Free Radio On My Phone Campaign May 26, 2016 by PCR
Major Canadian telecommunication and mobile companies have blocked access to the FM receiver chip installed in most android smart phones. A new campaign has recently launched to rally public support behind convincing companies to unlock this feature, which would allow consumers to listen to FM radio over their phone for free.
"Our goal is to put pressure on the four national and four regional telecom carriers to get them to unlock the FM chip for public use," said Barry Rooke, executive director of the NCRA. "There was a successful campaign in the United States in 2015, with four of the five major telecoms bowing down to public pressure. Our goal is to have all eight Canadian wireless providers allow access to the FM chip by the end of 2016."
Some of the highlights to why the FM chip needs to be turned on include:
Saves 3x the battery life of your phone - compared to streaming services
Saves 20x the data use on your phone - compared to streaming services
Allows for emergency broadcasting and public safety alerts as mandated in the NPAS system
Allows individuals with hearing and other disabilities to access technology to aid in communication
"FM technology is still the most popular format of our stations and the sector as a whole," Rooke said. "This opportunity offers a great way to expand our listenership, and the options available to the public to access content. We are looking to expand our industry partners to work on enabling these chips. Specifically we are contacting individuals, groups and organizations who will join the growing list of supporters located on the www.FreeRadioOnMyPhone.ca website and help us get the word out through social media, public service announcements, and other forms of promotion that encourage the public to get involved".
Visit CFUZ at the Farmers Market May 24, 2016 by PCR
On Saturday May 28th, Peach City Radio will have a table at the Farmers' Market. We won't just be spreading the message about community radio goodness, it will also be a training opportunity for those interested in making radio. Cam, a longtime programmer with Peach City Radio, will be training interested volunteers in interviewing techniques, how to use a field microphone, and he'll also have a laptop computer there so you can edit your audio. Editing your audio on site will give you quick feedback on your sound quality and interviewing technique so you can improve on the fly. The audio will be put together into episodes that will air on Peach City Radio. Cam did something similar at the final Farmers' Market of the season in 2015; the result was Peach City Requests which you can listen to here.
Please contact our Volunteer Coordinator Claire if you are interested in participating in this radio making opportunity at the Market. The first shift goes from 7:30 - 10:30am and the last shift from 10:30am - 1:30pm. Hope to see you there!
2016 Okanagan Vinyl Fest Accepting Vendors May 12, 2016 by PCR
Peach City Radio is now accepting vendor applications for tables at the 2016 Okanagan Vinyl Fest. The event is in its 5th year, and will take place on September 25, 2016 at the Penticton Senior's Drop-In Centre on South Main Street. The Okanagan Vinyl Fest committee is also looking for sponsors for the event - contact us at info @ peachcityradio.org for more details on how your business can get involved.
Last year saw the event move to a new venue, where more vendors could be accommodated. The move was a huge success, and well received by vendors and by attendees.
The 2016 edition of the event will incorporate many new ideas and activities for attendees to take in, and will once again feature a live broadcast from the event to CFUZs online stream.
Please follow the link below in order to reserve your vendor table - act fast, as tables will not last long!
The door into the new Peach City Community Radio studio at the Cannery Trade Centre has some amazing roots.
It was a soundproof studio door at the first FM station to grace the airwaves of Penticton - CKOK - circa 1950. The door was donated to CFUZ by Glenis Shanks, nee Hohenadel, whose father Lou worked for CKOK from the 1950s to 80s. Thanks to some restoration work by the RONA Door Shop in the Cannery, and painting by Peach City Radio volunteer-of-the-year Kevin Nickerson, the old door is back in business and hanging proudly in our new digs.
The door donation was facilitated by Debra Formo, of Royal LePage Locations West Realty, a founding supporter of Peach City Radio.
