CFRC Undergraduate Student Fee Up For Renewal


CFRC 101.9 FM's undergraduate student fee is going up for its triennial review. Voting is set to take place from 8:00 a.m. on Tuesday, November 1, until 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 2. We think you should vote in favour of continuing our fee, and here's why...

Supporting the Queen's student community

CFRC hires Queen's students year-round in production, marketing and outreach, music coordination, sports broadcast coordination, news and arts. We also fund and support annual documentary residencies for students through the Bob Black Residency Program.

CFRC trains new volunteers three times a year and offers students who go through volunteer training the opportunity to create their own shows or podcasts or be involved in arts, news and music collectives. We give new volunteers the opportunity to shadow experienced programmers and try out different kinds of programming so they can find their preferred role(s) at the station.

You can contribute to CFRC programming without signing up for a weekly show. You can participate in our collectives (news, arts,music) and fit your contributions, from writing, research, production, interviewing,and promotion, to your availability and interests.

You also don't need to be a trained volunteer at CFRC to benefit from its services: CFRC offers free PSAs and news coverage for Queen's student clubs, teams, groups, and events, from football games to fundraisers. Just let us know about your cause, program, or event and we will provide coverage and promotion. CFRC also supports local musicians, airing their music, interviewing them, and supporting local shows, and our programmers interview students on a variety of shows. We also provide the opportunity for our student volunteers to cover local shows as members of the media, interviewing bands and speakers who come to Kingston.

CFRC is also the Queen's and Kingston provider of the NAAD emergency broadcast system, connecting our community to a nation-wide emergency broadcast system.

No radio? No problem. We stream live on and on our IPhone and Android apps. All of our programming is also archived online.

Funding Sources and Services Provided:

AMS funding supports staff positions to provide year-round volunteer training and support, as well as short-term and year-round employment for students; and equipment upgrades and maintenance. The station also has additional funding streams, through an SGPS student fee, alumni and community donations and in-kind support, sponsorships, advertising, and grants. For its CRTC licence, the station is restricted in the amount of paid advertising it can air, as it is designated a non-commercial radio station. CFRC also seeks out advertisers and sponsors that are in alignment with the station's mandate and mission.

Thanks to an AMS accessibility grant last year, CFRC upgraded one of its two washrooms to make it fully accessible. Both washrooms at the station are gender-neutral.

In the last two years, CFRC has upgraded both its hardware and software to be industry-standard, meaning that students who do wish to pursue a career in broadcasting has the training and hard skills to do so.

The Importance of Students in Station Governance:

The station also offers students a voice in its governance: three positions on the CFRC board of directors are reserved for AMS members: the AMS Media Services Director, an AMS Assembly representative, and an AMS member-at-large. While the first two positions are appointed, the at-large position is open to applications from any undergraduate student at Queen's who wishes to be involved in the station. A radio background or CFRC volunteer training is not a requirement, and these roles provide a great opportunity for developing experience in non-profit governance, outreach and marketing, fundraising, financial administration as well as the legal and technical aspects of campus and community radio.

Mandate and Mission:

CFRC’s mandate is to provide innovative and alternative radio programming that enriches and challenges the academic and cultural life of Queen’s University and Kingston communities, and to provide members with the opportunity to participate and gain skills and experience in the collective operation of a radio station whose programming and practices are not constrained by demands for profit. CFRC’s mission is to empower and celebrate the diversity of Kingston and Queen’s through innovative, noncommercial, community-oriented radio programming and broadcast learning opportunities.