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Help fund our engineering study, needed to complete our CRTC application.  Anything extra will go toward our portable studio equipment.
Help fund our engineering study, needed to complete our CRTC application. Anything extra will go toward our portable studio equipment.
52 backers pledged CA$ 12,033 to help bring this project to life.

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Join Our Journey - Bringing Community Radio to the Gulf Islands

The Back Story:  In July of 2015, Salt Spring Island's only radio station, CFSI was abruptly shut down. It was a huge blow to our community that is still being felt. Several months later, a group got together and decided to work toward bringing the Gulf Islands a new radio station-- this time community-owned, and community-run. In October, the non-profit Gulf Islands Community Radio Society was formed, and a journey began. In May 2016, we launched www.IslandsRadio.ca and you can listen live now!

The Challenge: The first step toward having a radio station is submitting an application to the CRTC (Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission). As part of that application, we must undertake an engineering study to find the best signal and transmitter locations available for broadcasting within the Gulf Islands. We need your help to fund this study-- $12,000 will cover the expense, and any extra will go toward our portable studio equipment and online radio presence, so we can begin online broadcasting of popular Gulf Islands events, like this summer's Salt Spring Music & Garlic Festival.

The Result: The new station will be available as a public service to the Gulf Islands, creating opportunities to

  • tell our stories
  • connect with our neighbours
  • discover local music, and
  • train a new generation of radio producers

Join our journey! Contribute on our Kickstarter campaign page, and share it with all your friends. Together, we can make this happen.

Galen and Don making plans
Galen and Don making plans

 

David and Jamie at the front door during our online station launch party
David and Jamie at the front door during our online station launch party

 

Radha and Frank at the launch party, in front of the big "on switch"
Radha and Frank at the launch party, in front of the big "on switch"

 

Volunteers & musicians at the sound board
Volunteers & musicians at the sound board

 

Dan working the sound
Dan working the sound

 

Risks and challenges

After submitting our engineering study along with all other materials to the CRTC as part of our licensing application for a terrestrial radio station, there is the possibility we will be denied, or there could be a competition for the bandwidth. We are consulting with seasoned radio industry professionals as our advisors in this process, and will work to minimize potential conflicts which could possibly jeopardize our application.

Meanwhile, we have a dedicated team of volunteers producing programming content for our online radio presence, to launch April 30th, 2016.

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    Pledge CA$ 10 or more About $8

    THANK YOU KINDLY -
    Your help is deeply appreciated-- we'll post your name on our website as thanks!

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    THANKS & MORE -
    Your name will be posted on our website with our thanks and we'll also send you a sticker. You will also receive membership in Gulf Islands Community Radio Society. If already a member, your membership will be extended by a year, or you can choose to gift someone else with the membership.

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    LET'S HEAR IT! -
    In addition to your name on our website in thanks, a sticker sent out, and membership, we will record your voice doing a station ID, to be aired in rotation on our streaming radio station. Additionally, you will have access to download the music tracks from our special compilation featuring Gulf Islands musicians.

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    Pledge CA$ 100 or more About $80

    LOOKING GOOD -
    All rewards from LET'S HEAR IT! level, plus our awesome t-shirt, just for you. Additionally, your name will be included in our daily thanks segment, to be broadcast online at islandsradio.ca through August 2016.

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    Pledge CA$ 250 or more About $199

    FRIENDS WITH BENEFITS -
    We will arrange for a sing-a-gram to the one you love (or to you!), personally sung by our radio volunteers and aired three times on the day of your choice. Also, receive the rewards from LOOKING GOOD level.

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    Pledge CA$ 500 or more About $399

    GUEST HOST BENEFACTOR -
    Help host a show with the host or musician of your choice from among our programming volunteers and local musicians. Also enjoy the rewards from LOOKING GOOD level.

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    Pledge CA$ 750 or more About $598

    HOST WITH THE MOST -
    Got a cool event coming up? Have us come do a live-feed of your event, to be streamed online at islandsradio.ca. Also enjoy the rewards from LOOKING GOOD level. (limited to events in the Gulf Islands, content-suitable for all ages)

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    Pledge CA$ 1,000 or more About $798

    YOUR MAJESTY -
    What would you say to having breakfast in bed, served to you by one of our volunteers, whilst enjoying the personal accompaniment of our own local Canadian treasure, singer-songwriter VALDY? As if that wasn't enough, enjoy the rewards from the LOOKING GOOD level too. (limited to residences in the Gulf Islands)

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    Pledge CA$ 5,000 or more About $3,988

    THE BOSS -
    Be "Head Honcho" for a day! Meet with programming committee, record promos, decide on music, and talk to board members about your ideas. You will also be given a uniquely logo'd jacket made just for you, and all the additional rewards from LOOKING GOOD level.

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