One more thing...the subject line....
Please use: Funding Initiative for Campus Community Radio
Thanks to all for pointing out the need for a subject line.
Member of Parliament, Frank Caputo
Suite 6, 275 Seymour Street
Kamloops, British Columbia
via email: frank.caputo@xxxxxxxxxx
Dear MP Frank Caputo:
CFBX 92.5 FM The X is a Campus/Community Radio station located in your riding located on the Thompson Rivers University (TRU) campus. We are a volunteer-driven not-for-profit organization that provides critical local news, information, and entertainment to your riding. We have been on the air since April 2, 2001 and provide important programming that supports new immigrants to Kamloops, connect TRU international students with their home country, indigenous culture, and so much more.
In order to continue operations and provide these and many more services, we are asking that you support two critical programs that are essential to our ability to continue to serve this community and fight against disinformation.
1) Increase the Local Journalism Initiative to $20 million a year and make it permanent.
Although 41 stations across the country have journalists, the program is not large enough for a reporter in our under-serviced community. We could provide so much more local news and information if we had access to a trained, supported local journalist for the station.
2) Establish a 25 million dollar annual Community Broadcasting Fund to be distributed among all community radio stations.
Our station operates on about $120,000, which means we have 2 staff that support about 90 volunteers who do much of the programming as hosts or strategic planning as board members. Having additional core and stable funding would allow us to spend more time on generating local programming as opposed to trying to keep the lights on.
Campus and community radio stations are a pillar of broadcasting in Canada with unique access to under-served communities both urban and rural. Throughout the pandemic, our members delivered accurate public health information to Canadians in at least 65 different languages. The sector is made up of thousands of people committed to ensuring broadcasts meet rigorous standards. As many as nine and a half million Canadians in over 150 communities listen regularly, at least once per month, to community radio and for many, it is their only source of live, local information.
We thank you for your interest in supporting local media, we welcome questions or comments and encourage you to visit this website for more information.