The only station to tune to on election night is CKDJ 107.9 (sorry, everybody else)
Campus community radio station CKDJ 10.79 will be broadcasting its “#AltElxn Night” coverage starting at 9 p.m., with community stations across Canada syndicating the show.
Voices which sometimes get less attention during an election campaign will finally have their say.
Students in Algonquin College’s Radio Broadcasting program will be hosting a two hour election night special focused on the priorities of students, First Nations peoples, those with disabilities, and other underrepresented voices on October 19 as part of what they call “#AltElxn Night”.
The show will contain discussions, stories produced by community radio stations across the country, music, and live election updates. The discussion will be nationally focused, as the show will be syndicated across the National Community Radio Association (NCRA) member stations across Canada. Participating stations will be announced closer to the election date, and those interested in syndicating the broadcast may contact Dan Pihlainen, Coordinator, Radio Broadcasting program at Algonquin College.
“Providing our country with an alternative view point in these elections is extremely important for member stations and their mandates,” said NCRA Executive Director Barry Rooke. “With the NCRA teaming up with CKDJ staff and students to deliver this election night coverage we can provide a national yet distinct service to our listeners, demonstrating the importance of community media in this day and age”.
“This show will provide a real world learning experience to these students and give them the chance to use their skills to help others engage in our country’s political discussion,” added Pihlainen. “The fact they are using their talents to help give a voice to those who sometimes do not have one is an especially great way for us to live out our mandate as a community radio station.”
CKDJ’s “#AltElxn Night” is election coverage you won’t hear anywhere else.
Visit ckdj.net/election to learn more, and to find CKDJ’s live web stream link. Listeners in Ottawa’s west end (Nepean/Barrhaven area) may also tune their FM radio dials to 107.9. Stay tuned for an announcement of the show’s host and other details.