CFRC Launches Funding Drive and Shortwave Theatre Festival

Nov. 2nd 2020-CFRC 101.9 FM has launched both the CFRC Annual Funding Drive and The Shortwave Theatre Festival as of November 1st 2020.

CFRC 101.9 FM and Cellar Door Project Present the Shortwave Theatre Festival November 1-7th 2020

Kingston ON- Love good stories? Missing theatrical performances during the COVID-19 pandemic?  Join CFRC 101.9 FM and local theatre collective Cellar Door Project during their collaborative presentation of the first ever Shortwave Theatre Festival on CFRC’s airwaves from November 1st-7th 2020.  Fully COVID-19 safe, join us for a week-long festival of free theatre on CFRC 101.9FM without leaving your house!

Shortwave Theatre Festival  features six original plays written, performed, directed and produced by emergent and seasoned artists with Kingston connections in addition to presentations from our partners at the Thousand Islands Playhouse and Blue Canoe Theatre Productions.  Cellar Door Project’s headlining performance, Talk to Me on November 6th also features a fully translated ASL interpretation that will be simulcasted via CFRC and Cellar Door's social media.    

Generously supported by City of Kingston Arts Fund, the Ontario Arts Council, the Dan School of Drama and Music, and the Robert H. Black Fund, the Shortwave Theatre Festival company has worked since 2019 to produce a free, accessible autumn entertainment experience for listeners in Kingston and worldwide.  We invite listeners to safely enjoy the Shortwave Theatre Festival from the comfort of their own homes with some buttery popcorn and a mug of hot apple cider!

“CFRC is thrilled to provide a platform for local artists to reimagine a vintage art form on our airwaves while developing new performance and production skills ‘off stage’  says Dinah Jansen, CFRC Station Manager and Shortwave Executive Producer.  “Shortwave Theatre Festival is a truly unique opportunity for community members near and far to connect with Kingston arts and artists in fun, imaginative ways.”

“Cellar Door Project is overjoyed to have partnered with CFRC on the Shortwave Theatre Festival” says Mariah Horner, artistic producer of Cellar Door project, and Shortwave Festival Director. “We have always been passionate about activating the independent theatre scene in Kingston and this partnership was a brilliant opportunity to support local artists during the COVID-19 pandemic while providing free programming to Kingston, Queen’s and beyond. We’re especially excited about Cellar Door Project’s remount of Talk to Me accompanied by an ASL-translated production.”   

Through the first week of November, CFRC will broadcast six original performances locally on 101.9 FM, Cogeco Cable 282, and via stream at  Cellar Door Project will also host virtual listening parties through their social media for a fun interactive experience each night.  

For more information and the complete Festival schedule, visit


CFRC Facebook, Instagram and Twitter
Cellar Door Project Facebook, Instagram and Twitter 

Campus Radio Station Launches Annual Fundraiser

Kingston ON - CFRC 101.9 FM Radio Queen’s University launched its 15th Annual Funding Drive on November 1st 2020.  Through its fundraising, the world's longest-running campus-based station aims this year to raise $15,000 to upgrade aging recording equipment and outdated software to provide better quality sound for community listeners. CFRC also seeks to raise money to support the sustained coordination of its local news and multicultural programming to better meet community demand.

COVID-19 has precluded in-person fundraising events, however, the station will host in studio performances and rotating programs with special guests from the community throughout its two-month funding drive ending December 31st. The Shortwave Theatre Festival also launches on CFRC’s airwaves November 1st, a radio theatre project produced in collaboration with local theatre company Cellar Door Project.  Legendary local musician Tom Savage’s new act, The Savage Family Band (with his teenage daughter Bella on bass) kicks off the CFRC's fundraising and radio theatre festivities in a live performance from CFRC’s studios at noon on November 1st.  

“We’re really quite excited to kick off this year’s funding drive with the help of talented local artists like the Savage Family Band and the many artists who wrote, directed, performed and produced each of Shortwave Theatre Festival’s radio theatre plays.  Showcasing the wealth of talent in our community through innovative and engaging radio events is something CFRC takes pride in. We look forward to sharing even more community talent and voices in our special programming over our airwaves over the next two months of our funding drive” says Dinah Jansen, CFRC Station Manager.

Supporters of independent community radio can donate securely via CFRC’s website at Donors can choose to donate through Go Fund Me and enter for a chance to win a weekly raffle draw for gift certificates and items donated by local businesses. Supporters can also donate through Queen’s University and receive a tax receipt for their contribution.


Special radio events and programs will be posted in the coming weeks on CFRC's social media: Facebook, Instagram and Twitter


Shortwave Theatre Festival coverage on CBC's Ontario Morning November 2nd 2020-

Funding Drive Coverage on Global News Kingston CKWS-TV