CJSW takes home three awards at national conference

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From June 7–11 2017, four CJSW members attended the National Campus and Community Radio Conference in Abbotsford, British Columbia. After several days of panels and sessions, the National Campus and Community Radio Association awarded various awards to stations across the country. These awards celebrate the best and brightest in campus and community radio across Canada. In 20 eligible categories, CJSW took home three wins and four honourable mentions. Congrats to all of our winners!

WIN: Best in Documentary Programming

Standing Rock — Mike Tod and Frank Litorco

Standing Rock is an ambitious project undertaken by the CJSW news department in November. On Monday Nov. 7, 2016, CJSW traveled to the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in North Dakota to document and listen to the peoples opposing the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL). This six-part series includes stories of the protestors, music from the site and an audio documentation of the DAPL protests.

At the awards ceremony, judges called the the show “an extremely ambitious project that focuses on under-represented voices and music.”

Standing Rock

WIN: Best in Third Language

Desi Vibes — Rup Dhaliwal and Harvin Singh

Broadcasting every Tuesday night, Desi Vibes is a show that highlights bhangra on airwaves across Calgary. Bhangra is one of the fastest growing musical genres in the world, originating from the valleys and fields of Punjab, a powerful region located in northwestern India. The dominating beat of the Dhol, catchy tunes of the Tumbi and evocative vocals combine to create melodies that captivate listeners from all corners of the world in celebration of the Punjabi culture. Not limited to traditional pieces, Bhangra has also evolved as a fusion of the East and the West, and has today, become a commanding presence on the international music scene.

At the ceremony, judges described the show as having “an awesome bilingual concept that must be serving the community well.”

Desi Vibes

WIN: Best in Local Talent Development

Artist-in-Residence Program — CJSW

CJSW’s Artist-in-Residence program brings local talent to the station to produce live music. The chosen musician or band has as much time as they need to complete their piece utilizing CJSW’s equipment and resources. The artist-in-residence program is open to Calgary-area artists and bands and musicians and bands.

At the ceremony, judges said that the program was a great initiative for CJSW to expand its support for local artists.


HONOURABLE MENTION: Best in Creative Programming

Summer Exercise — Catherine Anderson

Last summer, Catherine produced a spoken word segment where she ran the stairs near Memorial Drive in Calgary and interviewed other runners about summer exercise, while they were exercising. The PSA aired during CJSW’s regular programming in summer 2016.

HONOURABLE MENTION: Best in Special Programming

CJSW 2016 Monthly Themes — CJSW production department

Throughout 2016 and continuing into 2017, the CJSW production department has scheduled monthly themes to highlight various topics. Content for monthly themes has included everything from one-minute spots during regular programming to longer spoken word content and programming. Themes have included Black History Month, Mental Health Awareness and Indigenous History Month.


HONOURABLE MENTION: Breaking Barriers Award

Accessible Airwaves — Mike Tod, Frank Litorco and the Accessible Airwaves collective

This program is dedicated to the education and exploration of disabled life, giving voice to the life and experience of people with disabilities. It covers a wide array of issues and disabilities and aims to show how disability is in the mind of the beholder.

Accessible Airwaves

HONOURABLE MENTION: Current Affairs or Magazine Show Award

Writer’s Block — Emily Ursuliak

CJSW’s monthly foray into literature. Hosted and produced by Emily Ursuliak, Writer’s Block is focused on local events, writers, poets, publishers, while keeping an eye on the bigger literary picture across the country and around the world.

Writer’s Block