CIVL Hosts the 14th Annual Homelessness Marathon

Abbotsford (January 26, 2016) – Abbotsford’s CIVL 101.7 FM, is the coordinating station responsible for this year’s installment of the collaborative project among National Campus and Community Radio Stations in Canada, called the 14th Annual Homelessness Marathon.

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Hosted for 11 years by McGill University’s CKUT-FM in Montreal​, the marathon has been coordinated by U of Alberta’s CJSR in Edmonton ​and Queens University in Kingston’s CFRC ​over the past two years, making this the first time the marathon has been coordinated by a station in British Columbia.

The broadcast will last 14 hours, starting on Tuesday, February 23rd at 2 pm (PST)​, and lasting until Wendesday, February 24th at 4 am (PST)​. Regular CIVL programming will be pre-empted for the entirety of the broadcast, airing instead public forums, pre-recorded stories, and other content provided by each of the stations mentioned above, as well as CJSF Burnaby from SFU​, CiTR at UBC​, CFRU at the U of Guelph​, CHRW from Western​in London, ON, and CKDU at Dalhousie ​in Halifax.

Each year, dozens of stations participate in producing accessible content from volunteers, staff, community groups, and concerned local citizens, in order to address issues of homelessness, poverty, and the associated stigmas that haunt people who struggle to make ends meat every day. To date, the broadcast is confirmed to air on stations in BC​, Alberta​, Saskatchewan​, Ontario​, Quebec​, NB​, and NS​.

Overall, 22 stations have already signed on to broadcast all or parts of the Marathon, and more are signing on every day! CIVL will be taking calls live on the toll free hotline for any listeners to chime in with their thoughts or experiences.

CIVL has broadcast parts of the marathon each of the past 5 years, contributing content 3 times, including a 30 minute live broadcast with 5 and 2 Ministries’ Ward Draper one week before Abbotsford City Council made the ultimate decision to forego the supportive housing project which was hotly debated in 2014. In 2015, CIVL submitted a 45 minute live recording of WJ Mouat Secondary’s 12th Grade drama production, commissioned by Character Abbotsford, answering the question “What can be done to eliminate homelessness in Abbotsford?”

Live forums will be set up in Vancouver, Burnaby, Kingston, and Montreal, featuring open mics and public forums so those most affected can participate and have their voices heard.

For further information, please contact:

Station Manager – CIVL 101.7 FM

UFV Campus and Community Radio Society

Tel: 778-982-0648

aaron@civl.ca

or

Marathon Station Coordinators

Staff/Volunteers at Participating Stations

1-888-504-7441 x 6307 (Toll Free Canada-Wide)

www.civl.ca/homelessness

marathon@civl.ca

UFV Student & CIVL Volunteer Hired onto CHWK News Team

FROM CAMPUS RADIO TO COMMERCIAL NEWS
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Chilliwack has a new voice for weekend news on FM radio, and her name is Alicia Williams!

The third year UFV fine arts and communications student got involved in radio by hosting Mood Swings on CIVL.ca in March of 2010.
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Maybe you heard her this past weekend, however, doing regular news updates on Saturday and Sunday mornings through the the mid-afternoon on commercial radio for the very first time!

In November, Williams officially became a part of the team at The Hawk 89.5 FM in Chilliwack as a weekend news personality. Williams has been more than just a show host on CIVL, winning a 2011 National Community and Campus Radio Association (NCRA) Award Honourable Mention for Music Programming based on the exclusively Female Content edition of Mood Swings.
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She also served as CIVL’s Program Assistant, Music Librarian, and Promotions Coordinator before trying her hand at news for the first time earlier in November. NCRA Executive Director, Shelley Robinson, says “It’s amazing to see someone’s passion for radio get recognized by both a local community and commercial station, and have a chance to reach even more listeners.”

Included among Williams’ other accomplishments at CIVL are her experience as Chair of the Programming Committee, responsible for approving new programs and reviewing concurrent content.
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She also participated in CIVL’s national news broadcast of Groundwire, an NCRA project that reaches 30-40 stations across the country every other week. “We are glad to see a dedicated volunteer recognized in the job market,” says CIVL President Dustin Ellis. “Creating broadcast skills and experience is a big part of what we do, and Alicia has helped make this possible for others while making the most of our organization.” Despite the new job, Alicia will read daily news on CIVL at least until the end of this semester.
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Alicia showing off CIVL’s 2011 Community Development Award from Halifax’s National Campus and Community Radio Awards, where Williams herself was recognized with an honourable mention in Music Programming for her Fem-Con episode of Mood Swings!

CIVL Produces and Hosts NCRA’s Groundwire National News Broadcast, Features Legendary QB Damon Allen

The University of the Fraser Valley Campus and Community Radio Society is asking UFV students to increase the CIVL Radio student fee. Visit www.civl.ca/vote for all of the pertinent financial and operational information Kids Air Jordan.

CIVL Radio 101.7 FM is proud to announce it’s production of the National Community and Campus Radio Association program, Groundwire!

The 29 minute newscast was conducted collaboratively with stations from across Canada, and this edition includes reports from CFRU 93.3 FM at the University of Guelph, Ontario, CJSF 90.1 FM in Burnaby, BC at Simon Fraser University, and 102.7 FM CFRO Co-op Radio in Downtown Vancouver.

NCRA Member Stations Across Canada will air CIVL’s Edition of Groundwire over the next two weeks.

CIVL reports on the Abbotsford election and P3 Water Referendum, Media Democracy Day at SFU, and Occupy Vancouver, as well as the Community Radio Report focusing on stations on Gabriola Island, and East Jerusalem, Israel.

For full download and content information visit http://www.previous.ncra.ca/groundwire/

Wednesday, November, 23rd at 3 pm after your Community News Update, Cam Tucker from the Abbotsford Times interviews 2nd All Time Professional Football Passing Leader Damon Allen!

Allen talks about his Night of Champions in it’s first Vancouver event this Friday at the Five Sixty on Seymour.