FeaturesHighlights from the National Campus and Community Radio Association Conference

Highlights from the National Campus and Community Radio Association Conference

Submitted by Barry Rooke, executive director, National Campus and Community Radio Association.

The Canadian campus and community radio sector saw one of its biggest gatherings come together June 3-6, with 115 delegates converging on the Rogers Communication Centre at Ryerson University. Hosted by CJRU-AM and the National Campus and Community Radio Association (NCRA/ANREC), representatives from 37 stations, hailing from seven provinces and one territory attended the three-day conference.

The conference was highlighted by keynotes from Simon Peeks, editor of the BBC OS and BBC Minute, as well as Dr. Mark Campbell, assistant professor at the RTA School of Media, speaking about the important role community station Vibe 105.5 (CHRY-FM) played in the rise of the Toronto Hip Hop/Rap scene. Freelance journalist Carly Lewis also hosted a working session on Addressing Sexual Harassment in the Music & Media Industry. 

Other well-attended sessions included speakers from the CRTC, Broadcast Arbitrator, Health Canada – which led a discussion on cannabis advertising, CBC’s Front Burner podcast and Ryerson’s Blakout Media. The conference was complemented with caucuses and a special working group around accessibility, which helped with invaluable training and learning opportunities. Additional support was provided by the Community Radio Fund of Canada (CRFC) to help bring under-represented voices to the conference, as well as the Faculty of Communication And Design (FCAD) which provided space. Overall, there were 15 sponsors and exhibitors at a variety of events.

The conference concluded with the Community Radio And Broadcasting Online Awards (CRABOs), which inducted CRFC co-founder John Harris Stevenson into the NCRA Radio Legends, recognizing his incredible advocacy including getting community radio listed as the third pillar of broadcasting in the Broadcast Act. In addition, we acknowledged outstanding individuals with the new “Gamechanger” awarded by the NCRA/ANREC. First, Jacky Tuinstra Harrison (CJRU-AM, Ryerson) for her work advocating around the Student Choice Initiative, as well as the late John K. Muir (CFFF, Trent) and his important work in developing the broadcasting sector. Twenty-five awards were given out, with great showings from CJSW-FM (Calgary), CJSR-FM (Edmonton), and CHRW-FM (London), each winning multiple awards (find the full list of winners below).

NCRC39 takes place next June, in Whitehorse, YK.

Here is the full list of winners from the 2019 Community Radio Awards in Broadcast and Online:

Breaking Barriers:

Deepi Leihl, CiTR-FM, Panel on Disability Terminology & Language

Honourable Mention: Cathy Burrell, Linda Rainey, CJSW-FM. Aged to Perfection & Old
Enough to Know Better

Best in Podcast:

Alex de Boer, CITR-FM, Part 1: How We Got Here: A History of Vision Vancouver

Honourable Mention: Braden Alexander, CJSW-FM, 2018 Olympic Plebiscite Coverage
Honourable Mention: Mehek Mazhar, CHRW-FM, Don’t Push the River

Creative Production:

Victoria Stanford, Braden Alexander, CJSW-FM, Funding Drive audio

Honourable Mention: Dave Wheatley, CJPE-FM. Creative Production at County FM
Honourable Mention: Chad Brunet, CJSR-FM. CJSR FunDrive Promo: Rockin Pete’sXtreme Fundrive Sale!

Current Affairs:

John Urban, Ariana Magliocco and Greg Bowman, CHRW-FM, In The News

Honourable Mention: Chris Cook, CFUV-FM, Gorilla Radio
Honourable Mention: Zay Nova, Darrell Power, Nabila Qureshi, CHMR-FM, Radio RIAC


Rob McKenna, CKMS-FM, Radio Waterloo – The Documentary

Honourable Mention: Anthony Goertz, CJSR-FM. The Ballad of Myrtle and Charlie Ed
Honourable Mention: Ayesha Barmania, CFFF-FM. Operation Catnip saves feral cats
And you can too
Honourable Mention: Greg Bowman, CHRW-FM. Swimming for Syria – Victor Lal


Mehek Mazhar, Arian Morrioco, Greg Bowman, Navaneeth Mohan, John Urban, Jessica Singer, Roger Cumberbatch, CHRW-FM News broadcasts 2018

Excellence in Sports:

Jacob Aere, Jake McGrail, Eric Thompson, Elizabeth Wang, Spencer Latu, CiTR-FM, Thunderbird Eye

Honourable Mention: John Urban, Greg Bowman, Rachael Bishop, Stefan Nichol and
Jennie Malone, CHRW-FM, 2018 USports Women’s Hockey Championship

Student Programming:

Fiona Marchetto, CJSW-FM, Girls Rock Camp Calgary Feature

Honourable Mention: Marcela Cubillos, CJSR-FM, The Journey of Chilean Exiles and
Changes in Identity
Honourable Mention: Andrea Wiebe, CJSR-FM, Youth Voices and Climate Change

Volunteer of The Year: DRAW

Randy McElligott, CHUO-FM
Dave Del Rizzo, CFUZ-FM

Music – Indie / Rock:

Dave Kirkland, CKHA-FM, Tuesday Night Sessions

Honourable Mention: Phil Shirakawa, CHUO-FM, The Album Drop – Polaris Special
Honourable Mention: Luke Striesel, CJSR-FM, The Rockenrolleum – The Music of

Music – Country / Folk:

Zach Snow, CHMR-FM

Community Engagement:

CJRU-AM, The 24 Hour Radio Challenge

Neskie Manuel Award:

Marilyn James, CJLY-FM, In the Shadow of Extinction

Honourable Mention: Jacqueline Mathieu, Morgan Tams, Odette Auger, Carrie Saxifrage, Roy Hales, Manda Aufochs Gillespie, Rochelle Lawrence Baker, CKTZ-FM, Deep Roots

Honourable Mention: Michelle Kozuchar, Christopher Weddell, Mike Weddell, CFBX-FM. Every Child Matters

Out Loud:

Tanya Coad, CJLY-FM, It Changed Everything

Syndicated Radio:

Emmanuel Sayer & Travis Boisvenue, CHUO-FM, City Slang’s Tribute to Peter Eichhorn of P. Trash Records (R.I.P.)

Honourable Mention: Stefan Andrusiak, CHRW-FM, Nasha Kasha

Best in Third Language:

Amélie Sauquet, CJLY-FM, Méli-Mélo

Honourable Mention: Jeff Flood, CJLY-FM, !Oye! An hour of music from Latin America,
Spain and Portugal

Women’s Hands & Voices:

Rose-Eva Forgues-Jenkins and Lisa Pruden, CJSR-FM, I’m Afraid of Men/Men Are Afraid of Me

Honourable Mention: Chantelle Morvay-Adams, CIVL-FM, All In
Honourable Mention: Elissa Matthews, CJRU-AM, Movie Mixtape

Game Changers:

Jacky Tuinstra Harrison, CJRU-AM
John K Muir, CFFF-FM

Radio Legend:

John Harris Stevenson

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