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.
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:
- (Almost) Daily News (Local Journalism Initiative)
- Cortes Currents Magazine (Local Journalism Initiative)
- Older Cortes Currents posts on this website (2017 -20)
- Earlier posts (broadcast over CKTZ from 2014-17) are under the Cortes Radio tab on Cortes Currents.ca
Cortes Radio News
Folk U Radio
Folk U Radio… taking old school viral on CKTZ 89.5 FM (or cortesradio.ca) 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
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 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
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.
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.
Odette Auger, Sagamok Anishnabek
Odette Auger, Sagamok Anishnabek, moved 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 process. She is one of the Cortes Currents producers for the 2020 Local Journalism Grant.
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.
Mande Aufochs Gillespie
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,
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.
Tara Warkentin grew up on Cortes. She was one of the producers during the first season of Deep Roots and more recently Cortes Currents.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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. “
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.
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