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Caught In the Act Radiometres Grant Announcement
September 2, 2020 by CFUZ

The Community Radio Fund of Canada announced today that the Peach City Community Radio Society, operators of 92.9 CFUZ-FM in Penticton BC, have been chosen as a recipient of a Radiometres grant for the 2020-21 granting cycle.

The proposal put forth by the local, volunteer-operated station will see up to 20 virtual 'live' performances streamed, as well as captured on video and audio during the course of the project. The proposed project, named 'Caught in the Act' is intended to reinvigorate a previous station initiative, which featured recordings of performances by local and traveling musicians in Penticton live music settings.

"For me, this grant validates a large part of the reason I became involved with the station in the first place" notes Dave Del Rizzo, CFUZ Program Director, "to be able to establish more meaningful relationships with local musicians is a fundamental reason for a community radio station to exist. Being able to feature local artists who would otherwise have difficulty getting their music onto mainstream radio is a stepping stone towards becoming an integral part of the music scene in Penticton for CFUZ."

Due to COVID-19, the station has had to amend their original grant proposal to accommodate social distancing issues as they relate to live music. "We feel that using our radio signal as a virtual venue is a legitimate and necessary evolution during this pandemic", mentioned Del Rizzo. The grant proposal originally favoured group performances by local musicians at various venues in and around Penticton. Uncertainty surrounding live music and venues inspired organizers to pivot, instead featuring live performances by artists featured on social media live streams with accompanying radio broadcasts, video and podcast outputs.

The project will provide opportunities for CFUZ station volunteers to gain experience in the hands-on process of audio and video production, and practicing interview skills. Opportunities will also be created for those interested in managing the organization of live events and volunteers. The station was awarded $48,000 to complete the project. A portion of the grant is devoted to acquiring the necessary equipment, with the remainder allocated for artist compensation, and honoraria for execution and production of the video and audio components of the grant. Source funding for the Radiometres program is made possible by the Community Radio Fund of Canada, through the financial contributions made by commercial radio and satellite broadcasters for Canadian Content Development.

More information for interested participants and local musicians regarding the opportunities associated with this grant will become available when the grant begins on October 1, 2020. For further information, please contact the station directly via email to info@peachcityradio.org, or to the project organizers at caughtintheact@peachcityradio.org.

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CFUZ Cancels 2020 Okanagan Vinyl Fest
August 27, 2020 by CFUZ

Due to ongoing COVID-19 pandemic CFUZ, Peach City Radio, has announced the cancellation of their 2020 Okanagan Vinyl Fest. This years event was scheduled for September 20, 2020 at the Seniors' Drop In Centre.

Okanagan Vinyl Fest is a major fundraiser for Peach City Radio and this years event would have been the local radio station's 9th annual vinyl sale. Okanagan Vinyl Fest draws over 300 vinyl buyers each year and features vendors from all over the province as well as from Alberta. With the current public gathering restrictions it would be impossible to hold an indoor event of this size at this time.

The loss of fund raising revenue will be a major blow to the nonprofit society which operates CFUZ, an FM broadcasting radio station (92.9 FM), This 100% volunteer operated radio station relies on the revenue from this event to keep the station operating. If listeners would like to help support CFUZ please visit the station website at cfuz.ca. Next years Okanagan Vinyl Fest has been scheduled for September 26, 2021.

CFUZ Studio Reopens to Regular Programming
June 1, 2020 by CFUZ

June 1 2020 marks the day that CFUZ programming volunteers have regained access to the CFUZ Studio and Office space, since the start of isolation due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

On March 28, the CFUZ Board of Directors closed their studio and office space to volunteers, in order to comply with governmental regulations, and to ensure the safety of all CFUZ volunteers. "We didn't want coming to the studio to be the justification for putting people at risk for exposure to the virus" said Dave Del Rizzo, Program Director for CFUZ. "While we recognized that radio had been declared an essential service, we were not really in a position to provide a service in the spirit of how the essential service designation is defined."

Instead, volunteer programmers were encouraged to continue to make their programs using their own equipment from home. Del Rizzo explained that many of the CFUZ volunteer programmers began their involvement by creating their content at home, and some still do. "We have the benefit of being flexible in that way, our systems are designed to be accessible both from our own studio, and remotely", he said.

The re-opening of the studio today means that restrictions have been relaxed to allow regular established programs hosts to enter and use the studio facilities at the Cannery Trade Centre. For some hosts, this will be their first time back on air in over two months. Many are looking forward to returning.

CFUZ First Annual ONAIRversary
January 22, 2020 by CFUZ

On Saturday February 1 2020, CFUZ Peach City Radio will celebrate one full year on the air at 92.9 FM.

To mark the occasion, the volunteers at the station are preparing a full day of live programming that will show off our locally created radio programs. The program hosts will be asking listeners to make donations of any amount to keep 92.9 FM humming along on our 50 watt transmitter, and pumping out local greatness through our antenna on top of the Cannery Trade Centre in Penticton.

Now you might be asking yourself, how much should I donate? Well it depends on how much of this cool stuff you want...

Come on down to the station with a fist full of change (any little bit helps!) and you will be the proud recipient of a FIST BUMP from one of our awesome volunteers. A donation of $9.29 or more gives you a 92.9 FM LOCAL STICKER. A donation of $25 or more gets you our new stainless steel CFUZ WATER BOTTLE (plus a sticker, and heck we'll throw in a fist bump too)!

