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==Erin Community Radio==
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==What is Erin Community Radio==
 
Erin Community Radio is a FM community radio serving the town of [[Erin,Ontario,Canada]].
 
Erin Community Radio is a FM community radio serving the town of [[Erin,Ontario,Canada]].
  
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==History of Erin Community Radio==
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On January 24, 2003, Pastor Jake Birch of Erin Village Alliance Church sent an e-mail message to David Spencer requesting some advice on starting a low power radio station in Erin. David considered what he had learned about radio from his work with developing the ChristianRadio.ca Station Directory. He responded via e-mail providing information about the CRTC and Industry Canada expectations in this message. (Your Topica.com password is required to read this message).
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Ontario and western New York experienced a total blackout emergency on August 14, 2003. CBC Radio One (99.1 FM in Erin) began broadcasting a live phone in show during the blackout. Callers from across Ontario phoned in to share their experiences of coping during the blackout. David Spencer was listening and also phoned in to share his experience walking through downtown Erin where convenience stores were giving away ice cream from freezers that lacked electricity. The next day, David phoned Erin Mayor Rod Finnie to mention that emergency preparedness officials could easily communicate with residents in the future if Erin had a low power FM radio station. Mayor Finnie expressed great interest in the idea and promised to mention low power FM radio at a future Town Council Meeting.
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David Spencer began gathering research within the communities of Erin, Acton, Brisbane, Hillsburgh and Orton. A basic survey was conducted by phone and e-mail of residents, students, business owners and visitors. Information was gathered about radio programming interests, listening habits, potential for financial support and radio broadcasting licence application requirements of the CRTC and Industry Canada. David created the name "Erin Community Radio" and organized community meetings for those interested in the vision of establishing a community radio station with an emergency preparedness plan of action. Guest speakers were brought in and many individuals and community stakeholders were invited to the gatherings which were held on a monthly basis. David Spencer posted his research findings on this web site, on our "ErinRadioNews" Listserv.
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During Phase Two, the group hired [https://web.archive.org/web/20050205185701/http://community-media.com/rueger.html Barry Reuger] a community radio consultant from [https://web.archive.org/web/20050205081044/http://community-media.com/about.html Community-Media.com] to share his suggestions for setting up a community low power FM radio station. We are now forming a volunteer Board of Directors and a group of Radio Station Volunteers. Clear job descriptions will be written so that all participants understand their role, responsibilities and time lines for completing their tasks. A constitution for Erin Community Radio will be written so that Members will know their rights and responsibilities.
  
 
==2004 Mission Statement==
 
==2004 Mission Statement==

Revision as of 00:19, 26 September 2014

David Spencer's Ontario Communities portal of of David Spencer's Education Paragon provides information on the community history, natural history and significant people of a few communities based in Ontario, Canada.

The following categories will connect you to some background for the community of Erin,Ontario,Canada.


Erin History | Businesses | Churches | Education | Health | Media | Natural History | People | Recreation



What is Erin Community Radio

Erin Community Radio is a FM community radio serving the town of Erin,Ontario,Canada.


History of Erin Community Radio

On January 24, 2003, Pastor Jake Birch of Erin Village Alliance Church sent an e-mail message to David Spencer requesting some advice on starting a low power radio station in Erin. David considered what he had learned about radio from his work with developing the ChristianRadio.ca Station Directory. He responded via e-mail providing information about the CRTC and Industry Canada expectations in this message. (Your Topica.com password is required to read this message).

Ontario and western New York experienced a total blackout emergency on August 14, 2003. CBC Radio One (99.1 FM in Erin) began broadcasting a live phone in show during the blackout. Callers from across Ontario phoned in to share their experiences of coping during the blackout. David Spencer was listening and also phoned in to share his experience walking through downtown Erin where convenience stores were giving away ice cream from freezers that lacked electricity. The next day, David phoned Erin Mayor Rod Finnie to mention that emergency preparedness officials could easily communicate with residents in the future if Erin had a low power FM radio station. Mayor Finnie expressed great interest in the idea and promised to mention low power FM radio at a future Town Council Meeting.

David Spencer began gathering research within the communities of Erin, Acton, Brisbane, Hillsburgh and Orton. A basic survey was conducted by phone and e-mail of residents, students, business owners and visitors. Information was gathered about radio programming interests, listening habits, potential for financial support and radio broadcasting licence application requirements of the CRTC and Industry Canada. David created the name "Erin Community Radio" and organized community meetings for those interested in the vision of establishing a community radio station with an emergency preparedness plan of action. Guest speakers were brought in and many individuals and community stakeholders were invited to the gatherings which were held on a monthly basis. David Spencer posted his research findings on this web site, on our "ErinRadioNews" Listserv.

During Phase Two, the group hired Barry Reuger a community radio consultant from Community-Media.com to share his suggestions for setting up a community low power FM radio station. We are now forming a volunteer Board of Directors and a group of Radio Station Volunteers. Clear job descriptions will be written so that all participants understand their role, responsibilities and time lines for completing their tasks. A constitution for Erin Community Radio will be written so that Members will know their rights and responsibilities.

2004 Mission Statement

Erin Community Radio is a not-for-profit organization formed to develop an alternative to commercial radio service that will be of direct interest to listeners in or near the Town of Erin. Erin Community Radio will provide the opportunity for any individual, group, or community located in the same market to create high quality, entertaining, informative and innovative local radio programming.

2004 Radio Service Proposal

The service will feature a wide range of programming including:

  • All styles of music with an emphasis on Canadian music
  • A mandate to broadcast concerts by local performers whenever possible
  • News and information of interest to the local community including weather, community announcements and interviews on issues of local concern including, but not limited to, heritage, natural resources, environment, agriculture, faith and politics.
  • Broadcasts of local council meetings and other local community meetings
  • Programs created by local community groups
  • Emergency information such as road closings, school bus cancellations and severe weather warnings
  • Programming that promotes local business, services and industries.

Erin Community Radio will also serve as a training facility for the local community in all areas of radio broadcasting including on-air performance, interviewing and programming, particularly for local young people looking for careers in the media. Erin Community Radio will strive to become the voice of the Town of Erin.

Erin Community Radio Web Sites

The Erin Community Radio Team designed a number of web sites to represent their broadcasting vision.