Cortes Radio Kooky Cabaret A Hit!

Cortes Radio Kooky Cabaret A Hit!

    Well it’s official. Cortes Radio’s Cabaret Fundraiser is well on it’s way to becoming an island institution, as are many of the standout performers in the show. Two Sold-Out-Nights Residents turned out in force in force to support CKTZ, attending the two-night sold-out show – a saucy, ribald production held at Manson’s Hall. The adult entertainment featured songs, monologues, stand-up, lip sync, puppetry and burlesque infused with “appropriately inappropriate” sex positive humour. CKTZ station manger and show producer Howie Roman was blown away by the support and commitment from CKTZ supporters, performers and volunteers.  Unique Reflection Of Cortes Community The event was a special and unique reflection of the Cortes community, Howie said. “We really have something going that I don’t think you’d find in many places,” he added. “Thank you all for a historic weekend.”     Thank-you Everyone CKTZ wants to give an official and heartfelt shout-out to all the sponsors, entertainers, volunteers and supporters that made the Cortes Radio Cabaret such a success. We hope everybody is named, but there are so many generous souls. Please forgive us and inform us if you were forgotten, or your name is misspelled. We will make it right. Sponsors and Supporters: Quadra Island’s Tru Value Foods, and by extension, the store’s thoughtful shoppers, who generously bequeath their spirit points to us. The Southern Cortes Community Association (SCCA) Gorge Marina Spinnaker’s Gastro Brew Pub and Guesthouses in Victoria   Cast and crew: MCs – Rick Bockner, George Sirk Sound – Sean Cowell, Scotty Martin Lights – Hannu Huuskonen Green room: Lella Gmeiner Producer: Howie Roman Performers: Jason Thompson,...
The NCRA intervenes in Cortes Radio’s favour

The NCRA intervenes in Cortes Radio’s favour

Manson’s Landing, on Cortes Island - Cortes Radio, CKTZ 89.5 FM,  is one step closer to having its broadcasting license renewed. The station’s current mandate expires on August 31, 2018. As a result of our increasing the amount of local programming, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) found CKTZ to be in “apparent compliance” with our license. The public was given until March 28 to comment, subject to which the Commission intends to renew our license for a full seven year term. There was only one submission. The NCRA intervenes in Cortes Radio’s favour intervenes in CKTZ’s favour. NCRA Intervenes For Six Stations The National Campus and Community Radio Association / l’Association nationale des radios étudiantes et communautaires (NCRA/ANREC) is dedicated to advancing the role and increasing the effectiveness of campus and community radio in Canada. There are currently 108 stations in the association. Cortes Radio was one of six in “apparent compliance” with their licenses when they applied to have their licenses renewed this year. The other five were: Small Town Radio (“CFWN-FM”) Lillooet Camelsfoot T.V. and Radio Association (“CHLS-FM”) The Kamloops Campus/Community Radio Society (“CFBX-FM”) Haliburton County Community Radio Association (“CKHA-FM”) San Lorenzo Latin American Community Centre (“CHHA-AM”) Barry Rooke, Executive Director of the NCRA, informed the CRTC, “We believe that CFWN-FM, CHLS-FM, CFBX-FM, CKHA-FM, CHHA-AM, and CKTZ-FM have all accomplished a great deal during their current licence terms, and we are pleased to share some of their successes with the Commission. We therefore encourage the Commission to approve these applications and ensure that these stations can continue to serve their communities in furtherance of the objectives of the...
CKTZ Achieves A Good Google Rating

CKTZ Achieves A Good Google Rating

Manson’s Landing, Cortes Island - Regional websites disregard SEO because they serve a local, and often captive, market. While this is also true of Cortes Radio, we also want to be more visible across the world-wide web. Thus it is good news when CKTZ achieves a Good Google Rating. CKTZ Achieves A Good Google Rating As you might guess from the chart above, the idea of achieving “Good” (Green) SEO seemed unreachable last November. we had one of the lowest rating websites in the area. Since then, we have been periodically experimenting with different plugins and configurations. The homepage has been slimmed down. Last November, there was 4-5 Megabytes (MB) of information displayed on our homepage. This slows the site down. Now there is usually between 1.1 and 1.4, depending on whether 2 or 3 posts are displayed. Increasing the website’s SEO appears to have also pulled up the ratings of individual posts. At least two yellow (medium) articles have gone green as a result of the site’s increased overall ratings. Cortes Radio Loads Faster Cortes Radio’s pages are also loading faster. Though the results from different testing sites can vary to a great deal, three things are obvious: Cortes Radio was a very slow site last November. Since last month, tests usually show Cortes Radio achieving Google’s recommended average loading speed of 2 seconds (green in the chart above). This past month, we have managed to maintain this speed while rising the site’s overall Google rating to good. Top Photo Credit: Cats and computers by Robert Couse-Baker via Flickr (CC BY SA, 2.0...
CKTZ Offers Multiple Opportunities For Onstage Performers

