Canadian Radio Awards: CIVL Is #1 Campus Station

November 17, 2021

Abbotsford – CIVL-FM is humbled to accept the inaugural recognition of campus and community radio stations by the Canadian Radio Awards from Broadcast Dialogue, in the medium market campus station category for 2021.

The award was presented in partnership between Canada’s professional broadcast industry trade publication of record, and the National Community and Campus Radio Association, who represents over 100 of 200 c/c licensees in the nation, adjudicated by a dozen industry veterans, including CAB Canadian broadcast Hall of Famers Erin Davis and Chuck McCoy.

CIVL’s written submission can be viewed below, while it’s audio submission can be accessed here, and features musical performances from Fraser Valley Music Awards nominees, hip hop artists including Mission’s Known., Saint Soldier and Rozsa from Cultus Lake, Abbotsford’s V1nce Black, rock band Loans and Rebecca Sichon from Abbotsford and Mission, respectively.

The winning audio edit was cut by recently minted !earshot20 host DJ Darko, whose talent booking has been reflected in CIVL’s RECORDING Project, where he worked with the production team of Harry Doupe, MHUTT Films and Drew Riekman, to document local and more broadly recognized touring artists as they addressed and assessed the changing media and arts landscapes. Since that CRFC grant project, initiated in 2018, Darko has worked with MHUTT and Riekman on the Abbotsford Arts Council’s Abbotsford Arty Awards, Jam in Jubilee and Winter Jam series’, in addition to another FVMA season with Doupe in 2020, for which CIVL has received this historic award of it’s own.

“Cutting the submission was easier since everyone on board did an amazing job,” said Darko, while Riekman was similarly “proud to be part of a team of people who care so much about art in the Fraser Valley”.

Station Manager Aaron Levy has more of a hot take: “The fact that these people came together to help the youngest campus station in the country, assemble such an impressive cast of bookings and partners, and to put it all together with a quality and professionalism that wins an award of this caliber from a source of this repute is nothing less than life affirming for us as individuals and as an organization! Good things come when you always work hard, while demonstrating integrity and patience. Kudos to all of the artists, students, partners, the brilliant crew, and everyone who’s put up with the chaos of campus radio!”

“I’m grateful for the opportunity to amplify the voices of so many excellent artists from across the beautiful Sto:lo Téméxw, so called Fraser Valley,” added MHUTT’s Mitch Huttema, UFV alum and current Video and Communications Specialist for UFV Communications. “The team at CIVL has worked hard for years producing quality broadcasts that have impacted and amplified musicians, arts and culture in their area and this award recognition is well deserved.”

In an ironic twist of fate, category runner up CFUV-FM in Victoria’s Station Manager is CIVL alum, former UFV student, and Yale Secondary graduate Glen Swarnadhipathi! News regarding the #FVMA21 event postponement and rescheduling until December 2021 is forthcoming, along with the list of 2021 nominees, and Dakota Leslie Memorial Fan Vote details!

Attn: Broadcast Dialogue 2021 Canadian Radio Awards Jurors

Re: CIVL-FM 2021 Submission – NCRA Campus/Community Radio Station of the Year


COVID-19 made 2020/21 challenging. CIVL – down 50% staff, without substantial semesterly fees – remained flexible, creatively supporting community initiatives:

  • Audio submission features November, 19th 2020’s 5th Fraser Valley Music Awards broadcast, celebrating 10 years on 101.7 FM. CIVL awarded $10,170 on-air to 16 diverse artists in 2020, with a keynote address from CBC/MUCH icon Sook-Yin Lee. Song selections were pre-recorded in CIVL’s studios or from music videos funded through previous FVMA awards. Dakota Leslie Memorial Fan-vote winner Mauvey signed with 604 Records soon after.
  • CIVL funded: UFV’s Student Emergency Fund ($10,170)/Food Bank ($500)/Black Connections; ‘Emergency Black in BC Micro-grant Fund’ ($1,017), supporting disadvantaged students and neighbours.
  • CIVL’s Local Journalism Initiative grant enabled: investigating Abbotsford racism in a series; 7 months of interviews with MPs, MLAs, councillors, and non-profits; 20/21 provincial/federal election all-candidates debates/interviews over 6 ridings.

Finally, Black Press dubbed CIVL a ‘major cultural group’.



CIVLian Takes Over National Music Countdown Show !E20

November 14, 2021

CIVLian Takes Over National Music Countdown Show

AbbotsfordCIVL’s DJ Darko (Stephen Munga) of Chill Rose Radio is the new host of Canada’s weekly Top 20 radio program, !earshot20.

The weekly charts, reported at have been counted down on radio programs over the last decade, hosted by CIVL/CHUO-Ottawa, CHSRFredericton, and CFMH-Saint John at different times, and have been produced and voiced by station management from these stations to date. DJ Darko’s taking up this new role represents the first time a station has hired a longtime volunteer programmer to take on this important role. 

!earshot20 reflects the most played albums on campus and community radio across Canada every week, and feature specialty charts from different genres including Hip Hop, Loud, Electronic, Jazz, International and Roots. was built by SFU’s CJSF.

“I am blessed to have been able to take over this job,” says Munga, a 2021 NCRA Community Radio Awards Volunteer of the Year Award finalist. “Understanding its importance in the scope of campus and community radio only adds fuel to the fire. Once I started my radio journey, I told myself that this was my path and I would see it through to the end. I’m grateful for every day, knowing that I’m actively working towards making my goals a reality.”

“There’s no better host, to my mind. Both for presenting the most played music in Canada with context and discussion that educates and assists listeners in enjoying; and learning more – about the music and artists finding its way into the playlists of Canadians involved in campus and community radio,” says CIVL Station Manager Aaron Levy. “Chill Rose Radio has been one of the essential CIVL programs since 2017, enriching our airwaves in immeasurable ways with it’s exciting new music, talented local guests, and thought provoking discussion topics.”

CIVL 101.7 FM will air !earshot20 Friday at noon until 2 pm weekly, while select stations across Canada run it weekly at different times as per their individual program schedules.

!earshot20 can also be downloaded, streamed or shared here. More photos can be found here, all courtesy of  Kelsey Figura

EXTENDED – Apply until Oct 24 #FVMA21! at FVMA.CIVL.CA

September 13, 2021

Abbotsford – Over a dozen different awards and $10,170 are up for grabs once again with #FVMA21, the 6th annual Fraser Valley Music Awards! 

In addition to the 10 + categories through various genres, demographic and fan vote recognition opportunities, CIVL is teaming up with Common Room for the second year in a row. This year, the Common Room Recording Grant will be awarded at the Fraser Valley Music Awards on November 18th, 2021 in the second straight year of teaming up with CIVL!

Common Room Recording Grant applications are now open at

New at this year is a comprehensive archive of artist pages for each Fraser Valley Music Award nominated and winner in every category going back to 2017, along with links to their online and social media content. 

CIVL will host #FVMA21 in person on November 18th, 2021, PHO guidelines permitting, and online if not, so stay tuned once nominations are announced for the details on our 6th annual event!

  • Each winner will receive a cash prize for being the highest adjudicated applicant in their category
  • Artists whose adjudicated submissions are nominated for a 2021 FVMA are automatically eligible for participation in the Dakota Leslie Memorial Fan Vote, where the more votes you get, the more cash you win!
  • Nominees will be announced in mid-late October