Wednesday, 4 February 2009

[creative-radio] Digest Number 2558

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Topics in this digest:

1. is seeking new broadcasters
From: Jeff Simmons

From: George Lessard

3. Six Nations pair want CKRZ back on air
From: George Lessard

1. is seeking new broadcasters
Posted by: "Jeff Simmons" jefforysimmons
Date: Tue Feb 3, 2009 6:07 pm ((PST))

Radio23 is a non-commercial, freeform radio station dedicated to providing an
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use shared servers to broadcast from many different locations around the world, forming
an international community station.

We are currently gathering broadcasters from all over the world for a April 23rd launch of
our first channel.

All interested parties should contact

Thank You.

Jeff Hylton-Simmons
"jefforysimmons(at)gmail(dot)com" windows/microsoft
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Posted by: "George Lessard" themediamentor
Date: Tue Feb 3, 2009 6:14 pm ((PST))

From: "Sean Gilbert, International Editor - WRTH" <>

WRTH is pleased to announce an update file for the Winter (B08)
International radio schedules is now available to download from: . The file is a pdf file and will require the free
adobe acrobat reader, available from . The file
is 8 pages long and is approx 51kB in size.

Included in this file are updates for: Albania, Algeria, Armenia,
Australia, Austria, Benin, Croatia, Ecuador, France, Gabon, Germany,
Guam, India, Iran, Italy, Korea (Rep), Kuwait, Latvia, Lithuania,
Malaysia, Philippines, Poland Portugal, Romania, Russia, Taiwan,
Turkey, Ukraine, UK, USA, Vatican, Venezuela, Vietnam, Zambia and more.

We hope you find this a useful accompaniment to the printed WRTH.


Sean Gilbert, International Editor - WRTH and the WRTH editorial team.

What is WRTH?

World Radio TV Handbook or WRTH is now in its 63rd year. It is the
most accurate and complete guide to the world of radio on LW, MW, SW
and FM, available in any form.

It is divided into the following sections

Features - This section is in full colour and contains reviews of
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digital radio, interviews with broadcasters, reception conditions,
colour maps showing the location of SW transmitters, and other topics
of interest to Listeners and DXers.

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services. The listings are by country and include all stations
broadcasting on LW, MW and SW, and most stations broadcasting on FM,
together with contact details.

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internationally are given in this section and are listed by country.
The schedules shown are the 'B' or 'winter' SW frequencies as supplied
by the broadcasters and confirmed by monitoring, together with any LW
or MW frequencies used. It also contains a sub-section showing
Clandestine and Other Target Broadcasters arranged by target country.
The 'A' or 'summer' schedules, along with updates to broadcaster
details, are available as a pdf download from this website in May each

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3. Six Nations pair want CKRZ back on air
Posted by: "George Lessard" themediamentor
Date: Wed Feb 4, 2009 7:12 am ((PST))
Southern Ontario's #1 All Native Radio Station
Contact CKRZ
Phone: Administration (519) 445-4140
Toll Free 1866 445 CKRZ (2579)
On Air/Contest Line 519 445-4443
Snail Mail: P.O. Box 189 Ohsweken Ontario
1721 Chiefswood Rd

---------------------------- Original Message ----------------------------
Subject: [aboriginaljournalists] CKRZ
From: "Bob Kennedy" <>
Date: Wed, February 4, 2009 09:57

Six Nations pair want CKRZ back on air


With the Six Nations radio station off the air, controversy is
swirling around a bid to take over the community broadcaster.

CKRZ 100.3 FM was shut down Sunday evening by its board of directors
after the station's debt began rising past $100,000.

After news of the impending closure came out last week, a community
couple stepped forward with a rescue plan to get the station back on
the air.

Steve Williams, president of Grand River Enterprises, the reserve's
huge cigarette manufacturer and the largest employer on Six Nations,
and Lynda Powless, the publisher of the Turtle Island News, a weekly
native paper, made a proposal to take over the operation.

