Microphone (Not unlike the one used by our DJs) by Alex Indigo via Flickr (CC BY SA, 2.0 License)

Cortes Community radio’s mandate is to provide a platform where the “the concerns, interests, and activities of the Northern Gulf Islands” can be expressed. This means providing “local, minority and Canadian actors and musicians” with a voice. According to station Manager Howie Roman, our volunteer DJs are CKTZ!

“Without our DJ’s we really would just be playing the playlist.”

Our DJs

There are currently 24 DJs, producing the following shows.Profiles & Podcasts will appear as dropboxes, under “Our DJs” in the top Navigation Bar, as they are ready. (Click here to view in the schedule

Anything Goes - Sat: 10:30 AM-1 PM; Thu: 8-10:30 PM

From New York soul to rock’n’roll, from Whaletown to Mowtown, Howie & Paul the K take you on a musical tour of some of the greatest music ever made.

Clio FM - Wed: 5:00-7:00 PM; Fri 7-9 PM

Radio Clash with D J Johnnie - Fri: 9:30 - Midnight; Wed: 11 PM - 1 AM



Take me to the Casbah with Mr Driven’, Sun:10:00-12:00 PM, Thu: 10:30 PM - 12:30 AM

Cortes Radio first aired Take me to the Casbah with Mr Driven’ in Feb 2012. He plays music and occasional opinions.

Genres: psychedelic, acoustic/bluegrass/roots, reggae, funk/soul, electronic (bass), experimental, pop remixes, new age, mixtape, Canadians, (Classic) rock, world, hip hop, blues

Eclectic Selection with Lorne - Tues. 3 -5 PM

Folk Club with Andy Vine - Tues.10 - 11 AM;  Fri. 6 - 7 PM

“Andy Vine’s best known song is probably Woman of Labrador, which was 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 about folk music, his trip to Ireland and much more.

Klahoose Language with Norm Harry - Wed 2:30 - 4 PM


From The  Muse’s Garden with Victor van Buskirk: Mondays 5 -7 PM; Thu 12 - 2 PM

Please tune in early Monday evenings on Cortes Community Radio CKTZ 89.5 FM from 5:00 - 7:00 for From The Muse’s Garden. 2 hours of local and international readings dovetailing with reflective music to perhaps enjoy your supper to. If you have poems you would like to read, join me on-air or have me read them or if you can send You Tube links or MP3s that would be great.


Hurricane Rena
Homegrown Show with Rena Patrick - Sun: 1:00-3:00 PM

“The Homegrown show has been playing on Cortes Radio since 2012. It features local and Canadian music, especially artists from the west coast. The genres are open, but it tends to feature folk music, country, rock and blues, particularly with a west coast theme, or subjects that celebrate our lives on the BC coast. However, I like to play a few songs from Atlantic Canada as well in each show.”

Hiway Hippy’s End of the Road Show - 3 - 6 PM

Hello listeners, my is Gregg aka Hiway Hippy. I came to Cortes Radio with my End of the Road Show the first week of June 2018. (Read More)

Greg Osoba
Lunchtime Locomotion with Nat King Cono - Fridays 11 AM - 1 PM; Repeats Tues 1 - 3 PM

On Friday Lunchtime Locomotion, Nat King Cono brings you lively and thoughtful music from around the world to get your weekend started. Somewhat nostalgic and always toe tapping, he endeavours to get you moving.

Mixtapes (with Jonesy) - Thu: 4 -6 PM; Sat 3 -5 PM

Profile: “Jonesy’s passion for mixtapes harkens back to the cassette era. She loved compiling collections for friends, or having them introduce her to a new artist. Jonesy never dreamed of playing mixtapes over the radio until coming to Cortes Island. “

Phil’s Pick ’n Mix - Wed 8 -10 PM; Tue 9 - 11 PM

Phil Allen became a DJ back in the years that Cortes Community radio was a pirate station. He likes to find new music and share it with others. Phil jokes that his show is the one man and his dog show. It can feel very lonely, being in the DJ booth by himself speaking into a microphone. You don’t know if anyone is actually listening until someone comments about your show. So why does he do it? What is the Story Behind Phil’s Pick ’n Mix?

Pranayama Pachamama - Sun: 11:30 AM -1 PM; Wed: 10 -11:30 AM
Kirtan music to set the days vibrations

Sasparilla- Sat: 9:30 AM - Noon; Repeats Mon: 9:30-12:00 PM

Start off the week with mellow misty morning sounds!

ShimSham Show With Psychedelic Sam - Thu: 6:00-8:00 PM; Mon 2-4 PM

Stone Soup (DJ Artemisia) - Wed: 12:30-2:30 PM; Mon 12-2 PM

Stone Soup: A cup of folk, a cup of world, a dash of Hip Hop, a splash of the jazz and clues with a healthy dose of Canadian artists.

“Banned from blasting into any pop stations or blasting boy bands on the stereo by my brothers, I grew up on Classic Rock; Reggae and as much Zappa as my mom would tolerate over the speakers. My own musical heart awoke when I discovered world music and blue grass- life has never been the same since.”

Vinho Do Porto (Susana) - Tue: 11:30 AM-1 PM; Fri 1-3 PM

Profile: “Susana was born in Porto, Portugal. After a strong career in sales as a commercial director, she founded and ran a flourishing vegetarian and macrobiotic restaurant that evolved to feed the body, mind and soul as a spiritual center for holistic healing.”

Local News & Weather

Cortes Community Radio’s DJs provide most of the station’s coverage of local news* and weather.

Howie explains, “In the training we discuss the ways to promote local events … I instruct people to read from the announcement board, from the flyer (which each week I circle in yellow the items we are to announce and from the Cortes Tideline. Strictly- events, non-profit news- I instruct people how to find the weather including marine weather both of which are on the bookmark toolbar … We have had calls thanking us for giving a storm warning.”

*CKTZ’s locally produced environmental news program, The ECOreport, covers many local stories in more depth.

Photo Credit: Microphone by Alex Indigo via Flickr (CC BY SA, 2.0 License)