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 // May 6th – 12th, 2019

1    PARTNER* – Saturday the 14th (You’ve Changed)

2    DAWN TYLER WATSONMad Love (Self-Released)

3    RED MASSKillrush Drive (No Coast)

4    BUDDS BANDV (Daptone)

5    MDOU MOCTARIlana: The Creator (Sahel Sounds)

6    BEN G* – Stories I Tell (Self-Released)

7    FOXHART FISHMAN* – Watch It Grow (Self-Released)

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

9    DAVID WELLS* – Night Roads (Self-Released)

10   POTTERY* – No. 1 (Royal Mountain)

11   LYDIA PERSAUD* – Let Me Show You (Next Door)

12   SAXSYNDRUM* – Second Nature (so sorry records)

13   LIVING HOUR* – Softer Faces (Kanine)

14   JV’S BOOGALOO SQUAD* – Going to Market (Flatcar)

15   PKEW PKEW PKEW (GUNSHOTS)* – Optimal Lifestyles (Dine Alone)

16   SISKIYOU* – Not Somewhere (Constellation)

17   JAY SLAY* – I Stack Up EP and Remixes (Self-Released)

18   LOS STRAITJACKETSChannel Surfing (Yep Roc)

19   DADDY LONG LEGSLowdown way (Yep Roc)

20   THE REBEL SETSmidgen Pigeon (Outro)

21   RAY-EYEFull Swing (Self-Released)

22   COSMONAUTSStar 69 (Burger)

23   SHANA CLEVELANDNight Of The Worm (Hardly Art)

24   APPARATLP5 (Mute)

25   SHARON VAN ETTENRemind Me Tomorrow (Jagjaguwar)

26   TACOCATThis Mess Is A Place (Sub Pop)

27   RITUAL HOWLSRendered Armor (Felte)

28   VIVIENNE WILDER AND THE VICE PRESIDENTS* – Waking Up The Dinosaurs (Self-Released)

29   BAD ANIMAL* – Growing Pains (Self-Released)

30   AL LERMAN* – Northern Bayou (Self-Released)

Welcoming Program Director Emily Chiarvesio


CJAM FM is happy (and lucky) to welcome it’s latest team member, Program Director Emily Chiarvesio. Check out Emily’s bio below!

I am a recent graduate of Western University who majored in Media Studies and Music. I was heavily involved at CHRW/Radio Western while a student, volunteering in the programming and marketing departments, as well as making podcasts and hosting two shows. I’m a frequent concert goer, huge music fan, and was president of the Western Marching Band. I’m a piano and clarinet player, and am currently learning the banjo. I couldn’t be more excited to work at CJAM and look forward to contributing to such a fantastic station!