"Microbrews for Microphones is a fun campaign that we started in 2015, which helps to engage our listeners and followers in Penticton's local brewing scene", said CFUZ President Dave Del Rizzo. "We're very grateful that the breweries participate, and we hpe that our program brings them a sales boost in the month preceding Okanagan Fest of Ale.". Del Rizzo goes on to explain that community radio is all about local involvement, and the participating breweries are great examples of businesses with a local focus.
During the month of March 2016, participating breweries in Penticton pledge to donate partial proceeds for each growler and grunt fill towards the development of community radio in Penticton. The winning participant is the one which fills the most during that time period, and wins the right to display the Microbrews for Microphones trophy for the remainder of the year in their tasting space.
We are jumping up and down with excitement to introduce our first ever CFUZ employee!
Peach City Radio is pleased to announce that Ophira Horwitz will join the CFUZ team as of Monday April 11th to coordinate and train our volunteers in preparation for broadcasting. Ophira comes from Ottawa by way of Nuxalk Radio in Bella Coola BC, and a community station in Sandy Lake First Nation, Ontario where she has taken on similar roles. She has a wealth of campus/community radio volunteer experience as well, and currently sits on the NCRA - National Campus and Community Radio Association board.
Ophira will work out of the new studio and will be one of the welcoming faces and voices many will associate with CFUZ. Her role as Station Coordinator is made possible through a Community Radio Fund of Canada Radiometres grant. She is a passionate fan of CFUZ and has been a follower and listener for the past 2 years. Welcome Ophira - it's going to be an incredible year!
Raise the Radio Campaign Ending Thursday March 28, 2016 by PCR
The dream of community radio moves one step closer to reality on Thursday, as the Peach City Community Radio Society ends its major Raise the Radio campaign.
Since it's launch in September 2014, local individuals, community groups and businesses have come together to support our project, and we are ever so close to attaining our goal of raising $30,000 to equip a broadcast studio in Penticton.
"Thanks to the extremely generous support of our fellow community members, CFUZ now has the funds available to buy the equipment we need to make this happen" commented Dave Del Rizzo, Society President. "Coming together as a group of people united under one voice is what community radio is all about, and it is exemplified in the success of this campaign."
The campaign - including all swag and benefits - will be open until midnight Thursday... so there is still time to visit our donation page and become a part of broadcast history in Penticton.
What's a growler? It's a re-fillable 2 litre glass jug that can be used to purchase local beers. Between March 1 & 31, part proceeds from each growler fill at participating locations will be donated to Peach City Radio.
"We've enjoyed getting to know our local microbreweries and are happy that they have joined up with us for this friendly competition and fundraiser" says Peach City Radio's Support Committee chair Jackie Del Rizzo. "We're encouraging everyone to visit these local tasting rooms, fill up a growler with their favourite brew, and know that they are supporting both the local craft beer industry and Peach City Radio at the same time."
Points will be earned by each location based on the number of growler fills over the course of the month, and Peach City Radio will present the coveted Microbrews for Microphones trophy for Pentictonís favourite beer at the 2016 Fest of Ale in April. Last year, Bad Tattoo took the top honours... will they be unseated as the top growler-filling Microbrew in Penticton this year?
CFUZ is Hiring a Station Coordinator February 26, 2016 by PCR
These are indeed exciting times for Peach City Radio!
Our new studio is taking shape, and we're very excited to share that with all of you soon. In the meantime, our Raise the Radio fundrive is almost over, and our goal of raising the capital we need to equip the studio is within our reach thanks to the generosity of our community.
Thanks to a recently successful grant proposal to the Community Radio Fund of Canada, the next piece of the puzzle will fall into place soon. CFUZ is now hiring a Station Coordinator to perform the duties required in fulfilling our Radiometres Grant. This first CFUZ staff member will be responsible for shaping our volunteer engagement, recruitment and retention strategies. This will allow us to better manage our community resources, and make our organization sustainable as we move towards broadcasting an FM signal later in 2016.
This is an amazing chance for someone to participate in the early stages of making a station happen! For full details and a copy of the job description, please follow the link below.