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Station receives training funds

Members learn how to put together hour-long spoken word weekly show

CJMP 90.1 FM, Powell River’s community radio station, has been awarded $5,210 through the Radio Talent Development Program of the Community Radio Fund of Canada (CRFC) for its Beyond Survival development project.

This is a training program for CJMP members to learn how to produce a weekly one-hour spoken word show as a team. Each team has two hosts, a technician, producer, and two researchers who will learn to collaborate in order to produce high-quality shows that run regularly. Through training, members will develop skills and passion for media that they will share with the community as they develop shows for and by the

community into the future.

CJMP has been broadcasting at 90.1 FM since 2003, providing members of the community with a venue for airing their own views and playing the music that interests them. Powell River Community Radio Society, which manages the radio station, has taken on more than 150 new members since October 2010 and the broadcast schedule is growing quickly.

Aron Strumecki, board president, is thrilled at the funding news. “Over the last eight months we’ve been busy rebuilding CJMP’s studio, creating new programs and getting new volunteers involved in all aspects of running a community radio station. This grant will help us start telling stories of real interest to people in the region.”

CRFC President John Harris Stevenson agrees. “The Community Radio Fund is all about supporting programming that matters to people in your town, your village, your neighbourhood. I’m very happy that the fund has been able to contribute to so many amazing community projects again this year.”

The CRFC supports more than 150 licensed campus and community radio stations across Canada. Its programs aim to strengthen local news and community programming, promote local music and emerging artists, support emerging distribution technologies as well as sustainability of community radio stations to effectively serve their local communities.

For more information about CJMP and the Beyond Survival development project, interested readers can visit the station's website.

More information about the CRFC and all of its recipients can be found on its website.