CJAM Top 30 Charts // April 22nd – 28th, 2019

*Indicates Canadian Content

1    THE KING KHAN EXPERIENCE* – Turkey Ride (Khannibalism)

2    PUP* – Morbid Stuff (Little Dipper)

3    PARTNER* – Saturday the 14th (You’ve Changed)

4    LOS STRAITJACKETSChannel Surfing (Yep Roc)

5    FOXHART FISHMAN* – Watch It Grow (Self-Released)

6    JAY SLAY* – I Stack Up EP and Remixes (Self-Released)

7    SHANA CLEVELANDNight Of The Worm (Hardly Art)

8    DEERHUNTERWhy Hasn’t Everything Already Disappeared? (4AD)

9    TACOCATThis Mess Is A Place (Sub Pop)

10   THE TSUNAMI BROTHERS* – The Tsunami Brothers (Self-Released)

11   HOLLOW LOVE* – Hollow Love (Self-Released)

12   BAD HOO* – What Is When? (Self-Released)

13   FUTURE WOMB* – BABYGIRLGALACTIC (Self-Released)

14   DAWN TYLER WATSON AND PAUL DESLAURIERSMad Love (Self-Released)

15   DAVID WELLS* – Night Roads (Self-Released)

16   AFTER FUNK* – Santa Barbara (Self-Released)

17   THE ELECTRIC COWS* – Wheatfield Fuzz (Dub Ditch Picnic)

18   THE SOUL MOTIVATORS* – Mindblastin’ EP (Do Right! Music)

19   LIVING HOUR* – Softer Faces (Kanine)

20   JONATHAN JOESTAR* – Guritchi (Museum Of Skin)

21   ORVILLE PECK* – Pony (Royal Mountain)

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

23   NOVEL* – Novel (Flemish Eye)

24   BENOIT* – I’m Your Man (Self-Released)

25   THE DIPThe Dip Delivers (AWAL)

26   MADALITSO BANDWasalala (Bongo Joe)

27   OLD TIME RELIJUNSee Now and Know (K)

28   L’IMPÉRATRICEMatahari (Microqlima)

29   DEER TICKMayonnaise (Partisan)

30   VARIOUSNigeria 70: No Whala: Highlife, Afro-Funk, and Juju 1973-1987 (Strut Records)

Job Postings: Recording Technician and Summer/Cultural Events Coordinator

CJAM 99.1 FM — Student Media/University of Windsor –– is hiring for the position of Recording Technician and Summer/Cultural Events Coordinator. These full-time positions are 35 hours a week for eight weeks and made possible through Canada Summer Jobs.

 All candidates must:

– be between 15 and 30 years of age (inclusive) at the start of employment

– be a Canadian Citizen, permanent resident, or person on whom refugee protection has been conferred under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act

– be legally entitled to work according to the relevant provincial / territorial legislation and regulations

 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.

 Job Title: Recording Technician

Tasks & Responsibilities:

Work with CJAM’s Broadcast Technician and Music Director to gain a full understanding of CJAM FM’s recording equipment and it’s operations

Create an inventory list of all recording equipment

Create a booking system for recording musicians

Provide training sessions for volunteers who want to record musicians in studio

Create handbook for volunteers outlining the recording process – specifically for recording musicians

Coordinate recording sessions with artists from the Windsor/Detroit area

Work alongside the Summer/Cultural Events Coordinator to hold recording sessions with artists who are coming to town for music or cultural events throughout the summer

Qualifications:

Excellent interpersonal, communication and listening skills

Demonstrated experience, and knowledge relating to non-commercial music, news, views, and culture

Strong organizational and time management skills

Conflict resolution and management skills

Computer and basic radio/audio production skills

Musician recording experience a plus

 Job Title: Summer/Cultural Events Coordinator

Tasks & Responsibilities:

Work alongside the Station Manager to enhance existing partnerships with local music and cultural festivals

Work alongside Windsor/Detroit event organizers to secure CJAMs participation as a media partner and/or advertiser.

Create a summer festival guide outlining the summer music and cultural events working with CJAM

Work alongside the Recording Technician to invite artists who will be performing at events into CJAM’s studio to create recordings that can be used as a way to help promote upcoming events

Create content that can be used on CJAM FM shows as a way to promote upcoming events

Assist in creating social media content when covering festivals and cultural events

Qualifications:

Excellent interpersonal, communication and listening skills

Demonstrated experience, and knowledge relating to non-commercial music, news, views, and culture

Experience in advertising and/or new media

Strong organizational and time management skills

Computer and basic radio/audio production skills

Photoshop and promotions experience a plus

Experience in cultural outreach a plus

Terms: 35 hours per week – 8 weeks period – $14.00 per hour

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.

Please submit all applications to statcjam@gmail.com. Postings close on May 13th at 5pm. Only applicants selected for interviews will be contacted.

