CJAM FM to be Considered Non-Essential Fee – Funding in Jeopardy

On January 17th, the Ontario Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities announced the Student Choice Initiative through which every individual student in Ontario will be able to opt out of fees that are not “essential”, even if previously voted on by the student body via referendum.

Under the Student Choice Initiative CJAM is not considered an essential fee.

CJAM FM provides students and recent graduates with employment opportunities that help them build for the future. CJAM offers academic course integration, creative practice hours and volunteer experience for current students. This year the station will employ upwards of 5 students and integrate 11 students who will receive course credit for their work. Across the province, over 300 young people are employed every year in campus radio- over 80% of those salaries are funded directly through student fees and not government funds.

CJAM FM has worked hard in the last four years to integrate academic programs into its regular programming. Currently CJAM has two fourth year nursing students creating a weekly health promotion program as a part of their community clinical placement. CJAM also works as a service learning center for the STEM and Digital Journalism departments, offering students course credit while gaining valuable skills and promoting campus research/services. CJAM also has students volunteering from the Law, Women’s Studies, Communications Media & Film, and Sports Management programs.

Further, CJAM has been declared an emergency broadcaster by condition of license by the CRTC, which means we have purchased an installation system to interrupt our broadcast with essential information including amber alerts, weather warnings and more.

We spoke with our MPP Lisa Gretzky and she has been made aware of our needs and situation. Our course of action is now focused on contacting the office of the Premier & the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities. Ask them directly for a response and CC your local MPP. Make your voice heard!

Office of the Premier – Doug Ford 
premier@ontario.ca
https://correspondence.premier.gov.on.ca/…/fee…/default.aspx

Minister of Colleges, Training, and Universities – Merrilee Fullerton
merrilee.fullerton@pc.ola.org
#1-416-326-1600

CC – Windsor West MPP Lisa Gretzky
lgretzky-co@ndp.on.ca

CC – Windsor-Tecumseh MPP Percy Hatfield
PHatfield-QP@ndp.on.ca

We will update folks as we get more information. Thank you for your continued support of independent media.

JOB POSTING – PROGRAM DIRECTOR POSITION

CJAM 99.1 FM Job Posting – Program Director
Posted on February 11 2019 by CJAM FM

CJAM 99.1 FM — Student Media/University of Windsor –– is hiring for the position of PROGRAM DIRECTOR. This salaried full-time position is 35 hours a week. It requires a flexible individual who is available for evening and weekend duties.

CJAM is a nonprofit volunteer-driven campus-based community radio station providing an alternative to the music and spoken-word programming featured in the mainstream media — serving listener communities that are often under represented or maligned.

GENERAL DESCRIPTION: The Program Director is responsible for all aspects of programming. Working with staff, management, and the Program Committee, the successful applicant will help fulfill CJAM’s mandate of providing the community with quality alternative programming that is in compliance with CJAM/CRTC policy.

Duties include:
-Ensuring that CJAM remains on the air at all times, and that what is on the air is properly documented and stored as per CRTC expectations.
-Exercising and enforcing CJAM/CRTC policy.
-Keeping the program schedule evolving with spoken word and music programming in accordance with CRTC policy and CJAM’s mandate.
-Serving as a resource for volunteers regarding matters relating to broadcasting and programming.
-Ensuring volunteers receive satisfactory training and skill development relating to broadcasting.
-Reviewing and evaluating programs regularly with staff, management, and the Program Committee.
-Ensuring that the Program Committee meets at least four times a year and that members are roundly consulted between meetings.
-Hosting 0.5 to 2 hours of programming weekly.
-Filling in as a DJ when needed.
-Ensuring that all programming content is of a high quality and in compliance with CRTC guidelines and CJAM mandate.
-Building partnerships with groups on campus and within the larger community to foster continuity, quality, and relevance in programming.
-Assisting in coordination/scheduling of sports broadcasting and special events.
-Production, rotation/traffic and broadcast and of paid commercials, public service announcements, station IDs, music events/community/arts calendars, etc.
-Production and review of daily commercial assignments.
-Coordinating volunteer use of CJAM production studios and equipment.
-Coordinating production of community events/arts/live music calendars.
-Regularly updating CJAM’s website with programming news and schedule information.
-Maintaining dedicated office hours.

