[cfbx-l] Fwd: Please Support Community Radio!

  • From: Faith Bateman <fbateman@xxxxxxx>
  • To: cfbx-l <cfbx-l@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 7 Dec 2022 18:59:39 +0000 (UTC)

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.

From: "Faith Bateman" <fbateman@xxxxxxx>
To: "cfbx-l" <cfbx-l@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Wednesday, December 7, 2022 9:47:40 AM
Subject: Please Support Community Radio!

Hello Xers!

This is it!! We have an opportunity to significantly change the landscape of campus/community radio. The National Campus and Community Radio Association (NCRA) is asking for our support to secure annual funding for station operations and an extended journalism program. This is an incredible opportunity to provide stability and sustainability for campus/community radio across the country. We just need you to raise your voice and send a letter to the powers that be.

Here's how can you help?
1. Copy the content below and insert into a new email
2. Customize as noted:
  • Insert the date
  • Insert your name
2. Send it to Frank Caputo, the MP for Kamloops-Thompson-Cariboo at frank.caputo@xxxxxxxxxx
3. CC the following people: pablo.rodriguez@xxxxxxxxxx, chrystia.freeland@xxxxxxxxxx, dominic.leblanc@xxxxxxxxxxmona.fortier@xxxxxxxxxx, justin.trudeau@xxxxxxxxxx, alex@xxxxxxxxxxxx, barry@xxxxxxx, and fbateman@xxxxxxx

Now here's the next most important thing to do. Do it right away! Unfortunately, our window of opportunity is closing. So, if you intend to participate, please act with haste. This is not something to sit on.

I am here to help in any way needed. Don't hesitate to reach out if you have a question or need some logistical guidance.
We have close to 90 volunteers right now. Let's shoot for an 80% response rate.
I will leave you with a little sage advice from an inspirational movie character: "Do or do not. There is no try.” Let's see if our collective voice can move the needle for a sustainable and thriving future for campus/community radio.


PS. First person to get back to me on the author of that quote (and the movie) wins some CFBX swag!!

<Insert Date>


Member of Parliament, Frank Caputo

Suite 6, 275 Seymour Street
Kamloops, British Columbia
V2C 2E7

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.

<Insert Your Name>
CFBX 92.5 The X,  Campus/Community Radio

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