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 

Minister of Colleges, Training, and Universities – Merrilee Fullerton

CC – Windsor West MPP Lisa Gretzky

CC – Windsor-Tecumseh MPP Percy Hatfield

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


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.

-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.

CJAM Top 30 Charts // February 4th – February 10th, 2019

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

2    OUTRAGEOUS CHERRYMeet You in the Shadows (Burger)

3    NÊHIYAWAK* – starlight (Arts & Crafts)

4    HIGH PARADE* – The Ocean (Self-Released)

5    SHOOBIES* – Nevermind the Hardcore, Here’s Shoobies (Self-Released)

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

7    LEE HARVEY OSMOND* – Mohawk (Latent)

8    THE ASTOUNDSGet Right With The Astounds (Self-Released)

9    SMOKEY BRIGHTSDifferent Windows/Come To Terms (Freakout!)

10   DJAZIA SATOURAswat (Alwane)

11   SWERVEDRIVERFuture Ruins (Dangerbird)


13   VARIOUSBrainfeeder X (Brainfeeder)

14   ALTAMEDATime Hasn’t Changed You (Pheromone)

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

16   EEKWOL & T-RHYME* – For Women By Women (Self-Released)

17   ONLY A VISITOR* – Technicolour Education (Self-Released)

18   MITTEN CLAPS* – Can’t Not (Self-Released)

19   JESSICA SARAH*Full Circle (Self-Released)

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

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

22   JOCK TEARS* – Bad Boys (Inky)

23   MOTHERHOOD* – Dear Bongo (Self-Released)

24   JONATHAN JOESTAR* – Guritchi (Museum Of Skin)

25   KING OF FOXES* – Salt & Honey (Olivia Street)

26   ROYAL CANOE* – Waver (Paper Bag Records)

27   PIQSIQ* – Altering The Timeline (Coax)

28   RACHEL BARTON PINE* – Blues Dialogues (Cedille)

29   MS INDIE POPCircle (Self-Released)

30   MS INDIE POPTriangle (Self-Released)

CJAM Top 30 Charts // January 25th – February 3rd, 2019

*Indicates Canadian Content

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

2    ROYAL CANOE* – Waver (Paper Bag Records)

3    VARIOUSBrainfeeder X (Brainfeeder)

4    SHOOBIES* – Nevermind the Hardcore, Here’s Shoobies (Self-Released)

5    THE SCORPIONS AND SAIF ABU BAKRJazz Jazz Jazz (Habibi Funk)

6    PAPA GHOSTFACE* – What We Lost in the Flood (Tosteestostas)

7    BUTCHERS* – Jerk (Self-Released)

8    ALLISON AU QUARTET* – Wander Wonder (Self-Released)

9    VARIOUSTwo Tribes (Agogo)

10   JIM BRENAN50/50 (Death Defying)

11   RAIZA BIZA AND REMIBlack Hole Sun EP (Low Key Source)

12   BABA AND DJANA SISSOKOFasiya (Blind Faith)

13   MILLION MILESGood Luck, Honey (Anti-Fragile Records)

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

15   THE EXBATSE is for Exbats (Burger)


17   BEACONGravity Pairs (Ghostly International)

18   GEORGIA ANNE MULDROWOverload (Brainfeeder)

19   CLEOPATRICKThe Boys (Self-Released)

20   NÊHIYAWAK* – starlight (Arts & Crafts)

21   BADGERMOUTH* – The Impossible Beauty (Self-Released)

22   ILLISMiLLuminated (Self-Released)

23   MS INDIE POPCircle (Self-Released)

24   THE DISCARDED* – Not From This Town (Self-Released)

25   NOT EVENMembrane EP (Self-Released)

26   MARIE-VERONIQUE BOURQUE* – Une porte s’ouvre (Self-Released)

27   THE CASTOR TROYS* – Legends Never Die (Self-Released)

28   MAKAYA MCCRAVENUniversal Beings (International Anthem)

29   MICHELLE RUMBALL* – Years Behind (Self-Released)

CJAM Top 30 Charts // January 7th – January 13th, 2019

*indicates Canadian Content

1    PAPA GHOSTFACE* –  What We Lost in the Flood (Tosteestostas)

2    OUTRAGEOUS CHERRY –Meet You in the Shadows (Burger)

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

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

5    MATTHEW DEAR –Bunny (Ghostly International)

6    HUTTCH* – Huttchino (Self-Released)

7    HIGH PARADE* – The Ocean (Self-Released)

8    JOCK TEARS* – Bad Boys (Inky)

9    RACHEL BARTON PINE* – Blues Dialogues (Cedille)

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

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

12   ART D’ECCO* – Trespasser (Paper Bag)

13   THE AR-KAICS – In This Time (Wick)

14   RAIZA BIZA AND REMI – Black Hole Sun EP (Low Key Source)

15   CARBONAS –Your Moral Superior (Goner)

16   TOMORROW’S TULIPS –Harnessed To Flesh (Burger)

17   JOYCE MANOR –Million Dollars To Kill Me (Epitaph)

