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

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.

CJAM Top 30 Charts // November 12 – 18


* indicates Canadian content

1 VARIOUS* – Invisible Channel: Live Sessions From CJSW 90.9 FM (CJSW 90.9 FM)

2 SHAD* – A Short Story About A War (Secret City)

3 AL MUIRHEAD* – Undertones (Chronograph)

4 MARIE GOUDY 12TET* – The Bitter Suite (Self-Released)

5 PARQUET COURTS – Wide Awake! (Rough Trade)

6 EVERYWHERE MUSIC GOES* – Thenfuturenow (Self-Released)

7 TORONTO TABLA ENSEMBLE* – Bhumika (Self-Released)

8 STEPHANIE BOULAY* – Ce Que Je Te Donne Ne Dispait Pas (Grosse Boite)

9 NO CODES* – No Codes (Self-Released)

10 VOLUNTEERS* – I Wish I Was As Happy As John Denver (Self-Released)

11 FRONTPERSON* – Frontrunner (Oscar Street)

12 HARD RUBBER ORCHESTRA* – Kenny Wheeler: Suite For Hard Rubber Orchestra (Justin Time)

13 STRAT ANDRIOTIS* – Night Manager (Self-Released)

14 BEND SINISTER* – Foolish Games (Cordova Bay)

15 GEORGIA ANNE MULDROW – Overload (Brainfeeder)

16 RICHIE COLE – Cannonball (Self-Released)

17 SICK OF IT ALL – Wake the Sleeping Dragon (Fat Wreck Chords)

18 CHARLES BRADLEY – Black Velvet (Daptone)

19 SINGLE MOTHERS* – Through A Wall (Dine Alone)

20 NIRMALA RAJASEKAR – Maithree The Music of Friendship (Innova)

21 ERIK JEKABSON SEXTET – Erik Jekabson Sextet (Wide Hive)

22 DIRTY VEGAS – Days Go By (The Retrospective) (New State)

23 BOB MOSES* – Battle Lines (Domino)

24 BLOOD ORANGE – Negro Swan (Domino)

25 JIM BRYSON* – Tired of Waiting (Coax)

26 APHEX TWIN – Collapse EP (Warp)

27 JAMES FRANCIES – Flight (Blue Note)

28 THE BAD GUYS* – Push Down and Turn (Self-Released)

29 CRASHING CAIRO – At Speeds That Destroy (Self-Released)

30 JOCK TEARS* – Bad Boys (Inky)

CJAM Top 30 Charts // November 5th – November 11, 2018


* indicates Canadian content

1 URBAN SURF KINGS* – Astro Surf A-Go-Go (Self-Released)

2 VOLUNTEERS* – I Wish I Was As Happy As John Denver (Self-Released)

3 SNAKE RIVER* – Tread On To The Unkown You (Self-Released)

4 FRONTPERSON* – Frontrunner (Oscar Street)

5 KANDLE* – Holy Smoke (Self-Released)

6 HUTTCH* – Huttchino (Self-Released)

7 MATTHEW DEAR – Bunny (Ghostly International)

8 VARIOUS* – Invisible Channel: Live Sessions From CJSW 90.9 FM (CJSW 90.9 FM)

9 WISH LASH* – Altar of Doubt (Self-Released)

10 TORONTO TABLA ENSEMBLE* – Bhumika (Self-Released)


12 DEM ATLAS – Bad Actress (Rhymesayers)

13 MINYESHU – Daa Dee (ARC Music)

14 SUNNY WAR – With The Sun (Self-Released)

15 CHARLES BRADLEY – Black Velvet (Daptone)

16 SINGLE MOTHERS* – Through A Wall (Dine Alone)

17 HONEY TONGUES THE* – The Honey Tongues (Self-Released)

18 CHRIS CASSERLY* – Clear Black Sky (Self-Released)

19 PROBLEM PATIENT* – Patient Problems (Self-Released)

20 IAN WILLIAM CRAIG* – Thresholder (130701)

21 AUTOPILOT* – Afterglow (Self-Released)

22 SHAD* – A Short Story About A War (Secret City)

23 FUCKED UP* – Dose Your Dreams (Arts & Crafts)

24 THE WILD BLUEBERRY BAND* – A Brand New Day (Self-Released)

25 SIEVI* – Rebirth (Self-Released)

26 THE OLD SALTS* – Fisherman Jake (Self-Released)

27 JESSE & THE DANDELIONS* – Give Up The Gold (Self-Released)

28 JANOWSKII* – Janowskii (Self-Released)

29 MUSEUM PIECES* – Plain Sight (Self-Released)

30 COPPERHEAD* – Touch (Self-Released)

CJAM Top 30 Charts // October 29th – November 4th, 2018


* indicates Canadian Content

1 HUTTCH* – Huttchino (Self-Released)
2 RAE SPOON* – bodiesofwater (Coax)
3 SINGLE MOTHERS* – Through A Wall (Dine Alone)
4 AUTOGRAMM* – What R U Waiting 4? (Nevado)
6 ASSOHUN – Ivory Coast (Laterite)
7 BLACK ROOTS – Take It (Nubian Khanti)
8 PARQUET COURTS – Wide Awake! (Rough Trade)
9 EVERYWHERE MUSIC GOES* – Thenfuturenow (Self-Released)
10 SNAKE RIVER* – Tread On To The Unkown You (Self-Released)
11 SHAD* – A Short Story About A War (Secret City)
