Dan Misener likes the radio

Among other things, Dan is a public radio producer.

Friday, August 19, 2005

Locked-out CBC workers back on air... via campus radio!

Wouldn't it be great if CBC radio newsroom staff continued to do their jobs? If we continued to file reports, conduct interviews, and produce news items? What if we kept doing newscasts, same as always? We could use our own personal minidisc recorders, computers, and editing equipment. We could air the news on CJAM (Windsor's campus/community radio station). Listeners would hear the same kinds of local stories they're used to, from the voices they're used to. We'd be sending the message, "We care about local stories. We want to work. But we can't." Would this be more effective job action than picketing outside an empty building? This was all a pie-in-the-sky conversation I had with a colleague on the picket line today. That is, until I received a call from Chris Cecile at CJAM, asking if we'd be interested in doing the very same thing we'd just been discussing. I talked to some CBC Windsor reporters, and they're keen. Turns out the very same thing is happening in Calgary:
For immediate release Calgary the first city to get CBC-calibre journalism back on air Locked out CBC staff to broadcast live programming from CJSW Calgary, AB. (August 19, 2005) - Calgary CBC fans rejoice! CBC-calibre journalism returns to the airwaves Monday August 22 when a dozen locked-out CBC Calgary journalists, producers and technicians begin live weekly radio broadcasts of their own news and current affairs program. The program will be produced and broadcast from the studios of CJSW, the University of Calgary's Students' Association radio station. The new weekly program will air Mondays from 11:00 a.m. - Noon, beginning August 22 on CJSW, 90.9 on the FM dial and will feature CBC journalists including Kathleen Petty of CBC Newsworld, Doug Dirks of CBC Television, and Judy Aldous, Jennifer Keene and Jim Brown of CBC Radio. The CJSW signal is heard throughout Calgary and surrounding municipalities. The broadcast will air one week after 5,500 CBC journalists, producers and technicians across Canada were locked out by CBC management in response to ongoing contract negotiations with the Canadian Media Guild. It will be the first radio programming in Canada by CBC staff since the lockout began. "We hope to bring CBC-level journalism back to faithful CBC Calgary listeners," said Fred Youngs, Executive Producer of CBC Newsworld in Calgary, and a member of the Canadian Media Guild. "Quality news coverage is something they have been missing since the lockout began, and we will tell, from a Canadian perspective, stories that matter to Canadians. One of the stories we hope to cover is our own: what is happening at the CBC and why."


  • At 8/20/2005 12:13:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Hey folks in Calgary and Fredricton...congrats on your fast work getting some alternative media happening during the lockout...you may be interested to know people across the country are doing similar things...and there's going to be a national umbrella 'brand' for a CBC quality news (and entertainment) site programmed by locked out Corp employees. An email went out from the CMG earlier today explaing how to volunteer. Although much of the organization has been done out of Toronto, this is very much a national effort with room for all sorts of contributions....online, radio, TV, English, French or even 1st National languages. Want to get involved? Send a note to:


  • At 8/20/2005 01:30:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Don't forget us here in Vancouver. I would hope you will consider broadcasting on community radio, CFRO, 102.7 FM, which is Co-op radio. Then I can get all that I love from co-op and I can get your broadcast in the same place. They already have at least one, previously downsized CBC staffer at co-op and maybe more and they are already doing a great job. They need you, we need you and you need 102.7 fm

  • At 8/20/2005 03:09:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Re: a Windsor broadcast on CJAM, has there been discussion if this is to be a weekly one-hour show similar to what was announced for CJSW Calgary, or a daily several-minute long "newscast"? Just curious!

  • At 8/20/2005 04:28:00 PM, Blogger Dan Misener said…

    Details for CJAM are still in the works. I believe our local guild executive will discuss it this weekend, and if they think it's a good idea, get the ball rolling early next week.

    Beyond the initial approval, it's simply a question of resources -- tape recorders, editing gear, phones, etc.

  • At 8/26/2005 09:50:00 AM, Blogger Derek said…

    For those not near one of the community stations or who think podcasting is for people who want to see how far they can throw a handfull of peas...

    All the various alternative podcasts etc. can also be heard on Radio LabourStart at www.radio.labourstart.org

    Saves on having to collect them as they're updated. The site includes a link for downloading iTunes and instructions on how to connect and play.


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