Items concerning the Northwest Community Radio Network

Vancouver's CiTR profiled in campus magazine

Vancouver's CiTR gets a nice profile from the University of British Columbia's campus magazine this month. CiTR will host the National Campus and Community Radio Association's next national conference in June 2007. The profile focuses on the station's reputation for developing new artists amd journalists, and promotes their expanding Internet presence:

A campus radio station that has launched some of the brightest talents in independent music is ready to rock an iPod near you. For 25 years, the University of British Columbia’s student-run CiTR 101.9 FM has nurtured local passions for music and radio -- and in the process, helped to launch some of the biggest names in the Canadian independent music scene, including alt-country crooner Neko Case, MuchMusic “guerilla” interviewer Nardwuar The Human Serviette and CBC Radio 3 personality Grant Lawrence.

With the introduction of a new podcasting service, CiTR on Demand, music fans can now fill their portable MP3 players with CiTR’s eclectic mix of music, talk, sports and news, including such shows as Cute Band Alert (pop/rock), These are the Breaks (hip hop), Live from Thunderbird Hell (live bands), Juicebox (sex/relationships), Democracy Now (news), Queer FM (talk) and Let’s Get Baked (cooking).

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Help launch FM Baobabs in Dakar, Senegal

Assane Diallo is the director of the John F Kennedy Center, an international education nonprofit based in Seattle. He's getting ready to help launch FM Baobabs, a new community radio station serving Dakar. The new station, staffed by local volunteers, will broadcast local and international news and educational programming in several languages. (see the station's complete prospectus for details).

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Coastal Washington LPFM needs help!

Received via email from folks at KXPB Pacific Beach:

I am writing on behalf of a small community on the Washington coast that currently has a low powered radio station. It serves three small towns (about 500 to about 800 each) Moclips, Pacific Beach and Aloha. The radio station was set up originally and run almost entirely by one fellow, Kelly. Tragically, he died a few months ago from a heart attack while on the radio actually.

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Report on the NW Community Radio Summit

On the weekend of September 17-19, about 150 community radio volunteers, staff and engaged listeners met in Seattle for the Northwest Community Radio Summit, an event organized and hosted by Reclaim the Media and KBCS. This is the organizers' report on what took place that weekend, with a view to the challenges ahead.

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Community Radio, Radio Community

Our friend Lilja Otto has written a great reflection on the KPCN barnraising, and it's posted at YES! Magazine. Check it out!

A grassroots radio organizing success: NW community radio summit wraps up

The Northwest Community Radio Summit ended on a high note on Sunday, Sept 17. Some 150 energetic, dedicated and creative community radio activists represented stations from Alaska, British Columbia, Washington, Idaho and Oregon for a weekend of skill-sharing workshops, discussions of media policy activism, community media's role in supporting grassroots hip-hop and more. The weekend summit's main purpose was the organizing of a regional community radio network. Attendees did an incredible amout of work towards that goal--making plans to deepen organizing and outreach over the next year, and sketching out a web-based content sharing system, plans for collaborative public affairs production, and other shared projects. Stay tuned - Reclaim the Media will prepare a more detailed report on conference accomplishments in the days to come. Until then, enjoy these photos from the conference, or download keynote remarks by David and Amy Goodman and Lt. Ehren Watada (streaming mp3s). UPDATE: more audio here, plus local Independent media coverage of the hip-hop plenary and the keynote event, and the whole summit, plus the streaming slideshow (wmv) shown at Town Hall.

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Saludo Radialistas! a message from José Ignacio López Vigil

by José Ignacio López Vigil, from an audio greeting sent to the KPCN low-power FM barnraising in Woodburn, OR, 18-20 August 2006. Translated by Lilja Otto.

Dear friends who have come together this weekend in Oregon, this is José Ignacio López Vigil speaking from Peru. I am the author of the book Rebel Radio or One thousand and one stories of Radio Venceremos, the heroic radio station of the Salvadoran guerrillas. And right now I am working here in Lima, in a production center that we call Radialistas Apasionadas y Apasionados.

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Summit panel details

Conference panelists and panel descriptions for the NW Community Radio Summit. What a lineup! read on for panel descriptions; here also is a workshop schedule grid for Saturday panels and workshops.

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Schedule grid for radio conference

Here it is! This weekend schedule (pdf) outlines community radio summit events for Sept 15-17.

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Grassroots Urban Arts Media discussion joins radio conference lineup

Our conference lineup is coming together nicely. Special conference events include a presentation on grassroots urban arts and media democracy, with a host of local hip hop artists, presenters and activists moderated by The Stranger's Charles Mudede.

Also at the conference, Pete Tridish (Prometheus Radio Project) and representatives from Pineros y Campesinos Unidos del Noroeste (PCUN) will introduce the region's newest community radio station, KPCN-Woodburn. Jeremy Lansman, pioneering founder of Seattle's legendary KRAB - and many other community stations from St. Louis to Anchorage - will speak on the history of community radio in the Northwest. We'll have special film screenings of the Seattle-produced documentary Pirate Radio USA, and a new barnraising documentary by Pepperspray Productions.

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