12 TOKYO POLICE CLUB* – Tokyo Police Club (Dine Alone Records)
13 ROB MITCHELSON* – Knightlaser: 2042 Motion Picture Soundtrack (Self-Released)
14 MOTHER MOTHER* – Dance and Cry (Universal)
15 METRIC* – Art of Doubt (Crystal Math Music)
16 MYRIAD3* – Vera (Alma)
17 THE LYTICS* – Float On (LHM Records)
18 THOM YORKE* – Suspiria (XL Recordings)
19 MORRICONE YOUTH – Danger: Diabolik (Country Club)
20 THE INTELLIGENCE – Live in San Francisco (Castle Face)
21 NIRMALA RAJASEKAR – Maithree The Music of Friendship (Innova)
22 IRON AND WINE – Weed Garden (EP) (Sub Pop)
23 LEON BRIDGES – Good Thing (Columbia)
24 DATSUNN* – Part One (Self-Released)
25 THE BAD GUYS* – Push Down and Turn (Self-Released)
26 AUTOPILOT* – Afterglow (Self-Released)
27 KALLE MATTSON* – Youth (Self-Released)
28 JAYNE MURRAY* – lookgoodfor (Self-Released)
29 FRONTPERSON* – Frontrunner (Oscar Street)
30 VOLUNTEERS* – I Wish I Was As Happy As John Denver (Self-Released)

CJAM FM “35K for 35 Years on FM” Pledge Drive Fundraiser

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CJAM 99.1 FM is excited to announce the dates for their annual Pledge Drive Fundraiser. The drive will begin on Friday October 19th starting at 12pm and run until Friday October 26th at 1pm. It is the only time of year CJAM reaches out to the community for financial support to continue daily operations at the station. This year, the station is celebrating 35 years on the FM dial as independent non-commercial radio, giving a voice to underrepresented artists, viewpoints, and cultures.

CJAM 99.1 FM is a non-profit campus-community radio station located at the University of Windsor. CJAM has been broadcasting since 1983, providing music and information programming not offered by mainstream commercial media.

“For 35 years, CJAM has featured a wide variety of programs, while also providing numerous resources and opportunities for youth and the community. We’ve partnered with student volunteers to expand our programming even further,” states Brady Holek, Station Manager at CJAM 99.1 FM.

Program partnerships with student life such as the law department’s Magna Carta Pro-Bono Students, the nursing department’s No Scrubs and the science department’s new spoken word program Peer Reviewed are just a few examples of shows that highlight the station’s ever-growing program base that has been a launching pad for careers in the music industry, journalism, and sports broadcasting. “We have had Jammers go on to work for SOCAN, CBC, Bell Media, and plenty more. It’s incredible seeing our Jammers succeed and we want to continue to support them and provide those opportunities,” says Holek.
This year, CJAM is offering the following prizes at different donation levels.

Any amount – CJAM sticker
$10 – CJAM Pin
$20 – music prize pack (CDs/vinyl)
$25 – “Smashing all Preconceived Notions” 35 Year Documentary on 8gig USB
$50 – CJAM 2018 Pledge Drive t-shirt
$100 – CJAM prize pack (including 2018 t-shirt, pin, and gift certificates)

Individuals looking to donate can call in during Pledge Drive week at 519-971-3630 (Windsor) //
1-855-344-2526 (toll free from Detroit and around the world). Donations are also accepted online at www.grouprev.com/CJAM35 via a secure online donation system.

CJAM’s New Music Director – Lauren Hedges


CJAM 99.1 FM (Windsor/Detroit) is pleased to announce the hire of Lauren Hedges as the station’s new Music Director.

Lauren has been a CJAM volunteer since 2010, having hosted numerous shows over the years including The Windsor Scene, Milk & Vodka, and The Canadian Jam. She is a graduate of The University of Windsor and The Ontario Institute of Audio Recording Technology, and is also an accomplished concert photographer. “After having been a part of CJAM for so long, I’m very excited to have the opportunity to help shape the station’s future,” says Hedges.

