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  • Ontario’s Campus Radio Stations Push Back with Petition Against PC’s Student Choice Initiative

    Posted by Brady Holek on March 21, 2019

    The Ontario Government’s recently announced Student Choice Initiative has campus radio stations and newspapers across the province scrambling at the idea of losing staff members and services. Under the new initiative, students will have the ability to opt-out of any fees considered non-essential by the PC Government. The University of Windsor’s campus-community station, CJAM FM, has received $5 per full-time undergraduate student per semester since students democratically approved the fee in 1983. The student funding represents between 60-70% of CJAM’s annual budget. “If campus media is deemed non-essential it will be the beginning of the end for campus newspapers and radio across the province,” explains CJAM Station Manager Brady Holek. “Along with the services we provide, students will no longer be able to gain experience and skills that lead to job opportunities in broadcasting, journalism, and the music industry.”

    More than 15 campus radio stations, 150 staff members, and 3,500 volunteers across Ontario will be affected by these changes. “If we lose even a portion of our funding, we will lose jobs. Currently we have two full-time and one part-time employee. The opportunities we offer students will be put on hold as we try and maintain basic federal compliancy as a radio station,” says Holek. CJAM and stations across Ontario have released a petition today to deem campus radio an essential fee under the Student Choice Initiative. Copies of the petition can be found at CJAM FM, Green Bean Café, and Dr. Disc records. A printable version is also available on the CJAM website, www.cjam.ca.  

    CJAM FM has connected with many campus programs and services over the past five years. “We work with students from departments including Nursing, STEM, Sports Management, Digital Journalism, and Communications Media and Film,” notes Program Director Carley Schweitzer. “We also work with campus and Ontario organizations like Pro Bono Students Canada, the Womxn’s Center, OPIRG, and The Lance to create dynamic, interesting programs. We strive to provide views from across the political spectrum and spend our time trying to promote information programming that features dialogue and discussion.”

    Many broadcasters have had experiences at campus radio that have changed the course of their careers and lives. “I cut my teeth on student radio at CJAM at the University of Windsor. It was an enormous tool for my development as a broadcaster and a play-by-play announcer,” says voice of the Toronto Maple Leafs, Joe Bowen. “I really hope that in Windsor they will see their way clear to make sure that the student radio station CJAM is funded and kept going. It’s a great stepping stone for a lot of would-be broadcasters and a great tool to learn your craft.”

    CJAMs 2018 Board of Directors President Brittany Webster found employment with Bell Media shortly after graduating last year. “I knew I wanted to work in news, but my anxiety over going live on air was making me question if it was really the career for me.,” she says. “Through one of my courses, we were given the assignment to host a half-hour live news segment with CJAM. I went on to host a weekly-half hour show the following summer. CJAM gave me the experience and the confidence to move across the country to work as a news reporter for Bell Media. CJAM gave me the references I needed for my resume, and the encouraging environment I needed to get my feet wet in live broadcasting. CJAM was everything I needed; I just wish I’d discovered it before I was more than halfway though university!”

    The University of Windsor is also under financial pressure with the government announcing a 10% tuition rate reduction alongside the Student Choice Initiative.

    Station Manager Holek notes, “If you give students the option to save money right as they are paying tuition, a lot of them will take it, especially first year students who may have never even been to the campus before. I realize students do not have a lot of money to begin with, but it places organizations like us in bi-annual uncertainty. It will cause massive cutbacks for campus media across Ontario, and many students will realize too late that they have lost opportunities not only on campus but after graduation.”

    “This will also represent a major blow to the music industry across Ontario,” says Holek. “Campus radio stations have been breaking new and local artists for decades, and many independent record labels will have a much harder time getting their music heard. We add over 50 albums a week to our new music library.”   

    CJAM FM recently celebrated 35 years on the FM dial in November 2018. People can find copies of the petition at the link below. Anybody with an Ontario address can sign their support. Get involved with the campaign by contacting Station Manager Brady Holek at 519-253-3000 ex. 2525.

  • 2019 Jammy Award Voting

    Posted by Carley on March 20, 2019

    Spring is in the air and the 2019 CJAM Jammy Awards are open for voting!

    Every year CJAM celebrates our DJs by getting together for a fun awards ceremony where YOU choose the winners! We call upon our listeners to vote for their favourite CJAM shows as well as the best local music venues and acts in Windsor-Detroit!

    Tell us who your favourites are by voting HERE: https://survey.zohopublic.com/zs/ZrBUDZ

    As an added bonus you can join us in person on April 27th at The Green Bean Cafe (2320 Wyandotte St. West) for our winners ceremony!
    8pm – doors open
    9pm – Jammys begin
    10pm – 2018 winner Flower Face performs
    Cleo SP & DJ Malk spinning beats until late

    Don’t wait another minute – vote today!!

  • CJAM Top 30 Charts // March 11th – 17th, 2019

    Posted by Lauren Hedges on March 19, 2019

    *Indicates Canadian Content

    1    GYPSY CHIEF GOLIATH* – Masters of Space and Time (Bilocation Records / Kozmik Artifactz)

    2    BLOODSHOT BILL* – Come Get Your Love Right Now (Goner Records)


    4    SUPERMANSION* – Solar Order (Self-Released)

    5    THE BLUE STONES* – Black Holes (eOne Music (E1))

    6    PRIORS* – Call For You (Slovenly)

    7    HOMESHAKE* – Helium (Royal Mountain)

    8    THE COATHANGERSThe Devil You Know (Suicide Squeeze)

    9    CHACAL* – Peter Said It Was Problematic (Self-Released)

    10   VARIOUS* – Big Friday: Sunrise Sessions 2018 (CJSW 90.9 FM)

    11   THE HIGH DIALS* – Foreverish (Self-Released)

    12   JONI VOID* – Mise En Abyme (Constellation)

    13   ABIGAIL LAPELL* – Getaway (Coax)

    14   PIQSIQ* – Altering The Timeline (Coax)

    15   SAID THE WHALE* – Cascadia (Arts & Crafts)

    16   GUIDED BY VOICESZeppelins Over China (Guided By Voices, Inc. (GBV))

    17   DEER TICKMayonnaise (Partisan)

    18   MALIBU KENMalibu Ken (Rhymesayers)

    19   VARIOUSBrainfeeder X (Brainfeeder)

    20   VARIOUSSongs of our Native Daughters (Smithsonian Folkways)

    21   APOLLO SUNS* – Dawn Offerings (Self-Released)

    22   THE RESPECTABLES* – The Power of Rock’N’Roll (Unidisc)

    23   MIDNIGHT SHINE* – High Road (Self-Released)

    24   MOONDLE* – Moondle (Self-Released)

    25   B.A. JOHNSTON* –The Skid is Hot Tonight (Transistor 66)

    26   BASIC WHITEThe Second Half (Self-Released)

    27   KEVIN QUAIN* – About November (Self-Released)

    28   BACKSTABBER* – Conspiracy Theorist (Self-Released)

    29   ALTAMEDATime Hasn’t Changed You (Pheromone)

    30   THE PEPTIDES* – Galapagos, Vol. 1 (Self-Released)

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