Cortes Radio Apologizes

Cortes Radio Apologizes

  Cortes Radio, CKTZ 89.5 FM, apologizes for broadcasting two hours of static during the All Candidates Meeting Thursday night. We know there were people who trusted in our promise to cover this event. How We Failed While our pre-event tests were successful, we failed to anticipate the effect a parking lot full of cars would have on the signal. Unfortunately, this also means we do not have a usable recording of the event. Upcoming Interviews On Lunchtime Locomotion The only radio coverage CKTZ has of the election is the interviews two of our programmers made with the candidates. Nat King Cono will be interviewing: George Sirk at 12 PM on Lunchtime Locomotion, Friday, October 12 Noba Anderson on Lunchtime Locomotion, Friday, October 19. Both of these programs are being recorded and will be put up on the website as podcasts. Interviews On The ECOreport We also have podcasts of the candidates half-hour-long interviews with the ECOreport Why Re-elect George George Sirk? (https://cortesradio.ca/george-sirk-for-regional-director/) Why Re-elect Noba Anderson? (https://cortesradio.ca/noba-anderson-for-regional-director/) You may also be interested in seeing: Director Noba Anderson’s website Former Director George Sirk’s most recent Campaign Update Once again, we apologize. CKTZ will not attempt a live broadcast again until we acquire much better equipment. Roy L Hales President, Cortes Radio Society...
Community Radio Fund Of Canada Proudly Supports Youth Voices!

Community Radio Fund Of Canada Proudly Supports Youth Voices!

FUNDING OFFERED TO CKTZ-FM: The Community Radio Fund of Canada proudly supports “Youth Voices! Storytelling and Songwriting Radio Camps, Intergenerational Salish language programming” Manson’s Landing and Ottawa September 4, 2018) – Mr. Roger Ouellette, President of the Community Radio Fund of Canada (CRFC) and Roy Hales, President of Cortes Community Radio (CKTZ-FM), a community radio station in Manson’s Landing, BC, are pleased to announce that $50,000 will go towards the implementation of their project “Youth Voices!“. These funds were made available by the CRFC under their Radiometres program, a funding program aimed to improve local programming and volunteer participation. This is the 4th time that the CRFC provides financial support to CKTZ under this program, bringing the total awarded to $159,778. With the funds received, the station will introduce Youth Voices! A Weekend Radio Camp, with themes of empowerment, storytelling, and a special focus on Indigenous youth outreach. This weekend camp is an opportunity to bring additional collaboration from Klahoose First Nation to provide well supported facilitation for all youth. …..”Cortes Radio is excited to offer youth storytelling and radio skills camps, with a set of innovative projects: Youth Storytelling Radio Camp outreaching Indigenous youth, youth new music making and recording, and Intergenerational Salish language programming,” says Roy L Hales, President, Cortes Radio. Since its inception in 2012, the Radiometres program enabled a total investment of more than $12 million in the campus and community radio sector. It is an impressive number of 360 funded projects that have been approved. “I’m happy to add the project Youth Voices! by CKTZ-FM to the growing list of funded initiatives. I have no...
The Lip Sync’s Continued Success

The Lip Sync’s Continued Success

For something like the 21st time in a row, Cortes Islanders packed Manson’s Hall to see the Lip Sync. This was a relief. Speaking as the first time “Producer” this summer, I did not want to be the man “in charge” when we break that record. There is a bit of self delusion wrapped up in this. The Lip Sync’s continued success is almost totally organic. Success Is No Accident According to the world famous soccer star Pelé, “Success is no accident. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, sacrifice, and most of all, love of what you are doing or learning to do.” This is true, but it is the hard work and perseverance of our performers and support staff that make shows of this calibre possible. My job is to assist the people who make evenings like this possible. Sometimes this means getting out of the way so they can do their jobs. More often, I am a “go-for,” carrying out  any number of menial tasks that need doing. Support Staff As many of you are aware, the only rehearsal takes place the night prior to the show - but you probably didn’t know It isn’t for the performers. Rick Bockner, our MC, needs to get a feel of the kind of show we’re going to produce so that he can draw up the final line up (and get material for a few more jokes). Lella Gmiener, our Green Room Queen, circulates amongst the performers taking notes on their many and varied needs. Victor Van Buskirk, our stage manager, discovers what kind of props are needed and when....
Charlez (February 21, 2015 – August 25, 2018)


