THE CRFC ANNOUNCES THE LATEST RADIOMETRES RECIPIENTS

Ottawa – The Community Radio Fund of Canada (CRFC) is pleased to announce the allocation of $1,144,300 to 41 community and campus radio stations through its biannual funding program Radiometres. This program, using an outcomes-based approach, encourages stations to suggest activities that aim to improve local programming, volunteer training and community members’ participation.

“Without a shadow of a doubt, community radio plays a key role in the Canadian radio broadcasting system. Highlighting local experiences, citizens’ involvement and the diversity of voices is at the heart of the latest media issues. We are proud to offer a funding program that relates to the sector’s current concerns and helps stations better serve their community,” asserts CRFC’s outgoing president, Mr. Jean-François Côté.

Once more, the CRFC will fund projects that fill stations’ essential needs and other assorted projects. For example, the CRFC will grant funds for the hiring of key positions, such as a news director, musical director or even a volunteer coordinator, as well as for the implementation of programs featuring emerging artists, local authors or First Nations matters.  

Indeed, Maggie Lapierre, Station Manager at CKMN 96.5 FM in Rimouski (Quebec) states that "The funds received from the CRFC will allow our station to hire a journalist and therefore more adequately fulfill its mission which is to provide local and regional information to its listeners. We wholeheartedly thank the CRFC for this beautiful gift."

Since the launch of Radiometres in 2012, the CRFC has awarded more than $4.2 million to 103 stations to carry out 148 initiatives. And since its creation, the CRFC has, all programs included, funded 275 projects put forward by 113 stations, totaling $5 million in contributions. Among the most recent recipients were ten stations that had applied for CRFC funding for the very first time. “We believe it is important to properly serve community radios across the country and that is why the CRFC will work towards building relationships with the 176 stations that form our sector,” optimistically points out CRFC’s executive director, Jean Malavoy.

"As a small community radio station, our resources here at QCCR are always quite limited. It is only through the help of the CFRC's Radiometres fund that we were able to undertake a wonderful project that has been impossible for us to do until now. The CFRC was an indispensable partner in bringing our idea to life, and we can't thank them enough." says Dan MacLaren, station manager at QCCR 99.3 FM in Liverpool, N.S.

The funding for Radiometres is provided by Canada’s private radio broadcasters through their Canadian Content Development (CCD) contributions, a funding mechanism established by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC). These contributions play an important part in the success of the Canadian radio broadcasting system’s community sector.

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