Radio In A Suitcase

Radio In A Suitcase

Originally published on the ECOreport   On August 29, 2017, Cortes Community Radio, CKTZ 89.5 FM signed a memorandum of understanding with the Strathcona Regional District, on Northern Vancouver Island, British Columbia, stating we are to give them temporary usage of the station during emergencies. This has been part of Cortes Radio’s vision from the beginning but up until a week ago seemed more of a goal than a reality. Everything changed on Thursday, December 6, 2018. This morning we ask Derrick Harvey about radio in a suitcase.     Radio In A Suitcase In the podcast above, Derek Harvey explains: How a radio station that fits into a suitcase is servicing +1,500 communities in Africa, the Pacific and Middle East. How far can a tiny transmitter like this broadcast? Is it true that one station’s audience is 130 to 140 kilometres away? What determines the range? What does this technology means to a community radio station like CKTZ? Where is this technology deployed in British Columbia? Why Derek thinks of television as pablum for the mind, but says  radio is good for the imagination.  His years working with community television, radio and   UNESCO. How a virtually unknown Canadian company that is doing big things  “Radio in a suitcase is a way that we looked at getting the hardware into the hands of people who wanted to create a community radio station in as small a package as possible, as portable as possible, least technically complex as possible and reliable. The entire radio station comes in two pelican cases … all operated off of twelve volts, so you can bascially plug...
Greg Osoba On Music & Radio

Greg Osoba On Music & Radio

Originally Published on the ECOreport He helped shape Cortes Radio almost since the beginning. as one of the station’s early Presidents, as a senior producer of our Deep Roots Initiative and most Fridays he hosts the Lunchtime Locomotion. In addition to this, he is a member of Cortes Island’s original rock quartet and more recently Back Eddy and the Procrastinators. In this morning’s interview, I asked Greg Osoba to tell us his story. In the podcast, Greg Osoba talks about … The radio station at Seneca College, in Ontario His eight years as a broadcast journalist in Toronto, Edmonton & Vancouver: in the newsroom and as host of “Bookshelf” Interviewing Guy Dauncey; Premier Peter Lougheed; Joe Clark; Wayne Gretsky … Asking tough questions of politicians vs interviewing a grieving family Ska, the precursor of Reggae How prerecording takes the soul out of music Gordy & Zoe Ryan from Babatunde Olatunji’s Drums of Passion; Island Rythm; Six Foot Johnson; Back Eddy and the Procrastinators When Gregor Robertson lived on Cortes Island, his first campaign (as an NDP MLA) The art of creating space, in music and life Falling in love with Cortes Island Linnaea Farm, Hollyhock, Rex Weyler as a mentor in writing, Getting involved with Cortes Radio, The Friday Lunchtime Locomotion with Nat king Cono “There is something to that adage 10 years of 10,000 hours, because something starts to happen after that point. Once you put in your time, what starts to happen I’ve found - and other musicians I know who are experienced concur with this - is that you become competent  …. suddenly you are afforded...
Cortes Islands 2018 Christmas Market Season Kicks Off

Cortes Islands 2018 Christmas Market Season Kicks Off

Cortes Islands 2018 Christmas Market Season kicked off at Gorge Hall on Saturday December 1, 2018. There were between 80 and 100 people at any given moment, but it is hard to get an aggregate number because this is also a social event where people go visit and enjoy the food. [/et_pb_text] Cortes Islands 2018 Christmas Market Season Kicks Off by Roy L Hales | Cortes Radio News http://rest.s3for.me/specialproduction/Christmas+Market+season.mp3 After listening to my counts, Noah Davidson agreed that 200 is a good number. He and Isabel have been organizing the markets at Gorge Hall for the past three years. Noah added that the event would not happen, “without all the people coming us decorate, and all the people who donate different baked goods … It is such a quaint friendly community.” Irene Blueth has been coming for more than 30 years. Though the market has grown bigger, she says they have kept the spirit. “It is really the beginning of the whole Christmas ambient feeling for me, how beautifully they decorate the hall and really get us into the spirit of the season.” Loni Taylor, of Loni Rene Art, was one of the merchants with a booth outside the hall’s entrance. “It was lovely to be outside, even though it as cold. We had the fire and it was a really beautiful day. The kids were really happy out here. I got to bring my dog.” Cortes Island’s next Christmas Market will be at Mansons Hall on December 8, from 11 AM to 3 PM. However the season will flow into the Friday Markets on December 7, 14 and...
Giving Home For The Holidays

Giving Home For The Holidays

Originally Published on the ECOreport For most of us, Christmas is a time when families come together. However there are still some Cortesians for whom the word home takes on a more temporary aspect. Cortes Community Housing is attempting to help rectify this situation on 51 acres they recently purchased in Mansons Landing. In this morning’s program, Sandra Wood and Hayley Newell talk about their association’s new initiative to giving option: Home for the Holidays. “Being a young person, a renter, in this time, … it is hard to imagine ever being able to afford to own a home and so what it means for me is having access to a place where people can come to rest, a place where people can feel safe and cosy and nutured. All of those positive feelings that can come from home while being somewhere that they have come to really love.” - Hayley Newell. In The Podcast In the podcast, Sandra & Haley explain: Why should we care about this project? Two personal perspectives: Why are Sandra & Hayley involved? What does Cortes Community Housing intend to on those 51 acres? How much can they accomplish with the $1.4 million they have already raised? Where can they go for financial assistance? Home for the Holidays: a Christmas campaign that enables everyone to help bring this project into fruition.  Home for the Holidays: “ … is a new fund raising event that we thought would be a great way to start the Christmas Season. For those people who would love to donate to the project and are also looking for a creative...
Andy Vine

Andy Vine

Originally published on the ECOreport His best known song is probably Woman of Labrador, released in 2005. His musical roots go back to the UK’s 1960s folk revival. CKTZ listeners know him as the host of the Folk Club, every Wednesday at 10:00 AM. I recently interviewed Andy Vine about folk music, his trip to Ireland and much more. Andy Vine’s Pilgrimage Andy was born in Swansea, in the south of Wales, but spent most of his formative years in a suburb of Liverpool. His decades long connection with Ireland began with music. By 1963, Andy was in a folk group. They “decided to do a little pilgrimage to Ireland to find out more about the music they were singing.” “I just loved the culture and the people. They were so friendly and they love music so much. So when I went back to England I told my brother all about this and he was looking for a place to study for his masters degree in marine zoölogy … So he looked up Galway University, where they had a program he interested in, and got accepted at Galway University. While he was there he met his future wife,” says Andy. He added, “They live in her home town, … Clifden, which is where I [just] went and where the art’s festival [he performed in] was. So many years later that connection that I first started through my love of folk music … still lives on.” Steele’s Tavern On Yonge Street Steele’s Tavern on Yonge Street – Photographer: Harvey Naylor ca. 1975 City of Toronto Archives Fonds 1526, File 3, Item 26 via Flickr (CC BY SA, 2.0...