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Emergency Broadcast Webinar
Thanks to the 40 people who registered for our first webinar! We had some serious technical issues but I think we have identified how to fix them moving forward. You can check out the related slides from the presentation above or get in touch with Luke if you have any other questions! 

Thanks too to Roxanne Casey, Station Manager at CKHA-FM Canoe FM in Haliburton, ON for joining us and sharing her experiences with emergency broadcasting during the floods in nearby Minden. 
Stay tuned for details of our next webinar: Funding Drives! We'll pull together some research on what works best and why. And we are hoping members can share their best ideas and questions. 
Community Awards OPEN! Apply NOW!
It's one of our favourite times of year: the awards! Every year we have more applications to process, but it's worth it when we get to listen to the range, quality and diversity of the work submitted by NCRA members and their programmers. 
We have 16 categories to apply for, from volunteer of the year, to programming awards for music shows, documentaries, news, sports, creative production and work that breaks boundaries. 
Deadline to apply is May 1st. 
Check out past winners here. More details about the application process here (English/French)
Good luck! 

Fill out the Entry Form here! (English/French)

Please send all applications to

Media Works Launch Party!
We are very excited about this event with CWA, check out the details below:

"RSVP via Eventbrite:
Join us for this free event to celebrate the launch of Media Works. The evening will feature labour reporting articles, audio documentaries and graphic journalism pieces commissioned for this project. 

Plus, there will be a moderated discussion with contributors to the project about current issues in media work and labour reporting. 

There will be a limited number of free copies of a handbook on the rights of media workers and on how to improve labour reporting, and free snacks and drinks!"
In the Press
A recent Forbes article claimed that "despite the technological advances that are making the car a digital hub on wheels, the consumer’s love affair with AM/FM radio remains. The numbers of radio listeners are staggering. More Americans listen to AM/FM radio each week than use Facebook. .... READ MORE"

The conservative online site 'Human Events' recently ran an op-ed about the important role that community radio plays on the radio.

In the UK however the radio industry is anticipating the switch by the government to digital. The UK already switched off terrestrial TV signals, their DAB is at 91% and the BBC coverage is at 97%, which is equal to FM coverage. This has lead to a increase in digital radios in cars, with nearly 1.5 million fitted as standard. Do you think the FM/AM dial will go digital?
Let us know! 
National Volunteer Week!
How are you celebrating your volunteers this week? Send us a message and let us know! We will share your stories to our Facebook! 
NCRC 2015
The schedule for the upcoming National Campus & Community Radio Conference (NCRC) will be released in late April.  This year's conference is hosted by CFMH-FM in Saint John, NB. 
The conference is one of the best ways for folks from NCRA member stations to attend workshops that address a range of the issues related to c/c radio, share their best ideas, hear great local music and participate in the NCRA's AGM. 
Some events have already been confirmed including an album release and a river cruise!

Check out the conference website here or look up specific information about travel, and accommodations
Rendez-vous de la Francophonie is an annual celebration of Canada's membership in the Francophonie and promotes the French language and its numerous cultural expressions. It runs March 6-22 in communities across Canada, check out the project website at

To help celebrate Rendez-vous de la Francophonie, nine NCRA member stations from across Canada each produced 17 daily two-minute audio capsules that document local Francophone culture, highlight Rendez-vous de la Francophonie events, and the importance of bilingualism.

Check out the capsules produced here
This project is funded by La Fondation canadiene pour le dialogue des cultures.
Shelley Robinson Celebrates Last Day

Last (official) day at work today! Got a truly shocking amount of jelly beans from Luke Smith and the NCRA Board, had a deep-fried pickle sandwich with Kari-Leagh Benninghaus. Cried a bit. Got to talk to some members and do some good work. A nice way to end an amazing six+ year run....
Seaside FM just had some great news! 

CRTC approved them to increase their power output to close to 3,000 watts, from just under 1000. They will be beaming from the CBC Halifax site in a few more weeks. Their goal was for the tower $60,000, BUT we went over and made it to $65,000!! 
March 20th until the 29th, they held their Friends of SEASIDE-FM Spring radio-thon!! They gave away over $17,000 worth of prizes! Last year, the radio-thon raised, $53,293. This year they broke a record, in eight days they raised $65, 610!!! 
CiVL just bought some new equipment which has everyone very excited! Thanks go out to Bay of Island Radio! 
JOB POSTING 'Executive Director'
JOB POSTING Production Coordinator
JOB POSTING: News & Spoken Word Director
JOB POSTING: Sponsorship & Community Relations
Job Posting: AirTime Project Manager
GRANT: Community Gaming Grant (BC)
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Re-Sound Tarriff 8
Message from Freya: 

I understand that some stations have recently received invoices from Re:Sound for tariff 8, so this email is intended to give you some information about the tariff, what it covers, what you must pay, and when.
For more information, the Copyright Board of Canada's decision on Re:Sound tariff 8 is here:  The portion pertaining to our sector is at paragraphs 198 to 202. This decision is not new, but the invoices are. For more detail, the certified tariff is here

Re:Sound represents artists and record companies to obtain compensation for the broadcast and public performance of their work. It was formerly called NRCC. Tariff 8 pertains to the public performance of sound recordings through internet webcasts. It's separate from all other copyright tariffs that NCRA members owe, which include SOCAN tariff 1B, and Re:Sound tariff 1B, ($100 flat rate per year charged to all noncommercial terrestrial radio broadcasters pursuant to s. 68.1(1)(b) of th Copyright Act). Tariff 8 is an added financial burden for stations; fortunately it's a small one.

The rate certified for community and noncommercial webcasters is $25 per year per station for all webcasts. Webcasts include simulcasts. If your station has both a simulcast and another type of webcast (e.g. streaming archives or a separate music stream), they are all covered with one payment per year of $25. This same rate applies to both licensed terrestrial radio stations with webcasts, and to web-only radio stations, as long as they're noncommercial.
Note that Re:Sound originally proposed a minimum rate of $720 per station per year, and the NCRA, ARCQ and ARCC worked together successfully in 2012 to convince the Copyright Board to reduce that burden significantly to only $25.  READ MORE
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