December 6, 2005
Competition for Aboriginal Artists Re-opened
The NCRA is re-opening the call for submissions for its national talent development initiative. Aboriginal artists now have until the end of January to send in their demos to Dig Your Roots. For more information, visit the web site or see the press release below. Deadline for submissions: January 26, 2006.
La compétition pour les artistes autochtones est prolongée
L'ANREC a décidé de prolonger son concours national s’adressant aux artistes autochtones. Ces derniers ont désormais jusqu’à la fin du mois de janvier 2006 pour soumettre leur candidature au projet Découvre tes racines. Pour plus d'information, visitez notre site web ou l'announcement. La date limite pour les soumissions est le 26 janvier 2006.
November 14, 2005
NCRA/ANREC By-election announced -- Native Seat
The NCRA/ANREC Board of Directors is conducting a BY-ELECTION to fill one vacant Native position from its Membership. This seat is currently vacant, despite a previous call for nominations announced last August.
The Native seat can be filled by anyone who is First Nations (status or non-status), Métis, or Inuit. If you identify yourself as Native but do fit into those categories, simply include a brief explanation stating your eligibility for the seat.
The deadline to return the completed Nomination Form is Monday, December 5th, 2005. For further clarification, please refer to the by-laws relating to by-elections and composition of the board.
November 4, 2005
Community Radio Calls For CRTC Action
In an unprecedented move, the NCRA/ANREC along with l'Alliance des radios communautaires du Canada (ARC du Canada) and l'Association des radiodiffuseurs communautaires du Québec (ARCQ), have filed a letter with the CRTC regarding Broadcasting Public Notice 2005-94, regarding amended applications for subscription-based radio services by Canadian Satellite Radio, SIRIUS Canada, and CHUM. On the partnership between the three community radio sector associations, the letter states, "[a]lthough our member stations have different needs, structures, revenue streams, and programming, our associations have developed a common understanding of the threats and opportunities posed to local community radio broadcasters by new distribution technologies. There is a new unity on the issue of the protection and growth of the community radio sector." The NCRA/ANREC, ARC du Canada, and ARCQ have come together to call for action by the CRTC. For a copy of the letter, please visit the link below.
October 11, 2005
NCRA/ANREC Appoints New Development Director
The NCRA/ANREC is pleased to announce that it has appointed Mark MacLeod as its new Development Director.
Mark comes to the NCRA/ANREC with more than 23 years of experience in the broadcast industry. He was previously the Director for Licensing and Development for the Aboriginal Voices Radio Network as well as a Licensing and Development Specialist for Promethean radio services in Toronto. He is also the Principal Partner for RE: RADIO consultant services, focusing on non-profit sector fundraising, organization & project management, long-term planning, marketing & public relations, and training & education. His experience has also crossed borders after having worked as the Executive Director of the National Association of College Broadcasters, and has served on the NCRA/ANREC Board of Directors, including the roles of President and Treasurer. Mark also has intimate understanding of community radio broadcasting after having worked in senior management in various campus and community stations throughout his career.
"This is an exciting time in the association's development," notes Lydia Masemola, NCRA/ANREC President. "With the radio broadcast industry in a state of flux in terms of new technology and regulation, the NCRA/ANREC is looking to secure stable funding to aid in both the development and stability for community broadcasting in Canada. We are fortunate to have Mark join us to take a leading role in this development, and not only with his knowledge and expertise but his wisdom and understanding of the Canadian broadcast system and where community radio fits in."
Dig Your Roots Seeks Artists
Calling all Canadian and International Indigenous Artists! The NCRA is calling for submissions for Dig Your Roots. After successful years with Hip Hop, Spoken Word, Electronic Dance and Roots, this year will see the continuation of the series with our fifth project, "Dig Your Roots : Indigenous", showcasing both our own Indigenous artists as well as those who come from all over the globe.
« Découvre tes racines » à la recherche de nouveaux talents
Avis à tous les artistes autochtones canadiens et d'ailleurs dans le monde! L'ANREC fait un appel de soumissions aux artistes autochtones de partout au pays. Après le hip hop, le spoken word, la danse électronique, et le roots, voici maintenant notre cinquième projet annuel intitulé cette fois « Découvre tes racines : autochtones » mettant de l'avant les artistes autochtones d'ici et des quatre coins du globe.
