A Message From The President January 2, 2017 by PCR
Happy New Year Peach City Radio Members and Friends.
It's already been a couple of months since I was elected as President of the Peach City Community Radio Society - and they have been quite a whirlwind.
In those two months, the board has had two productive meetings, I was invited to take part in all of the committee gatherings to get updates on the work they're doing, I sat in on a great Radio 101 session, and we had a fun night at the pub to celebrate the holidays.
I've also spent a great deal of time getting up to speed on the progress that our Station Coordinator, Ophira Horwitz, has made in her time at CFUZ. She is bustling along, creating infrastructure for our volunteers and working full-time out of our studio. I've taken time over the past month to acquaint myself with the deliverables of the grant that made it possible for us to hire her, and to work closely with VP, Claire, to keep this project rolling along.
January will be no quieter - as we have many meetings and training opportunities taking place for our programmers and volunteers. Whether you are thinking about getting involved or have been taking part in some capacity before now, there are things to check out!
On January 4th, the Programming Committee will host an All Programmer's Meeting (open to all who have or want to have shows on CFUZ). On January 19th we'll host an intro to community radio session called Radio 101, and on several nights (January 24, 25 & 26) we will offer Radio 201 and 202 - which are new sessions designed to further develop our programmers on the ins and outs of the studio and being on the air. The board will also gather for a full day of strategic planning - making sure we are on track for a successful year.
We are full speed ahead - as much as we can be - with our group of hard-working volunteers. Thank-you for your patience as we get the station moving from one exciting phase to the next. Want to help? We have several committees looking for your ideas and enthusiasm and would love to add you to our growing list of community radio volunteers. Contact us at volunteer @ peachcityradio.org for more information.
Lastly, I look forward to working alongside our hands-on board of directors. Claire, Andrew 1, Andrew 2, Chris, Dave, Lydia, Sue & Ian thank you all for stepping up to continue this project. We're off to a great start and I can't wait to spend way too much time with you all over the next year.
2017 All Programmers Meeting December 21, 2016 by PCR
Looking for a reason to get some exercise after the holidays? Why not stretch your legs and join us for our first 2017 CFUZ Programmer Meeting! Anyone who is already a part of our programmer family, or perhaps considering being on the air at CFUZ, should plan to attend! The meeting will be held on Wednesday January 4 in the Cowork Penticton meeting space at 125 Eckhardt Ave E, and will begin at 6:30pm.
This is a gathering of anyone who is currently making programs for CFUZ, or plans to be involved in making programs for CFUZ in the future. Your Programming Committee is going to facilitate a long-overdue update of our activities over the past year, give an overview of programming at Peach City Radio, and an outlook to the future. We are excited to share with you all of the hard work we've accomplished over the past year, and to announce new training opportunities to happen later in the month of January. Training includes orientation sessions in our new studio!
If your plan is to have a show on our station one day, we suggest you clear your schedule, as this is a must-attend event.
CFUZ December Get Together December 6, 2016 by PCR
All CFUZ members and volunteers are invited to join in as we celebrate the holiday season on Thursday December 15. We'll be at the Barley Mill Sports Pub & Bistro (2460 Skaha Lake Rd) from 5:30pm on into the evening.
This is a casual event where everyone and anyone is encouraged to drop in and mingle with fellow CFUZ folks. This is your chance to also meet new Board members, get in touch with our new Membership Director Lydia Frederick, or talk about volunteering opportunities for the new year with Dave Del Rizzo, our new Volunteer Director!
Join us as we celebrate the season with some cheer, reminisce about our successes during the past year, and look forward to the challenges and excitement ahead of us in 2017!
Next Radio 101: December 12 November 28, 2016 by PCR
Things are heating up here at CFUZ and we're looking for qualified volunteers to help us take the station to the next level! Register for our next Radio 101 information session on Monday, December 12th at 6:30pm to learn about our volunteer opportunities and how to apply to join our ranks.
There's lots to do, from knocking on doors to raise funds, to helping out with our community events, to reaching out to local bands to grow our music library, to producing public service announcements, and of course, making radio shows. If you're already a volunteer, tell your friends!
We know that our station is stronger when our membership reflects the diversity of our community and we welcome the interest of people from a variety of cultures, ages, identities, orientations, and abilities. For more information, contact Station Coordinator, Ophira Horowitz.
Peach City Radio Elects New Board November 15, 2016 by PCR
The Peach City Community Radio Society held its 2016 Annual General Meeting on Monday November 14 at the Penticton Seniors Drop-In Centre.
Outgoing President Dave Del Rizzo gave a presentation of financials, budget and a 'State of CFUZ' address, which outlined the many amazing achievements of the Society and its volunteers over the past year. As a part of the report, former Board member Laurel Burnham presented the Society with a donation of $4,000 from the Okanagan Makers organization, in return for CFUZ volunteers assisting with the admission at their recent Christmas Fair held at the Penticton Trade and Convention Centre.
Over 25 members were present at the meeting, and took part in elections which saw 3 new members step up to Board positions, along with a shuffle of a few other board members. The Society would like to welcome incoming President Jackie Del Rizzo and Vice President Claire Thompson! Dave Del Rizzo stepped down as President, and became the new Volunteer Director for the next 2 year term.
The Society would also like to welcome Lydia Frederick as our new Membership Director for a 2 year term, as well as Suzanne Mackinder as our new Communications Director, and Andrew Drouin as a Director at Large, both for 1 year terms.
Keep yourself tuned to this space for information about the plans for the new year by our new Board of Directors!
Used Vinyl & Audio Gear Drive Saturday July 15, 2016 by PCR
Clean out those closets! We are holding a used vinyl and audio gear drive on Saturday July 16th. Bring your used stereo equipment (in working order) along with any used vinyl (rock, pop, country or jazz) to the CFUZ studio between noon and 4:00 PM on July 16th and it will be donated to our annual Okanagan Vinyl Festival.
Drop off takes place in the Cannery Trade Centre parking lot (near corner of Fairview & Duncan). We have our quota of classical and easy listening so please keep your Lush Strings and Montovani collections safe for another year.
Volunteers are an essential and valued part of Peach City Radio, and we believe that this volunteer experience is like no other. Together, we're creating a welcoming and comfortable space right here in Penticton where people of all ages and backgrounds can enjoy music, culture, technology, multimedia, making friends, learning new things, and having fun! The best part? Anyone can apply to be a volunteer!
If you want to learn more, come to Radio 101 on Thursday, June 14th from 6:30pm - 7:30pm. This information session is meant for all folks interested in becoming involved with Peach City Radio. You'll learn about the station, what volunteers do, and the next steps to volunteering. Radio 101 is less than a week away, so email firstname.lastname@example.org for more info!
Hot Tip #1: You should come to Radio 101 even if you don't like the idea of talking on air! There are lots of station activities that don't need to include being a radio voice.
Hot Tip #2: You should come to Radio 101 even if you don't have the technical know-how to be on the radio! CFUZ will provide you with all the training you need to express yourself.
Come and get a feel for the studio space and to get to know some of the other CFUZ folks on Tabletop Tuesday!
Next Tuesday - July 5th - from 7-9pm we will be hosting a games night - please drop by for some friendly board games and a look at the progress in our studio space! We are located in the Cannery Trade Centre, door is located on the Duncan Street side of the building, next McGavin's Bread Basket.
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".