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Job Posting: Volunteer Coordinator

March 21st, 2015 by Myke Atkinson

CJSW 90.9 FM, the University of Calgary Student Radio Society, is looking to hire someone for the position of Volunteer Coordinator.

The ideal candidate will be an excellent communicator, able to work with many kinds of people, and have an interest in helping others thrive in CJSW’s unique environment. The position is challenging; requiring patience, organization, and self-motivation. It is, however, a very rewarding and ultimately fun experience at Calgary’s only community radio station.

The Volunteer Coordinator position will start on May 8, 2015 and is contracted for a period of two years. It should also be noted that the work week for this position is Tuesday-Saturday.

This position will entail:

  • Managing CJSW’s 250+ volunteers to ensure that the operations of CJSW run smoothly on a daily basis.
  • Mentoring volunteers from all walks of life, including special needs adults, youth, seniors, students, and other members of the community.
  • Performing daily reception tasks such as answering phones, greeting visitors, giving tours of the station, and processing Funding Drive pledges.
  • Recognizing talent and dedication within the volunteer base, and working with the Program Director and Production Coordinator to train and develop that talent.
  • Managing current volunteer systems and innovating where needed.
  • Planning yearly events, such as the annual holiday party.
  • Understanding the culture of CJSW, and instilling a love of the station in volunteers and visitors.
  • Working on special projects and tasks as they come up, and being open to trying new things.


  • A clear and accurate understanding of CJSW’s culture, and our impact in the Calgary community.
  • Experience with volunteer supervision or management. Experience as a volunteer is also important.
  • Strong organizational and leadership skills are a must.
  • Strong writing skills.
  • Proven mentorship experience is an asset.
  • Post-secondary education is an asset, but is not required.
  • Ability to manage many tasks and work in a fast-paced environment.
  • An interest in underground music or alternative media is an asset.
  • Conflict resolution and people management skills.
  • Ability to work in a highly collaborative environment with many types of people.

In return for your extraordinary talents we offer a fun, one-of-a-kind environment, a decent salary and some lovely benefits.

Application Deadline: Wednesday, April 8, 2015 at 5:00 PM.
Position Start Date: Friday, May 8, 2015.
Please apply by sending your resume and cover letter to manager@cjsw.com.

CJSW is an equal opportunity employer. Everyone is thanked for applying; however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

30 Years and Counting: Share your stories!

January 16th, 2015 by Joe Burima

CJSW is currently celebrating our 30th year on the FM dial. For three whole decades, we’ve been broadcasting out to the city of Calgary, providing this amazing city with truly dynamic, diverse, and alternative radio. The staff here at the station over the years have gotten lots of feedback from our listeners, and have heard some tales of how CJSW has impacted your lives.

We’re looking for some of those stories right now. What is your favourite memory of CJSW? Maybe you were a host way back in the day and have some good stories to share. Perhaps you met the love of your life at our 25th anniversary party. Maybe you were listening one day and heard a song by what was to become your favourite band. There’s a lot that has happened on 90.9 FM, and we want to hear about it.

So, how do you tell us your stories? Leave a message on our answering machine. Call (403) 220 3683 and tell us your first name (if you’d like) and your favourite CJSW story. We’ll have a listen through them throughout the next few months, and put some of them on the radio. Leave a message, and keep it locked on CJSW to hear your own story on the airwaves!

Weird Canada

January 12th, 2015 by Joe Burima

Recently, CJSW was featured in Weird Canada’s Frequencies. The folks at Weird Canada have been doing great work showcasing music that is amazing, Canadian, underground, and is where lots of our DJs start when planning their shows. It’s a great group of folks that we love very much.

Katie spoke to Music Director Whitney Ota about the station, his experience here, and what CJSW is like in the landscape of campus radio in Canada. You can read it here!

Programming Changes

January 8th, 2015 by Joe Burima

Here’s a rundown of the exciting new programs, schedule changes, and departures that have happened over the last few weeks.


