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Stop Bill 23

Protect Our Farmland | Stop Bill 23Greenbelt Farmers

In Ontario, we already have enough land for housing. What we don’t have is enough Greenbelt. Many Ontario farm families make an honest living feeding us from Greenbelt land. If Doug Ford takes it away, it’s land speculators who will profit — not farmers or the rest of us. Doug Ford and his developer friends don’t need the Greenbelt, but we do. Tell your MPP, Hands Off The Greenbelt at

Stop Bill 23 | Protect Our WaterGreenbelt Water, Given Away

The Greenbelt’s food, jobs, and clean water are counted on by millions of people, so why is it being given away to fewer than a dozen developers?

Stop Bill 23 | We Have The Right to Protect Our CommunitiesBad News for the Countryside Line

Doug Ford is forcing unsustainable urban sprawl on municipalities. He’s even potentially putting at risk our visionary Countryside Line concept pioneered here in Waterloo Region. Other changes Ford has just pushed through reduce public consultation and muzzle the Grand River Conservation Authority that we need to protect our watershed. Tell your MPP that we already have the sustainable Official Plan we need for the future at

No More Urban Sprawl | Stop Bill 23Urban Sprawl

The Ford government is bad news for Waterloo Region. Doug Ford is threatening to override our sustainable Regional Official Plan, potentially forcing thousands of acres of expensive urban sprawl. His housing scheme will destroy our local farms, be unaffordable to most, and will significantly increase our taxes to subsidize developers.

Stop Bill 23 | Experts say Bill 23 Does More Harm for Affordable Housing than GoodRegional Planning Changes

Despite our unique global success and thriving economy, he just destroyed our visionary, recently adopted Regional Official Plan. He is overriding our regional planning to pave over precious farmland and force unsustainable urban sprawl throughout Waterloo Region. All of which threatens our local groundwater supply.

Tell your MPP we already have the sustainable official plan we need to build more affordable homes and apartments at

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Contact: Henriette Thompson
Phone: +1‑647‑701‑7812

ImprovFest 2022

if (black letters surrounded by yellow and purple semicircles)ImprovFest 2022 is a 24-hour digital celebration of off-the-cuff art-making that showcases new, improvisational works by hundreds of performers, hailing from 25+ countries, practicing across all disciplines: music, dance, theatre, poetry, visual arts, and more. Through a digital video livestream and simultaneous international radio broadcasts, the Festival was able to reach thousands of attendees from 55+ countries. Through collaborations with dozens of amazing arts organizations, festivals, radio stations, and other community partners around the world, IF was able to bring niche pockets of community from across the globe together, creating a provocative, ephemeral portrait of art-making during the pandemic.

On Saturday, 27 August 2022, CKMS-FM Radio Waterloo is joining ImprovFest 2022 in progress at various times throughout the day.

Schedule for Saturday, 27 August 2022

Here’s what’s on the air on Saturday:

Can’t listen to the radio? You can watch ImprovFest 2022 live as it unfolds.


2021 Golden MP3 Award recipients!

Yes, it’s a bit late, but here are the results of the Golden MP3 Awards as chosen by you!

Sonic Boom Award

Golden MP3 CKMS Awards - Sonic Boom Award | 2018 - Mano A Mano | 2019 - Pressure Drop | 2020 - Pressure Drop & Requiem For Rock | 2021 - It's A Vibe with Sherice (golden letters on a background representing a digital VU meter, with the CKMS sunflower logo at the top left above previous years winners)
The Sonic Boom award goes to “It’s A Vibe” with Sherice, hosted by Sherice Alishaw. “Sonic Boom” is an homage to the old sonic boom awards and is given to a show playing great music.

Culturally Diverse

Golden MP3 CKMS Awards | Best Cultural / Culturally Diverse | 2016 - Caribbean Spice | 2017 - Dominical Culture | 2018 and 2019 - Mazaj Show | 2020 - Caribbean Spice | 2021 - Atardecer Ranchero (golden letters on a background representing a digital VU meter, with the CKMS sunflower logo at the top left above previous years winners)
The Best Cultural / Culturally Diverse award goes to Atardecer Rancher | CKMS 102.7 FM Radio Waterloo | Horario de 04:00pm - 06:00pm | Tiempo del Este | Tel: 519-884-2567Atardecer Ranchero, hosted by Felix Ranchero. It is given to either best show expanding the cultural diversity of the station, or a show that features many diverse cultures or features a culture that is under-represented in the area.

LP Show

Golden MP3 CKMS Awards | Best LP Show | 2013 through 2016 - Mano A Mano | 2017 - So Old It's New & Souljah Session | 2018 - Rebel Time Radio | 2019 - Souljah Sessions | 2020 - Denim Entertainment | 2021 - Street Hop (golden letters on a background representing a digital VU meter, with the CKMS sunflower logo at the top left above previous years winners)
The Best LP Show award goes to Street Hop | Thursdays @ 10PM | 102.7 CKMS FM | DJ CARMELO | RADIOWATERLOO.CA (silhoutte of DJ Carmelo wiht a cane, white on black)Street Hop, hosted by DJ Carmelo. It is awarded to a great Long Playing show that has been on the air for three or more years.

