On Sunday, Nov. 1, 2020, CFRC 101.9 FM Radio Queen’s University is launching its 15th Annual Funding Drive. The station will host in studio performances and rotating programs with special guests from the community throughout its two-month funding drive ending December 31st.
“Funding from the community ensures we have trained staff and volunteers at the station to bring you music and spoken word programming not found in other local media sources through our broadcast and podcast platforms,” reads the Donate Now CFRC webpage.
Through its fundraising, the world’s longest-running campus-based station aims this year to raise $15,000 to upgrade aging recording equipment and outdated software to provide better quality sound for community listeners, according to a release dated Friday, Oct. 30, 2020. CFRC says they are also raising money to support the sustained coordination of their local news and multicultural programming to better meet community demand.
The Shortwave Theatre Festival, a radio theatre project produced in collaboration with local theatre company Cellar Door Project, also launches on CFRC’s airwaves November 1st. According to the release, legendary local musician Tom Savage’s new act, The Savage Family Band (with his teenage daughter Bella on bass) will kick off the CFRC’s fundraising and radio theatre festivities in a live performance from CFRC’s studios at noon on November 1st.
“We’re really quite excited to kick off this year’s funding drive with the help of talented local artists like the Savage Family Band and the many artists who wrote, directed, performed and produced each of Shortwave Theatre Festival’s radio theatre plays,” says Dinah Jansen, CFRC Station Manager. “Showcasing the wealth of talent in our community through innovative and engaging radio events is something CFRC takes pride in. We look forward to sharing even more community talent and voices in our special programming over our airwaves over the next two months of our funding drive.”
Donations can be made securely via CFRC’s website at https://www.cfrc.ca/donatenow. Supporters of independent community radio can choose to donate through Go Fund Me and enter for a chance to win a weekly raffle draw for gift certificates and items donated by local businesses. Supporters can also donate through Queen’s University and receive a tax receipt for their contribution.