New Programs

  •  Chris Brennan, who has been helping out with Instant Gratification: Revoked! begins his own time slot. The Brutal and the Beautiful runs from 12-2 PM on Mondays and is a soap opera of dramatic beats. This show starts on January 12th.
  • Cavan’s brand new to the airwaves with Owsley Aurora, a jazz show exploring the weird and wonderful sides of jazz. Tune in Fridays 5:30-7 AM! This show starts on January 16th.
  • Cailean came back to the airwaves before the holiday break with The Passenger Seat on Wednesdays from 10-11 PM. He’ll ride shotgun with you for an hour, playing tracks and telling tales.
  • Kallen will be taking over for a stint on The Throwback on Sundays from 12:30-1:30. He’s bringing back his show My Public Shame for an eight-week showcase of past programmers. Glad to have you back, Kallen! He’ll be on air starting January 18th.
These are programs that have left the airwaves. Huge thanks to each and every one of these hard-working volunteers for their work on air. Often, our “goodbyes” are more like “goodbye for now”, so keep an ear out for these fantastic folks on air in the future!
  • A big thanks Kendra whose Monday Meditations and Moshpits has brought some electronic grooves to your early Monday afternoons for several months.
  • Ian Chiclo will soon be ending his time on The Throwback with his revival of The House Blend. Ian’s been bringing a great mix of music to the Sunday afternoon slot, and lots of folks have enjoyed hearing his voice on the air again.
  • Max and 8 Bit Showtunes have moved on from the late-night slot from 2-5:30 AM on Thursdays. Max’s choices of music themes from Dr. Who to spy movies has always been eclectic and dynamic.
  • Radio GB and Reza have left the airwaves. After several years of bringing great Persian grooves to Sundays (and then Saturdays), Reza’s presence will be missed.
  • Big thanks to Tasya for her Guide to Good Things. She and Jane started something great, Tasya took charge solo for awhile, making rad radio. Thanks to you both!
Any questions or comments about programming? Get in touch with Program Director Geneviève Dale at programming [at] cjsw [dot] com.

Now Accepting Applications For A Special Project Intern: 30 Year Anniversary Magazine (SCIP Internship)

December 10th, 2014 by whitney

CJSW 90.9 FM will be celebrating 30 years of on air radio programming at the beginning of 2015. Our goal is to provide an alternative to commercial media by recognizing and promoting the diverse musical styles, points of view and cultures that exist within our city. CJSW strives to provide programming to an audience and by programmers that are varied in their ethnicity, culture, gender, sexual orientation, age, and physical and mental ability. Our diverse programming includes music, arts, spoken word and multicultural programs.

To commemorate this anniversary the station will be releasing a limited edition magazine, remembering events that acted as landmarks in the organization’s longstanding history of community engagement in Calgary. As a non-profit organization, CJSW relies on listener support to provide high-quality, community focused, uninterrupted radio programming.

The proposed internship will provide a student with the opportunity to become involved in the creation of printed media set for city-wide release.

All applications must be sent in through the SCIP website.

We will accept applications until 9 am December 17, 2014.


Mountain Standard Time Performance Arts Festival Guests on “Noise”

October 1st, 2014 by whitney

In support of MST, Mountain Standard Time Performative Arts Festival join Paula with her guests.

Ian Birse and Laura Kavanaugh will talk about their new audiovisual work “Sleeper”, http://mstfestival.org/performance/sleeper/. John Abram and Barbara Sutherland will discuss the evening of videos and music by Kenny Doren http://mstfestival.org/performance/the-videos-of-kenneth-doren/ and http://mstfestival.org/performance/the-piano-concert/.

Tune in Thursday October 2nd, 2014 from 8:30-10pm. 90.9FM or http://cjsw.com/


CJSW is offering a “Live Performance Engineer” internship!

September 22nd, 2014 by whitney

CJSW is a community run, community driven radio station that offers an alternative source for music, arts, news and communication. Through our radio programming, we engage with the music community in a number of ways, one being promotion of music events by having artists perform their music live on air and hosting interview segments. CJSW is looking for someone to fulfill a live performance engineering internship and would be responsible for all the sound engineering needs of the performance.

Please submit applications through the SCIP website: http://joinscip.ca/find-internships/?keyword=cjsw&city=&action=search&posType1=1&posType2=1

Deadline for submissions will be October 6th at noon.

Or please send any general enquiries to music at cjsw.com.


Hear Your Voice on CJSW Celebrating 18,000 Watts!

July 4th, 2014 by Myke Atkinson

Sing it loud and sing it clear; this Thursday, CJSW is jumping from 4,000 to 18,000 watts! It’s a momentous occasion for our community. It means that the non-stop radio monster that is CJSW will stretch farther and sound clearer than ever before.

The expansion that has been in the works for over a year. We would not have been able to do it without you and your support. Thank you.

Well, we need your help again. Until July 31st, Industry Canada requires us to make a special announcement about our signal every 15 minutes. That’s over 2,000 special announcements! To keep us sounding like our usual fresh selves, we have set up a special hotline for listeners to call and record the announcement in their own voice.

It’s easy; all you have to do is call (403) 220-3683 and read the short script below. We’ll then pull your voice from the voicemail box and play it on air. We will also be sharing some of the announcements on our SoundCloud page. So please – call (403) 220-3683 and have your voice shared on CJSW!

the script

This is     (your first name)    calling from     (ex: Nosehill Park, Kensington, my backyard, the c-train, my car, etc.)    

You’re listening to CJSW 90.9 FM in Calgary – hand-crafted radio made by the community, for the community.

CJSW has just upped their signal to 18,000 watts. They will be testing the new super-charged signal until July 31st. If you have any concerns or comments, please go to to cjsw.com for more information.