Best Graphics

Golden MP3 CKMS Awards | Best Graphic Material | 2015 - Audio Tsunami | 2016 - Street Hop & Souljah Sessions | 2017 - BoD - CKMS Logo | 2018 - Wide World of Motor Sport | 2019 - Mano A Mano | 2020 - Rob's Rewind | 2021- Community Connections (golden letters on a background representing a digital VU meter, with the CKMS sunflower logo at the top left above previous years winners)
The Best Graphic Material award goes to CKMS 102.7 FM Radio Waterloo | Community Connectiion (black and magenta letters on a square teal background)CKMS Community Connections executive producer Jenniefer Stronge and associate producers Jeff Stager, Dylan Bravener, Bob Jonkman, and Steve Todd, who also composed and performs the theme music. It is awarded to the show with best supporting images either through a logo or website posts.

Most Original

Golden MP3 CKMS Awards | Most Original Program | 2014 - The Agriculture Show | 2015 - Thanks for listening & Blue Sky Horse Radio | 2016 - Radio Absurdica | 2017 - Golden Record | 2018 - VMedia | 2019 - Tolking Cannabis | 2020 - Klausterfokken | 2021 - Sargam (golden letters on a background representing a digital VU meter, with the CKMS sunflower logo at the top left above previous years winners)
The Most Original Program award goes to Sargam, hosted by Indira Singh. It is awarded to a show that is very original and can only be found on Radio Waterloo.

DJ Adrock Memorial Award

Golden MP3 CKMS Awards | DJ Adrock Memorial Award | 2012 - DJ Steel | 2013 - DJ Saviour | 2014 - The NattyPhysicist | 2015 - DJ Jeff E Jeff | 2016 - Moses Bogart | 2017 - Peter Fowler | 2018 - DJ Raph Kanai | 2019 - Francis Claire | 2020 - Indira Singh | 2021 - Late Night Vibes (golden letters on a background representing a digital VU meter, with the CKMS sunflower logo at the top left above previous years winners)
The DJ Adrock Memorial Award goes to DJ Maciek (black text "DJ Maciek" repeated at top and bottom, middle illustration of a DJ turntable deck with photography irises in place of the turntables)Late Night Vibes, hosted by DJ Maciek. The award is given for exceptional DJing.

Talk Focused Show

Golden MP3 CKMS Awards | Best Talk Focus | 2019 - Community Connections | 2020 - I Am Everything | 2021 - Requiem For Rock (golden letters on a background representing a digital VU meter, with the CKMS sunflower logo at the top left above previous years winners)
The Best Talk Focus award goes to Poster: Winter Dance Party | Buddy Holly and the Crickets | Big Bopper | Ritchie Valens | Dion and the Belmonts (and much other text)Requiem For Rock hosted by Mr. Smart. It is given for the most interesting spoken word and informative talk show.

Freshest Beats

Golden MP3 CKMS Awards | Freshest Beats | 2013 - Friday Night Rockabilly | 2014 - The Electrifying Sessions | 2015 - Lost Indie City | 2016 - Ska Party / Radio Hootenanny | 2017 - Golden Record | 2018 - Requiem For Rock | 2019 - Golden Record | 2020 - Changemakers Without Borders & Val Scheer's Eclectic Garage | 2021 - Truth Radio (golden letters on a background representing a digital VU meter, with the CKMS sunflower logo at the top left above previous years winners)
The Freshest Beats award is given to Truth Radio, hosted by DJ Chagger. It is awarded to a show in the first three years of existence.

Radio Waterloo Soldier

Golden MP3 CKMS Awards - SoundFM Soldier | 2013 - Dan, Nat (station move) | 2014 - Mark, Dan (CRTC license) | 2015 - Mark, Nat (station move) | 2016 - Nat, Cam (station running) | 2017 - Nat, Rob (OTF grant) | 2018 - Bob, Nat (tech stuff) | 2019 - Bob, Chris (more tech) | 2020 - Bob, Jeff (Covid support) | 2021 - Lee Gregory (community support) (golden letters on a background representing a digital VU meter, with the CKMS sunflower logo at the top left above previous years winners)
The SoundFM Soldier award is given to one or two members who have put in a lot of work behind the scenes to keep CKMS Community Radio alive. The term “SoundFM” was once used as the name of the station as community members put in countless hours of volunteer work to keep the station alive. The 2021 recipient is Lee Gregory for providing community support. Lee hosts the 81 82 83 84 show.

