Monday, June 5, 2023

Edmonton’s CJSR-FM leads Community Radio Awards winners

The National Campus & Community Radio Association (NCRA/ANREC) has announced the winners of this year’s Community Radio Awards In Broadcast and Online. Known as the CRABOs, this year’s winners were led by Edmonton’s CJSR-FM, which picked up wins for Excellence in Sports Broadcasting, Best Current Affairs or Magazine Program, and News.

Dalhousie University campus station CKDU-FM, the University of Calgary’s CJSW-FM, and CIVL-FM, the campus and community radio station serving the University of the Fraser Valley (UFV), each picked up three awards. Among the CIVL-FM programs recognized was the long-running music program, The Wheelbarrow, whose creator Greg Aitken, passed away in February. 

This year’s GameChanger Award was presented to Luke Smith, who served as the NCRA’s Learning and Development Officer for seven years. Smith accepted a new role as Station Manager at CIUT 89.5 FM Toronto in May.

Here is the full list of winners:

Community Radio Legend AwardCKUTJoni Sadler

Best in PodcastingCJRUStory Planet PodcastQuinton Bradshaw, Liz Haines, Marel Alemany

Breaking Barriers & Excellence in Student ProgrammingCiTRBlind New World & CiTRJohn’s Jukes – Deon Feng

Community EngagementCKHARadio PlayhouseRoxanne Casey

Creative ProductionCICK I Digress Pamela Haasen

Current Affairs or MagazineCJSRWhite Supremacy: Ideological Adaptation with Dr. Shama Rangwala – Adamant Eve – Luis Cifuentes & Rose-Eva Forgues-Jenkins

DocumentaryCiTR Where We Begin: A Collection of Origin Stories – Hina Imam, Adeline Peng, Karan Saxena

Excellence in Sports Broadcasting CJSR2021 Alberta Indigenous Games – Acimowin – Shayne Giles

Luke Smith, former Learning and Development Officer, with the National Campus and Community Radio Association (NCRA)

GameChangerNCRA / CIUTLuke Smith

Local Talent DevelopmentCJLY Responding to COVID – Accepted by Ed Zych

Music – Alternative or Similar – CJPE The Sneptic Tank – Paul Snepsts

Music – Blues or Similar – CKHA The Buckslide Blues CruisePat Monaghan

Music – Country or Similar – CIVLAndy’s Attic – Andy Gronberg

Music – Electronic or SimilarCJSWA Quiet LightMarta Ligocki

Music – Folk or Similar – CKDUTouchstoneBev Lamb

Music – Jazz or Similar – CKDUThe Swing Arrangement with Charles HsuenCharles Hsuen

CJSW Calgary

Music – Metal or SimilarCKDUDrag The WatersEthan Anderson

Music – Pop or Similar – CIVL The WheelbarrowGreg Aitken and David Shayler

Music – Punk or Similar – CJSRHistory of Punk – Women of HardcoreBrittany Rudyck

Music – R&B or similarCJLOPurple Hour Ep. 2 (We Have a Name!)Megan Dams

Music – Rap or SimilarCKXUAfter The Smoke Is ClearDoobyis AKA Brent Manning

Music – Rock or SimilarCKXUSpeeding Ticket – Ben Wellman

Music – Variety Program – CJLYBrother Michael’s Flashback 70sMichael Murray

Neskie Manuel AwardCJSRInterview with Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers on Kímmapiiyipitssini: The Meaning of Empathy – Moving RadioChristian Zyp

NewsCJSR Can I get a GSA with that? – Gaywire Shayne Giles

Out Loud – Best in LGBT+ ProgrammingCJSWThem Fatale Blake McLeod

Syndicated ShowCFROURP Show 1020: Black History MonthDJ Denise

Third LanguageCJSWRadyo PilipinoTeofy Buluran

Volunteer of the YearCIVLVolunteer of the YearEmma Hones

Women’s Hands and VoicesCFUVFull Circle: Womxn in Hip HopMelanie Lum

Honourable Mentions

Best in Podcasting – CKDU – Sciographies

Breaking Barriers & Excellence in Student Programming – CJRU – Atlas of Resistance – Ep 012 Gig Workers United

Creative Production – CHLY – BeeSA

Current Affairs or Magazine – CJNU-FM – Community Cafe

Documentary – CJSR – The St. Jean Baptiste Church Fire

Excellence is Sports Broadcasting – CFUV – Interesting Conversations – Dr Frank Hayden

Music – Alternative or Similar – CFRC – Yellow Brit Road: An Alternate Exploration of the UK

Music – Jazz or Similar – CJSR – The Organ Grinder – Dr. Lonnie Smith Tribute Special

Music – Rap or Similar – CJSR – If Hooks Could Kill

Music – Rock or Similar – CIVL – Uncle Bill and the Silver Dollar Survey

Music – Rock or Similar – CJSR – The Rockenrolleum – An interview with Carl Peterson of The King-Beezz

Music – Variety Program – CFRU – The Sentinel’s Marvellous Kaleidoscope

Music – Variety Program – CKDU – The Outer Edge

Neskie Manuel Award – CJSR – National Nurses Week and Indigenous Nurses Day

News – CHUO – La coalition de santé mentale des noir(e)s

Out Loud – Best in LGBT+ Programming – CIUT – Rainbow Country EP 270 – Deep Sniff

Third Language – CICK – Third Language El Mataderos

Volunteer of the Year – CHLY – Mick Sweetman

Women’s Hands and Voices – CJSR – Métis Beadwork with Krista Leddy, the Beaded Chickadee”


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Connie Thiessen
Connie Thiessen
Connie has worked coast-to-coast as a reporter, editor, anchor and host at CKNW and News 1130 in Vancouver, News 95.7 and CBC in Halifax, and CFCW Edmonton, among other stations. With a passion for music, film and community service, she led News 95.7 to a 2013 Atlantic Journalism Award and regional RTDNA award for Best Radio Newscast. More recently, she was nominated for Music Journalist of the Year at Canadian Music Week 2019. To report a typo or error please email -

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