Party in the Park for KVR 100th May 22, 2015 by PCR
Saturday, May 30, 2015, almost a century to the day, citizens of Penticton will gather to celebrate the first official trains arriving into Penticton.
On May 31, 1915, more than half of Penticton's three thousand residents turned out to welcome the first trains into the city. Now, a century later, the Penticton Museum & Archives will host a free centennial birthday event in Gyro Park, a few steps from where those first trains arrived. Steamfest in the Park is presented by the museum, Peach City Community Radio and the Department of Canadian Heritage.
"We are inviting all of Penticton to come and celebrate on the afternoon of Saturday, May 30," says museum manager/curator Dennis Oomen. "We'll feature local entertainers such as Anne and Dave Ramey, Aiden Mayes and Mandy Cole, Sax Among Friends and the Kettle Valley Brakemen. In between, there will be storytellers, birthday cake and more surprises. Bring a blanket or a lawn chair and enjoy the event."
The music and party on May 30 begins at 1 PM at the Gyro Park bandshell and the Kettle Valley Brakemen headline the show beginning at 4 PM. Peach City Community Radio will be recording a podcast of the celebration as a heritage legacy.
LPFM BROADCAST LICENCE APPROVED!!! May 5, 2015 by PCR
On May 4, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) released their decision approving the Peach City Community Radio Society (PCCRS) application for a low-power English language community FM radio station in Penticton. In 2016, Peach City Radio plans to broadcast a 49.9 Watt signal under call letters CFUZ and at a frequency of 92.9 MHz on the FM dial.
The Society submitted an application for licence to the CRTC on August 18 2014. Peach City Radio members have been waiting for the results since a January 13th CRTC public hearing. In the application the station commits to 126 hours per broadcast week of programming, 106 hours of which is to be locally produced.
"We are overjoyed with the decision today from the CRTC. It is the culmination of 5 years of hard work by our Board and volunteers. A broadcasting community radio station is long overdue in the Okanagan. We are proud to have earned this licence, it's a nod from the CRTC to make this station happen for the citizens of Penticton. Today's decision is a giant leap forward for our organization.", said Dave Del Rizzo, PCCRS President.
Peach City Radio fundraising efforts are ongoing. The Society is seeking funds to purchase transmission equipment required to begin FM broadcasting, and hopes to reach their $30,000 goal in 2015. In light of the timing of this announcement, Peach City Radio is also currently requesting assistance from the community in finding a suitable studio location for this next phase of operation.
"The goal is that within 6 months we will have a studio equipped, and be broadcasting live-to-internet-stream. This will give our volunteers and our organization the experience necessary to facilitate a seamless transition from online and podcast formats to live FM broadcasting some months later", said Del Rizzo. Currently, Peach City Radio streams online 24 hours per day but changing to a live studio format will take some getting used to. Close to 30 volunteers are now experienced community radio hosts and DJs, but more will be needed in order to fill the promised 106 local hours of content. "We truly feel that Peach City Radio over the FM airwaves will change how people interact within our community. We'll build the infrastructure and have a station in place allowing citizens to provide the content, and interact directly with the community on the FM dial."
Peach City Radio will allow local citizens to access the airwaves, discussing and sharing the issues, music and information important to them, and their community. Listeners can expect an eclectic mix of music including pop, rock, dance, country, folk, easy listening, classical, world beat and jazz. Local music and musicians will be highlighted regularly. Once operational, the station will broadcast at 92.9 FM with the tongue-in-cheek call letters of CFUZ, perfect for the Okanagan's Peach City.
Penticton Market Starts Saturday! April 29, 2015 by PCR
Peach City Radio is planning have a booth at the Penticton Community Market during the following dates:
There will be other dates over the summer and into the fall. If any members or volunteers are interested in helping staff the booth please contact our volunteer coordinator. You do not need to be a Peach City Radio expert, in fact, working the booth is a great opportunity to find out more about PCR as you'll be partnered up with at least one board member. Our goal with the booth is to spread the word about community radio in Penticton and to help raise funds for our Raise the Radio campaign.
Current and future program producers for Peach City Radio are invited, and encouraged to attend our All Programmers Meeting, either Tuesday April 28 @ 6:00pm - 8:00pm. This meeting will take place at the Penticton Museum Archive Room at 785 Main St. (first door on your left as you enter from the main parking lot). All current and future active program hosts/DJs and producers are encouraged to attend.
Your programming committee has been working hard over the past year to create resources and establish practises which allow members to easily contribute audio files to Peach City Radio's website, and online stream. During this session, we will be covering essentials - bring a pen and paper!
This will also be an opportunity to interact with the members of our committee, ask questions and give comments. Our hope is that at the end of this session, you will have gained a better understanding of how your program audio gets (or will get) from your computer, to our listeners.
Riesling, Records, Raclette & `Raiser April 23, 2015 by PCR
Culmina Family Estate Winery is excited to partner with Calgary's Janice Beaton Fine Cheese to host a fundraising benefit for the Peach City Community Radio Society on Friday, May 1st. 'Riesling, Records, Raclette, and 'Raiser' will run from 3-6 pm, and will showcase Culmina's newest release of Decora (Riesling), as well as Raclette-style nibbles from Janice Beaton Fine Cheese, and the eclectic sounds of two DJs (Victoria's Potashnik and Penticton's Kevin Rossion) who have generously donated their time.
"Culmina is thrilled to sponsor Peach City Community Radio Society's programming and the their current capital initiative to install a radio tower in the South Okanagan. Like food and wine, music brings people together, encouraging celebration and enjoyment of life. Community radio keeps diversity on the airwaves - a fundamentally important part of our cultural landscape", shared Sara Triggs, Sales & Marketing Manager of Culmina Family Estate Winery.
Dave Del Rizzo, President of the Peach City Community Radio Society similarly stated: "It all began when we were delighted to discover turntables and vinyl during a visit to their amazing Tasting Room last summer. A sponsorship of the 2014 Okanagan Vinyl Fest followed, and we are excited to continue our growing relationship with Culmina by participating in this event featuring wine, cheese and all-vinyl DJ sets. It will be a great way to spend an afternoon in the South Okanagan!"
All proceeds from the $5 door entry will be donated in to the Peach City Radio 'Raise the Radio' campaign. Door prize on offer for all those who purchase tickets in advance.
The Programming Committee has scheduled a Radio 101 session for anyone looking to acquire more information about becoming a host or DJ at Peach City Radio.
The session takes place in the Archives room at the Penticton Museum, Thursday April 23rd, 6:00pm. This is a free, hour-long seminar, which will delve into some of the subtle nuances regarding the relationship between Peach City Radio and the CRTC. Radio 101 is one of the few pre-requisites to making shows for Peach City Radio, along with becoming a member of the Society, and submitting a program proposal. All of this information will be covered!
2015 Volunteer Appreciation Day April 14, 2015 by PCR
We appreciate all of our Peach City Radio volunteers who work tirelessly all year long to move our project forward. Peach City Radio will be at Gyro Park this Saturday, April 18th for the Downtown Penticton Association's Volunteer Appreciation Celebration. We hope to see you at Gyro Park from 11 am to 2 pm to celebrate. Volunteers are Awesome!
We will have our market tent and info table set up and we need a few more volunteers to assist. We expect that the public will drop by and ask about Peach City Radio and how they can get involved. Come and help meet and greet for an hour if you can. Please drop a line to Craig Henderson if you are available to help out: craig @ vip.net.