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General News · 11th May 2011

As we head into the Cortes Community Radio Society’s 7th Annual General Meeting, we thought we’d take the time to let the community know some of what has been accomplished in 2010. This has been another busy year with some major advancements.
We’ve had a number of new shows and new disc jockeys this year. Just to highlight a few, “The Doin’ Me Good show” on Friday afternoons , “Girl Crush” on Wednesday afternoons, and the Sunday afternoon classical music show “Allegro” have really upped the content level; lets keep it coming! There are still many, many things that members of the community can do to get involved in with the radio, please contact us if you have any ideas you’d like to put into practice, or if you’d like to volunteer.
As always, fundraising has been a big piece of the Board’s ongoing work. We held two Lip Sync talent show nights in 2010, a good one in August, and a wonderful event in February. The Lip Syncs are a throwback to the Variety Nights this island held in the 70’s and 80’s, and have proven to be great nights of family entertainment; Cortes Island excels at silly! Start thinking about your acts now as another Lip Sync is scheduled for early August 2011.
We didn’t have a Drive-In movie in 2010, but we are hoping to continue with this fun family friendly fundraiser soon.
The Spirit points from the Heriot Bay Store and now from Quadra Foods have been a big boost to Cortes Radio, in the form of raffle prizes, concession items, and gift cards of appreciation for valued volunteers. Once again we’d like to thank the Tru-Value Stores and all islanders who have given their points to Cortes Radio.
Sponsorships have recently become a major contributor to the stations ongoing finances. This year we finally got a system in place to track the sponsorships and to make sure things are rolling smoothly. Once again we thank everyone who has agreed to sponsor a show. If you yourself, or your business would like to sponsor a show, please contact the radio and let us know, and we will do our best to find a suitable match.
Also on the fundraising front, we received a Grant- In-Aid from the Regional District again this year. This grant is allocated to our “big move”. This summer we will be moving into half of the upstairs room in the Manson’s Hall, NOT the library side. It’s really exciting to look forward to a space set-up, and specifically designed for Cortes Community Radio. Once the basic renovation is done, we will need built-in desks, new shelving, old shelving re-figured, and much more. Any carpenters interested in contributing some work, please speak to Howie.
We also applied for and received a grant from The Coastal Community Credit Union to be used to run a “Camp Radio” for kids. We hustled and tried to run it during this Spring Break, but didn’t receive enough registrations. We hope to run it this summer with a little more time for planning and organization.
The tower that we installed in 2009 is functioning well. We still need to solve the generator/power failure situation, and have been saving up to purchase a generator and the pieces that are involved in setting up an automatic switch over.
Finally, after eight years of planning and a year and half of serious work our license application is in the hands of the CRTC and Industry Canada. We believe that it has passed the first “Deficiencies” stage, and next will be presented at an upcoming CRTC Board hearing for (hopefully!) approval. This application is a two pronged application with documents going to both the CRTC and to Industry Canada. Industry Canada requires a Technical Engineers report, which has cost us $6,000.00. A copy of our application is available for perusal in the Vancouver Island Regional Library – Cortes Island Branch, in Manson’s Hall.

We thank all of you for your continued support and participation of the work we are doing, and for continuing to believe in the little radio station that could!

We hope to see many of you at our upcoming AGM, Sunday May 15th, 7:00pm in the Manson’s Hall Pioneer room; $25.00 membership.

From the Board of Directors - Cortes Community Radio Society - 89.5fm
Box 211 Manson’s Landing, B.C. V0P 1K0, (250) - 935-0200, and