Qualifications:
-Excellent interpersonal, communication and listening skills.
-Demonstrated experience, and knowledge relating to non-commercial music, news, views, and culture.
-Experience in journalism and new media.
-Strong organizational and time management skills.
-Conflict resolution and management skills.
-Computer and basic radio/audio production skills.
-Friendly and patient disposition balanced with an ability to enforce policy.
-Management or Volunteer coordination experience a plus.

TERMS: 35 hours per week

SALARY: $28,000 to $29,000 to start, depending on experience. Please apply online to statcjam@gmail.com by March 6, 2019 by 5 pm. Only qualified applicants selected for interviews by the Hiring Committee will be contacted.

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.

Welcoming Brady Holek – CJAM’s New Program Director

CJAM 99.1 FM (Windsor-Detroit) is pleased to announce the hire of Brady Holek as the station’s new Program Director.

Holek – who will be entering the University of Windsor’s Masters in Communications and Social Justice program in September — first joined CJAM in 2012. After volunteering throughout the summer, he began to host the music variety program The Soundtrack Attack, which generally revolves around music from films.

“I have had a great time working on the show,” says Holek. “And, because of all the volunteering I did, I got to fill in as Program Director every once in a while when vacations were taken. I kept volunteering at CJAM throughout the school year and was eventually invited to become part of the board of directors in 2013. That experience was very eye-opening for me and I got to learn a lot about how CJAM and the CRTC operate.”

Aside from CJAM, Holek enjoys hanging out with Carley Schweitzer (co-host of The Soundtrack Attack), walking their dog Kojak, volunteering at Border City Brawlers roller derby games, and watching movies.

“I am very excited and enthusiastic about working with everyone at CJAM — staff and volunteers alike,” Holek says. “I hope to be meeting all the volunteers in the next few weeks and look forward to talking with everyone face to face.”

Email Brady Holek directly at: programcjam@gmail.com

CJAM 99.1 FM Job Posting – Program Director

CJAM 99.1 FM — Student Media/University of Windsor –– is hiring for the position of PROGRAM DIRECTOR. This salaried full-time position is 35 hours a week. It requires a flexible individual who is available for evening and weekend duties.

CJAM is a nonprofit volunteer-driven campus-based community radio station providing an alternative to the music and spoken-word programming featured in the mainstream media — serving listener communities that are often under represented or maligned.

GENERAL DESCRIPTION: The Program Director is responsible for all aspects of programming. Working with staff, management, and the Program Committee, the successful applicant will help fulfill CJAM’s mandate of providing the community with quality alternative programming that is in compliance with CJAM/CRTC policy.

Duties include:

-Ensuring that CJAM remains on the air at all times, and that what is on the air is properly documented and stored as per CRTC expectations.
-Exercising and enforcing CJAM/CRTC policy.
-Keeping the program schedule evolving with spoken word and music programming in accordance with CRTC policy and CJAM’s mandate.
-Serving as a resource for volunteers regarding matters relating to broadcasting and programming.
-Ensuring volunteers receive satisfactory training and skill development relating to broadcasting.
-Reviewing and evaluating programs regularly with staff, management, and the Program Committee.
-Ensuring that the Program Committee meets at least four times a year and that members are roundly consulted between meetings.
-Hosting 0.5 to 2 hours of programming weekly.
-Filling in as a DJ when needed.
-Ensuring that all programming content is of a high quality and in compliance with CRTC guidelines and CJAM mandate.
-Building partnerships with groups on campus and within the larger community to foster continuity, quality, and relevance in programming.
-Assisting in coordination/scheduling of sports broadcasting and special events.
-Production, rotation/traffic and broadcast and of paid commercials, public service announcements, station IDs, music events/community/arts calendars, etc.
-Production and review of daily commercial assignments.
-Coordinating volunteer use of CJAM production studios and equipment.
-Coordinating production of community events/arts/live music calendars.
-Regularly updating CJAM’s website with programming news and schedule information.
-Maintaining dedicated office hours.

