Radio station worried about becoming voiceless

The Voice of the Shuswap, CKVS 96.7 FM, a community-based radio, is experiencing funding issues.

Jeanette Clement, station manager for The Voice of the Shuswap, edits audio at The Voice station in the Downtown Activity Centre.

Jeanette Clement, station manager for The Voice of the Shuswap, edits audio at The Voice station in the Downtown Activity Centre.

The Voice is worried about being silenced.

The Voice of the Shuswap, CKVS 96.7 FM, a community-based radio station, is experiencing funding issues.

In November, the station plans to ask Salmon Arm council to help cover their operating costs.

The presentation will explain the history of the radio station, and ask for secure funding.

“We want to tell them what our story is,” said  president of The Voice board, Warren Bell.

“The Voice, with its studio in the Downtown Activity Centre and transmitter atop the Fly Hills, has monthly expenses of about $3600, including rental and site costs for (the) antenna and one part-time person to manage the studio.

(It has) accumulated over $12,000 worth of quality radio equipment,” said a Voice-issued press release.

“We have no secure ongoing funding,” said Bell.

The not-for-profit station relies on fundraising and grants to cover costs.

“We have received grants for specific projects, but for ongoing monthly expenses, we have had to repeatedly scramble, with fundraisers (more than $15,000), sponsorships and memberships that are never quite enough,” said the release.

Fundraising has also hit a pitfall, as The Voice’s last two fundraisers didn’t have a large turnout.

“It’s a question of location and timing,” said Bell.

The radio station averages over 60 hours of programs per week (with repeats), accumulates over unique 110 podcasts, develops First Nations programming, broadcasts live Silverbacks games, teaches basic radio skills to citizens, and works with dozens of local businesses, public bodies and non-profit groups.

To get connected to CKVS, call 250-463-5026 or email at voiceoftheshuswap93.7@gmail.com .

Visit The Voice’s website for more details.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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