CKTZ Offers Multiple Opportunities For Onstage Performers

Ever dream about being a pop star? Are you a better dancer than Michael Jackson? Would you like to sing like Chris Brown, Janis Joplin or the Bee Gees? Singers; dancers; lip sync artists; musicians; Now is your chance! This year CKTZ offers multiple opportunities for onstage performers. Opportunities For Onstage Performers We’ve put together twenty shows over the past decade and are still selling out the Manson’s Hall. (On August 18, we will once again be partnering with Quadra Theatre for Quadra’s Third Annual Lip Sync!)  CKTZ is partnering with Theatre Quadra for the third to bring Lip Syncs to Quadra Island!) This year’s Cortes Winter Lip Sync is on Saturday, February 24th, 2018. (Summer Lip Sync is August 25th.) Performers: your public is waiting, it is time to start developing the acts you will unveil this year.  There will be a rehearsal at the hall on Feb 23, 4-6pm. Twenty-one acts performed at last year’s Cabaret. The event was sold out long before the doors opened. It was so successful that CKTZ decided to hold the Spring 2018 Cabaret for two consecutive nights. Performances will be held at Manson’s Hall on Friday, April 13th & Saturday, 14th. We ask that acts perform in both shows, so that we can keep technical nightmares under control. There will be separate rehearsals for musicians and lip sync acts. Keep in touch, so we can keep you informed.  Please Let Us Know Please let us know if you are planning an act. (I’ll sleep better) Thanks! Contact Howie at 935-6405, or cortesradio@gmail.com.[/et_pb_text]...
Celebrating The Rendez-vous de la Francophonie’s 20th Anniversary

Celebrating The Rendez-vous de la Francophonie’s 20th Anniversary

There are close to 71,000 Francophones in British Columbia. Some of them live in the Campbell River area, where L’Association des Francophones de Campbell River has been in operation for 40 years. As a result, Cortes Radio will be one of the twenty Canadian stations celebrating the Rendez-vous de la Francophonie’s 20th anniversary in an all day Marathon on March 20, 2018. Celebrating The Rendez-vous de la Francophonie’s 20th Anniversary We will be broadcasting ten hours of French programming. One of the 28 minute documentaries was made by CKTZ Producer Francesca Gesualdi, who lives on Quadra Island.The description of her program, Celebrating Francophones and Francophiles, says: “During a recent visit to L’Association des Francophones de Campbell River, Francesca interviewed Francophones and Francophiles to discuss the relevance of shared community spaces that support language, culture and connection. “Over a delicious home made community lunch prepared by volunteers, particpants share their experience of the center, its resources to the francophone community, its library, and its role as a place of social well-being.” “From the beginning, Cortes Community Radio has attempted to provide a platform for the concerns, interests, and talents of the Northern Gulf Islands. This goal is enshrined in our constitution, where it specifically states that we are to provide minorities and groups within the community an opportunity to communicate. Thus we are now in the second year of our partnership with the Klahoose First nation, to produce the Deep Roots Initiative, and are participating in the the National Campus and Community Radio Association’s (NRCA) Rendez-vous de la Francophonie program again this year,” said Roy L Hales, President of Cortes Community Radio, CKTZ 89.5 FM. CKTZ is one...
Who Listens To Cortes Radio?

Who Listens To Cortes Radio?

According to the Google Analytics program installed on our website, close to half of CKTZ’s online visitors (46.79%) are between the ages of 45 and 64, But. interesting enough, this is one of the few sectors where the percentage of our listening audience is declining. So who listens to Cortes Radio? Who Listens To CKTZ? While is almost impossible to obtain accurate statistics about our FM broadcast audience, the Google Analytics program on our website know says there were 10,075 page views during January 2018. Only a quarter of our online visitors are from our broadcast area (Campbell River, the Discovery Islands, northern Comox, parts of Powell River ). The vast majority are Canadian and significant numbers come from Vancouver (8.72%), Richmond (3.55%), Nanaimo (2.13%) and even Calgary (2.03%) While there were a significant number of visitors aged over 65, they are only slightly more numerous than our 35-44 year old audience (15.98% to 15.14%). Both sectors are growing and have a slightly higher share of the new users (16.14% to 16.29%, respectively). The next statistics may come as a surprise to people convinced that no one over 50 still listens to radio. Almost a quarter (22.09%) of our listeners are between 18 and 34 and the percentage of new users in the age group is larger (23.02%.) The screenshot above suggests were are attracting more new visitors under the age of 24 than any of the +45 categories. What Are They Looking AT? Want to know what they are looking at? Our top ten pages, ranked by the number of visits, were: CKTZ’s homepage (& Listen Live) CKTZ’s...