CJAM 99.1 FM Holding Emergency Fundraising Drive

In January the Ontario Government announced the Student Choice Initiative, a change in the post-secondary school system that allows students to opt-out of any ancillary fees deemed non-essential. The Student Choice Initiative goes into effect this September, leaving many organizations scrambling to find alternative sources of revenue.

Despite a petition signed by thousands across Ontario to deem campus radio an essential fee, the Provincial Government has to this point responded by denying this ask, which could mean up to 70% of CJAM 99.1 FM’s annual budget will not come through this fall. “If we had more time to prepare for these losses I believe we would be able to keep all of our staff members, but at this point we have eliminated our Music Director position and are holding an emergency fundraising drive to maintain our basic operations. We have to keep costs down as much as possible until we can generate enough revenue on our own to make up for the losses we anticipate,” says Station Manager Brady Holek. 

CJAM will be holding an emergency fundraising drive from May 31st to June 7th. CJAM FM will also be unveiling a new advertising and sponsorship package for businesses looking to advertise. “We have the lowest rates in town and all advertising money is going directly to keeping us on the air.”

“We are trying to avoid a full shutdown, or becoming a shell station with one part-time staff, few volunteers, and a much smaller voice in the community. I do not want to see that happen here and CJAM is going to do all it can to survive so we can continue to provide students and the public opportunities to gain experience and skills that lead to job opportunities in broadcasting, journalism, and the music industry.”

CJAM FM recently celebrated 35 years on the FM dial in November 2018. People can donate to the “Save CJAM” campaign now by visiting their fundraising page at www.grouprev.com/CJAMemergency or by calling into the station during the on-air portion of their funding drive May 31st – June 7th. Businesses looking to advertise on CJAM FM or learn more about sponsorship can do so by contacting Station Manager Brady Holek at 519-253-3000 ex. 2525, statcjam@gmail.com or go to www.cjam.ca/advertise.

Check out some articles about the situation below:

