Vote 'YES' for CFRC's Optional SGPS Fee

SGPS Members! Vote YES for CFRC’s OPTIONAL student activity fee on
February 1st and 2nd 2022


CFRC’s mandate is to provide innovative, 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 gain skills and experience in the collective operation of a radio station whose programming and practices are not constrained by demands for profit. Our mission is to empower and celebrate the diversity of Kingston and Queen’s through innovative, non-commercial, community-oriented radio programming and pod/broadcast learning opportunities.

            SGPS student activity fees support CFRC’s ability to assist graduate and professional students in promoting their research as well as community engagement; career-building initiatives; student clubs, services and events.  SGPS student fees contribute to operating costs including station administration, program development, pod/broadcasting equipment purchasing and maintenance, volunteer training costs, and outreach.  Fees also assist with the production costs of programming and producing PSAs and news reportage related to services, programs, and events by, for, and of interest to SGPS members.

            Graduate students enjoy weekly presence on programs such as Grad Chat whereby they find pod/broadcasted means to disseminate their research and engage in knowledge transfer that is increasingly necessary for establishing scholarly credentials beyond academic conferences and publications.  Graduate and professional students involved in campus and community service and initiatives also find airspace on CFRC radio and podcasting through Today in YGK, The Scoop, and Campus Beat, weekly news programs focused on events, services, initiatives and more of interest to the Kingston and Queen’s communities.  Each of our programs air weekly and are available by podcast to allow SGPS members ease of access for listenership and also to proof points regarding their research-related knowledge transfer and/or community engagement/community building efforts that help them both develop and demonstrate critical core competencies and versatile, transferable skills necessary on the job market post-graduation.

            CFRC volunteers and staff include a number of on air SGPS member broadcasters and podcasters and we always welcome more. CFRC’s active volunteers regularly host graduate and professional students in their discrete weekly spoken word and musical programming-whether they’re holding an exhibition on or off campus; giving a talk in the virtual realm; commenting on and mobilizing their expertise on critical items in the local/national/international news cycles; launching a new professional development initiative; discussing issues related to accessibility, equity, diversity, mental health and inclusion at Queen’s; running a community-building fundraiser; or even playing a gig at Musikki or The Grad Club.  In short, CFRC 101.9 FM plays a unique role at Queen’s in its ability to help graduate and professional students engage broader audiences and further contribute to the cultural and intellectual life of the community while providing an opportunity for them to establish their professional credentials even further.

            Ultimately, SGPS fees directly contribute to administrative, technical, training and production costs associated with our on-air and podcast programming. These fees allow CFRC to help promote the initiatives, research, and creativity SGPS members have to offer to 29,000 weekly listeners tuning in on our airwaves, apps and live stream or downloading our podcasts.

            Check out our programming by listening in to our stream right here on the website, visit our campus and local news page for the latest updates, and even learn more about how you can start your own radio show or podcast! 

            Watch your inbox for your SGPS ballot and vote securely on February 1st and 2nd!  Support CFRC, now in its 100th year of broadcasting and VOTE YES!

            More information about the SGPS Referendum, Bylaws and Policies, and student activity fees in general can be found at

Thank you!

Prerna Subramanian, PhD Candidate, Cultural Studies (Campaign Manager)
Ari Boon, MSc Candidate, Physics, Engineering Physics & Astronomy

Dinah Jansen (PhD ’15), Executive Director, CFRC 101.9 FM