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:
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:
Check out the Radio 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.
Complete the Start A Show on CKMS form linked below. It will be sent to our Programming Coordinator.
Request an invoice indicating your time slot, what date you are starting, contact info (email and phone #) from firstname.lastname@example.org
Pay the first and second months’ programming fees with the link on the invoice
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.
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.
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
35% CANCON required.
No hate or discrimination.
No explicit language before 9:00pm.
Keep the space clean – Take home your garbage.
Respect the stations equipment
Make sure to turn up the “LibreTime dial” as you leave the station and LOCK the door!