Page 16 Barry's Bay This Week, Febuary 3, 1998


Community Radio makes first official broadcast

This Week reporter Doug Hempstead says first words on CHCR

Community radio volunteers Rebecca Poff, Ben Thurston and Jason Quade make sure all the connections are right minutes before airtime.

Community radio volunteers Rebecca Poff, Ben Thurston and Jason Quade make sure all the connections are right minutes before airtime.     Photo/Doug Hempstead

The musical question "Is there anybody out there?" was asked as the Pink Floyd song of the same name rang out for the first time at 102.9 FM.
  Homegrown Community Radio, or CHCR, the local non-profit radio station based in Killaloe, made its first official broadcast Saturday morning from the Goldcrest Lodge in Golden Lake.
  Barry's Bay This Week Staff Reporter Daug Hempstead had the honour of muttering the first words heard that day: "Hello and welcome to Community Radio."
  Many volunteers were on hand Saturday for the kick-off 14-hour broadcast featuring local musicians, interviews, recorded music and story time.
  Among those volunteers were project coordinator Tim Rivers-Garrett, guardian of the waves Ambrose Mullin, technical wizard Paul Leach, and reporter/board member Rebecca Poff.   Mr. Rivers-Garrett sends a special thank-you to Ben Thurston, Jason Quade, Damian Kern and Dennis. Nichols,

who worked the sound board during the broadcast.
   The marathon live broadcast was made possible by donations from area residents.
  A special event one-day permit was granted to CHCR, which will now be off the air until after a public hearing on Feb. 16.
  At the hearing, radio station collective officials are certain they will be granted a permanent broadcasting licence and hope to resume broadcasting in March.
   There was lots to do for those who turned out Saturday for the party. besides the almost tangible excitement of a live radio broadcast the Community Resource Centre Toy Bus was also on hand for kids, as well as balloon animals, a barbecue, skating and snowmobiling.
  "It's importaint that people write to us and give us support and input. This is their radio station we need that support and input to keep it going," says Mr.. Rivers-Garrett.
  Comments, suggestions and donations to CHCR can be sent to P.O. Box 195 Killaloe, KOJ 2AO.


Eganvil Leader Febuary 3, 1998


Homegrown Radio makes its debut

By Megan Cross


Staff Writer


   Music, storytelling and laughter filled the airwaves Saturday as CHCR Homegrown Community Radio broadcast live for the first time from Gold Crest Lodge on Golden Lake.
   With the day full of events for children, like outdoor skating and the evening full of local and out-of-town performers entertaining the adults,
there was something for everyone.
   CHCR board member Rebecca Poff says the event was a success.
   "We had lots of people coming and going so it is hard to tell how many people showed up altogether, but it was a great turnout," she said. "During the day, everyone was mostly outside but they started to move inside once it got later."

   The radio station was operating on a special one day broadcasting permit and despite a few first time technical difficulties with the telephone relay being used for the broadcast, everyone
pulled together to make the event run smoothly.
   "We've been working together for 14 hours and we've had a few challenges we weren't expecting," said Ms. Poff "But we've had lots of interest and community support with businesses in Killaloe playing the station in their stores."

   Francine Trudel arrived at the event in mid-afternoon with her two five year-old daughters, Josee and Jacqueline.
   "I heard about this around the area and it's not very often you have an occasion where you can bring the kids too," she said. "I came for the kids and
they are having a lot of fun. They kept telling me that 'they'd never been to a dance before.' They were really excited about coming."
    Ben Thurston, also a board member for CHCR, said they had been planning the Family Fun Day for the past month.
   "We put together a collection of local artists with groups from outside the area to expand horizons," he said. "This radio station will be a great alternative to the more commercialized stations.
   " With its first live broadcast under its belt, CHCR may be on the air regularly, at dial setting 102.9 FM, as early as February if the CRTC grants the license.


Martha Linton and Richard Sernoskie of Barry's Bay performed live while local band, Swampgas, played backup.  The duo was part of an initiative by Swampgas to involve different artists, called Idiot's Ballroom.  Both local and out-of-town performers entertained at the CHCR live broadcast at Gold Crest lodge Saturday.

Martha Linton and Richard Sernoskie of Barry's Bay performed live while local band, Swampgas, played backup. The duo was part of an initiative by Swampgas to involve different artists, called Idiot's Ballroom. Both local and out-of-town performers entertained at the CHCR live broadcast at Gold Crest lodge Saturday.



Five-year-olf sisters josee and Jacqueline Trudel and eight-year-old Thomas Gougeon, show of their balloon hats and animal made for them at the Family Fun Day on Saturday.  The event was a special on-day live broadcast by CHCR Homegrown Community Radio Station held at Golc Crest Lodge on golden Lake.

Five-year-olf sisters josee and Jacqueline Trudel and eight-year-old Thomas Gougeon, show of their balloon hats and animal made for them at the Family Fun Day on Saturday. The event was a special on-day live broadcast by CHCR Homegrown Community Radio Station held at Golc Crest Lodge on golden Lake.




New Killaloe station will broadcast live from Gold Crest

   It'll be fun, it'll be free admission) and it'll be live.
   On Saturday, January 1, Family Fun Day, which is being held at Gold Crest Lodge on Golden Lake, is going to be covered by live broad- cast.
   CHCR Homegrown community Radio organized the event and will be
broadcasting live with a special event one-day broadcasting permit.
   The festivities will include daily activities of outdoor skating, a children's play area, and indoor children's entertainment, all from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
   At night, the fun will continue with local performers providing
music and entertainment.
   For those who can't make it, they can participate by tuning their radio to 102.9 FM and follow along with the day's events.
   The radio plans to cover the on-going festivities as well as interviewing community members and organizations about the joys and challenges of
family life Updates on the Killaloe Sno-Fun activities will also be broadcast.
   Refreshments will be available for purchase throughout the day and evening.
   The radio station hopes to receive its full-time broadcasting license from the CRTC in February. For more information, call 757-2068.
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