Honourable Mentions

Video Crown The Radio Star

Golden MP3 CKMS Awards - Video Crown the Radio Star | 2018 Natty Physicist | 2019 Reggae Patrol | 2020 Atardecer Ranchero | 2021 Atardecer Ranchero (golden letters on a background representing a digital VU meter, with the CKMS sunflower logo at the top left above previous years winners)
The Video Crown The Radio Star award goes to Atardecer Rancher | CKMS 102.7 FM Radio Waterloo | Horario de 04:00pm - 06:00pm | Tiempo del Este | Tel: 519-884-2567Atardecer Ranchero hosted by Felix Ranchero. It is given to the show that best utilizes the studio video system to support their program

Teamwork Transition

Golden MP3 CKMS Awards - Teamwork Transition | 2018 Denim Ent. & 3 Nines Radio | 2019 - Into the Void & The Riley Powis Show | 2020 - Wax Jungle & Street Hop | 2021 - The Jack and Marc Show (golden letters on a background representing a digital VU meter, with the CKMS sunflower logo at the top left above previous years winners)
The Teamwork Transistion award goes to The Jack and Marc Show hosted by Jack Van and Marc Opie. The Teamwork Transition award is given to the best 1-2 seamless transition programs on Radio Waterloo.

Robot Apocalypse Remote Broadcast

Golden MP3 CKMS Awards | Robot Apocalypse Remote Broadcast | 2020 - Mano A Mano (Covid & ISO fest) | 2021 - Mano A Mano (Play it Forward) (golden letters on a background representing a digital VU meter, with the CKMS sunflower logo at the top left above previous years winners)
The Robot Apocalypse Remote Broadcast award goes to Mano A Mano (medallion with the CN Tower logo for NCRC38 superimposed on crossed revolvers)Mano A Mano (Play It Forward), hosted by DJ Steel. It is given to the show that best uses Remote Live-To-Air.

Local Liaison of Canada

Golden MP3 CKMS Awards | Local Liaison of Canada | 2013 - Non-toxic Airwaves | 2014 and 2015 - Coral FM | 2016 - Interzone | 2017 - Caribbean Spice | 2018 - MC Narine for Caribbean Spice and Chit chat with Narine | 2019 - In Conversation with Rashmi | 2020 - CKMS Newsroom | 2021 - Let's Chit Chat with Narine Dat (golden letters on a background representing a digital VU meter, with the CKMS sunflower logo at the top left above previous years winners)
The Local Liaison of Canada award goes to Chit Chat poster with Gehan SabryLet’s Chit Chat with Narine Dat, hosted by Narine Dat Sookram. It is given to a DJ who puts local stories on a national level.

Community Radio Award

Golden MP3 CKMS Awards | Community Radio Award | 2013 - DJ Zach (Haighbrau) | 2014 - Moses Bogart (local 1/2 hr.) | 2015 - DJ Carmelo (fresh 5) | 2016 - DJ JD (TUSP) | 2017 - Mr. K (MyAudioFace) | 2018 - 3 nines Radio (LTA) | 2019 - Let's Chit Chat with Narine Dat | 2020 - Community Connections | 2021 - Bollywood Mirchi (golden letters on a background representing a digital VU meter, with the CKMS sunflower logo at the top left above previous years winners)
The Community Radio Award is presented to Bolly Mix | Your Favourite Bollywood Hits Music Radio Show (portraits of Yasin Dewji and Andy Nagpal on either side of text)Bollywood Mirchi, hosted by Andy Nagpal. It is given to a show that exemplifies what Community Radio is all about.

Sharpen your pencils, and get ready in January to vote for the 2022 Golden MP3 Awards nominees!

Routes & Branches & Beyond

Ivan Emke wearing a warm sweater and playing mandolinRoutes & Branches & Beyond is a weekly excursion, starting from Celtic music and moving beyond – geographically, stylistically and culturally. Travel the world, without changing planes in Toronto.

Routes & Branches & Beyond is hosted by Ivan Emke, and is syndicated on Radio Waterloo from the NCRA’s !earshot Digital Distribution System. Routes & Branches & Beyond is not currently on the CKMS-FM schedule.

Fit to Eat: the NL Farm and Food Show

Many of us have devoted a significant amount of time to eating, and to talking and reading and thinking about eating. However, perhaps we have spent much less time thinking about where our food came from. Or who grew it or raised it or hunted it or collected it… or made it in a lab. But that may be changing.

Indeed, in these times, we are beginning to think more about food security, as we realize ever more clearly that in this province (NL) we are at the weakest link of the transportation chain – in an age of extreme weather and climate disruption. If we were not able to ship in food, we would not survive. We produce only around 10% of what we eat. Thus, without imports, we’d eat until about the end of the first week of February, and then we’d go hungry the rest of the year. That is not a good situation.

So it is time to talk about our food system, and the people who play a role in it.

A new weekly radio/podcast show hopes to contribute to that conversation. It is called Fit To Eat show logo (a sheep in a meadow looking in to the camera)Fit to Eat: the NL Farm and Food Show. It features conversations with farmers, processors, hunters, chefs, thinkers, innovators, homesteaders, researchers and eaters. And, to further lighten the tone, it includes music suggested by the interview guests.

Fit to Eat: the NL Farm and Food Show is hosted by Ivan Emke, is syndicated on Radio Waterloo from the NCRA’s !earshot Digital Distribution System, and airs on CKMS-FM 102.7 on Thursdays from 1:30pm to 2:00m.

