Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Take Back Our Radio Broadcast Ready for Replay!

Our National Radio Action has been archived at Radio4All

The archives include all shows featured during our March 11th broadcast from the Imperial Pub in Toronto and through

Please send us an email if you download and replay this material,

Saturday, March 14, 2009


To the Sisters Stations across Canada that carried our signal and broadcast; your support and solidarity means a great deal and was part of our success in making this special broadcast in exile happen! And many thanks also to your listeners for their most valued and appreciated attention!

CKUT in Montreal (90.3 FM,

CHRY in Toronto (105.5 FM,

CFRU in Guelph (93.3 FM,

CJUM in Manitoba (101.5 FM,

Co-op Radio in Vancouver (102.7 FM,

The Black Mask Show on CKUW in Winnipeg (95.9 FM,

CHSR in Fredericton (97.9 FM,

CFRC in Kingston (101.9 FM,

We also want to send out a shout out to those sister radio stations that will be downloading and re-playing archived material from this broadcast. These include:

CJSF in Burnaby (90.1 FM,

KNFS-LP 98.1 FM in Tulare, California

We also want to thank organizations, small businesses and community allies who have stepped up, endorsed this broadcast and/or contributed to making it a reality.. You are all fine examples of what community radio is all about! These are:

CAPA - The Coalition Against Psychiatric Assault
The Association of Part-time Undergraduate Students at Ryerson
Basics Community Newsletter
Basics Radio
The Canadian Federation of Students
Christine Gude
Eric Mills
Dr. Beverly Lewis

Stephane Bertrand (CKUT’s host of the Avalanche)
Siue at Boardwalk Chocolates
My Market Bakery & Cheese Magic
The Toronto IWD Fair organizers
Ron Nelson, Lisa West & REGGAEMANIA.COM

And to the owners and staff at the Imperial Pub for allowing us the space to broadcast and for accommodating our group and organizing efforts now and always!

Also, one big round for two strong and special womyn whose support and work in
collaboration with our collective have made what some thought too immense to pull off, an inspiring and empowering action. They are Kristiana Clemens, music director at CKUT and former CKLN'r and Ryerson alumna (who produced our rockin’ PSA all the way in Montreal and in less than a day!), and Gretchen King, News Director also with CKUT Radio and a generous source of advice, help and solidarity!

And to Leela Chinniah, Program Co-ordinator at Vancouver Co-op Radio for her belief and commitment to this process from the very beginning and for her solidarity with our struggle to reclaim the airwaves, for the community and by the community!

To our Techs Dale Whitmore and Sheila Chevalier who helped us get through these 5 hours as seamlessly as possible.

We are also very grateful to the many volunteers (especially Jonah for the much running and assistance) who joined us from the beginning ‘til the end. And the rest of our fellow programmers, community members and allies who came down to the pub to support this radio action and made it a memorable and historical event for us all!

Thursday, March 12, 2009

CKLN Inc. Lockdown

NOTICE posted on CKLN's door

March 11, 2009

To all CKLN staff, volunteers, board members and other CKLN personnel:

Re: Lockout Due to Security Risks

TAKE NOTICE that the board of directors of the Palin Foundation, doing business as the Ryerson Student Campus Centre (the “Board”) has decided, until further notice, to deny access to the suite currently assigned to CKLN located on the second floor of the Student Campus Centre (the “Assigned Suite”) to all CKLN staff, volunteers, board members and other CKLN personnel. This decision was driven by a consideration of the security risks and the potential of harm to befall tenants of the Ryerson Student Campus Centre and other members of the Ryerson community. Note also that Ryerson University Security and Emergency Services personnel (“Ryerson Security”) have been authorized by the Board to change the locks on all of the doors leading to the Assigned Suite to prevent unauthorized access.

Any interested party seeking entry to the Assigned Suite to claim personal belongings or for any other legitimate reason is asked to contact Michael Verticchio at Please note that any attempt to enter or access the Assigned Suite that has not been expressly authorized by the Board in writing and/or any attempt to tamper with the locks leading to the Assigned Suite will be treated as an act of trespass and/or vandalism, as appropriate, and without exception will be referred to Ryerson Security and the Toronto Police.

Sincerely yours,


Per: Michael Verticchio, General Manager

Thursday, March 5, 2009

This IWD 2009: Take Back our Radio Join our 5 HR Radio Direct Action!

Support campus-community radio & locked-out CKLN programmers!


LIVE TO AIR: Wednesday March 11th, from 5-10pm (EST)

Transmitting from: The Imperial Pub @ 54 Dundas Street East (Ryerson Campus, East of Victoria),



In 2008, 53 volunteer programmers were 'fired' from campus-community radio station CKLN 88.1FM in Toronto without explanation. Tune-in to a live broadcast by former CKLN hosts and DJs, as they stream onto the internet and reclaim the lost airwaves.

Marking International Women's Day, the 'fired' programmers include the hosts of CKLN's only feminist programs, as well as many other women, trans and queer, activist and marginalized programmers. This 5-hour broadcast will feature voices otherwise silenced in the mainstream, as well as focus on community grassroots media across this country, its significance and importance.

SIMULCASTERS & RE-BROADCASTERS: This broadcast will be available in high-quality over the internet @ and archived for later re-broadcast @

LISTENERS ACROSS CANADA: Catch this broadcast on March 11th as it happens in full or partially through CKUT in Montreal (90.3 FM,, CHRY in Toronto (105.5 FM,, CFRU in Guelph (93.3 FM,, CJUM in Manitoba (101.5 FM,, Co-op Radio in Vancouver (102.7 FM, Starchoice 845 Satellite, Telus Channel 178,, CJSF in Burnaby (90.1 FM,, The Black Mask Show on CKUW in Winnipeg (95.9 FM,, CHSR in Fredericton (97.9 FM,  and many others!!



