This year the annual NCRA - National Campus and Community Radio Association Conference took place in Abbotsford BC June 7 - 11.
Hosted by CIVL Radio, six members of Peach City Radio traveled to the conference, attending a variety of presentations and workshops on research projects, technical and web development, interview skills, funding, volunteer recruitment and retention and more!
The conference was inspiring and each Peach City Radio delegate took away ideas and information that will serve us well as we move into the next exciting phase of community radio in Penticton.
During the conference, at the 2017 NCRA Awards Gala, Peach City Radio programmer, Lydia Frederick received an Honourable Mention for Best in Documentary for the Cannabis episode of her Doc Fever program.
Long-time Peach City Radio member and programmer, Larry Saidman received the award for Best in Music Programming for Discovering Jazz, a show he produces for Trent Radio in Peterborough, Ontario. Larry puts an extraordinary amount of work into community radio and though he no longer lives in Penticton, he still records Musical Therapy for Peach City Radio.
Congratulations to both Lydia and Larry. It's wonderful to see your hard work and creative efforts recognized and acknowledged on a national level.
We're looking for qualified volunteers to help us take on roles at the station and help us to get the next level! Register for our next Radio 101 information session on Thursday June 22th at 6:30pm to learn about our volunteer opportunities and how to apply to join our ranks.
There's lots to do, from knocking on doors to raise funds, to helping out with our community events, to reaching out to local bands to grow our music library, to producing public service announcements, and of course, making radio shows. If you're already a volunteer, tell your friends!
We know that our station is stronger when our membership reflects the diversity of our community and we welcome the interest of people from a variety of cultures, ages, identities, orientations, and abilities. For more information, contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Dave Del Rizzo.
Peach City Radio is excited to announce that our Society has once again been successful in achieving a second Radiometres grant through the Community Radio Fund of Canada.
CFUZ is looking forward to launching our Listen Up! Speaker Series later in 2017. Plans are still under development, as CFUZ looks forward to hosting a series of presenters in Penticton, who will address various topics pertinent primarily to community radio, but which will also be of benefit to not-for-profit societies and charitable organizations in the area.
The Society would like to send a huge thank you out to the hard working Grant Committee for their perseverance and hard work in writing our second successful grant from the CRFC, and of course thank you to everyone at the CRFC for this fantastic support! Stay tuned for further details as they become available.
Peach City Radio Rock Show May 30 May 22, 2017 by PCR
Peach City Radio is putting on a rock show! Take a break from the every day and come out on a school night to see Lethbridge's very own A.Trozzo & The Electric Few perform on the Elite Restaurant stage, as they make their first ever stop in Penticton on their 'We Are As Sick As We Are Secret' tour. They will be supported by Yarrows.
Describing themselves as a rotating cast/collective of Lethbridge dinguses, A.Trozzo & The Electric Few have been a thing since October 2016. A few of their past projects include: Jesse and The Dandelions, Michael Rault, Renny Wilson Punk Explosion, and Lustre Creame.
Their style combines a loud, trashy, melodic rock aesthetic with garage-punk roots. The music seems to arise naturally from the depths of A.Trozzo's subconscious. Their live show is driven by 1000 ghosts of rock & roll, their gear is old and musty and loud as hell. They've been known to perform as a four, three, and two piece without hesitation. Regardless of what form you find them in, A) it's likely to be loud B) relatively entertaining C) affordable.
If you don't want to take our word for it, here's what Calgary's Sled Island festival had to say:
"If The Muppet Show had been set in grunge-era Seattle, this might have been the house band to replace Dr. Teeth. Fuzzy, bouncy and chaotic, Trozzo & Co's concise rock songs showcase the bright side of pent-up aggression." - Sled Island
Make sure to come early and take in local band Yarrows. Yarrows is a duo based out of Summerland, resulting from the improbable encounter of Mathieu Drolet (Karate Kids) and Stephanie Lines (Great Lonely West); yarrows plays a delicate and nocturnal alt-country/folk. The band's first EP will be released in June 2017, followed by selected touring dates across B.C.
Provincial Election Forum Audio Online April 29, 2017 by PCR
On Thursday April 27, 2017 the CFUZ Crew set up shop at the Penticton Lakeside Resort to capture the Provincial election all candidate forum, hosted by the Penticton Herald.
Audio from that event is now available online from our CFUZ Events program page.
Three candidates representing the major BC provincial political parties took the stage to answer questions posed by a panel of media 'all-stars'. The debate was informative, and at times a bit feisty. The complete unedited audio is provided by the volunteers at Peach City Community Radio.
Microbrews for Microphones 2017 March 3, 2017 by PCR
Peach City Radio - CFUZ is pleased to announce that the local craft beer industry has stepped up to support the establishment of a community radio station in Penticton. During the month of March, beer lovers who fill up their growlers at Bad Tattoo Brewing Company, Barley Mill Brew Pub and Bistro, Cannery Brewing, Detonate Brewing, and Firehall Brewery will be helping to raise funds for Peach City Radio.
A growler is a re-fillable 2 litre glass jug that can be used to purchase local beers. Between March 1st and 31st, partial proceeds from each growler fill at participating locations will be donated to help finish outfitting our new studio in the Cannery Trade Centre. The studio is coming along nicely, but more equipment is needed in order to be ready for FM broadcast including, of course, quality microphones.
"We're excited that Microbrews for Microphones has expanded this year to include five local breweries" says Peach City Radio Vice President Claire Thompson. "We're encouraging everyone to visit these tasting rooms, fill up a growler with their favourite brew, and know that they are supporting both the local craft beer industry and Peach City Radio at the same
Throughout March Peach City Radio will be sharing information about participating breweries and running fun contests on our online stream and Facebook Page. The total amount of money raised through Microbrews for Microphones will be announced at the 2017 Fest of Ale in April.
2017 NCRA Homelessness Radio Marathon February 20, 2017 by PCR
On Wednesday, February 22, Peach City Radio will participate in the 15th annual NCRA Homelessness Radio Marathon. This event broadcasts nationally live from the streets, all night, coast to coast to coast, in an effort to raise awareness of homelessness in Canadian Communities. CFUZ's coverage will begin at 3pm PST Wednesday February 22, and continue through to 3am PST Thursday February 23. Of particular note to our station is that our very own Lydia Frederick has contributed a 30 minute documentary focusing on themes of "sharing when you have nothing" and "keeping your dignity when you are ostracized". Her piece will air at 2:30AM PST nationwide.
This year, this 15th annual event will be hosted by our friends in Saint John NB at CFMH Local 107.3 FM. It will include 30-minute to two-hour segments from 17 stations representing six provinces, as well as a special edition of GroundWire focusing on homelessness, with headlines and feature stories from more stations across the country. Peach City Radio is proud to be able to provide this broadcast to you on our online stream, working together with stations across the country to help find solutions to this national problem.
Peach City Radio will provide full coverage of the marathon via a live stream from CFMH in Saint John for 12 consecutive hours, beginning at 3pm Wednesday February 22. Tune in to the Peach City Radio online stream by clicking the 'Listen Now' button between 3pm Wednesday February 22 through to 3am Thursday February 23.