CJAM Top 30 Charts // April 22nd – 28th, 2019

*Indicates Canadian Content

1    FOXHART FISHMAN* – Watch It Grow (Self-Released)

2    SNAKE RIVER* – Tread On To The Seaside (Self-Released)

3    PUP* – Morbid Stuff (Little Dipper)

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

5    LAND LINE* – Land Line (Self-Released)

6    BENJAMIN DAKOTA ROGERS* – Better By Now (Self-Released)

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

8    CHARLOTTE CORNFIELD* – The Shape Of Your Name (Next Door)

9    THE DESTROYER* – Part One (Royal Mountain)

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

11   MALIBU KENMalibu Ken (Rhymesayers)

12   SUPERMANSION* – Solar Order (Self-Released)

13   BLAESER* – Songs & Others Like Them (Self-Released)

14   THE TSUNAMI BROTHERS* – The Tsunami Brothers (Self-Released)

15   AL LERMAN* – Northern Bayou (Self-Released)

16   THE BASEBORN BAND* – The Baseborn Band (Self-Released)

17   FLAT LAND SOUL BAND* – Middle of Somewhere (Self-Released)

18   ANDRE WICKENHEISER* – A Happy Little Accident (Self-Released)

19   RICHARD GARVEY* – You Can’t Just Assume Everyone Wants To Have Sex With You (Self-Released)

20   THE BLACK LINE* – Restart EP (Self-Released)

21   MOONDLE* – Moondle (Self-Released)

22   NÊHIYAWAK* – starlight (Arts & Crafts)

23   THE ELECTRIC COWS* – Wheatfield Fuzz (Dub Ditch Picnic)

24   OVER THE RHINELove & Revelation (Great Speckled Dog)

25   JEN & JOHN* – Jen & John II (Self-Released)

26   JV’S BOOGALOO SQUAD* – Going to Market (Flatcar)

27   COLIN LINDEN & LUTHER DICKINSONAmour (Stony Plain)

28   AMANDA RHEAUME* – The Skin I’m In (Self-Released)

29   WHITEHORSE* – The Northern South, Vol. 2 (Six Shooter Records)

30   SING SINCK, SING* – Sing Sinck, Sing (Constellation)

CJAM Top 30 Charts // April 15th – 21st, 2019

* indicates Canadian artist

1    PUP* – Morbid Stuff (Little Dipper)

2    MADALITSO BAND –Wasalala (Bongo Joe)

3    TALLIES* – Tallies (Hand Drawn Dracula)

4    VARIOUS – Nigeria 70: No Whala: Highlife, Afro-Funk, and Juju 1973-1987 (Strut Records)

5    MDOU MOCTAR – Ilana: The Creator (Sahel Sounds)

6    IBIBIO SOUND MACHINE – Doko Mien (Merge)

7    WEYES BLOOD –Titanic Rising (Sub Pop)

8    SNAKE RIVER* – Tread On To The Seaside (Self-Released)

9    FLAT LAND SOUL BAND* – Middle of Somewhere (Self-Released)

10   SNAKIES* – Night Lights (Self-Released)

11   THE SHIVERETTES* – Real Shrill Bitches (Self-Released)

12   LO SIENTO* – Brujas (Self-Released)

13   TALLTALE* – A Japanese Fever Dream (Self-Released)

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

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

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

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

18   CRONES* – Aghast (Good Egg Records)

19   THE ELECTRIC COWS* – Wheatfield Fuzz (Dub Ditch Picnic)

20   THE KING KHAN EXPERIENCE – Khannibalism (Self-Released)

21   PRETTY ARCHIE* – Hanging On (Curve Music)

22   WICKED VICES* – Wicked Vices EP (TwoFifteen Records)

23   SAXSYNDRUM* – Second Nature (so sorry records)

24   OVER THE RHINE – Love & Revelation (Great Speckled Dog)

25   JV’S BOOGALOO SQUAD* – Going to Market (Flatcar)

26   COLIN LINDEN & LUTHER DICKINSON – Amour (Stony Plain)

27   JONATHAN JOESTAR* – Guritchi (Museum Of Skin)

28   WHITEHORSE* – The Northern South, Vol. 2 (Six Shooter Records)

29   WINTERSLEEP* – In The Land Of (Dine Alone)

30   MUNYA* – Munya (Luminelle)

