s schedule here) 


Some programs – Adventure Rider RadioAllegro, Discovery Sound, The ECOreportThe Homegrown Show and Vinho do Porto - are now offering podcasts. We hope more programs follow suit. 

New Programs

Dj Josée from Misty Morning Hop, one of the shows that was already being broadcast over CKTZ twice a week

There are also several new programs. 

  • After six years and a half years of guiding CKTZ’s listeners through the world of Classical music, Doug Butt retired last fall - but we are rebroadcasting another season of Allegro.
  • Nature Boy, a naturalist’s perspective on global issues - Thursdays 2:00-3:30PM.
  • Discovery Sound is a monthly program of readings for kids.
  • A literary program called I-Read is scheduled to start in February, Tuesdays 7:30 - 8:00 PM.
  • The second season of Deep Roots, produced in partnership with the Klahoose Nation, is about to begin.
  • For the second year, CKTZ is partnering with a local producer in a program for the National Campus and Community Radio Association’s Rendez-vous de la Francophonie program. 

Another new program is in the works.

One of our future DJs?

There are still openings for new shows. If you want to become a DJ or host a talk show, contact Howie at

Top photo credit: George Sirk of our new program “Nature Boy”