It’s Funding Drive Time!

While regular topics will come later tonight, I figured funding drive deserved it’s own post.

CKCU is in the midst of its annual funding drive, where over 16 days we raise 1/3 of the station’s operating budget via donations from individual listeners. This year’s goal is $108,000, as of this posting they had raised $22,000 and change.

The station does lots of important work in the community- offering the broadest range of programming, the widest and best selection of music, and top-notch spoken word programming (to which I contribute through the Tuesday Special Blend.) So, if you enjoy CKCU (or even if you just enjoy the podcast variant of Adam’s and my show), please consider making a donation – every little bit helps, and every dollar goes directly to keeping CKCU on for another year.

We’ll have a series of giveaways for those that call and contribute during the show tomorrow, but as an added incentive for every $50 raised during our program, Adam will run up 1 level of stairs at Dunton Tower while discussing some finer point of the topic of the day. I was the lucky bastard last year, and Padraic Ryan suffered the year before. You can here Padraic’s ascent here. So, even if you don’t listen to CKCU much, if you want to help make Adam’s lungs explode, donate a little bit.

Here’s how to donate:

Email me! I can take pledges, and then the station will send you an envelope to send a cheque.
Phone! 520-CKCU between 7 and 8 this tuesday (Tomorrow!) or next (next Tuesday!), 520-3920 or 877-520-3920 between 8 and 9am.
Internets! Go to and click on the donate button. No need to talk to people! Be sure to list “Tuesday Special Blend” as the show you are supporting.

Sleep in tomorrow? No worries- just pledge online and/or drop me a note, and I’ll be sure that your pledge is counted against the show.

Race for the Prize: Sparks Street Edition

Today I had the pleasure of helping out at a 50-yard race down Sparks Street to promote the upcoming Amethyst Women’s Addiction Centre Track Challenge (an event I’ve previously discussed). The race pitted a number of Olympic hopefuls against local business leaders and the Mayor. For fun, we’ll experiment with telling stories with pictures.

It’s remarkable how readily people obey pylons, even if it is just some dudes setting them up.

Racers, at the starting line.

The winner? The Mayor.

Post race, the Mayor basks in victory.

A(n) (upcoming) Day at the Races

Today I spoke with Kate Van Slyck of the Amethyst Women’s Addiction Centre about her organization’s upcoming Track Challenge.

Amethyst, as the name implies, is a not-for-profit day-treatment facility for women struggling with addiction. Much like other not-for-profits, raising funds is central to your operations: your success or failure helps to determine what level of service, if any, you can offer in the coming year. CKCU, as an example, dedicates a little more that 2 weeks a year to begging for change on air an annual funding drive, which is historically (and perhaps obviously, given that we still broadcast) been very successful. You might remember my most recent web-based pitch for donations to the Tuesday blend; the real shame is that Adam didn’t record my ascent up Dunton Tower.

But, PBS and TVO aside, CKCU is pretty unique in having an FM soap box on which to solicit funds. Most other organizations turn to special events to raise their cash. In the summer months this leads to ubiquitous charity golf tournaments, where your fee gets you a round of golf and a good feeling. Amethyst is taking a welcome break from the status quo and hosting a track meet. It’s pitched as a corporate event, but I doubt that they’d turn away groups of individuals that don’t happen to work together but want to participate.
This is the first of three interviews originally aired this morning on the proper show. This was part of our ongoing series on Community organizations in Ottawa- you can catch them all here. We first spoke with Kate about Amethyst in December, which went into greater detail about the sorts of programs that they offer.