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Kootenay Co-op Radio earns National Campus and Community Radio Association award

Nelson Daily Staff
By Nelson Daily Staff
June 18th, 2017

Kootenay Co-op Radio was recently recognized for an award at National Campus and Community Radio Association Conference in Abbotsford.

Kootenay Co-op Radio took home the prestigious Women’s Hand and Voices honour while receiving honorable mention in the Current Affairs or Magazine Show category. 

“Sometimes when you are working away at something you can start to focus on the struggles,” said Stephanie Myers, Sponsorship and Outreach Coordinator at Kootenay Co-op Radio.

“This was my first NCRA conference, so I was really blown away with how great KCR is doing.”

“We are shinning beacon in the community radio landscape,” Myers adds. “What we do in such a small market, we don’t have 100,000+ people in our listening area and we don’t have $100,000 in student levies, is impressive.”

Myers said in 2016 at the NCRA conference Catherine Fisher won Volunteer of the Year — no small feat for a sector that is run on volunteer power. Last year as well the KCR show Climate of Change also won in the Syndicated Show category and received an honorable mention in the Current Affairs or Magazine Show category. 

This year Climate of Change, hosted by Tanya Coad with co-hosts Laura Sacks and Anni Holtby, continued its winning streak by winning in the category of Women’s Hand and Voices as well as scoring the honourable mention in Current Affairs or Magazine Show category. 

Myers said Kootenay Co-op Radio is so proud of all our volunteer programmers who do such quality work, week in and week out.

“Having them recognized on a national stage just proves how awesome they are,” she said.

Kootenay Co-op Radio listening area covers most of Nelson, East Shore/Crawford Bay, Balfour, Harrop, Taghum, Blewett, North Shore, New Denver, Slocan Valley, Hills, Riondel and Proctor.

The local station is in the process of expanding its coverage by moving its transmitter location.

“This is very important for us to cover more listeners, most people listen on the radio, not on our live stream so this needs to be static free,” Myers said new project which volunteers of the station are fundraising to make the move.

“This transmitter would help us cover the highways better as well and a high percentage of people listen in their cars. We have half of what we need money wise of a $15,000 budget, as well as an engineering brief, regulatory approval (from of CRTC) and complete our fundraising.”

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