Qualifications:

-Excellent interpersonal, communication and listening skills.
-Demonstrated experience, and knowledge relating to non-commercial music, news, views, and culture.
-Experience in journalism and new media.
-Strong organizational and time management skills.
-Conflict resolution and management skills.
-Computer and basic radio/audio production skills.
-Friendly and patient disposition balanced with an ability to enforce policy.
-Management or Volunteer coordination experience a plus.

TERMS: 35 hours per week

SALARY: $20,000-$25,000 to start, depending on experience. Please apply online to statcjam@gmail.com by April 25, 2014. Only qualified applicants selected for interviews by the Hiring Committee will be contacted.

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.

Tonight on Rose City Politics

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Tonight on Rose City Politics in addition to lots of self elevating discussion around our recent Jammy for Best Talk Show the panel examines municipal taxes, tough talk on panhandlers and federal blight in the core, another Mayor vs the DWBIA dust up over who’s to blame for skyrocketing energy bills, petcoke and the cards will continue to fly at Caesar’s Windsor.

Join Kieran McKenzie, Rino Bortolin and Don Merrifield (sitting in for Paul Synnott) for our weekly subjective look at the issues impacting Windsor-Essex Politics.

RCP airs tonight at 8 pm on CJAM 99.1 fm or streaming at www.cjam.ca

CJAM 99.1 FM to quadruple its power in wake of CRTC decision

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CJAM 99.1 FM will boost its maximum power by more than four times this summer in the wake of a decision by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC).

Late last week, the CRTC announced that CJAM 99.1 FM is now permitted to increase its power from 500 watts to 2084 watts using a directional antenna system. The increase means that the campus and community radio station based out of the University of Windsor will solidify its Windsor base, while reaching further into those parts of Detroit lying to the north and northeast of CJAM’s transmitter site, particularly Gross Pointe, Michigan.

“This is obviously a historic CRTC decision for CJAM and its listening community, and we’re grateful to the CRTC for granting us this generous reach,” says Station Manager Vernon Smith.

“First and foremost, it means our 125 voices will carry further and expand our listening community. It also means that CJAM as a non-profit is much better positioned to fend for itself financially in terms of fundraising and advertising. But more than anything, the decision positions CJAM to strengthen its foothold as a cultural and ethnocultural leader that still has to compete for media consumers.”

In laypersons terms, the decision will give CJAM a radius of roughly 15 to 20 km, depending on the quality of the FM receiver being used and periodic interference from other stations, strengthening its reach into Detroit, Michigan to the north and northeast, including Gross Pointe, Michigan. The signal will improve in Belle River, Ontario to the west. But Belle River, being about 32 km from CJAM, is outside the official coverage area and the signal there will be weak and subject to interference for some of the time. More importantly, CJAM will be a much easier station to pick up on its current terrestrial real estate in Windsor and parts of Detroit.

Timing of implementation will be determined in the coming days and weeks.

The Making of a VOTE CJAM Button

CJAM’s Referendum is coming up on Thursday and Friday. We’re asking you to please vote YES for CJAM.
Learn more about the referendum here: www.cjam.ca/votecjam
Vote on Thursday, April 3rd and Friday, April 4th here: www.uwindsor.ca/UWSAvote
Wear a CJAM button to show your support and watch above to see how they’re made.
Get one of these flashy buttons when we visit your class or come down to CJAM in the basement of the CAW Student Centre to pick one up.

Video Disclaimer: most buttons are not made holding a camera and sitting on the floor.