Charlez (February 21, 2015 – August 25, 2018)


It is with great sadness that I announce the passing of the puppet “Charlez,” who was created for the Winter Lip Sync of 2015. His creator, Meinsje, put her fist through his face five minutes before he was to go on stage for this summer’s Lip Sync in Manson’s Hall on Cortes Island. With the help of CKTZ’s Greenroom Queen Lella Gmeiner, who brought her “a sharpie,” Meinsje stitched her renowned paramour up in time for his final performance. Now the word is out, Charlez is no more. Rumours Of Foul Play There are rumours of foul play. “Well my temper got the best of me, seeing Charlez ready to go on with another woman,” says Meinsje. Legendary Romance Meinsje’s off and on again relationship with Charlz dates back to their first performance. “I’m single, so I’m going to make myself a new boyfriend. So I created Charlez and he has been a big part of the Lip Sync ever since,” explained Meinsje. “If you are looking for the ideal companion, perhaps Meinsje can create one for you. You can name him whatever you want,” quipped Lip Sync MC Rick Bockner, at the time. Even then, Meinsje’s response to her companion’s bold advances was a slap. Not the First Time This is not the first time Meinsje has reported Charlz’s demise. The legendary puppet allegedly retired after the 2016 Lip Sync, but was devastated when he learned that Meinsje intended to perform by herself in 2017. After a lengthy discussion, she agreed to let him perform a solo rendition of “I’m not the man you think I am.” This...
Quadra Island fall Fair

Quadra Island fall Fair

The 2018 Quadra Island Fall Fair will be Sunday September 9, from 9:30 AM to 5 PM on the grounds of the Quadra Island Community Centre. Cortes radio will be there and some of our DJs will be providing their specific blends of entertainment. In the podcast below, CKTZ’s own Rochelle Baker talks to Sioux Hartlle from the fair’s organizing committee, about some of the specifics from this year’s fair. Quadra Island Fall Fair by Rochelle Baker | CKTZ http://rest.s3for.me/specialproduction/Quadra+Fall+Fair.mp3 “There is something for everyone … The atmosphere of the fair is pretty darn happy. There is a lot of anticipation and a lot of focus because you have to hustle from event to the other or you might miss something …,” says Hartle. In addition, there are all the exhibits and food venders. Fall Fair Events Include: Grand Prix Zucchini Racing - Soup up your zuke, no drivers license required. Rules published closer to Fair date. All ages invited to race. Zucchini Race Rules (PDF)> Doggie Dash - who is the fastest dog on Quadra? Pet Parade - Promenade your pet in fancy finery or let it be judged by merit alone. Gumboots & Backyard Games - slow down and have some fun with these interactive games. Livestock Expo Tent - a variety of farm animals on display. (No judged animal exhibits this year). Cakewalk - Dance through a few hoops to win a locally baked, deliciously delectable cake! Eats and Beats - Bistro Style food, stop by for a graze and groove. Dunk Tank - Get ready for a day of daring dunking! Crosscut Sawing Competition - Here...
Queen Of CKTZ’s Greenroom

Queen Of CKTZ’s Greenroom

Originally Published on the ECOreport Her artistic roots go back to Vienna, while Russian troops still occupied part of the city. Years later, cast as the female lead in “As You Like It,” she found a much more fulfilling role than centre stage. She will be performing it again at this summer’s Lip Sync. Lella Gmeiner is the Queen of CKTZ’s Green Room. “I’ve had my turn onstage. I don’t particularly want to be on stage, but I do want to help other people to shine and look good,” she says. Her First Performances Her first performances were at the ad hoc parties around the piano in her family’s home. “My parents were very proud of me and in a very Viennese Shirley Temple way … I would sing a song, or recite a poem that I’d learned.” As her mother wrote radio plays for Radio Free Europe, Lella was also called upon to broadcast at a very young age: “Whenever they needed a child’s voice, they would bring me into the radio station with that old British accent that I had at the time and I would lisp whatever they told me to lisp.” Lella’s parents also seized the opportunity for their daughter to become a child model: “My parents were cobbling together a living in postwar Europe and did many things. One of their friends said, ‘Oh, there is a position for a very young child modelling clothes with this American clothing house called Brooks Brothers, you should take Lella down there. Maybe they will take her on. So they took me on and four times a...