Funding Drive


Hand Crafted Radio

Hand Crafted Radio!
October 24- 31, 2014

It’s a truth everyone knows: The best things in life are made by hand. That said, we spend hours curating your sets, send emails and coordinate with guests, and we pour through the playlist scouring for the gems to ad. We create one-of-a-kind experience for listeners. It is a gift we give to every person that dials to 90.9 FM. In an age where 99% of radio is made by pressing play on a playlist and back-announcing the songs, what we do at CJSW makes the best possible radio: handcrafted radio

CJSW is a non-profit organization that strives to provide diverse programming. Our schedule spans awarding= winning news and spoken word, local musicians and artistic endeavors, multicultural programming and any style of music you can imagine.

The station receives roughly half of its funding from an undergraduate student levy at the University of Calgary. This levy pays for the day-to-day operation of the station, but to cover the capital expenditures, some of the surprise costs, or upgrading equipment, we need to have a little extra money hanging around. This is where the CJSW Funding Drive steps in…

The very first CJSW Funding Drive took place to help us buy the necessary equipment to become a full FM station, and ever since it has been our only source of funds for capital expenditures. It has allowed us to pay for the upgrading of our production facilities, including the purchase of new production board, as well as providing us with the monies to make the conversion to digital radio and increase our web presence. As we prepare for new advances in radio in the next few years, your generous donations provide the means by which we are able to continue our quest to be one of the finest campus/community radio stations around.

The Funding Drive takes place in the last week of October, where we suspend our regular programming and ask for listener support in the form of cash donations and subscriptions in exchange for another year of outstanding radio and great CJSW swag.

We need your support for the 2014 CJSW Funding Drive!

This year’s fundraising goal of $200,000 will go towards rebuilding the website, ensuring the infrastructure is in place to podcast all of our programs. We want the project to be completed at the highest standard, and that requires a large budget to hire a designer and a full team of developers. It is a huge undertaking to create the backend of a website that achieves the vision we have. When listeners come to cjsw.com, they will be able to sort shows by genre, type, and other categories. We also want a responsive event calendar and Friends Business listings, among other things. This kind of project can’t be completed properly without a talent pool that requires a fair chunk of change. Our stretch goal of $230,000 will be allocated equipment for the live band room. For years we have been attracting artists from around the world to play live on-air. With a new investment into the space, we will be able to give a one-of-a-kind experience to artists and listeners alike.

We count on your support to allow us to continue to bring you the finest radio programming in Calgary and beyond. And let’s not forget our amazing annual pledge incentives; which is available to view HERE

Stay glued to your radio from Friday October 24th through Friday October 31th for all the excitement and make sure to get out an bask in the CJSW community at all of the great live drive events throughout the city.

All that is left is for you to do is pledge your heart out to CJSW and enjoy another great year of programming!