18   FRANCINE HONEY* – To Be Continued… (Self-Released)

19   ESCAPE GOAT* – Escape Goat (Self-Released)

20   LOGAN AND NATHAN – *Chasing Tales and a Few Other Things (Self-Released)

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

22   CRAIG MOREAU* – A Different Kind Of Train (Self-Released)

23   ALL HANDS ON JANE –Animal Worship (Self-Released)

24   THE CASTOR TROYS* – Legends Never Die (Self-Released)

25   MARIE-VERONIQUE BOURQUE* – Une porte s’ouvre (Self-Released)

26   SHOOBIES* – Nevermind the Hardcore, Here’s Shoobies (Self-Released)

27   AUTOPILOT* – Afterglow (Self-Released)

28   FEVER FEEL* – Fever Feel (Self-Released)

29   SIEVI* – Rebirth (Self-Released)

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

Get to know…Music From Planet Earth

Artwork by Greg Maxwell

CJAM is celebrating 35 years on the FM dial & we want you to get to know our hosts & volunteers!

Name // Brady
Show // Music From Planet Earth on CJAM 99.1 FM
When // Fridays at 2:30pm

// How long have you been involved with CJAM?
Almost 7 years

// How did you become involved as a CJAMmer?
Some friends pushed me to get involved and I’m very thankful they did.

// Describe your show…
Music from Planet Earth features a lot of brand new music from mostly artists outside of North America. I like to vary the genre and I make a point to feature local music and music from all around the world during every broadcast.

// What is your favourite topic of discussion?
movie soundtracks // CJAM shows // Bob Dylan // Rich Evans

// My other life consists of…
pretending to be an adult

// What was your best live music experience? 
I would have a difficult time picking just ONE but some top notch shows I’ve seen include Seu Jorge at the Royal Oak Music TheatreKamasi Washington at Chene Park (soon to become the Aretha Louise Franklin Ampitheatre!), Protomartyr on the Detroit Princess, John Carpenter at The Detroit Masonic Temple, and Zap Mama with Antibalas at Detroit Music Hall.

// Who do you NEED to see live?
Tom Waits!!

// What do you love most about CJAM?
All the friends it’s given me.

// Anything else you’d like to add?
Stay chill…!
Want to hear Music from Planet Earth?
Tune in on Fridays at 2:30pm on 99.1 FM, link in to our livestream, the TuneIn app or Cogeco Cable channel 285

Find the CJAM archives online at www.cjam.ca //
Simply click on the programming tab – find the program & stream or download it from the website. It’s that easy!

Singles Club Top 3 // December 2018



This month’s edition of the singles club featured 7 tracks from Windsor and Detroit, and our programmers played their favourites over the past four weeks, resulting in the following top 3:

1. The Gasoline Gypsies – Freaks and Nonbelievers (Detroit)

2. Honeymoon Bay – Home (Windsor)

3.  Christopher Fry – Jagqueen (Windsor)

Want to submit your track to the January compilation? Get all of the details here! 


CJAM Top 30 Charts // January – December 2018


1  Kiran Ahluwalia* – 7 Billion (Six Degrees)

2  Various* – Museum of Skin Vol. II  (IND)

3  Black Milk FEVER (Mass Appeal)

4  Anna Burch* – Quit the Curse (Polyvinyl)

5  U.S. Girls* A Poem Untitled (Royal Mountain)

6  Diane Motel* Lonesome for the Colour (IND)

7  James O-L and The Villains*Wild Goose Jack (Famous Last)

8  Nap Eyes* – I’m Bad Now ( You’ve Changed)

9  Toronto Tabla Ensemble*  – Bhumika (IND)

10  Maz* – ID (IND)

11  Dusted* – Blackout Summer (Ponyvinyl)

12  Born Ruffians*  – Uncle, Duke & The Chief  (Paper Bag)

13  Les Poules a Colin* – Morose (IND)

14  Baby Cages* – Bitter Melon (IND)

15  The 427’s* –  Stay Gold (Stingray)

16  Dabrye – Three/Three(Ghostly International)

17  La Luz – Floating Features (Hardly Art)

18  Great Lake Swimmers* –  The Waves, The Wake (Nettwerk Music Group)

19  Farewell Mourners* – Farewell Mourners (IND)

20  Phono Pony* – Monkey Paw (IND)

21  Yess Woah* –  Believe (IND)

22  Etenesh Wassie & Mathieu Sourisseau – Yenealem (Strut)

23  Courtney Barnett – Tell Me How You Really Feel  (Mom + Pop)

24  Seun Kuti & Egypt 8o* – Black Times (Royal Mountain)

25  Calpurnia* – Scout (Royal Mountain)

26  Various Artists – Congo Revolution (Soul Jazz)

27   Preoccupations* – New Material (Flemish Eye)

28   Yukon Blonde* – Critical Hit (Dine Alone)

29   RSXGLD* – RSXGLD (Fat Beats)

30   Kandle* – Holy Smoke (IND)

Get to know… Aggressive Rock!