There will be more great giveaways throughout the day so make sure you listen for your chance to grab some more great swag.

Donations can be made online (CFUZ.ca), in person, (Cannery Trade Centre 121-1475 Fairview Road, Penticton) or over the phone (236-422-0929).

Our goal is to raise $4000 which will go a long way in helping us with our transmission costs, volunteer training and continual improvement of this station.

Mark your calendars, tune in and make a donation on February 1st.

Peach City Radio Society AGM 2019
November 14, 2019 by CFUZ

Another amazing year has come and gone for Peach City Radio, and we are preparing to gather the membership together for our 2019 Annual General Meeting on Wednesday November 27 at Okanagan College Penticton Campus.

This year has quite arguably been our most adventurous, rewarding and successful year to date. We have much to celebrate, not the least of which is nearly a year of FM broadcast under our belt. In fact, we've been so busy, that many of you may have noticed we barely have time to keep the front page of our website current!

During the AGM, your Directors will present information about our work this past year, along with providing some insight into upcoming projects and initiatives in place for the next few months.

Please take note that nominations for Board positions are required in advance of the meeting, and should be submitted via email to nomination@peachcityradio.org no later than November 20.

At the 2019 AGM, 4 of 7 directorships will expire and the following positions will be decided at the conclusion of the AGM:

Secretary- 2 year term
Treasurert - 2 year term
Director - 2 year term
Director - 2 year term

Detailed descriptions of each of these positions can be found here. We encourage anyone interested in a Board position to review our Society documents pertaining to Board positions, as well as our Constitution and Bylaws document.

Immediately following the meeting, Peach City Radio invites the public to mingle and meet current volunteers and committee members of our Society. If you are interested in becoming a part of Peach City Radio, and particularly in volunteering on a committee, members will be on hand to answer any questions you may have regarding what committees do, and how they function.

If you are interested in attending, or want to know more about the Society, please see our AGM page.

Official CFUZ-FM Launch Party
June 14, 2019 by CFUZ

It has been over 4 months since we switched on our FM transmitter so it is time for a party. Please join us at the CFUZ Peach City Radio station this Sunday, September 16th for our official FM Launch!

  • 92.9 FM LAUNCH
    Sunday June 16th, 2019, 4:00 pm
    CFUZ Studio at the Cannery Trade Centre
    121-1475 Fairview Road, Penticton

We are inviting the community to come down for a short outdoor presentation, plus studio tours and the chance to voice some on-air messages. We would love to have listeners, supporters and members old and new in attendance. It's also Father's Day - so why not bring the whole family?

We will be holding our annual RadioActive Awards on Sunday as well. This is our opportunity to recognize the incredible humans making CFUZ Peach City Radio great.

    Sunday June 16th, 2019, 5:30 pm
    The Nest & Nectar at the Cannery Trade Centre
    301-1475 Fairview Road, Penticton

Everyone is welcome to attend the RadioActive Awards which will take place at The Nest & Nectar following the Launch. Come and mingle with your fellow members and meet the hosts of your favourite CFUZ programs! The Nest & Nectar is providing their famous poutine buffet which will be free to CFUZ members and available at a nominal fee for non-members. They also have an excellent bar & coffee menu (user-pay) but please note that their regular food menu will not be available during this event.

The CFUZ Board will present this year's awards and thank the many volunteers for what has been our most exciting year yet!

January 30, 2019 by CFUZ

The hard-working volunteers at the Peach City Community Radio Society (CFUZ) are excited to see nine years of work pay off. On February 1 2019 the FM transmitter will be turned on and CFUZ will start broadcasting at 92.9 FM.

Earlier this month CFUZ received a broadcast certificate from the Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC). This signified that a successful test broadcast, a final requirement of Innovation, Science & Economic Development Canada (ISED), had occurred. The test phase took place over a period of four weeks in December/January and during that time many Penticton residents discovered the CFUZ 92.9 FM signal which was broadcasting a wide array of new music created by Canadian artists.

The journey to successfully launching a community FM radio station began with a group of interested residents attending an information meeting at the Penticton Art Gallery and then incorporating as the Peach City Community Radio Society in early 2010. Along the way, the non-profit society raised funds for broadcast equipment and a studio, transmitted temporary broadcasts, and hosted numerous events such as concerts, volunteer training sessions, public talks and even a live radio play. Peach City Radio also hosts the annual Okanagan Vinyl Festival which acts as a key fundraiser for the organization.

The station makes its home in the Cannery Trade Centre and the tower and antenna are visible atop the eastern end of the building. Volunteers have been operating a 24/7 online stream of radio content since 2014 and this will continue in tandem with the FM signal.

It has been a tremendous amount of work for a group of volunteers with jobs, families and other commitments but the driving force has been a love of radio and the desire to provide Penticton with a new local voice. An impressive number of radio programs have been produced by volunteers over the years, some winning awards at the national level. The station encourages members of the community to tune in for these locally produced programs which feature both spoken word content and a diverse music mix.

Comments can be sent to feedback @peachcityradio.org and anyone interested in getting involved as a programmer or sponsor should visit www.CFUZ.ca for more information.

A formal grand opening and open house will take place in Spring 2019.

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