October 1, 2005
DYR Coordinators Announced / Les coordonnateurs/trices de DTR ont annoncé(e)s
The NCRA would like to welcome the following to the Dig Your Roots team / L'ANREC aimerait souhaiter la bienvenue aux nouveaux membres de l'équipe « Découvre tes racines » :
Amil Niazi - British Columbia and Yukon Territory / Colombie-Britannique et Territoire du Yukon
Ruth Gardiner-Roy - Northwest Territories, Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba / Territoires du Nord-Ouest, Alberta, Saskatchewan, et Manitoba
Valerey Lavergne - Ontario / Ontario
Antoine Bédard - Québec and Nunavut / Québec et Nunavut
Catherine Martin - New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, and Newfoundland & Labrador / Nouveau-Brunswick, Nouvelle-Écosse, Île du Prince Édouard, et Terre-Neuve & Labrador
September 12, 2005
NCRA/ANREC Submits Comments Regarding Spectrum Framework
Today, the NCRA/ANREC filed a letter of intervention regarding Gazette Notice DGTP-001-05 -- "Consultation on a Renewed Spectrum Policy Framework for Canada and Continued Advancements in Spectrum Management (May 2005)". Among the comments to proposed framework, the NCRA/ANREC expressed the need for protection for not-for-profit services and a call for special consideration for the sector. See the link below for the letter.
September 9, 2005
Contract Posting: Regional Coordinators / Avis d'emplois vacants : Coordonnateurs régionaux
The National Campus and Community Radio Association (NCRA/ANREC) is looking for five part-time Regional Coordinators across Canada for its "Dig Your Roots - Indigenous" project. The project focuses on the distribution of a series of CD compilations, as well as the production and promotion of a series of nationally broadcasted radio programs featuring new and established acts.
L'Association nationale des radios étudiantes et communautaires (NCRA/ANREC) est à la recherche de cinq (5) coordonnateurs régionaux à temps partiel à travers le Canada pour un super projet national de développement de talent « Découvre tes racines - Indigène ». Le projet portera essentiellement sur la production, la distribution et la vente d'une série de recueils de chansons sur CD, ainsi que la production et la promotion d'une série d'émissions de radio diffusées à l'échelle nationale et mettant en vedette des artistes nouveaux et établis.
August 30, 2005
Developer chosen for Logging Software Project
The NCRA/ANREC would like to announce that we have selected Daniel Klein from CILU Lakehead University Radio in Thunder Bay, Ontario, as the developer for the logging software project.
About the project: Many stations currently record program logs through a paper-based system, making the generation of charts, and CRTC content reports difficult and time consuming. Tracking and storing the volumes of paper is also error-prone. Likewise, since campus stations are, like any other campus-based organization, prone to high levels of turnover year over year, maintaining consistent operational practices can be difficult. This software will eliminate the need for paper program logs and encourage consistent reporting practices by guiding programmers through the steps needed to record their logs. A series of standard reports will be available, offering reliable, consistent statistics not only on a station level, but also throughout the whole of the NCRA/ANREC membership. Through use of this software, stations will be compliant with CRTC reporting requirements. Music Directors and Station Managers will be able to accurately show what materials are being played, when, by whom, and how often; producing accurate charts and indicators for label contacts, music groups and independent musicians.
August 25, 2005
NCRA/ANREC Seeks Protection for Cable Broadcasters
Today, the NCRA/ANREC filed a letter of intervention regarding Broadcasting Public Notice CRTC 2005-74 -- Call for comments on a request by the Canadian Cable Telecommunications Association to repeal section 22 of the Broadcasting Distribution Regulations. This request would see the elimination of local radio broadcasters from cable FM, which would have an adverse affect on campus, community, Native, French-language, developmental and instructional radio stations. Should the request of the CCTA be approved, some stations would cease to broadcast. See the link below for the NCRA/ANREC letter of intervention.
August 23, 2005
NCRA/ANREC By-election announced
The NCRA/ANREC Board of Directors is conducting a BY-ELECTION to fill one vacant Native position and one vacant Regular position from its Membership. The closing of the nomination period is set for September 13, 2005. Please see the nomination form below
August 15, 2005
NCRA/ANREC to host NCRC 2006
To celebrate both the silver anniversary of the NCRC as well as our recent office relocation to Ottawa, the NCRA/ANREC is pleased to announce that it will be hosting NCRC 2006! We will be working closely with CHUO 89.1 FM, one of Canada?s only bilingually-licenced stations. As well, we will be working with CKCU 93.1 FM, Canada?s first licenced campus-based community radio station, located at Carleton University. The conference will take place on the downtown campus of the University of Ottawa from June 5-10, 2006. More details will be available later in the year. See the full conference bid as submitted by the NCRA/ANREC to its Membership below.
