National Radio Awards Winners

At the recent  35th annual National Campus and Community Radio Conference in Ottawa, 3 KCR volunteers were recogmised for their outstanding contributions to the sector. 
There were over 150 submissions to the 18 categories. 

KCR is proud to have these fine folks in our midst:
Catherine Fisher was awarded the Volunteer of the Year,
Tanya Coad (Climate of Change) - Winner of Syndicated Programming and Honourable Mention in Current Affairs, and
Richard Metzner (Make Room for the Blues) - Honourable Mention in Music Programming.

Congratulations to Catherine, Tanya and Richard!

KCR Board Meeing to approve Financial Statements

The KCR board of directors invites members to attend a board meeting on Wed June 8th, 6pm at 308A Hall St (basement). The board will discuss KCR’s 2014/15 Year End Financial Statements and then vote on whether to approve these statements. Members are welcome to ask questions if they have any. Please RSVP to board chair Catherine Fisher at undervolcano (at) yahoo (dot) com by Tuesday, June 7th if you plan to attend.

Spring Membership Drive

Our goal this Membership Drive is to raise $15,000

KCR depends on membership revenue for more than 35% of our annual budget.  As you can see, we can't do it without YOU. We thank you for your support!

Look out for KCR booths in the community all month long - in front of the Kootenay Coop Food Store, Cottonwood Market, Oso Negro, Save On Foods.

We'll be there to help you renew your membership, or to sign you up as a member of KCR for the first time! 
A yearly membership and friends card is $60 and gets you great discounts with local merchants.

You can also renew your membership on our website.

We also have a great roster of events planned to celebrate KCR's Spring Membership Drive.

May 14: Hall St Live Music Event with First Before the Fire, Mushana Marimba and Cam Penner

May 22 - Silverton at the Cup and Saucer

May 25: Join Mad For Trad host Catherine McGrath for Waffle-Winning Wednesday,  10am to 2pm at the station. On the menu:

    Paul Holitzky and Steve Garth
    Peter, Paul and Hannah
    The Eisenhauers
    Bob the Postman
    Paul Prappas
    $3 waffles




KCR is hiring two youth news interns

These positions are funded by the Community Radio Fund of Canada’s Youth on Air! grant. All applicants must be between the ages of 16-30 (inclusive).



  • Knowledge of, and interest in, current affairs and local news in the West Kootenay region

  • Writing skills (English)

  • Oral communication skills

  • Listening skills

  • Research analysis and presentation skills

  • Time management skills

  • Ability to multi-task efficiently

  • Ability to work well independently and collaboratively

  • Ability to work effectively under tight production deadlines

  • Desire to learn new technical skills, including sound recording and sound editing techniques

  • Ability to work with a diverse group of volunteers

  • Self-motivated and willing to initiate projects

  • Excellent computer proficiency



  • Community radio or independent media experience or interest

  • Other journalistic experience


The interns will learn fundamental radio journalism skills, and gain experience in technical, creative, and journalistic aspects of creating radio documentaries, producing local newscasts, and producing news features at Kootenay Co-op Radio in Nelson, B.C..


Interns will receive training from experienced local journalists and radio technicians in these areas:

  1. how to produce radio stories in three formats: newscast, news feature, documentary

  2. broadcast standards in Canada, defamation law, journalism ethics, plagiarism, and the importance of fact-checking stories

  3. finding and accessing news sources/stories

  4. telephone, field, and studio interviewing and journalism techniques

  5. studio and field recording equipment and techniques

  6. microphone techniques

  7. sound editing and sound design

  8. podcasting, promotion, and show syndication


They will produce:

a. Radio newscasts three times a week for 8 weeks

b. Public affairs features three times a week for 8 weeks

c. Four 30-minute radio documentaries

d. One 29 minute episode of the national public affairs radio program, Groundwire, in conjunction with a Kootenay Co-op Radio volunteer

e. Additional special radio programming as time permits

In addition to this radio programming, the interns will research and compile:

f.  a reference list of local news contacts that can be used by Kootenay Co-op Radio to create future newscasts


Compensation: this is a part-time paid internship (20 hours per week) for up to 12 weeks. $15.00/hr

Start date (approx): June 13, 2016

End date: (negotiable: approx) Aug 26, 2016

How to apply: Please submit your CV,  a sample of your writing (either as an attached doc, or as a link to a blog or article), and a cover letter to:

The application deadline is Friday, May 27, 6pm PST. Only applicants selected for interviews will be contacted.


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