1. ENDORSEMENTS! If your organization or group or local is interested in endorsing this broadcast, let us know and we'll thank you on-air …
2. DONATE! Make a financial or in-kind donation (food for the day of the broadcast, photocopying, printing, etc.) …
3. OUTREACH! Help us spread the word, through flyering and postering …
4. COME OUT ON THE DAY! Join us as we broadcast live, help us on the ground of the broadcast, listen in person to powerful voices and music, and be a part of this memorable community event in the history of our local community-powered media!

Remember, you too can help make this national radio direct action a success. For more info, email us at:


Tune in for a Live-To-Air Broadcast for IWD 2009 (Toronto)

March 11th, 2009

5 pm to 10 pm (Eastern Time)

Anchors: Lisa Skeete West (Reggaemania) & Verlia (Limin)

5:00 PM Honour the Earth
Featuring the music, thoughts & perspectives of First Nations women of Turtle Island.
HOST: Audrey Redman

5:30 PM Saturday Morning Live
Weekend energy for a weeknight action! Featuring SML regular contributor Gerald Horne (Professor in History at the University of Houston and prolific African American historian), and 'Amandla', with a focus on events and analysis from the African continent, featuring the voices and issues of women.
HOSTS: Audrey Wandolo and Omme-Salma Rahemtullah

6:00 PM OCAP Radio
Brought to you by the Ontario Coalition Against Poverty (OCAP), a proud radio space hosting the voices of women fighting back against poverty. Highlights include tenants waging a creative struggle for affordable housing, and disability rights activists battling against ableist government policies and working to create accessible space. Music of resistance will be present too as we reclaim the airwaves once again!
HOST: Stef Gude

6:30 PM Anti-Psychiatry Radio
Long-time anti-psychiatry activist Don Weitz will interview Bonnie Burstow, outstanding feminist, trauma specialist and anti-psychiatry activist. Don will also comment on key struggles against electro-shock, including the current campaign "Stop Shocking Our Mothers and Grandmothers" organized by the Coalition Against Psychiatric Assault (CAPA).
HOST: Don Weitz

7:00 PM No One Is Illegal Radio
Featuring the "Shelter.Sanctuary.Status" campaign, NOII radio will highlight on-going work towards access to services and the provision of full legal immigration status for all women and their families fleeing diverse forms of violence. This show will also recognize the violence of deportation and detention, and demand the elimination of these forms of state violence. No One is Illegal-Toronto is a group of immigrants, refugees and allies who fight for justice for all migrants, and believe that granting citizenship to a privileged few is part of a racist immigration and border policy that marginalizes and exploits migrants.
HOST: Yen Chu

7:30 PM Dat Dere
A jazz improvising creative music and poetry community radio program, its roots are in the Black experience in the diaspora and internationally. The show is dedicated to challenging inquiring minds of all ages. Over 100 years ago,15,000 women marched through New York
City demanding their rights politically,socially and economically. Today and every year on this day since that march, we celebrate that significant event. We celebrate women all over the world, We hear their voices, and We rejoice in all our achievements.
HOSTS: Chloe Onari, Gary Topp, Sharron Mcloed.

8:15 PM Ventana Al Barrio / WOM Fridays presents: "Resistentes! Womyn Still Standing and Moving Strong"
[Resistentes: Plural, Adj., Lang: Spanish. Trans: 1. resistant, strong, tough 2. those who resist] We resist through music, words and actions! Here we'll explore the path of resistance through word and song. Listen to women's voices speak about grassroots political and cultural activism in writing, music and social advocacy as we struggle across borders to rescue, reclaim, transform and safeguard - our lives, our stories, our cultures, and our voices- against the forces of oppression.
HOST: Susy Alvarez.

8:45 PM Radio Cliteracy Broadcasts from Exile!
Focusing on the importance of community radio in encouraging women's empowerment locally and globally, this show will feature: "Things left unsaid" - Through a series of creative writing pieces, black queer youth speak to the experience of existing just beyond the fringes of a black civil rights movement that often excludes queer voice and a feminist movement that often does not represent their reality; the White Ribbon Campaign – featuring an interview with Tuval; and ISIS Manila, an NGO working to broadcast the voices of women in the Global South through grassroots,
HOSTS: D-Konstruct, Carmelle Wolfson, Kim Crosby, Sarah Reaburn & Ruby Tuesday

9:15 Frequency Feminisms
*Womyn Powered is a diverse collective of real womyn - of colour, dis/abled, poor and subversive - who are bringing you the stories that you will not find in the mainstream. Tune in for spoken word, collective action, music and other expressions of our oppression and redemption. Because we survive, because we can sing, because we reclaim - join us! For IWD, we will cover the struggles of womyn migrant workers and our collective resistance, as we take back the airwaves.
HOSTS - Anna Saini, Yolisa Dalamba, Joeita Gupta, Oriel Varga, Gein Wong

9:35 PM Limin in de African Diaspora
Come lime with Verlia in de African Diaspora! Let us honour our African Caribbean women who have brought strength and power to their people. Come listen to Ella Andall, Singing Sandra, Sanelle Dempster, Alison Hinds just to name a few! We will also discuss the history of "Limin'" and the contribution this show has provided to our diverse communities.
HOST: Verlia

NOTE: Archives for the entire broadcast will be available for download and replay for not for profit purposes at following March 11th.

The Ryersonian's take on the current state of affairs at CKLN

CKLN in Turmoil, Police Called
By John Van Dusen

Read the rest of the article here.

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Eyeopener Article on Recent Developments at CKLN

Levy: 'They've overstayed their welcome'
by Julianna Cummins

Read the article here.