CKTZ Replaced The Old Antenna

CKTZ Replaced The Old Antenna

All photos taken during the original inspection of our tower. Cortes Radio replaced the old antenna on top of its’ broadcasting tower on October 9, 2019. We had no choice in the matter. Our old antenna was no longer functioning and we could no longer broadcast over 89.5 FM. However compliments about the sudden clarity of our signal been flowing in ever since the new antenna was installed.  We have new listeners in Comox, who were not previously able to receive our signal. Our techie, Sean, reports that the signal is 50% to 60% stronger in Mansons Landing.  I live in Squirrel Cove, where most residents have not been able to receive Cortes Raadio. Sean told me that my house might be an exception because we are also on a hill and the signal is bouncing back from West Redonda Island. I was visiting family in the Lower Fraser Valley when the new antenna was installed. Returning last night, we were delighted to find CKTZ broadcasting with far greater clarity than before. (It is not even affected when I turn my computer on!)  Nick Gagnon spent almost six hours at the top of our tower on Thunder Road to install the new antenna. John Murvin assisted him, packing heavy boxes up and down the hill. The repair was made possible through a combination of Gaming Grant Funds and contributions from local listeners. (Thanks again to the Above The Tide Motel, in Campbell River, for its generous donation of...
Cortes All Candidates Meeting

Cortes All Candidates Meeting

On Monday October 21st, Canadians will head to the polls in what some believe may be one of the most important elections of our time. Though Conservative candidate Shelley Downey declined the invitation, our incumbent MP Rachel Blaney (NDP), Green candidate Mark De Bruijn and Liberal candidate Peter Schwarzhoff came to the first ever Cortes All Candidates Meeting in Mansons Hall, on Saturday October 12. Kudos to all participants for the mature level of discussion, unlike anything seen in the national debates during this election. Full audio of the debate, moderated by De Clarke and recorded by Cortes Radio, below. Poster for Cortes All Candidates Meeting Cortes Island All Candidates Meeting Some Of The Topics Discussed How will your party address climate change?What is your party’s position on the Trans Mountain pipeline?Should racial, social justice and climate change issues be treated separately?What are your thoughts on Canada’s New Green Deal? And the idea of a youth corps that would free post secondary education in return for their services?Considering its human rights record, should Canada continue to trade with Saudi Arabia? What should we do about climate refugees?Does your party support measures to make the senate more fair for British Columbia?How does your party resolve the tension between giving MPs freedom to express their constituents and party discipline?What is your party’s position on a woman’s rights over her reproductive process? The second half of the podcast above consists of a Q & A with the audience. The event was sponsored by the Southern Cortes Community Association & Whaletown Community Club. Top photograph: Candidates at Cortes Island’s First All Candidates Meeting(l...
The Burnt Marshmallows

The Burnt Marshmallows

Episode 6 brings us the songs “Cozy Winter Days” and “Home” from the Burnt Marshmallows. “Cozy Winter Days” is a relaxing and contemplative track about warm winter memories. What do you enjoy as the seasons get colder? “Home” is an upbeat song that asks you to look at the world through the eyes of a displaced orangutang. This song was undertaken to write in a quick moment and as a result was not fully developed, leaving it to you to imagine what might come next in this story. Episode 6 - The Burnt Marshmallows Coming to you from the unceded, ancestral territories of the Klahoose, Homalco, and Tla’amin peoples, this is Spark Point Music Radio! We are working in partnership with CKTZ Cortes radio, Youth Voices!, and The Community Radio Fund of Canada - Radiometres program to bring you original music created by youth from Cortes Island. At Spark Point Music we believe that when we create, we explore what it is to be whole and discover more of who we truly are. In our programs we seek to spark the imagination, and a sense of what is possible, for youth on the remote island of Cortes when their voices are heard and valued. We give youth ages 8 to 18 an opportunity to create art and music in an encouraging environment, seeking to minimize judgment and increase acceptance of themselves and others. Our studio is graciously hosted at Linnaea Farm, where we provide inclusive space, instruments, recording gear, and guidance for youth to compose, record, and perform original music. Any music you hear during these broadcasts was either...
The Mansons Hall Story

The Mansons Hall Story

(from top down) Dennis Newsham, Martha Abelson, Gail Ringwood, Ian Moul taking shakes off the old Mansons Hall roof – photos courtesy SCCA Originally Published on Cortes Currents He settled on Cortes just after BC Ferries started serving the island. John Sprungman became one of the principal voices behind the 1978 – 80 renovation at Mansons Hall. He went on to serve several terms as President of the Southern Cortes Community Association. In this morning’s interview he talks about the origins of Mansons Hall, its role in the community and why it needs core funding. Photo credit: John Sprungman during the 1970s – courtesy SCCA Beginnings “The very beginning of Mansons Hall, according to people who were here at the time, was around 1921. It was built by a logging crew working on Gunflint Lake. That was the story I got from Robbie Graham, which he heard from his father. It was primarily used for dances and people were getting together for occasional meetings …” “When my wife and I came in 1971, [Mansons Hall] was pretty beat up because the [old] Cortes School was actually on the other side of the road from the hall(where the Co-op is now), [and] used it for a gym. So the windows were all covered with fencing wire, the big lights down the centre all had wire cages around them. The place was used for floor hockey, dodge ball and stuff like that …” “… It had a small kitchen off one side, the Sutil road side, and on the other side there was a little building … which was the liquor room and securely locked up. That was for the dances.” “When we first came, the...
Magic Windy Wolves

Magic Windy Wolves

Episode 5 brings us the songs “Best of Friends” and “Bee Bop a Doo!” from the Magic Windy Wolves.  “Best of Friends” is an exciting tale about a band of animal friends that encounter a poacher.  Will they escape…?!  “Bee Bop a Doo!” is a funky freestyle recording that also tells an engaging story.  See if you can decipher the hidden messages as you listen! Episode 5 - Magic Windy Wolves Coming to you from the unceded, ancestral territories of the Klahoose, Homalco, and Tla’amin peoples, this is Spark Point Music Radio!  We are working in partnership with CKTZ Cortes radio, Youth Voices!, and The Community Radio Fund of Canada - Radiometres program to bring you original music created by youth from Cortes Island. At Spark Point Music we believe that when we create, we explore what it is to be whole and discover more of who we truly are. In our programs we seek to spark the imagination, and a sense of what is possible, for youth on the remote island of Cortes when their voices are heard and valued. We give youth ages 8 to 18 an opportunity to create art and music in an encouraging environment, seeking to minimize judgment and increase acceptance of themselves and others. Our studio is graciously hosted at Linnaea Farm, where we provide inclusive space, instruments, recording  gear, and guidance for youth to compose, record, and perform original music.    Any music you hear during these broadcasts was either composed and performed entirely by youth, or with the guidance and support of musical mentors.  We will be airing 1 episode per...