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:
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
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!
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
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
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
Tanya Coad, CJLY-FM, It Changed Everything
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
Jacky Tuinstra Harrison, CJRU-AM
John K Muir, CFFF-FM
John Harris Stevenson
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