Celt In A Twist

Producer Cal Koat is very pleased to bring the very latest, contemporary Celtic music to fresh ears. Says Cal, “It sure ain’t your Grand pappy’s fiddle music.” Celt In A Twist (black runic style lettering on a green background, with a triskel in the centre)Celt In A Twist spotlights the next generation Celtic fusions including everything from the Acid-Croft alchemy of Shooglenifty to the Highland- Metal of Mudmen. “You know, the original Celts wandered from the Asian subcontinent through North Africa to the Iberian peninsula and on to Scandinavia as well as the British Isles,” Cal explains, “so it’s not like you have to have lily white skin and bad teeth to feel a connection to it.”

“And the host couldn’t be a better fit for the program. Patricia Fraser has had her imagination fired and her cultural heartstrings plucked by this music. She’s a terrific communicator with a brilliant mind, who shares the listeners’ excitement as they discover these vibrant, underexposed sounds together.”

Celt In A Twist airs on CKMS-FM on Thursays from 3:00pm to 4:00pm.


New Radio Program | Viewpoints | A national radio show exploring local contentViewpoints is the latest news magazine produced by the Community Radio Fund of Canada. It provides an overview of what’s happening across Canada, thanks to some 20 radio reporters posted across the country (British Columbia, Alberta, Ontario, North West Territories, Québec, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia) and working for the Local Journalism Initiative (LJI). The Local Journalism Initiative supports the production of original civic journalism news content that covers the diverse needs of underserved communities across Canada. Politics, society, environment, community, arts and culture take the air on «Viewpoints» hosted by Boris Chassagne. The Community Radio Fund of Canada works in collaboration with the National Campus and Community Radio Association (NCRA/ANREC).

Viewpoints is syndicated on Radio Waterloo from the NCRA’s !earshot Digital Distribution System, and currently airs on CKMS-FM 102.7 on Thursdays from 1:00pm to 1:30pm.

At the 2022 KW Multicultural Festival

Broadcasting Live-To-Air from the DJ booth at the KW Multicultural Festival on 25 and 26 June 2022.

CKMS at the 2022 Multicultural Festival - the booth
CKMS at the 2022 Multicultural Festival – the booth
CKMS at the 2022 Multicultural Festival - Riley Powis, Carmelo Farrugio, Joga, Nat Persaud
Riley Powis, Carmelo Farrugio, Joga, unknown, Nat Persaud
CKMS at the 2022 Multicultural Festival - Riley Powis, Carmelo Farruggio, Joga, Nat Persaud
Riley Powis, Carmelo Farruggio, Joga, unknown, Nat Persaud
CKMS at the 2022 Multicultural Festival - Nat Persaud, Carmo Farruggio, Chico, Riley Powis
Nat Persaud, Carmo Farruggio, Chico, Riley Powis
CKMS at the 2022 Multicultural Festival - Nat Persaud, Carmelo Farruggio, Riley Powis
Nat Persaud, Carmelo Farruggio, Riley Powis
CKMS at the 2022 Multicultural Festival - Carmelo Farruggio
Carmelo Farruggio
CKMS at the 2022 Multicultural Festival - Bob Jonkman, Riley Powis, Joga, Carmelo Farruggio
Bob Jonkman, Riley Powis, Joga, Carmelo Farruggio

CKMS at the 2022 Multicultural Festival - Riley's Car
Day Two of the KW Multicultural Festival – Riley brought his car! Just the right colour for a CKMS-FM logo!

And some Facebook video from Felix Ranchero:

Radio Waterloo at the KW Multicultural Festival, 25-26 June 2022

Come to the City Hall Clock Tower in Willow River ParkKW Multicultural Festival and meet the DJs and Show Hosts from CKMS-FM!

We’ll be broadcasting Live-To-Air both Saturday and Sunday, playing all the local hits by local hit musicians.

Have you ever wanted to try radio? Take a seat in our open-air DJ booth, then announce and spin one of your favourite tunes. If you catch the radio bug then you can Start Your Own Show!

When: Noon to 6:00pm on Saturday and Sunday, 25 & 26 June 2022
Where: Willow River Park, aka Victoria Park Map

CKMS-FM Schedule KW Multicultural Festival 25-26 June 2022
Saturday Sunday
Noon Live To Air Radio Boorama
Community news and religious programming from Somalia
Host: Hamud Elmi
1:00pm Wadio Wam!
Curated playlists from the minds of Will and Sam (WAM)
Hosts: Will Hardie and Samuel Johnston
2:00pm Sauti Za Africa
Great music from the continent of Africa
Host: Yasin Dewji
3:00pm Live To Air Live To Air
4:00pm Bollywood Mirchi
Bollywood hit music and current news topics
Host: Andy Nagpal
5:00pm Live To Air

City Hall Clock Tower Victoria Park Kitchener by JustSomePics from Wikimedia Commons is used under a CC BY-SACreative Commons Attribution Sharealike 4.0 International license.

The CKMS-FM 2022 Picnic!

On Saturday, 4 June 2022 CKMS-FM held its Volunteer Appreciation Picnic. It was a bit cool, jacket weather, so turnout was lower than expected. But those who came had good conversations, listened to good music, ate good pizza, and had a good time.