CJAM wants you to get to know our DJs!

CJAM - Aggressive Rock

Name // Blas
Show // Aggressive Rock
When // Tuesdays at 10:30pm

// How long have you been involved with CJAM?
My first gig as a CJAM host began in 1984 shortly after CJAM hit the public airwaves. I hosted various punk and metal shows in numerous time slots until 1987 when I moved to Toronto where I continued to host metal//hardcore radio shows at CHRY – York University and CKLN – Ryerson University. Upon my return to Windsor I became reacquainted with CJAM and began hosting Aggressive Rock in February 2017. When you add it up I have been involved with campus-community radio for roughly 24 years.

// How did you become involved as a CJAMmer?
I began attending the University of Windsor in 1983 as a Communication Studies major. Getting involved in campus broadcasting was a no-brainer.

// Describe your show…
The absolute extreme end of the hardcore//metal spectrum with all it’s variants & sub-classifications

// Who is your favourite band?
I discover a new favourite every week. Each show showcases a new crop of discoveries. With a personal music library that numbers in the thousands, it would be impossible for me to pick one artist that stands out as a favourite…but i’ll try. I’ve been listening to Discharge for more than 3 decades & I still find their music as awesome & relevant as I did when I first heard them.
Black Sabbath, the Stooges & Motorhead put out some pretty good music too.

// My other life consists of…
When I’m not actually listening to music I’m listening to the music library in my own head.

// What was your best live music experience?
Poison Idea @ the Siboney Club in Toronto 1988.

// Who do you need to see live?
I’ve witnessed Bolt Thrower live on 3 separate occasions. I can die happy.

// What do you love most about CJAM?
The excellent staff, other programmers, and the passion they bring to their shows, and the commitment and support of Windsor/Detroit alternative music. I’ve had the pleasure of working at 3 campus radio stations & I can state without hesitation that CJAM is special.

// Anything else you’d like to add?
Chances are if you’re reading this you already know that CJAM is a vital component of the alternative political & musical landscape. A community radio station cannot survive without the support of that community & I urge you to get involved.
Want to hear Aggressive Rock?
Hear it live on Tuesday nights 10:30pm-midnight on 99.1 FM, on our livestream at www.cjam.ca – on the Uwindsor app or TuneIn app.

You can also Check out the CJAM archives // Simply click on the programming tab – find the program & stream or download it from the website. It’s that easy!

Celebrating 35 years on the FM Dial!

CJAM turns 35 on the FM dial today! We began broadcasting on FM on November 14th 1983 and we’ve got a full day of broadcasting lined up to celebrate our birthday.


9am – snippits from the 2018 documentary Smashing All Preconceived Notions

10am – archive broadcast: Power Down party LIVE from Phog Lounge – our frequency changeover party from 91.5FM to 99.1 FM including our first 15 minutes on 99.1 FM

12pm – archive broadcast: Celebrating our power increase from 500 watts to 2,084 watts with interviews and music content

2pm – Pro Bono Student Radio: In partnership with Pro Bono Students Canada & the law department; hear two students speaking on sexual wellness and consent, an important and current topic. Just one example of CJAMs current and diverse programming

3pm – Join Drake of WinCity Sports as he speaks with Joe Bowen, announcer for the Toronto Maple Leafs and former CJAM broadcaster

4pm – Handi Link: Cam Wells explores disability life and issues.

4:30pm – No Scrubs: In partnership with the Nursing Department at the University of Windsor. Two 4th-year nursing students dive into topics and interviews around health and wellness, from a student and learning perspective. Another great example of CJAMs talk show programming.

5pm – Sylvio & Soul: Graeme Sylvio brings you on a journey of disco, funk, RnB, and of course soul music to celebrate CJAMs birthday.

6:30pm – The Urban Flow: Long time programmer DJ Dell 523 celebrates the life and music of Gil Scott Heron

8pm – snippits from the 2018 documentary Smashing All Preconceived Notions

9pm – In The Garage: Celebrating CJAMs love for all things LOUD and ROCK with your hosts Jon & Dante.

10:30pm – Nite Flights: Hop on board flight 1030 to Windsor with host Walt as he explores the weird, the psychedelic and anything that will lift your feet off the ground. You won’t hear tunes like this ANYWHERE else.