CFUZ Studio Reopens to Regular Programming June 1, 2020 by CFUZ
June 1 2020 marks the day that CFUZ programming volunteers have regained access to the CFUZ Studio and Office space, since the start of isolation due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
On March 28, the CFUZ Board of Directors closed their studio and office space to volunteers, in order to comply with governmental regulations, and to ensure the safety of all CFUZ volunteers. "We didn't want coming to the studio to be the justification for putting people at risk for exposure to the virus" said Dave Del Rizzo, Program Director for CFUZ. "While we recognized that radio had been declared an essential service, we were not really in a position to provide a service in the spirit of how the essential service designation is defined."
Instead, volunteer programmers were encouraged to continue to make their programs using their own equipment from home. Del Rizzo explained that many of the CFUZ volunteer programmers began their involvement by creating their content at home, and some still do. "We have the benefit of being flexible in that way, our systems are designed to be accessible both from our own studio, and remotely", he said.
The re-opening of the studio today means that restrictions have been relaxed to allow regular established programs hosts to enter and use the studio facilities at the Cannery Trade Centre. For some hosts, this will be their first time back on air in over two months. Many are looking forward to returning.
CFUZ First Annual ONAIRversary January 22, 2020 by CFUZ
On Saturday February 1 2020, CFUZ Peach City Radio will celebrate one full year on the air at 92.9 FM.
To mark the occasion, the volunteers at the station are preparing a full day of live programming that will show off our locally created radio programs. The program hosts will be asking listeners to make donations of any amount to keep 92.9 FM humming along on our 50 watt transmitter, and pumping out local greatness through our antenna on top of the Cannery Trade Centre in Penticton.
Now you might be asking yourself, how much should I donate?
Well it depends on how much of this cool stuff you want...
Come on down to the station with a fist full of change (any little bit helps!) and you will be the proud recipient of a FIST BUMP from one of our awesome volunteers. A donation of $9.29 or more gives you a 92.9 FM LOCAL STICKER. A donation of $25 or more gets you our new stainless steel CFUZ WATER BOTTLE (plus a sticker, and heck we'll throw in a fist bump too)!
There will be more great giveaways throughout the day so make sure you listen for your chance to grab some more great swag.
Donations can be made online (CFUZ.ca), in person, (Cannery Trade Centre 121-1475 Fairview Road, Penticton) or over the phone (236-422-0929).
Our goal is to raise $4000 which will go a long way in helping us with our transmission costs, volunteer training and continual improvement of this station.
Mark your calendars, tune in and make a donation on February 1st.
Peach City Radio Society AGM 2019 November 14, 2019 by CFUZ
Another amazing year has come and gone for Peach City Radio, and we are preparing to gather the membership together for our 2019 Annual General Meeting on Wednesday November 27 at Okanagan College Penticton Campus.
This year has quite arguably been our most adventurous, rewarding and successful year to date. We have much to celebrate, not the least of which is nearly a year of FM broadcast under our belt. In fact, we've been so busy, that many of you may have noticed we barely have time to keep the front page of our website current!
During the AGM, your Directors will present information about our work this past year, along with providing some insight into upcoming projects and initiatives in place for the next few months.
Please take note that nominations for Board positions are required in advance of the meeting, and should be submitted via email to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than November 20.
At the 2019 AGM, 4 of 7 directorships will expire and the following positions will be decided at the conclusion of the AGM:
Secretary- 2 year term
Treasurert - 2 year term
Director - 2 year term
Director - 2 year term
Detailed descriptions of each of these positions can be found here. We encourage anyone interested in a Board position to review our Society documents pertaining to Board positions, as well as our Constitution and Bylaws document.
Immediately following the meeting, Peach City Radio invites the public to mingle and meet current volunteers and committee members of our Society. If you are interested in becoming a part of Peach City Radio, and particularly in volunteering on a committee, members will be on hand to answer any questions you may have regarding what committees do, and how they function.
If you are interested in attending, or want to know more about the Society, please see our AGM page.
Official CFUZ-FM Launch Party June 14, 2019 by CFUZ
It has been over 4 months since we switched on our FM transmitter so it is time for a party. Please join us at the CFUZ Peach City Radio station this Sunday, September 16th for our official FM Launch!
92.9 FM LAUNCH
Sunday June 16th, 2019, 4:00 pm
CFUZ Studio at the Cannery Trade Centre
121-1475 Fairview Road, Penticton
We are inviting the community to come down for a short outdoor presentation, plus studio tours and the chance to voice some on-air messages. We would love to have listeners, supporters and members old and new in attendance. It's also Father's Day - so why not bring the whole family?