People talking to each other, most standing, one in a wheelchair, one staring off in the distance, some in the shade, some in the sun
Yasin Dewji, DJ DC, Carmelo Farruggio, Nat Persaud, Jeff Stager
People standing beside a tree, one person leaving, one person waving
Nat Persaud, Dan Kellar, Felix Ranchero, Bob Jonkman
Writing on the back of a T-Shirt for the 30th anniversary of CKMS-FM listing all the shows on CKMS-FM: Celebrating 30 years of air | 1977-2007 | CKMS FM 100.3 | Morning Drive, Carribean Spice, Central Services, Midday Magazine, Box Social, The Rock Show, PIRG Power, The First Sound, Riff Inquiry Team, Poor Folk Blues, Lets Get Lost, Royalty Rascals and Raconteurs, Forced Meditation, Stumbling Upon Moksha, Funky Planet, Bob Radio, Free Music, Brand New Sound, Santo Domingo Invila, 51%, More Dusty Than Digital, World of Chamber Music, Random Green Dots, Two Steps Back, Taking You to Work, Coffee Tea and Mama D, Making Contact, Keep'n Score, Bill's Hoedown, Non-Toxic Airwaves, Radio Thematic, Road Dog Show, Bruised Elbow, Wednesday Evening Jazz, Topic of Conversation, Vive Le Underground, Psychedelic Pete's Underground Freakout, Dawn on the Ranch, The Culture Revolution and her Sweet and Salt Alternatives, Do You Like Jazz?, Salmagundi, Concious Beats, The Anti-Dazzle Radio Show, Rehab for Meatheads, CIGI Lecture Series, The Wax Jungle, Prime Time Club Fix, Space In Your Face, Streep Hop, A Fox In The Henhouse, Safe and Sound, Sideshow Continuum, Coral FM, Sahaja Radio, Visions In Sound, Latin Behaviour, Sharkey's World, Fireball XL5, Swineherd's Dance, Strange Frequencies, Super Cool Wagon, The Pig House, Euphoric, South American Mix, Windows to Islam, So Old It's New, Mega Mix, Sabito Alegre, Destellos De America, Tone Poems, Frequent Mutilations, Lijepa Nasa, Sargam, Ecos De Espana, Ecos Portuguese, Saet Zaman, Chinese Program, Week In Review, Pressure Drop, The Paul Show, Mad Stabs, Bridge To Health, Campus Beat, Warrior Sports | CKMS 100.3 FM (logo)
DJDC shows his vintage CKMS-FM T-shirt
People talking to each other under a tree, some in shade, one person in a wheelchair
Yasin Dewji, DJ DC, Carmelo Farruggio, Nat Persaud, and Jeff Stager under the trees
People standing in a small circle talking to each other, one person sitting in a wheelchair
Yasin Dewji, Carmelo Farruggio, DJDC, Christian Shingiro, Bob Jonkman, Nat Persaud
People in a large circle talking to each other, man in a wheelchair with his back to the camera in the foreground
Mason Tikl, Cassandra, Felix Ranchero, Nat Persaud, Carmelo Farrugo
People standing under a tree, talking to each other
Mason Tikl, Cassandra, Nat Persaud, Carmelo Farruggio, Yasin Dewji, Christian Shingiro, Narendra Grover, Bob Jonkman
People posing for a group photo, one with a dog on a leash, one in a wheelchair
Narenda Grover, Jeff Stager, Yasin Dewji, Christian Shingiro, Carmelo Farruggio, Cassandra, Mason Tikl, Nat Persaud
A man holding a red water bottle speaking with a young boy, and a young girl sitting on a bicycle in the background. Lens flare over the man.
Dan Kellar and the kids
Two people posing for the camera in the shade of a tree
Narendra Grover, and Nat Persaud
People standing beside a tree talking to each other
Nat Persaud, Dan Kellar, Bob Jonkman, Carmelo Farruggio
People around a picnic table, with water bottles and pizza boxes
Christian Shingiro, Alex Smart, Carmelo Farruggio, Bob Jonkman

CJPME Debrief

On CJMPE | DEBRIEF (stylized maple leaf looking like people reaching up over a faded B&W background of a street scene in Palestine)CJPME’s Debrief Podcast Tom Woodley and Michael Bueckert from Canadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle East discuss breaking events and issues related to human rights in Palestine and the broader Middle East. Beyond the breaking stories, they’ll also invite guests with special expertise, and do episodes to provide context to the news, whether historical, legal or political.

CKMS-FM Radio Waterloo is including episodes from All Things Palestinian Canadian Podcast, with Nur Watad from CJPME, who dives into the realm of what it means to be Palestinian living in Canada. She explores all aspects of Palestinian culture and art as well as history and politics to encourage Palestinian pride and engagement. Nur will frequently be joined by Palestinian guests to shed insight and perspective on new and thought-provoking topics.

CJPME Debrief airs alternate Mondays from 2:00pm to 3:00pm.

Nominations for the 2021 Golden MP3 Awards

The Golden MP3 Awards have been awarded! Check 2021 Golden MP3 Award Recipients for details!

