The University of Calgary Student Radio Society (CJSW Radio) is one of Calgary’s only independent media outlets and is Calgary’s only campus & community radio station. Based on campus at the University of Calgary located on Treaty 7 land, CJSW operates as a non-profit society with a small team of staff and a large dedicated volunteer base. We broadcast over 110 music, spoken word and multicultural programs in more than 10 languages on 90.9 FM, online at cjsw.com, and podcasted on iTunes, Spotify, and Google Play.
CJSW has a long and colourful history, going on air before the University of Calgary even existed. The station started as SAIT’s radio club and evolved to the University of Calgary’s campus station that broadcast only on campus inside the MacEwan Student Centre and as far away as the campus residence buildings. Now, we broadcast far and wide with a strong 18,000 watt FM signal, and online podcasting of all of our programs.
We take pride in bringing diverse and passionate voices from throughout Calgary and the surrounding areas to discuss topics that may not receive mainstream exposure elsewhere. We tell stories that you won’t hear anywhere else and work to strengthen relationships among the arts, business, intellectual, and cultural communities and the audiences they are looking to reach.
Through our broadcast, we increase the profile of local, Canadian, and independent artists, groups and organizations. We do this is by playing their music, telling their stories, hosting them on our programs, and promoting their causes and events. Our hosts play a vast array of genres from rock, blues, folk, jazz, experimental, metal, hip-hop, soul, electronic, classical, and world music.
We at CJSW are a not-for-profit, volunteer-powered organization where University of Calgary students, campus and community stakeholders come together to create, collaborate, communicate and make great radio content. Our programming mandate is to engage with and provide a platform for celebrating the diverse voices in our region.
CJSW are leaders in providing a dynamic and progressive hub for members of the University of Calgary campus, as well as the citizens of Calgary, and the surrounding area. Our goal is to facilitate the generation of original programming that reflects the uniqueness, interests, voices and values of our local campus and community stakeholders. We are committed to providing University of Calgary students and campus members with access to a wide range of educational, technical and artistic opportunities within our organization.
CJSW fosters a safe and inclusive environment that prioritizes an organizational culture where all groups and individuals are treated with equality and respect. We hold ourselves accountable through fairness and accuracy in our reporting and representation, and as defined by our relationship with UC Students’ Union, our societal by-laws, our broadcasting licensing requirements, and government obligations. CJSW personnel and other representatives shall conduct themselves in accordance with our societal articles of governance and our core values of inclusivity, mutual respect and equality.
CJSW Radio broadcasts out of Moh’kins’tsis (Calgary, AB) at the University of Calgary campus radio station located on Treaty 7 land. CJSW would like to acknowledge the traditional territories of the people of the Treaty 7 region in Southern Alberta, which includes the Blackfoot Confederacy (comprised of the Siksika, Piikani, and Kainai First Nations), the Tsuut’ina First Nation, and the Stoney Nakoda (including the Chiniki, Bearspaw, and Wesley First Nations). The City of Calgary is also home to Métis Nation of Alberta, Region III. CJSW would also like to note that the University of Calgary is situated on land adjacent to where the Bow River meets the Elbow River, and that the traditional Blackfoot name of this place is “Moh’kins’tsis”, which we now call the City of Calgary.