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Do Not Use · 6th May 2010
Cortes Radio
2:00pm, Sunday May 16th
in the Pioneer Room, Manson’s Hall
free snacks!

Get caught up, get involved! We need you to help diversify and lend your individual creative talent!

The Cortes Community Radio is now in its fifth year of operation, broadcasting from a portion of Manson’s Hall, previously the home of the Island’s medical clinic. The station has taken a true to Cortes Island, organic path to realizing the potential of a community powered radio, broadcasting 24/7, with over 126 hours of programming per week. You will find our radio at 89.5 and 90.9 (Squirrel Cove) on the fm dial, covering a wide variety of public interests, services, and local promotions, as well as offering relevant information on community planning, political and ecological issues. Early in 2010 the Radio Society was able to purchase, with the help of our most valued sponsor, a generator for back up power, enabling us to broadcast real time vital information in the case of any local emergency. Regular programs include documentaries, live music, concerts, festivals, interviews, spoken word shows, selected imports, youth programming, and children’s story time. This year a long time goal was achieved with the very first production of an original radio play, “Apples in the Forest” written by Kirsten Vidulich. The play hosted on Cortes Community Radio highlighted the creative writing and acting of some of Cortes Island’s finest talent. Presently the Cortes Community Radio Society is in the process of applying to the Canadian Communications Radio Commission (CRTC) for a Class B Community FM Radio Broadcasting License. Part of the application requires hiring a licensed professional broadcasting Engineer to assure compliance with Industry Canada technical standards. At this time the Cortes Radio Society would like to ask the community for letters of support addressed to the “Secretary General and Members of the Commission” to be sent to the Cortes Radio’s Manson’s Landing postbox or emailed to sprungwomangmail.com. Financing for this application and the on going operating costs make fundraising and fund-raisers a constant requirement.

A sense of community and a labor of love volunteer force are the backbone of the Society but survival of the station also depends on financial support from the very listeners it benefits. Many island and off-island business and individuals have chosen the option of sponsoring a specific radio show. This is a unique and cost effective way for businesses to target their prospective customers and for the radio society acquire the funding to continue to operate. Programming time slots are open and listeners from Campbell River, Quadra, Cortes, and the Outer Islands are encouraged to fill them. Also on the horizon are plans to allow for mobile broadcasting, and broadcasting from one’s own home computer. An extensive programming guide is now available on the www.cortesisland.com web site that instructs listeners on how to financially support the station in a number of ways including memberships, donations, and product purchases.

To view the guide and donation details, click on the red highlighted Cortes Radio button on the top right hand corner of the Tidelines Frontpage. Our mailing address is Cortes Community Radio Society Box 97, Manson’s Landing BC V0P 1K0. The email address is radiofreecortesyahoo.ca. Please consider renewing your annual membership, and/or dropping off a show proposal, there are also endless areas both in the programming and in the station that need filling and hopefully your input! We sincerely hope to see you at our AGM. Thank you Cortes for all you has offered us thus far, and we hope to continue to develop and flex our creative, collective voices!