We will be holding our annual RadioActive Awards on Sunday as well. This is our opportunity to recognize the incredible humans making CFUZ Peach City Radio great.
CFUZ RADIOACTIVE AWARDS
Sunday June 16th, 2019, 5:30 pm
The Nest & Nectar at the Cannery Trade Centre
301-1475 Fairview Road, Penticton
Everyone is welcome to attend the RadioActive Awards which will take place at The Nest & Nectar following the Launch. Come and mingle with your fellow members and meet the hosts of your favourite CFUZ programs! The Nest & Nectar is providing their famous poutine buffet which will be free to CFUZ members and available at a nominal fee for non-members. They also have an excellent bar & coffee menu (user-pay) but please note that their regular food menu will not be available during this event.
The CFUZ Board will present this year's awards and thank the many volunteers for what has been our most exciting year yet!
The hard-working volunteers at the Peach City Community Radio Society (CFUZ) are excited to see nine years of work pay off. On February 1 2019 the FM transmitter will be turned on and CFUZ will start broadcasting at 92.9 FM.
Earlier this month CFUZ received a broadcast certificate from the Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC). This signified that a successful test broadcast, a final requirement of Innovation, Science & Economic Development Canada (ISED), had occurred. The test phase took place over a period of four weeks in December/January and during that time many Penticton residents discovered the CFUZ 92.9 FM signal which was broadcasting a wide array of new music created by Canadian artists.
The journey to successfully launching a community FM radio station began with a group of interested residents attending an information meeting at the Penticton Art Gallery and then incorporating as the Peach City Community Radio Society in early 2010. Along the way, the non-profit society raised funds for broadcast equipment and a studio, transmitted temporary broadcasts, and hosted numerous events such as concerts, volunteer training sessions, public talks and even a live radio play. Peach City Radio also hosts the annual Okanagan Vinyl Festival which acts as a key fundraiser for the organization.
The station makes its home in the Cannery Trade Centre and the tower and antenna are visible atop the eastern end of the building. Volunteers have been operating a 24/7 online stream of radio content since 2014 and this will continue in tandem with the FM signal.
It has been a tremendous amount of work for a group of volunteers with jobs, families and other commitments but the driving force has been a love of radio and the desire to provide Penticton with a new local voice. An impressive number of radio programs have been produced by volunteers over the years, some winning awards at the national level. The station encourages members of the community to tune in for these locally produced programs which feature both spoken word content and a diverse music mix.
Speak Out Volunteers Wanted January 6, 2019 by CFUZ
In conjunction with our most recent Community Radio Fund of Canada grant, the CFUZ Speak Out Collective will soon be producing a weekly one hour show highlighting the work of community and non-profit groups in our listening area.
We are looking for five volunteers to be a part of the collective and to host the shows. If you have an interest in being involved with community radio, but do not wish to create and host your own show, this is a great opportunity! Volunteers will receive, training, mentorship and support. For more information please see the link below.
I am happy to report on some very exciting developments taking place at the station.
First, I hope you have taken note of our tower and antenna on the roof of the Cannery Trade Centre. This has now been connected to our transmitter and all associated electrical and engineering work is complete.
Second, we have successfully navigated the paper trail required for compliance with the City of Penticton, Innovation, Science & Economic Development Canada (ISED), and NavCanada. This was no small feat - thank you to all of the very helpful contacts at these organizations who made this as painless as possible.
And on Wednesday Dec 12, with ISED on site, we passed the initial broadcast qualification needed to proceed with our FM broadcast undertaking!
What this means is the antenna and transmitter are functioning as designed and the signal is working well with no known problems.
What's next? Well, we can't put Peach City Radio on the air just yet. One of our final hurdles is to run a 3 to 6 week test broadcast to determine if there are reports of signal interference. This will be a 24/7 terrestrial broadcast and will consist mainly of a random mix of eclectic music and station identification messages. If all goes well we will be awarded our broadcast certificate!
As you know - Peach City Radio is MUCH MORE than a random music mix. Peach City Radio is local voices, information, issues and ideas as well as great locally created music programming. The CFUZ programming that you have come to know and love is still running 24/7 on our online stream at www.cfuz.ca and will not transfer over to the FM station until we successfully complete the test broadcast and we are satisfied that we have everything in place to begin our FM station phase.
That said - I invite you to tune your radios to 92.9 FM and enjoy the test broadcast of Penticton's newest radio signal now!
Finally I want to thank all of the volunteers working tirelessly in the direction of our FM goals. We have come a long way in 2018 and we are ending the year with so much to be proud of!
Jackie Del Rizzo
President - Peach City Community Radio Society