Check out her new music variety show, Rummage Radio, which will be airing Thursdays from 2:30 to 4:00 p.m. starting July 5th.

CJAM Top 30 Charts – June 25th – July 1st 2018


* – Indicates Canadian content

1 DIANE MOTEL* – Lonesome for the Colour (Self-Released)
2 SANDRO DOMINELLI* – Here & Now (Chronograph)
3 COURTNEY BARNETT – Tell Me How You Really Feel (Milk!)
4 THE 427’S* – Stay Gold (Stingray)
5 LA LUZ – Floating Features (Hardly Art)
6 SEUN KUTI & EGYPT 80 – Black Times (Strut)
7 VARIOUS* – Museum of Skin Vol. 2 (Museum Of Skin)
8 TORONTO JAZZ ORCHESTRA* – 20 (Self-Released)
9 CHRIS WHITELEY AND DIANA BRAITHWAITE* – I Was Telling Him About You (Self-Released)
10 THE BROOKS* – Freewheelin’ Walking (Self-Released)
11 YESS WOAH* – Believe (Self-Released)
12 CHARLOTTE DAY WILSON* – Stone Woman (Self-Released)
13 MAZ* – ID (Self-Released)
14 SHY KIDS* – In A State (Secretly Canadian)
15 DEADBEAT* – Wax Poetic For This Our Great Resolve (Blkrtz)
16 PRE NUP* – Oh Well (Jigsaw Records)
17 KOLLAGE* – No Fuss No Muss (G-Three)
18 COEUR DE PIRATE* – en cas de tempête, ce jardin sera fermé (Dare To Care)
19 PEACH KELLI POP* – Gentle Leader (Mint)
20 LES POULES À COLIN* – Morose (Self-Released)
21 PAPERMAPS* – Confessions: To Each Their Own Rapture (Sparks)
22 SUUNS* – Felt (Secret City)
23 EMMET COHEN – Masters Legacy Series Vol 2: Featuring Ron Carter (Cellar Live)
25 VARIOUS – Mokeselektions Vol. 4 (Monkey Town)
26 NEKO CASE* – Hell-On (Anti-)
27 GREG BURROWS – Tell Your Story (Self-Released)
28 BROWN ACID – The Sixth Trip (Riding)
29 EYTREG – One?s Hidden Agony (Urbnet)
30 THE FUGITIVES* – The Promise of Strangers (Borealis)

CJAM Top 30 Charts – June 18th – June 24 2018


* – Indicates Canadian Content

1 KIRAN AHLUWALIA* – 7 Billion (Six Degrees)
2 COEUR DE PIRATE* – en cas de tempête, ce jardin sera fermé (Dare To Care)
3 VARIOUS* – Museum of Skin Vol. 2 (Museum Of Skin)
4 THE 427’S* – Stay Gold (Stingray)
5 EAMON MCGRATH* – Tantramar (Self-Released)
6 NAP EYES* – I’m Bad Now (You’ve Changed)
7 CHRISTINA MARTIN* – Impossible To Hold (Come Undone)
8 COURTNEY BARNETT – Tell Me How You Really Feel (Milk!)
9 BEACH HOUSE – 7 (Sub Pop)
10 BOMBINO – Deran (Partisan)
11 BROWN ACID – The Sixth Trip (Riding)
12 THE BROOKS* – Freewheelin’ Walking (Self-Released)
13 YUKON BLONDE* – Critical Hit (Dine Alone Records)
14 BABY CAGES* – Bitter Melon (Self-Released)
15 GROUNDERS* – Coffee & Jam (Nevado Records)
16 DUMB* – Seeing Green (Mint)
17 ALI MCCORMICK* – The Place You Know (Self-Released)
18 YESS WOAH* – Believe (Self-Released)
19 CAMAROMANCE* – Chasing Clouds (Simone)
20 U.S. GIRLS* – In A Poem Unlimited (Royal Mountain)
21 NEKO CASE* – Hell-On (Anti-)
22 BLACK MOTH SUPER RAINBOW – Panic Blooms (Rad Cult)
23 JOE VICKERS* – Notes For The Word Burning Stove (Gunner Records)
24 DIANE MOTEL* – Lonesome for the Colour (Self-Released)
25 KELLARISSA* – Ocean Electro (Mint)
26 SMALLER HEARTS* – Smaller Hearts (Self-Released)
27 RAINE HAMILTON* – Night Sky (Self-Released)
28 MILES DAVIS & JOHN COLTRANE – The Final Tour: The Bootleg Series, Vol. 6 (Legacy)
29 DUSTED* – Blackout Summer (Polyvinyl)
30 BROWNOUT – Fear Of A Brown Planet (Fat Beats)

CJAM 99.1 FM Job Posting – Music Director

Student Media/University of Windsor – CJAM 99.1 FM – is hiring for the position of MUSIC DIRECTOR. This salaried part time position is 20 hours per week.

