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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:

  • 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 ch 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 a requirement 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 Schedule and look for an open (green) 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 until a slot becomes available.
    *Read the Special Note below if you are having trouble finding a time that works.
  2. Complete the following information. It will be sent to our Programing Coordinator.
  3. Secure your fees:
    • CKMS has a yearly membership fee of $25.
    • First and last months programming fees.
Type of Membership Regular Time
Low Demand Time
(weekdays 9:00am-4:00pm and all night from midnight to 6:00am)
Community $30/month for 1 hour weekly show $15/month for 1 hour weekly show
Student $15/month for 1 hour weekly show $15/month for 1 hour weekly show

Example, a 2 hour weekly show would cost a student member $30 per month, plus yearly membership of $25.

Please complete this form:

Show Name (required)

Type of Show (check all that apply)

Describe your show (required)

Host Name (required)

Real First and Last Name (required)

Time Slot Requested (refer to schedule*)

This time slot not open, please add me to the waiting list.

Your Email (required)

Your Phone Number (required)

Show Poster

Web Site


Show Sponsors will be added to the sponsor page on the website. Your sponsor can make cheques payable to Radio Waterloo Inc for official CKMS issue receipts for tax purposes.

How did you hear about us?
street posternewspaper adradio announcementinternet searchother

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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!

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, and pay your membership and programming fees.


Finances – $25 yearly membership + $30 for a weekly 1 hour show. First and last months show fee required to start, ie. $25 + $30 + $30 = $85

You can bring your payment to the studio for the second session, or send it by e-tranfer to treasurer@radiowaterloo.ca


You need to complete two training sessions with our instructors, where you will learn how to operate the audio control board, the computer, Airtime 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 Airtime.

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.

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 “airtime dial” as you leave the station and LOCK the door!
  4. Report any equipment problems or issues to tech@radiowaterloo.ca

For finance information e-mail treasurer@radiowaterloo.ca

For any other issues e-mail your Day Liaison: https://radiowaterloo.ca/about/board/#Liaisons

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 contact tech@radiowaterloo.ca

Remote Access

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

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

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