Funding Drive Coordinator Job Posting

June 9th, 2014 by Myke Atkinson

CJSW 90.9 FM, the University of Calgary Student Radio Society, is looking to hire someone for the position of CJSW Funding Drive Coordinator for a five month contract.

The annual CJSW Funding Drive is an award-winning fundraising event for CJSW 90.9 FM. Each year for one week in October CJSW works to engage listeners and gain their financial support. It is a vital part of the station’s funding, and a highly anticipated annual event.

The Funding Drive Coordinator position is entirely dedicated to the Funding Drive and all activities surrounding the week of the drive itself. The Funding Drive Coordinator will also liaise with local businesses, coordinate volunteers, and plan both the opening and closing events.

This is a fast-paced, challenging and fun position. The term begins on August 1, 2014 and will end in late December 2014. The position is full time, with some work in the evenings and weekends required. The Funding Drive Coordinator will work Monday to Friday until October, and then Tuesday to Saturday until the end of the term after the Drive.


  • Working closely with the Station Manager to develop a plan for the 2014 Funding Drive
  • Working closely with the Volunteer Coordinator to fill volunteer positions throughout the Drive
  • Contacting local Friends businesses throughout Calgary and collecting pledge incentives
  • Researching sources for CJSW’s in-house pledge incentives (such as t shirts)
  • Organizing meetings with station members, including DJs, to explain the plan for the Funding Drive
  • Becoming very familiar with donor database software, and teaching others how to use it
  • Being a station ambassador when speaking to local businesses
  • Creating a very positive donor experience for our listeners
  • Organizing mailouts for previous donors
  • Mailing out pledge incentives to donors


  • Previous experience with a CJSW Funding Drive or another fundraiser is a strong asset
  • Previous experience organizing events
  • Good leadership skills and experience
  • Good writing skills
  • Able to work independently
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • An excellent understanding of CJSW as an organization and radio station

In return for your extraordinary talents we offer a fun, one-of-a-kind environment, a decent salary and some lovely benefits.

Application Deadline: Wednesday, June 18, 2014.
Position Start Date: Friday, August 1, 2014.
Please apply by sending your resume and cover letter to cjswadm@ucalgary.ca.

CJSW is an equal opportunity employer. Everyone is thanked for applying; however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

Production Coordinator Job Posting

May 30th, 2014 by Myke Atkinson

CJSW 90.9 FM, the University of Calgary Student Radio Society, is looking to hire the position of CJSW Production Coordinator for a two year contract.

The Production Coordinator is responsible for managing all aspects of the station’s production-related content. This will include training volunteers in production software and techniques, producing on-air material, scheduling and tracking on-air advertising, and drawing upon the CJSW membership to create pre-produced content on deadline. Most importantly, they will provide leadership, supervision and guidance to a team of volunteers that devote their time and energy to CJSW.

Please note that the work week for the Production Coordinator is Tuesday through Saturday.


  • Coordinate, manage, and draw upon a group of production volunteers to create CJSW’s pre-produced on-air content.
  • Regularly script, edit, produce and schedule show promos, station ids and advertisements.
  • Ensure a high quality yet diverse sound for CJSW’s pre-produced on-air material.
  • Produce interviews with musicians, artists, authors, entertainers, and coordinate special projects such as live recordings and studio sessions.
  • Work closely with other CJSW staff members to ensure the produced content fits the direction and vision of the Programming Committee.
  • Maintain an ongoing list of projects and spots that need to be created and utilize volunteers to ensure these are completed by deadline.
  • Encourage and assist current programmers in developing and producing material for their programs.
  • Use and maintain the production training program (written manual and audio guide) to train new volunteers on audio production and equipment.


  • Experience supervising a large group of volunteers.
  • A comprehensive knowledge of Logic Pro and/or other audio production software.
  • A thorough knowledge, experience and appreciation of all aspects of campus and community radio, from non-commercial music to news and spoken word programming.
  • Basic knowledge of CRTC regulations.
  • Strong creative and technical writing skills.
  • Copywriting, production and on-air broadcasting experience.
  • Ability to coordinate and manage volunteers while remaining on deadline and adapting to changing workloads.
  • Experience in a non-profit organization setting.
  • A progressive attitude and good stress management skills.
  • Post-secondary education and production experience is an asset.

The person hired for the position of Production Coordinator will have plans and ideas about developing the production department of the station and guiding the overall sound of CJSW.

In return for your extraordinary talents we offer a fun, one-of-a-kind environment, a decent salary and some lovely benefits.

Application Deadline: Wednesday, June 18th, 2014.
Position Start Date: Monday, July 28th, 2014.
Please apply by sending your resume and cover letter to cjswadm@ucalgary.ca.

CJSW is an equal opportunity employer. Everyone is thanked for applying; however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.