July 8, 2005
Call for Proposals - Logging Software
The NCRA/ANREC is looking for programmers and/or developers to help create a logging software package for radio stations. Please refer to the PDF below for full details.
June 23, 2005
NCRA/ANREC Calls Subscription Service Disappointing
The NCRA/ANREC calls the recent subscription radio service licencing decision handed down by the CRTC disappointing and insufficient, as it does not acknowledge the local sector of broadcasting, as defined in the Canadian Broadcast Act. The NCRA/ANREC continues to review this decision and will examine all of our options available, including the possibility of appeal.
June 16, 2005
The CRTC authorizes Canada 's first three subscription radio services
The CRTC today announced the approval of three subscription radio licences and the establishment of a licensing framework for satellite subscription radio services. The NCRA/ANREC will release a statement next week, so check back!
June 8, 2005
CFRU FM Hosts Successful Conference
CFRU FM in Guelph hosted a fantastic conference this year! There was a great selection of workshops and entertainment, including a keynote speech delivred by Irwin Chusid from Key of Z. Thank you to all of the hard working staff and volunteers at CFRU FM for a great NCRC!
The NCRA/ANREC also now has a new Board of Directors and a new President - Lydia Masemola of CiTR FM.
While the location of the next conference has not yet been determined, NCRC 2006 will mark the 25th anniversary for this annual gathering, and there are rumours that it will be hosted by the NCRA/ANREC itself in Ottawa. We'll try to substantiate those rumours in the next 6 weeks.
New Board Members
Opening Plenary Minutes
New President Elected
June 4, 2005
NCRA Opens Annual Conference in Guelph Today
The NCRA opened the National Campus/Community Radio Conference in Guelph, Ontario today with delegates attending from across Canada. In addition to workshops, a Women's Conference and numerous social events, the conference will feature the association's Annual General Meeting and elections for the Board of Directors.
May 4, 2005
Earshot Begins Online Publication of Weeky Charts
!earshot magazine is please to announce the commencement of regular publication of weekly campus/community radio Top 50 and Specialty charts at earshot-online.com. Complete charts from all reporters are also now available.
May 1, 2005
NCRA/ANREC Moves Head Office to Ottawa
We are pleased to announce that the National Office has moved to downtown Ottawa as of May 1st! We're downtown in the Byward Market. So, if you're in Ottawa, give us a call or drop by and check out the new digs!
325 Dalhousie, Suite 230
Ottawa, Ontario, K1N 7G2
Phone: (613) 321-1440
Toll free: (866) 859-8086
Fax: (613) 321-1442
March 18, 2005
Dig Your Roots Hits The Airwaves/ L'horaire de série de concerts nationaux est annoncé
Visit www.DigYourRoots.ca for information about each of the 5 Dig Your Roots shows to take place from March 18-26. Each show will be broadcast live from coast-to-coast-to-coast! You can tune in to your local station to hear the all of the concrets. No station in your area? Not to worry, most of our stations netcast their programming, so you can listen from anywhere around the world!
Découvre tes racines sera en tournée ce mois! Les artistes Roots exécuteront leurs ouvres aux lieux à travers du Canada. Ils participeront à une série de cinq concerts du 18 au 26 mars, qu'ils seront diffuser à travers le pays sur les ondes des stations radio étudiantes et communautaires participantes. Pour de plus amples informations, incluant la liste des stations participantes, l'horaire des diffusions, et les oeuvres de toutes les artistes, visitez www.DigYourRoots.ca.
January 1, 2005
Vancouver's The Organ Tops !earshot Charts for 2004
Vancouver's The Organ topped the !earshot Top 50 chart for 2005 for campus/community radio airplay. The Organ's first full length album Grab That Gun, released by Vancouver label Mint Records, was the Number 1 most played release on campus and community radio stations across the country this year.
!earshot publishes campus radio Top 50 and Specialty charts at www.earshot-online.com.