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Putting the Rad in Radio & the Real in Montreal

Posted by Robyn / April 25, 2007

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CKUT Funding Drive + Dance Party Kick-Off 2007!

You know that joke about having a "face for radio"? Well, I've spent some time in the halls and nooks and cave-like crannies of the CKUT building on the McGill campus and I can attest to witnessing great overloads of cuteness. Maybe I just find community-minded democracy-in-action-not-just-theory hot. Maybe it's because, just like CKUT's programming, there's something for everyone? I am taking this too far. Because yeah, while I dig the sights, CKUT is truly all about the sounds! The hot hot sounds.

Seriously, they're calling this year's funding drive Good Vibrations. I do not see how one can go wrong here.

But putting sounds on the radio costs money! And while CKUT is mostly volunteer driven, it still requires many dollars worth of technology, music, and pro resources to keep it running. And the Funding Drive makes up 25% of CKUT's annual revenue! This year's runs from April 26 - May 5 and will feature lots of hyped special programming, including as much on-air live music/performance as possible. Things get crazy onna radio.

The craziness kicks off tonight, Wednesday, yes, at Club Lambi, featuring the Roots, Rock, Rebellion Soundsytem with DJ Redstrike and Mossman, followed by Off The Hook's Revolution, BuddaBlaze, and Flow with special guests The Narcycist and Cracked Lips. Admission is by donation, with all proceeds obviously going to CKUT! It will be dancetastic. And hot.

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If you can't make it out for music, dancing, drinking, hanging out and celebrating the fact that we still have freedom of the airwaves even if it's underfunded and most of the public community radio funding goes to a gigantic national broadcaster that makes me cringe pretty much every time I tune in, then you can support the little guy, by making a donation. And this is awesome: there are PRIZES TO BE WON. Like, awesome prizes, like airline tickets and festival passes and of course music and magazines and the list goes on.

To pledge during the Funding Drive, call: 514-907-9424
Or pledge anytime online with the Funding Drive Secure Online Form.

According to hot inside CKUT sources, here are some ways that donating can increase your hotness. I mean, why donating is a very good idea indeed. This list also includes many of my favourite words.

"- To keep radio that is free from commercial restraints - CKUT CANNOT BE BOUGHT AND IS NOT TRYING TO BUY OR SELL YOU!
- To maintain quality programming and great music that you will not hear elsewhere
- To protect a participatory and democratic form of media - just about anyone can get involved
- To ensure that the voices of the marginalized will always be heard
- To support free-form radio - no playlists, no top forty, no traffic reports
- To nurture a diversity of programming that serves a multitude of communities across Montreal
- To promote local musicians, JDs, artists, writers, performers, commentators and initiatives
- To support CKUT as a vital link between Montreal area volunteer and non-profit orgs
- To foster a wide range of incredible learning opportunities for only $10 a year.
- To encourage a more balanced media landscape. CKUT PROVIDES A FORUM FOR ART, MUSIC, IDEAS, OPINION AND INFORMATION THAT ARE EXCLUDED FROM THE COMMERCIAL MAINSTREAM MEDIA MARKETPLACE. "

Rad(io).

Lovely photo from Rhino and Bird.

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