CJAM is a nonprofit volunteer-driven campus-based community radio station. We provide music and information programming not offered by mainstream commercial media in the Windsor/Detroit area. We serve people and groups within the community who are under represented or maligned by mainstream media by allowing a forum to express their views.

GENERAL DESCRIPTION – The Music Director is responsible for all aspects of the Music Department. Working with staff, management, volunteers, record labels, artists, and management companies, the successful applicant will help fulfill CJAM’s mandate of providing the community with quality alternative music programming that is in compliance with CJAM and CRTC policy. Please apply via email to statcjam@gmail.com. The application deadline is June 8th at 5PM.

Duties include:
– Conducting weekly audits for CanCon, working with the Program Director to ensure non-compliant programmers are engaged
– Work with all staff in terms of identifying on-air issues around hits, profanity, and other problematic programmer behavior, as well as assist the Program Director in reviewing and evaluating music programs
– Work alongside volunteers and the music review committee, to review and process all incoming music at CJAM FM (via mail and otherwise)
– Take care of the music library with regards to order, accessibility, and security
– Ensuring all appropriate genres of music are represented in the on-air studio
-Fill in as a DJ when needed
– Host between 0.5 and 2 hours of programming per week
– Compose charts from DJ Logs, and report charts to trade magazines and labels
– Handle all requests and actively seek out interview and concert ticket opportunities for volunteers and listeners by contacting record labels, artists, and management companies
– Take tracking calls from record and promotion companies
– Engaging with labels that provide special needs content (ie. French language and Aboriginal) for CJAM’s mandate and specialty show mandates
– Organization of CD/vinyl giveaways and amass a collection of music for CJAMs annual fundraising drive
– Work with music DJs, the Program Director, and the Station Manager to ensure that programmers have the music content they require, as well as Canadian content
– complying with CJAM policy regarding the confidentiality of CJAM’s internal workings and business
– Make all decisions in CJAM’s best interest

– Excellent interpersonal, communication and listening skills
– Strong organizational and time management skills
– Computer and basic radio/audio production skills

TERMS: 20 Hours Per Week

SALARY: $16,000-$17,000 to start, depending on experience. Please apply via email to statcjam@gmail.com by June 8 2018. Please include your resume and cover letter as part of your application. Only qualified applicants selected for interviews by the Hiring Committee will be contacted. The application deadline is June 8th at 5PM.

CJAM is an anti-sexist, anti-racist, anti-homophobic organization committed to diversity and equity. We strongly encourage applications from all visible and non-visible minorities. Where there is equity in qualifications preference will be given to minority applicants.

CJAM Top 30! // May 21st – May27th 2018


*indicates Canadian Content

1 KIRAN AHLUWALIA* 7 Billion (Six Degrees)

2 MAZ* ID (Self-Released)

3 SEUN KUTI & EGYPT 80 Black Times (Strut)

4 SOUTH RIVER SLIM* Who the F is South River Slim (Self-Released)

5 JAMES O-L AND THE VILLAINS* Wild Goose Jack (Famous Last)

6 QRISTINA BROOKE* Linger (Self-Released)

7 LES POULES À COLIN* Morose (Self-Released)

8 LOÏC APRIL* Loïc April (Bonsound)

9 ANBA TONEL Bellegarde (Self-Released)


11 POST ANIMAL When I Think of You in a Castle (Polyvinyl)

12 STIMULATOR JONES Exotic Worlds and Masterful Treasures (Stones Throw)

13 GABACHO MARCO Tawassol (Cristal)

14 DJÉNÉBA AT FOUSCO Kayeba Khasso (Lusafrica)

15 HAMMA SANKARE Ballebe – Calling All Africans (Clermont Music)

16 HUMANS* The Feels (Haven)

17 DIANE MOTEL* Lonesome for the Colour (Self-Released)

18 BLACK MILK FEVER (Mass Appeal)

19 DABRYE Three/Three (Ghostly International)

20 BEATRICE DEER My All To You (Self-Released)

21 A PLACE TO BURY STRANGERS Pinned (Dead Oceans)


23 THE BROOKS* Freewheelin’ Walking (Self-Released)

24 ANNA BURCH Quit the Curse (Polyvinyl)


26 CALLA KINGLIT* Dreamer’s Sea (Self-Released)

27 CAMAROMANCE* Chasing Clouds (Simone)

28 DAVID KECHLEY The Walbrzych Project (Innova)

29 DOM FLEMONS Black Cowboys (Smithsonian Folkways)

30 EYTREG One?s Hidden Agony (Urbnet)