2021 was a tough year for CKMS-FM programmers. The studio was closed for most of the year, but our programmers soldiered on, producing some excellent community radio programs in the process.

The Golden MP3 Awards are the opportunity to recognize exceptional show hosts, producers, their programs, and the people who work behind the scenes. The awards ceremony will be held at the CKMS-FM Volunteer Appreciation Picnic, Noon-6:30pm on Saturday, 4 June 2022 at the picnic shelter in Waterloo Park.

Sorry, Golden MP3 nominations are now closed

You can nominate a show for more than one award, and nominate more than one show for an award, or skip an award altogether. If you complete this nomination form but find you forgot to nominate a show, you can fill in another nomination form. Nominations close at 11:59pm Thursday, 2 June 2022 (Election Day!)

Descriptions of the shows are at

WINGS – Women’s International News Gathering Service

(letter W made with an audio waveform)WINGS – Women’s International News Gathering Service is an all-woman independent radio production company that produces and distributes news and current affairs programs by and about women around the world. WINGS programs are used by non-commercial radio stations, women’s studies, and individuals. Programs can be heard on local radio stations, on shortwave, on the internet, and on cassettes. .

“Raising Women’s Voices through Radio Worldwide” since 1986

Contact WINGS Executive Producer Frieda Werden at

WINGS is syndicated on CKMS-FM from the NCRA Community Radio Exchange, and currently airs on Radio Waterloo CKMS-FM 102.7 on Friday from 2:30pm to 3:00pm.

CCAWR’s Launch of Black History Month: 7pm on Friday, 4 February 2022

The The Canadian Caribbean Association of Waterloo RegionCaribbean Canadian Association of Waterloo Region and its partners are planning an online-only Black History Month 2022 Launch event on Feb 4th, 5th and 6th.

On Friday, 4 February from 7pm to 9pm CKMS-FM joins the CCAWR to broadcast a radio show.

  • Showcase African, Caribbean and Afro-Canadian artistes/music (especially artistes from the Region of Waterloo/Southwestern Ontario)
  • Hosted by CKMS-FM’s own DJ Cool!
  • Includes interviews or banter with local musical artistes
  • Information for the BHM2022 events on February 5th and 6th
  • Reflect the Mission and Vision Mission of the CCAWR

For more information see the CCAWR’s Black History Month calendar of events and the Facebook event page.

The First Sixteen

(black silhoutte of a rooster head wearing red headphones, with lines radiating out)The First Sixteen is Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s podcast series that explores the freshest ideas in agriculture and food. Each episode explores a single topic in depth—digging deep into new practices, innovative ideas, and their impacts on the industry. Learn about Canada’s agricultural sector from the people making the breakthroughs and knocking down the barriers! Farmers and foodies, scientists and leaders, and anyone with an eye on the future of the sector—this podcast is for you!.

The First Sixteen is hosted by Kirk Finken and Sara Boivin-Chabot, and airs on CKMS-FM on Tuesdays from 8:30pm to 9:00pm.

The First Sixteen podcast from Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada is copyright by the Government of Canada and used under the Terms and Conditions permitting non-commercial reproduction.

The 1st 16

She Is Your Neighbour

In 2019, Moving Beyond Violence (words around a blue circle with a silhouette of a dragonfly)She Is Your Neighbour was launched in the form of a blog series and social media campaign. Women’s Crisis Services of Waterloo Region (WSCWR) asked community leaders to share their perspectives on domestic violence and explain why they are invested in ending it. These community leaders became ambassadors of the She Is Your Neighbour project. Together, WCSWR and these leaders explored different types of abuse and challenged the misconception that domestic violence refers only to physical violence. Many ambassadors shared stories of emotional, psychological, and financial violence that they have witnessed or experienced.

In fall 2020, the She Is Your Neighbour podcast was released! In the podcast, WCSWR takes a deep dive into domestic violence. Through thought-provoking discussions WCSWR addresses hard topics like domestic violence and the drug trade, violence against Indigenous women and girls, challenges for transgender youth seeking support, and more.

Season Two was produced in 2021. Throughout this season, we build on topics we explored in Season One and fill in the blanks by covering new topic areas. Join us as we explore the realities and complexities of domestic violence.

Our goal is to increase awareness and understanding of domestic violence through thought-provoking discussions, highlighting groups who are disproportionately impacted. We all have a role to play in ending domestic violence.

She Is Your Neighbour is hosted by Jenna Mayne.

She Is Your Neighbour is not currently on the CKMS-FM schedule.

What Next?

WCSWR encourages you to get involved! Read a blog story, tune into the podcast, buy a book, start conversations, and use the hashtag #SheIsYourNeighbour. We can’t do this without you! We all have a role to play in ending domestic violence.

What is Domestic Violence?

There are many forms of domestic violence, all of which include attempts to maintain power and control over the thoughts, beliefs and behaviour of a woman by creating fear and/or dependency. All forms of abuse result in the woman feeling powerless, unequal and unsafe.