"We did make a proposal," Williams said Tuesday, "but the board
turned it down due to personal issues and (the band) council said
they wanted to debate it."

Williams said he and Powless were prepared to take over the full debt
of the station and keep the staff running the operation.


"I think the board made a big mistake. It's deeply in debt and it's
not incorporated, so now the membership has to pay that debt."

Williams said he feels the board's decision wasn't based on concerns
about his involvement with the cigarette company or Powless's
involvement with another media outlet.

"I don't think that was it at all. It's personal. CKRZ was always a
'Roberta-and-Dave' radio station," he said, referring to former chief
councillors Roberta Jamieson and David General.

"They weren't unbiased and you can tell which way the board went.
It's very unfortunate."

However, board members reached Tuesday said they hadn't received any
official proposal from Williams and Powless and hadn't made any
decisions on such a proposal.

"We haven't turned down any proposal and haven't even entertained
one," said new board chairman Andrew Joseph.

"This isn't even our decision. It's up to the membership and we've
called an emergency meeting for Feb. 11."

Because CKRZ is a community radio station, it's run by a board of
directors and a paid membership of about 75 people called the
Southern Onkwehon:we Nishinabec Indigenous Communications Society, or

Joseph said the board hopes to get some direction from the membership
about whether it should dissolve the station's assets. It also will
present any potential proposals at that meeting.


An unexpected monkey wrench has been thrown into the shutdown plans,

When the board brought in local lawyer Aaron Detlor to advise it
about taking the station off-air, Detlor examined CKRZ's constitution
and found that, due to a delay in the annual general meeting, several
board members' terms were over.

The five-member board lost a longtime member in December and it put
off its annual meeting because of it.

Former chairman Ward Laforme, Jr. and member Amos Key resigned on
Friday at the news that their terms were up and Joseph automatically
became the new chair. Now Joseph and another man are the sole
remaining board members.

Joseph said the first order of business may be to recruit a few new
-- and possibly temporary -- board members.

Laforme, the former chair, also said the board hasn't turned down an
offer by Williams and Powless.

"I think it was turned down by the chief and council but I don't
think the chief and council can do that legally, either," Laforme said.

Laforme is a Grand River Enterprises employee and said that Williams
is his supervisor.

"If Steve (Williams) and Lynda (Powless) were to buy it, it doesn't
affect GRE in any way because he's not acting as GRE but as a private
individual," said Laforme.

Key agreed that the board hadn't received or turned down any
proposals and said that, before his resignation, the goal was to
bring several possibilities to the membership to vote on.

"The board isn't against anyone in particular getting it. We don't
have that authority because it has to go to the membership."

Kathy Montour, CKRZ's fomer executive director, was at the station as
a consultant on Tuesday, working on finalizing records of employment
and working out severance pay.

"We've been hoping since November the two councils -- Six Nations and
New Credit -- would become our corporate sponsors. And, when we asked
for help with a revitalization plan, they said they would but we've
never heard anything about it."

Montour said listening habits have changed for all radio stations,
while the bottom has fallen out of bingo revenues -- once a critical
part of the station's income. It has also become increasingly
difficult to sell advertising due to land protests.

"We couldn't sell in Caledonia and now Brantford hates us. You can't
have people protesting on sites all through Brantford and then go to
them and say, 'Want to buy an ad?'"

Key, who invested 22 years of volunteer hours in the station, was
there on Sunday as the CKRZ went off the air.

"I said the last few words, telling people it was like burying a 22
year-old child," he said. "I thanked all the former staff, board
members and supporters and said hopefully it will rise from the ashes."

- - -


What: An emergency meeting of the SONICS membership to discuss the
future of CKRZ and entertain possible proposals from buyers.

When: Feb. 11 at 7 p. m.

Where: The Sports Den at the Community Hall in Oshweken. Note:
According to the SONICS constitution, people can buy memberships up
to 24 hours before an annual general meeting, but the board has the
discretion to accept or deny those memberships when it comes to voting.


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