Basil Creek, described in one of CKTZ's two local 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 Now, Radio Ecoshock, these are all syndicated programs from outside of our listening area.

Here are some of the programs produced from Within our area:

Art on the Island with Maureen Bader

Tune in most Fridays between 9-9:30 am to hear Maureen Bader talk live to local artists about their background, inspirations, current projects, and production and marketing challenges. 

The Deep Roots Initiative builds upon a strong foundation of CKTZ’s successful Legends series over the two years, and our long running Coast Salish language program. Cortes has a remarkable reservoir of cultural knowledge, environmental science and practical expertise, all with deep roots in volunteerism, and local responsibility.  The Initiative will provide the vehicle for putting those resources to work in the community, through the radio. 

The Tragically Hip / CBC’s The Hour / Toronto, Ontario / 15 October 2006 by amber dawn pullin via Flickr (CC BY SA, 2.0 License)

Free Range Radio 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.(

Wanna REALLY Get Away Wanna REALLY Get Away? See What The Future Holds? Think You’ve Heard Enough About The Donald? Come on Board For A Visit To Nuevo Malibu.

Rochelle Baker broadcasts specials mostly on select Wednesdays: 9:00 -9:30 AM; (repeat) Tuesdays 5:00-5:30 PM.

  • A link to all of her feed - features, press releases, Discovery Sound & a Deep Roots episode. 
  • Discovery Sound - which aims to captivate kids’ imaginations with classic and contemporary stories, songs, poetry and the odd radio play suitable for a young audience. (Read More)

Roy L Hales - produces a variety of new and features, mostly through the ECOreport, which is broadcast Wednesdays at 9 AM; repeating Tuesdays at 5 PM.


Railway Tracks image by Victoria Fenner

Railway Tracks image by Victoria Fenner

Rendez-vous de la Francophonie is produced by participating stations across Canada and broadcast on CKTZ Wednesdays, from 9:30 - 10: AM.

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.

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