Forms of Domestic Violence

Domestic abuse includes but is not limited to:

  • Emotional
  • Physical
  • Psychological
  • Financial
  • Sexual
  • Verbal
  • Spiritual

Know the signs

Signs of domestic abuse include but are not limited to:

  • Insults or put downs, name calling
  • Violent outbursts
  • Threats of violence or harm
  • Threats to destroy property or harm pets
  • Forced sexual acts
  • Physical assault
  • Control over finances
  • Unkept promises of change

We all have a role to play in ending domestic violence

Use the hashtag #SheIsYourNeighbour

listen to the #SHE IS YOUR NEIGHBOUR podcast

A Wilmot Christmas Carol

The Weber Family sing during 'A Christmas Carol' in Trinity Lutheran Church
The Weber Family sing during ‘A Christmas Carol’
A dramatic reading of Charles Dickens’ classic novel, “A Christmas Carol”, has been a festive family favourite in the township of Wilmot for many years, with proceeds from the production being donated to local causes.

2021 was the first year the event was organized by the Wilmot Terry Fox Run, which Nigel and Cheryl Gordijk have led since 2013.

Because of the uncertainty surrounding in-person events due to COVID and public health, the show was pre-recorded and broadcast on Facebook. The audience was asked to show their appreciation by donating online to the Wilmot Terry Fox Run, with all proceeds going to the Terry Fox Foundation for cancer research. You can donate at Wilmot Christmas Carol | Terry Fox Fundraising

Radio Waterloo is pleased to present to you a special audio version of A Wilmot Christmas Carol. Check our schedule throughout December for various air times.

The performance took place at Trinity Lutheran Church in New Hamburg. The readers are Nicole Lee Quesnel, Adrienne Enns, Brittlestar, Alison Enns, and Reid Spencer. Musical performances are by The Weber Family, Reid Spencer and Jamie Courtney, and Alison and Adrienne Enns. Technical production was by Rick Ritz, and Lisa Hagen was the producer and director.

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Redeye Podcast

The Redeye | 20/20 (alternating black and red letters arranged as an eyechart with a loudspeaker symbol in place of 'd' and '20/20' in the top left corner)Redeye Podcast is broadcast live every Saturday morning on Vancouver Cooperative Radio, CFRO 100.5FM. It is produced by an independent media collective at the studios of Coop Radio in Vancouver’s downtown eastside.

The show has been on the air for over 40 years, providing high-quality public affairs and arts programming to listeners looking for a progressive take on current events.

Redeye is activist radio. We don’t just give you the facts, we give you the information you need to take action and create change.

Redeye is alternative radio. We seek out the voices of those who don’t get heard and we cover issues that corporate media distorts or ignores or relegates to the back page.

Redeye is partisan radio. We take a critical view of the idea of objectivity and we believe there are more than two sides to any story. We aren’t interested in soundbites, and we give our guests the time and space to explain the issues as they see them.

Redeye is community radio. We encourage dialogue during our open line and we give our callers time to share their thoughts. We invite callers to share news from their community and we welcome comments on our programming.

Redeye is listener-supported radio. We are part of a cooperative — owned and supported by our members. We make our own editorial decisions, because we are accountable to our listeners, not to advertisers or government.

If this sounds like your kind of radio, give us a listen and see what you think.

CKMS-FM airs multiple episodes from the Redeye Podcast Thursdays from 12:01pm to 1:00pm.

rabble radio

RABBLE RADIO | (red text, a white podcast icon, a white audio waveform)rabble radio is a weekly podcast and radio program that tunes in on the issues and actions that matter to you.

It is the flagship podcast of, an award-winning, independent, community-driven media. Among the first digital journalism organizations in Canada, and the first to incorporate as non-profit, has been at the forefront of reporting on national politics with a progressive lens that centres issues of social movements, of labour, and of grassroots activism..

rabble radio is syndicated on Radio Waterloo, and airs on CKMS-FM 102.7 Fridays from 2:00pm to 2:30pm.

CKMS-FM Studio Re-opening on Monday, 18 October 2021

Bob Jonkman, Jeff Stager, and Brian Doucet in the studio at the microphones
Bob Jonkman, Jeff Stager, and Brian Doucet
Good news! With the new ventilation system installed, the CKMS-FM studio is re-opening! Starting on Monday, 18 October 2021 you’ll be able to hear your favourite DJs and show hosts directly from our studios again.

There are still a few restrictions in effect — there will be no in-studio guests, but phone and web conference interviews can be held with studio equipment.

DJs and show hosts can check details for studio re-opening to see what they need to do before returning (login required for that link).

Welcome back, everyone!

The Feminist Shift

(logo of two sine waves forming the letters FS)The Feminist Shift is an advocacy capacity building collaborative between YW Kitchener-Waterloo and YWCA Cambridge that started in 2019. Together, with partnerships in the community, The Feminist Shift is taking on gender-based violence in Waterloo Region and working to improve the lives women and gender-diverse people. Their mission is to build a region that acknowledges and rejects gender-based violence. They will do this through engaging in thoughtful conversations, challenging engrained local issues with other feminist organizations, hosting knowledge sharing and training opportunities and through pointed and strategic advocacy projects.

