CKMS 102.7 FM Radio Waterloo

Start a New Show

All timeslots on the Radio Waterloo Schedule highlighted with green (*, %) or yellow (#) are available for you to Start A New Show!

Radio Waterloo offers a unique opportunity for anyone to broadcast on FM radio and aims to provide a space for community voices to be heard. Unlike commercial radio, CKMS-FM is a non-profit broadcaster. Aside from that, CKMS is a very innovative radio station, offering multiple modern ways to get your content on the air:

Bob Jonkman, Jeff Stager, and Brian Doucet in the studio at the microphones
Bob Jonkman, Jeff Stager, and Brian Doucet
  • Make use of our studio space which includes everything you need including DJ equipment. We provide all the training with no experience or previous technical skill required.
  • If you are already producing a podcast, add a new dimension to it by being on the FM dial. You can upload and schedule your content, even for a time when you are not available to do it live.
  • Stream from anywhere through your phone live on the radio.
  • Be heard on FM radio, Rogers digital cable channel 946, online live stream, blog and podcast hosting.
  • Stream live to air from any event or your home studio through the net.

CKMS is the “Sound of the Community”. As a community station we run as a co-op where each programmer helps to fund the station. These funds are used to keep the station running. Shows often use sponsors to offset the fees.  If you’re ready to start a show on CKMS here are a few simple steps to get started:

  1. Check out the Radio Waterloo ScheduleRadio Waterloo Schedule and look for an open (coloured) time slot. If no open slot currently works, you can still get trained and put on the waiting list for a show. You will be able to fill-in for other DJs until a slot becomes available.
  2. Complete the Start A Show on CKMS form linked below. It will be sent to our Programming Coordinator.
  3. Secure your fees:
    • Join Radio Waterloo as a member, yearly membership fee is $25.
    • Request an invoice indicating your time slot, what date you are starting, contact info  (email and phone #) from
    • Pay the first and second months’ programming fees with the link on the invoice

Programming Fees

Prime Time Off-Peak Hours
6am-9am and 2pm-midnight daily, 6am-midnight weekends Midnight-6am and 9am-2pm daily, midnight-6am weekends
$30/month for 1 hour weekly show $15/month for 1 hour weekly show

Off-peak discount (50%), alternate week (50%) or monthly (25%) discounts can be combined, but the minimum fee is $15/month. Example: A 1-hour show is $30, plus 50% for alternate weeks makes that $15, plus off-peak scheduling is still $15.

Subsidies are available to make Community Radio available to everyone.

Please complete this form:

Start A Show on CKMS

Next Steps:

  1. Our Programing Coordinator will get back to you with your new show’s approval.
  2. Get your training. We will set you up with an experienced programmer that will help your show get started.
  3. Submit your Fees.
  4. Start your show!
Note: This section is being moved to the CKMS-FM Radio Training Manual.

CKMS — Radio Waterloo Training

Your first training session is free, with no obligation.

Before your program goes on-air you will need to attend a second training session, join Radio Waterloo and pay your membership and programming fees.


Request an invoice from indicating your time slot, what date you are starting,  and contact info  (email and phone #)

You can bring your payment for membership and programming fees to the studio for the second session, or send it by e-tranfer to

For finance information you can also e-mail

For any other issues e-mail your Day Liaison:


You need to complete two training sessions with our instructors, where you will learn how to operate the audio control board, the computer, LibreTime program scheduler, the video switcher, the CDs and turntables, and generally learn good radio technique.

Show Set-up

You may need your own Earphones, cables, computer, etc. for your show. You are welcome to use the Station Computer, CKMS CD library and the CD players, and turntables. However we no longer store vinyl, and our only digital library is LibreTime.

The station computer can be used to play various songs off BandCamp or YouTube etc.

Common etiquette is to allow 10 minutes at the beginning and ending of your show as overlap time where the next DJ might be setting up to go on air in the studio with you.


A written log must be complete and submitted on request for your show. It is especially important during SOCAN days to record your log for their statistics and for the station to remain in good standing.

Door Entry Code

Should you decide to host a program with CKMS a door code will be provided to you to access the building, and the studio.

On Air Requirements

  1. 35% CANCON required.
  2. No hate or discrimination.
  3. No explicit language before 9:00pm.

Space Requirements

  1. Keep the space clean – Take home your garbage.
  2. Respect the stations equipment
  3. Make sure to turn up the “LibreTime dial” as you leave the station and LOCK the door!
  4. If you find any equipment problems or issues then open a ticket on the CKMS Help Desk

Online Community

There are many ways to get involved and contribute here at CKMS. Once your show is going and you are ready, you may want to post show notes or a podcast on the Radio Waterloo website, participate on the Radio Waterloo Facebook page, post on the @RadioWaterloo Twitter feed, &c.

For access to these open a ticket on the CKMS Help Desk.

Remote Access

LibreTime and Website logins will be provided for you by the Programming Committee

With LibreTime you can pre-record your show, upload it to the Digital Library, and it will air during your time slot.

CKMS-FM Radio Training Manual


Radio Waterloo