Talk Shows

Cortes Community Radio was designed to broadcast the “concerns, interests, and activities of the Northern Gulf Islands to the public.” This goes beyond reading announcements and short bulletins. We need to produce local news and talk shows.

Though CKTZ broadcasts a number of popular news programs like Democracy NowRadio Ecoshock, these are all syndicated programs from outside of our listening area.


Cortes Currents

Cortes Currents (orginally the ECOreport) is a radio news program that asks what’s current on Cortes and beyond. The half hour news magazine airs Saturdays at 1 PM and repeating on Wednesday’s at 9:30 AM. Cortes Currents also produces shorter news items which are broadcast at 9 AM Monday to Friday and repeated Monday at 6 PM; Tuesday at 5:30 PM, Wednesdays 5 PM and Thursdays at 6 PM.

Click on the links below to access:

Cortes Radio News

Cortes Radio news is a mixture of news items and PSAs from the Cortes Community Radio Society.

Click on the following links to access:

Folk U Radio

Folk U Radio… taking old school viral on CKTZ 89.5 FM (or
Fridays 5PM to 7 PM.

“We have an island of explorers, gardeners, artists, writers, dancers, farmers, lumberjacks, swimmers, fisher-people, craftspeople, scientists, citizens, professors, home-makers and home-builders. Let’s share what we know. And have fun doing it!? - Folk University website

Call with your questions/comments to 250-935-0200 or email

Click here to access the podcasts and more

Gabbing about Gardening

Gabbing about Gardening, Tuesdays 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM

This show features experienced and expert gardeners, writers, teachers, farmers and chefs who “gab” with Lu about a wide range of topics including permaculture, composting, cooking, seed-saving, soil health, community gardens, urban gardening, food security, medicinal plants, edible landscaping and much more.  Guests on Lu’s show come from near and far, locally and globally.  (Read More)

Free Range Radio

Free Range Radio 

No podcasts are available.

with Doug Hamel is “a place where your mind has the possibility of roaming free and perhaps gathering in some images, some facts, some words and inspiration or even antagonistic dialogue. It is free range, it’s going to roam.” The essential question is “Who and what is going on?” Sundays 7:30 -9:30 PM; (repeat) Mondays 10:00 -10:30 PM.

Listening In

Listening In is broadcast over Cortes Radio, CKTZ 89.5 FM, on select Mondays at 6:30 PM

“My radio show Listening In is my way of carrying on the rich oral tradition of using the breath to animate* the written word off the page and into the air, in our case into the airwaves, and into the omniscient ear of the Universe. Because the Universe is always listening in.” - Francesca

Click here to listen

Nature Boy

Nature Boy with George Sirk is back. Wed from 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM

For a naturalist’s perspective on global issues, as varied as a new bird discovered in Amazonia to the current thickness of the ice in Lancaster Sound, from rare Lampreys in the Comox Valley to why Mitlenatch Island needs to be burnt to the ground, (according to a leading naturalist)…Nature Boy will ponder the strangest things, the mundane and pick them bones clean.

Here are some podcasts from Season One.

Nuevo Malibu

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Wanna REALLY Get Away? See What The Future Holds? Think You’ve Heard Enough About The Donald? Follow the adventures of Landis, Mack and Doctor Shay Watt through time and the universe.

Nuevo Malibu was written and produced by Allen Perkins. It was recorded on location in the universe, specifically Quadra Island at the Dave Blinzinger Studio.

All aboard for the radio series Nuevo Malibu.

Current Producers

Odette Auger, Sagamok Anishnabek

Odette Auger, Sagamok Anishnabekmoved to the traditional territories of the toq qaymɩxʷ (Klahoose) in 1999. She started working with Cortes Radio in 2013, fundraising and project management. Writing and producing for Deep Roots gave an outlet for Odette’s storytelling skills, and a lasting love of the listening, story gathering, and collaborative processShe is one of the Cortes Currents producers for the 2020 Local Journalism Grant.

(Access her podcasts here.)

De Clarke

De Clarke is a retired software engineer and intermittent author who  has lived on Cortes since late 2011. Her motto: Show me the math. De has served on the Boards of many of Cortes Island organizations, including Cortes Radio.
She is one of the producers of both the Cortes Currents news magazine and Daily News.