Windsor Star


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

*Indicates Canadian Content

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

2    CHERRY GLAZERRStuffed & Ready (Secretly Canadian)

3    VARIOUS* – Got It Covered: Saskatchewan Musicians Cover Each Other?s Music Vol. 2 (Self-Released)

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

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

6    TALLIES* – Tallies (Hand Drawn Dracula)

7    DEER TICKMayonnaise (Partisan)

8    TORO Y MOIOuter Peace (Carpark)

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

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

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

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

13   COLIN LINDEN & LUTHER DICKINSON* – Amour (Stony Plain)

14   ACE OF WANDS* – Lioness (Be My Sibling)

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

16   THE GREAT SABATINI* – Goodbye Audio (No List)

17   MAXIME GERVAIS* – La Magie (Cuchabata)

18   CORY WEEDS QUINTET* – Live At Frankie’s Jazz Club (Cellar Live)

19   SWAMP THING* – Horse Power (Urbnet)

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

21   KENOSHA KIDMissing Pieces (Self-Released)

22   JESSICA PRATTQuiet Signs (Mexican Summer)

23   JACK KILBY AND THE FRONT LINELove is a Song Anyone Can Sing (Crab Shack)

24   THE PUBLIC OPINION AFRO ORCHESTRANaming & Blaming (HopeStreet)

25   DAUGHTERSYou Won’t Get What You Want (Ipecac)

26   BABA AND DJANA SISSOKOFasiya (Blind Faith)

27   C. KOSTRAParallel Partyverse (Pytch)

28   MALIBU KENMalibu Ken (Rhymesayers)

29   JULIAN LAGELove Hurts (Mack Avenue)

30   SWERVEDRIVERFuture Ruins (Dangerbird)

CJAM Top 30 Charts // October 15th – 21st, 2018


* indicates Canadian Content

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

2    PARQUET COURTS – Wide Awake! (Rough Trade)

3    FRONTPERSON* – Frontrunner (Oscar Street)

4    PHONO PONY – Monkey Paw (Self-Released)

5    GREAT LAKE SWIMMERS* – The Waves, The Wake (Nettwerk Music Group)

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

7    HUTTCH* – Huttchino (Self-Released)

8    HOLY GASP* – The Love Songs of Oedipus (Self-Released)

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

10   DATSUNN* – Part One (Self-Released)

11   WE HUNT BUFFALO* – Head Smashed In (New Damage)

12   PAUPIÈRE* – À Jamais Privé de Réponses (Lisbon Lux)

13   ERNESTO CERVINI TURBOPROP* – Abundance (Anzic)

14   LES LOUANGES* – La nuit est une panthere (Bonsound)

15   DIZZY* – Baby Teeth (Royal Mountain)

16   CARBOLIZER* – Carbolizer (Self-Released)

17   MARIJUANA DEATHSQUADS – Tuff Electronics Guy (Self-Released)

18   MORRICONE YOUTH –Danger: Diabolik (Country Club)

19   THE BABE RAINBOW – Double Rainbow (30th Century)

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

21   JIMMIE SMITH – Live in Music City: Jimmie Smith Plays Jimmy Smith (Woodward Ave)

22   LOW – Double Negative (Sub Pop)

23   BOB MOSES* – Battle Lines (Domino)

24   TIMMY’S ORGANISM – Survival of the Fiendish (Burger)

25   ADULT. – This Behavior (Dais)

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

27   JANOWSKII* – Janowskii (Self-Released)

28   THE FINITES* – The Finites (Self-Released)

29   KANDLE* – Holy Smoke (Self-Released)

30   J. ALPINIST* – Offerings (AlpineHaus)

CJAM Top 30 Charts // October 1st – 7th, 2018



1    DIZZY* – Baby Teeth (Royal Mountain)

2    DILLY DALLY* – Heaven (Dine Alone)

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

4    SOLON MCDADE* – Murals (Self-Released)

5    RAE SPOON* – bodiesofwater (Coax)

6    KINNIE STARR* – Feed the Fire (Aporia)

7    ELISAPIE* – The Ballad of the Runaway Girl (Bonsound)

8    MOKA ONLY* – Concert For One (Instrumentals) (Urbnet)

9    CALPURNIA* – Scout (Royal Mountain)

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

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

12   JIMMIE SMITH – Live in Music City: Jimmie Smith Plays Jimmy Smith (Woodward Ave)

13   JIM BRYSON* – Tired of Waiting (Coax)

14   DENZEL CURRY – TA1300 (Loma Vista)

15   MIKE FREEMAN ZONAVIBE – Venetian Blinds (Vibes Out Front)

16   FAREWELL MOURNERS* – Farewell Mourners (Self-Released)

17   JAZZTICE LEAGUE* – Dream Logic Project (Self-Released)

18   RARE AMERICANS* – Rare Americans (Self-Released)

19   HOLY GASP* – The Love Songs of Oedipus (Self-Released)

20   ANYTHING BUT* – Do Or Try (Self-Released)

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

22   JANOWSKII* – Janowskii (Self-Released)

23   PHONO PONY* – Monkey Paw (Self-Released)

24   I AM THE MOUNTAIN* – We’re Here for Each Other (Self-Released)

25   THE FINITES* – The Finites (Self-Released)

26   F AND M* – Lessons from Losers (Self-Released)

27   THE TREWS* – Civilianaires (InGrooves)

28   FRONTPERSON* – Frontrunner (Oscar Street)

29   RICHARD REED PARRY* – Quiet River of Dust Vol. 1 (Anti-)

30   MAJOR LOVE* – Major Love (LP) (Latent)

CJAM Top 30 Charts // September 3rd – 9th 2018


* indicates Canadian Content

1    GREAT LAKE SWIMMERS* – The Waves, The Wake (Nettwerk Music Group)

2    THE 427’S* – Stay Gold (Stingray)

3    GYEDU-BLAY AMBOLLEY – Analog Africa Dance Edition No. 9 (Analog Africa)

4    MULATU ASTATKE – Afro Latin Soul, Vils. 1 & 2 (Strut)

5    VARIOUS – Congo Revolution (Soul Jazz)


7    PHONO PONY* – Monkey Paw (Self-Released)

8    I AM THE MOUNTAIN* – We’re Here for Each Other (Self-Released)

9    JOHN PITTMAN* – Kinship (Slammin Media)

10   MAJOR LOVE* – Major Love (LP) (Latent)

11   THE CLUTTERTONES WITH LEE PUI MING* – Leeways (Snailbongbong)

12   JOANI TAYLOR – In A Sentimental Mood (Cellar Live)

13   GROUNDERS* – Coffee & Jam (Nevado Records)

14   KOLLAGE* – No Fuss No Muss (G-Three)

15   THE BAD MAN – Laughing with Bad Teeth (Self-Released)

16   JP SOARS – Southbound I-95 (Self-Released)

17   SABO FORTE* – Robes (Self-Released)

18   ASSOHUN – Ivory Coast (Laterite)

19   FATOUMATA DIAWARA – Fenfo (Something To Say) (Montuno)

20   BRAD MEHLDAU TRIO – Seymour Reads The Constitution! (Nonesuch)

21   THE GASOLINE GYPSIES – Vagabundos (Self-Released)

22   FAREWELL MOURNERS* – Farewell Mourners (Self-Released)

23   PROTOMARTYR – Consolation E.P. (Domino)

24   JANOWSKII* – Janowskii (Self-Released)

25   DEVON WELSH* – Dream Songs (You Are Accepted)

26   HEAVYDIVE* – Warn the Dark (Self-Released)

27   THE FINITES* – The Finites (Self-Released)

28   BABY CAGES* – Bitter Melon (Self-Released)

29   ANDREW COLLINS TRIO* – Tongue (Sytesounds music)

30   NORTHLAND RAIL SERVICE* – The Doublestack EP (Self-Released)