Over the past few months the Youth Arts Action team has been researching what it takes to produce successful audio interviews and sound art installations. After a bunch of successful public experiments in interviewing people on the streets of Forest Lawn, we took a field trip to a local jewel in Calgary – CJSW 90.9 FM Radio Headquarters.
“CJSW 90.9FM is Calgary’s community radio station, based at the University of Calgary. CJSW is a non-profit society maintained and operated by a group of seven staff members and over 200 volunteers drawn from both the University of Calgary student body and the wider city of Calgary population. CJSW broadcasts music, spoken word and multicultural programming on 90.9FM.” (seehttp://cjsw.com) They also claim to be the largest university radio broadcaster in all of Canada.
The Youth Arts Action team got a behind-the-scenes tour of the station to see how they are organized and what it takes to interview, play music, connect with the community and run a successful radio station.
In the coming weeks Youth Arts Action will be engaging with community members of Greater Forest Lawn to do audio interviews for an upcoming sound art installation that will be installed in the Forest Lawn Natural Playground in later Summer. The artwork is being co-facilitated by the Antyx Youth Arts Action staff and local artist Caitlind r.c. Brown.
A great big thanks to the CJSW staff for inviting us into their work space and providing us with all the insight into community radio broadcasting.