Access her long form articles on this website here.

Mande Aufochs Gillespie

Mande Aufochs Gillespie is the founder of Cortes Island’s Folk U and produced a number of episodes for Deep Roots Initiative, Cortes Currents and is also the host of Folk U Radio which is broadcast on Fridays at 1 PM,

Access all of her work on this website here.

Francesca Gesualdi

Francesca Gesualdi is a Quadra Island resident who produced some excellent programs for Cortes Currents, Rendez-vous de la Francophonie and more recently, Listening In.

Click here to access her work.

Roy L Hales

Roy L Hales  - came to Cortes Island in 2010. He is the founder/editor of Cortes Currents (formerly the ECOreport), which has been broadcast over Cortes Radio since 2014, and has been on the Board of Cortes Radio since 2016. He produced a variety of news and features for Cortes Radio, several programs for the Deep Roots Initiative and numerous Daily News and Magazine programs for Cortes Currents,

Access his work here

Max Thaysen

Max Thaysen immigrated to Cortes Island from Vancouver in 2007. He has been elected to the board of the Friends of Cortes Island (FOCI) in 2009, and served as president since 2012.  He is one of the Cortes Currents producers for the Cortes Radio 2020 Local Journalism Grant.

Access his work here

Tara Warkentin

Tara Warkentin grew up on Cortes. She was one of the producers during the first season of Deep Roots and more recently Cortes Currents.

Access her articles on this website here.

Special Programs

Art on the Island

Art on the island was a series of interviews that Maureen Bader had with Cortes Island artists, and some from beyond.

Access the podcasts here

The Deep Roots Initiative

The Deep Roots Initiative was sponsored by the Community Radio Fund of Canada and builds upon a strong foundation of CKTZ’s successful Legends series and our long running Coast Salish language program.

Access the Deep Roots Initiative index page

Discovery Sound

Discovery Sound aims to captivate kids’ imaginations and help parents provide their children with a fun alternative to screen time, whether it’s at bedtime, in the car, or while travelling. The show airs classic and contemporary stories, songs, poetry and the odd radio play suitable for a young audience.

Click here to access the podcasts

The Klahoose Language Program

The Klahoose Language Program with Norm Harry is an old Cortes radio favourite which was brought back through the 2019 Deep Roots Initiative.

Click here to access the podcasts

Qʷaqʷθamčxʷ “You Tell a Story!

Qʷaqʷθamčxʷ “You tell a story!” The Klahoose Nation invited youth from Tla’Amin, Komoks, and Homalco to spend a weekend learning to create podcasts.  Learning storytelling techniques was a significant part of the camp, however, the most important part was connecting these youth to each other at an early age. This opportunity for them to explore their beautiful land and spend time together sharing their songs and skills provided an opportunity for an earlier connection between youth in the Sister Nations.

Click here to access the podcasts

Rendez-vous de la Francophonie

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 was one of the twenty Canadian stations contributing to the Rendez-vous de la Francophonie.

Listen to our contributions here.

Spark Point Music

Spark Point Music is a musical exploration for youth, aged 8 to 18, on the remote island of Cortes. They were given 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. “

Click here to access the series

The Story from Hear Audio Collective

The Story from Hear Audio Collective held a 5-day production-oriented workshop on Cortes Island last summer, focusing on the power of sound, listening, and place-based audio storytelling.

Click here to access the podcasts

Vintage Vignettes

Vintage Vignettes, a joint project of Cortes Community Radio and Cortes Island Museum and Archives, brings you “radio snapshots” of local life in simpler times.

Word of the Day

Word of the Day comes out of the most Northern Coast Salish group (Homalco, Klahoose, K’omox. Tla’amin).

“Our four communities agreed to work together to produce a resource that can be used by all of our people. We are indebted to our elders who are now gone, and the present elders we are working with. They have been very generous to give their knowledge and time.”

Access the podcasts here

CKTZ’s Podcasts

Photo Credit: Look Who’s Talking (Kids playing near Hollyhock, Cortes Island)- Roy L Hales photo