CJAM Top 30 Charts // April 8th – 14th, 2019

*Indicates Canadian Content

1    PUP* – Morbid Stuff (Little Dipper)

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

3    WINTERSLEEP* – In The Land Of (Dine Alone)

4    TALLIES* – Tallies (Hand Drawn Dracula)

5    DURAND JONES AND THE INDICATIONSAmerican Love Call (Dead Oceans)

6    LEE FIELDS & THE EXPRESSIONSIt Rains Love (single) (Big Crown)

7    SUPERMANSION* – Solar Order (Self-Released)

8    SNAKIES* – Night Lights (Self-Released)

9    BLESSED* – Salt (Self-Released)

10   LO SIENTO* – Brujas (Self-Released)

11   LOU-ADRIANE CASSIDY* – C’est La Fin du Monde à Tous les Jours (Dare To Care)

12   JULIAN TAYLOR BAND* – Avalanche (Gypsy Soul)

13   JAKE NAJOR AND THE MOMENT OF TRUTHIn The Cut (The Redwoods)

14   FRANKIE AND THE WITCH FINGERSZAM (Greenway)

15   MDOU MOCTARIlana: The Creator (Sahel Sounds)

16   SHARON VAN ETTENRemind Me Tomorrow (Jagjaguwar)

17   THE EXBATSE is for Exbats (Burger)

18   NILUFER YANYAMiss Universe (ATO)

19   JOYFUL NOISE* – Cocoloco (Self-Released)

20   TALL TALE* – A Japanese Fever Dream (Self-Released)

21   BUTCHERS* – Jerk (Self-Released)

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

23   OVER THE RHINELove & Revelation (Great Speckled Dog)

24   THE PINK NOISE*-Avenue (Not Unlike)

25   LIVING HOUR* – Softer Faces (Kanine)

26   JV’S BOOGALOO SQUAD* – Going to Market (Flatcar)

27   JONATHAN JOESTAR* – Guritchi (Museum Of Skin)

28   MAXIME GERVAIS* – La Magie (Cuchabata)

29   KIWI JR.* – Football Money (Mint)

30   ABIGAIL LAPELL* – Getaway (Coax)

CJAM Top 30 Charts // Aprth 1st – 7th, 2019

*Indicates Canadian Content

1    JULIA JACKLINCrushing (Liberation)

2    LO SIENTO* – Brujas (Self-Released)

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

4    AFTER FUNK* – Santa Barbara (Self-Released)

5    THE SOUL MOTIVATORS* – Mindblastin’ EP (Do Right! Music)

6    JV’S BOOGALOO SQUAD* – Going to Market (Flatcar)

7    MUNYA* – Meet (Luminelle)

8    ABIGAIL LAPELL* – Getaway (Coax)

9    NOVEL* – Nov3l (Flemish Eye)

10   MASKED INTRUDERMasked Intruder III (Pure Noise)

11   TEENAGE BOTTLEROCKETStay Rad! (Fat Wreck Chords)

12   SUPERMANSION* – Solar Order (Self-Released)

13   BLESSED* – Salt (Self-Released)

14   DON BROWNRIGG* – Fireworks (Self-Released)

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

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

17   NÊHIYAWAK* – starlight (Arts & Crafts)

18   BUTCHERS* – Jerk (Self-Released)

19   WILD/KIND* – West Ends (Safety Bear)

20   COLIN LINDEN & LUTHER DICKINSONAmour (Stony Plain)

21   ORVILLE PECKPony (Royal Mountain)

22   KIWI JR.* – Football Money (Mint)

23   MICKEY O’BRIEN* – My Drift (Hand Solo)

24   MATT ANDERSENHalfway Home By Morning (True North)

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

26   THE HUNTER AND THE POTTER* – Innocent Guns (Self-Released)

27   TALLIES* – Tallies (Hand Drawn Dracula)

28   VARIOUSTwo Tribes (Agogo)

29   DURAND JONES AND THE INDICATIONSAmerican Love Call (Dead Oceans)

30   IBIBIO SOUND MACHINEDoko Mien (Merge)

Singles Club Top 5 // March 2019

This month’s edition of the singles club featured 8 tracks from Windsor and Detroit, and our programmers played their favourites over the past four weeks, resulting in the following top 5:

  1. Supermansion – Hole in the Universe

2. Gypsy Chief Goliath – City of Ghosts

3. Earcon2000 – Trickle With A Minor

4. Disaster Strike – I’ll Be Your Man

5. Blueflowers – Living In Here