This project is funded through Women and Gender Equality Canada’s capacity building grant, which allows The Feminist Shift to increase our community’s understanding of gender-based issues and build policy and preventative solutions to tackle these issues. The understanding of feminism is from an inclusive, strengths-based, intersectional lens and they focus on smart advocacy that promotes systemic progress and change.

The Feminist Shift is not currently on the CKMS-FM schedule.

Improvfest 2021 on 14 August 2021

Improvfest 2021 poster listing start times around the globe

Improvfest 2021 airs on CKMS-FM on Saturday, 14 August 2021:

  • Midnight to 4:00am
  • 6:00am to 9:00am
  • 12:30pm to 2:00pm

CONTACT: Sam Boer at

Improvisation Institute Announces IF 2021: a 24-hour Digital Festival of Improvised Arts

The second iteration of this “all-day, all-night, online celebration of the arts” is taking place on August 13-14 and will feature 150+ artists of all disciplines from around the world.

You can view the IF 2021 teaser and the full artist line-up on our website.

July 8, 2021 (Guelph, ON)—The International Institute for Critical Studies in Improvisation (IICSI) at the University of Guelph is thrilled to announce the second annual edition of a 24-hour improvised arts festival: IF 2021. Starting on August 13th at 7pm (EDT), this free, multi-disciplinary Festival will feature a stream of curated improvised works by 150+ artists from more than 20 countries. 

World-class artists performing at IF 2021 include legendary Scottish percussionist Evelyn Glennie; iconic free jazz musicians Matthew Shipp and William Parker; prolific Japanese composer and pianist Satoko Fujii; Czech avant-garde violinist Iva Bittová; renowned soprano saxophonist and bandleader Jane Bunnett; former poet Laureate of Toronto George Elliott Clarke; playwright and Order of Canada recipient Judith Thompson; Governor General’s Award-winning poet Lorna Crozier; and curator/composer team Candice Hopkins and Raven Chacon. Take a look at the full line-up on our website.

IF 2021 will showcase a range of creators—including musicians, dancers, theatre practitioners, poets, visual artists, filmmakers, and more—exploring the limitations the pandemic has imposed and, in turn, imagining the world anew. It builds upon the success of last summer’s inaugural festival, which attendees praised as “deeply touching and beautiful” and which the Italian music magazine Musica Jazz called “a huge, cathartic rite.”

IF 2021 is curated by IICSI director Dr. Ajay Heble (Founder and former Artistic Director of the Guelph Jazz Festival) and features sponsored performances courtesy of 25+ partnering organizations across Canada (such as Hillside Festival, Suoni per il Popolo, Mariposa Festival, Downtown Toronto Jazz Society, Calgary Opera, Small World Music, and Wavelength Music) and international partners including Lasalle College of the Arts (Singapore), Sonic Arts Research Centre (N. Ireland), Onassis Cultural Centre (Greece), Música UNAM (Mexico), and Elysium Gallery (UK).

IF 2021 is presented by IICSI, with support from Musagetes, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), and the Art Gallery of Guelph, as well as the Office of the Vice-President (Research) and the College of Arts at the University of Guelph.

Handpicked: Stories from the Field

The Laurier Centre for Sustainable Food Systems’ (LCSFS) podcast Handpicked (letter I replaced by a carrot about to be picked)Handpicked: Stories from the Field showcases the excellent and varied research happening at the LCSFS with a focus on how the work creates meaningful changes to the ways we produce, get, eat and understand our food.

Handpicked: Stories from the Field is hosted by Amanda Di Battista, the LCSFS Project Coordinator, and Laine Young, PhD Candidate in Geography and Environmental Studies at Wilfrid Laurier University.

The first season of the Handpicked podcast launched on Sept. 30, 2019

Handpicked: Stories from the Field is not currently on the CKMS-FM schedule.

Subscribe to the podcast at

Revolution Rock

Revolution Rock | The best Punk, New Wave, Garage, Surf and Indie rock. 7-9pm every Saturday | Only on CJAM 99.1 FM | revrock.blogspot.comRevolution Rock is an award winning radio program on CJAM FM that first began broadcasting on CJAM’s airwaves in the late night hours of June 2004. Revolution Rock focuses on 60s garage rock, 70s punk/new wave, surf, alternative, indie and new/old music within those genres. The Revolution Rock blog provides band profiles, download links to the radio show, playlists and more.

Revolution Rock is is hosted by Dave Konstantino and Adam Peltier at CJAM-FM in Windsor. Dave is a freelance blogger/writer, musician and film maker. Download links to the show are provided by the CJAM website and can be found at the bottom of each play list on his blog.

Music Submissions:

Dave and Adam are always looking for bands that fit the format of the show (punk, post-punk, new wave, alternative, garage rock, etc). If you have a band you can send music to Dave and Adam, if they like it they will play it.

To send music:

ATTN: Revolution Rock
c/o University of Windsor/CJAM 99.1 FM
401 Sunset Ave.
Windsor, Ontario, N9B 3P4

Revolution Rock is syndicated on Radio Waterloo from the NCRA’s !earshot Digital Distribution System, and currently airs on CKMS-FM 102.7 on Sundays from 10:00pm to Midnight.