How…. 20th century!
Well… maybe, but radio is not only important for providing [fill in: information, news, music, social connections, etc., etc. …], it’s now scientifically established that radio makes you feel better! (Thanks to Mediazoic for the Twitter tip!) You’ll actually feel better than if you spend your time surfing the Net.
And it’s also a great social experience.
But, it is also, as always, an immediate source of that information/news/music mentioned above. And, if your interests, tastes, viewpoints on those areas, are not well-served (I hope not!) by “mainstream radio”, if Internet streams and radio stations provide little, if any, information about what’s going on in your neighbourhood, or about concerts and music news here in town…
… then you have to turn to community radio. We have already lost one crucial broadcast station recently: Toronto’s oldest community radio station, CKLN. (Its successor is broadcasting online as Radio Regent). I believe that we have to keep truly local, truly connected voices on the airwaves.
This weekend, CIUT-FM is concluding its semi-annual fundraising drive. I encourage everyone to put their money where their ears — and heart — are. Kick in a few bucks to keep the community on the air.
More info at CIUT website.
Your support for individual shows is very much appreciated as well.
More than 20 years ago, I first discovered “world music” by tuning in to “Global Rhythms”, then on Friday mornings, and hosted by Ken Stowar. Since then, it moved to Saturdays, and then Sundays — but Ken is still there, churning out great music each week.
Soon after, I deepened my love of African music by listening to Karibuni with Opiyo Oloya. That show is still on the airwaves, now hosted by Michael Stohr and Nadine McNulty.
Those two programs now run back-to-back: Sundays 3-6 and 6-8pm. Given the focus of this website, I encourage people to contribute a few (or more) dollars to CIUT, and in particular to one of those two shows.
Logon to CIUT’s website, or phone 416-946-7800 / 1-888-204-8976