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30-Something Years of CJSW 90.9 FM


CJSW 90.9 FM has released a 160-page book commemorating our 30 years on the FM dial. The book contains articles, photos, and other archive material documenting our role as Calgary’s only campus and community radio station.

As a station that has existed in various forms since 1955, CJSW is home to mane tales of both woe and awe. No publication could ever capture all this lore, so we decided to focus on some of the important building blocks that add up to the station we know and love today.

Most notably, we focused on the transformations that took place in 1985, a time that could have spelled the end of the station. Instead, then Station Manager Grant Burns secured the station’s FM licence and charted a new way forward for CJSW.

Thank you to all the writers, photographers, illustrators, designers and editors who made these pages come to life.


This limited-edition book can be found at the following locations starting September 1, 2016:

Blackbyrd Myoozik (1126-17 Ave SW)

Sloth Records (736b 17th Ave SW)

Hot Wax (114 10 St NW)

Melodiya (2523 17 Ave SW)

Lukes Drug Mart (112 4th St NE)

Pages (1135 Kensington Rd NW)

Shelf Life (1302 4 St SW)

Purr (601 17 Ave SW and 1220 Kensington Rd NW)

You can also have the book shipped to you. Shipping and handling fee will be applied. Click below.

For media inquiries, please contact Kendra Scanlon, Community Development Coordinator.

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