Ontario’s Campus Radio Stations Push Back with Petition Against PC’s Student Choice Initiative

The Ontario Government’s recently announced Student Choice Initiative has campus radio stations and newspapers across the province scrambling at the idea of losing staff members and services. Under the new initiative, students will have the ability to opt-out of any fees considered non-essential by the PC Government. The University of Windsor’s campus-community station, CJAM FM, has received $5 per full-time undergraduate student per semester since students democratically approved the fee in 1983. The student funding represents between 60-70% of CJAM’s annual budget. “If campus media is deemed non-essential it will be the beginning of the end for campus newspapers and radio across the province,” explains CJAM Station Manager Brady Holek. “Along with the services we provide, students will no longer be able to gain experience and skills that lead to job opportunities in broadcasting, journalism, and the music industry.”

More than 15 campus radio stations, 150 staff members, and 3,500 volunteers across Ontario will be affected by these changes. “If we lose even a portion of our funding, we will lose jobs. Currently we have two full-time and one part-time employee. The opportunities we offer students will be put on hold as we try and maintain basic federal compliancy as a radio station,” says Holek. CJAM and stations across Ontario have released a petition today to deem campus radio an essential fee under the Student Choice Initiative. Copies of the petition can be found at CJAM FM, Green Bean Café, and Dr. Disc records. A printable version is also available on the CJAM website, www.cjam.ca.  

CJAM FM has connected with many campus programs and services over the past five years. “We work with students from departments including Nursing, STEM, Sports Management, Digital Journalism, and Communications Media and Film,” notes Program Director Carley Schweitzer. “We also work with campus and Ontario organizations like Pro Bono Students Canada, the Womxn’s Center, OPIRG, and The Lance to create dynamic, interesting programs. We strive to provide views from across the political spectrum and spend our time trying to promote information programming that features dialogue and discussion.”

Many broadcasters have had experiences at campus radio that have changed the course of their careers and lives. “I cut my teeth on student radio at CJAM at the University of Windsor. It was an enormous tool for my development as a broadcaster and a play-by-play announcer,” says voice of the Toronto Maple Leafs, Joe Bowen. “I really hope that in Windsor they will see their way clear to make sure that the student radio station CJAM is funded and kept going. It’s a great stepping stone for a lot of would-be broadcasters and a great tool to learn your craft.”

CJAMs 2018 Board of Directors President Brittany Webster found employment with Bell Media shortly after graduating last year. “I knew I wanted to work in news, but my anxiety over going live on air was making me question if it was really the career for me.,” she says. “Through one of my courses, we were given the assignment to host a half-hour live news segment with CJAM. I went on to host a weekly-half hour show the following summer. CJAM gave me the experience and the confidence to move across the country to work as a news reporter for Bell Media. CJAM gave me the references I needed for my resume, and the encouraging environment I needed to get my feet wet in live broadcasting. CJAM was everything I needed; I just wish I’d discovered it before I was more than halfway though university!”

The University of Windsor is also under financial pressure with the government announcing a 10% tuition rate reduction alongside the Student Choice Initiative.

Station Manager Holek notes, “If you give students the option to save money right as they are paying tuition, a lot of them will take it, especially first year students who may have never even been to the campus before. I realize students do not have a lot of money to begin with, but it places organizations like us in bi-annual uncertainty. It will cause massive cutbacks for campus media across Ontario, and many students will realize too late that they have lost opportunities not only on campus but after graduation.”

“This will also represent a major blow to the music industry across Ontario,” says Holek. “Campus radio stations have been breaking new and local artists for decades, and many independent record labels will have a much harder time getting their music heard. We add over 50 albums a week to our new music library.”   

CJAM FM recently celebrated 35 years on the FM dial in November 2018. People can find copies of the petition at the link below. Anybody with an Ontario address can sign their support. Get involved with the campaign by contacting Station Manager Brady Holek at 519-253-3000 ex. 2525.

CJAM Top 30 Charts // April 8th – 14th, 2019

*Indicates Canadian Content

1    PUP* – Morbid Stuff (Little Dipper)

2    BLOODSHOT BILL* – Come Get Your Love Right Now (Goner Records)

3    WINTERSLEEP* – In The Land Of (Dine Alone)

4    TALLIES* – Tallies (Hand Drawn Dracula)

5    DURAND JONES AND THE INDICATIONSAmerican Love Call (Dead Oceans)

6    LEE FIELDS & THE EXPRESSIONSIt Rains Love (single) (Big Crown)

7    SUPERMANSION* – Solar Order (Self-Released)

8    SNAKIES* – Night Lights (Self-Released)

9    BLESSED* – Salt (Self-Released)

10   LO SIENTO* – Brujas (Self-Released)

11   LOU-ADRIANE CASSIDY* – C’est La Fin du Monde à Tous les Jours (Dare To Care)

12   JULIAN TAYLOR BAND* – Avalanche (Gypsy Soul)



15   MDOU MOCTARIlana: The Creator (Sahel Sounds)

16   SHARON VAN ETTENRemind Me Tomorrow (Jagjaguwar)

17   THE EXBATSE is for Exbats (Burger)

18   NILUFER YANYAMiss Universe (ATO)

19   JOYFUL NOISE* – Cocoloco (Self-Released)

20   TALL TALE* – A Japanese Fever Dream (Self-Released)

21   BUTCHERS* – Jerk (Self-Released)

22   MITTEN CLAPS* – Can’t Not (Self-Released)

23   OVER THE RHINELove & Revelation (Great Speckled Dog)

24   THE PINK NOISE*-Avenue (Not Unlike)

25   LIVING HOUR* – Softer Faces (Kanine)

26   JV’S BOOGALOO SQUAD* – Going to Market (Flatcar)

27   JONATHAN JOESTAR* – Guritchi (Museum Of Skin)

28   MAXIME GERVAIS* – La Magie (Cuchabata)

29   KIWI JR.* – Football Money (Mint)

30   ABIGAIL LAPELL* – Getaway (Coax)

CJAM Top 30 Charts // Aprth 1st – 7th, 2019

*Indicates Canadian Content

1    JULIA JACKLINCrushing (Liberation)

2    LO SIENTO* – Brujas (Self-Released)

3    APOLLO SUNS* – Dawn Offerings (Self-Released)

4    AFTER FUNK* – Santa Barbara (Self-Released)

5    THE SOUL MOTIVATORS* – Mindblastin’ EP (Do Right! Music)

6    JV’S BOOGALOO SQUAD* – Going to Market (Flatcar)

7    MUNYA* – Meet (Luminelle)

8    ABIGAIL LAPELL* – Getaway (Coax)

9    NOVEL* – Nov3l (Flemish Eye)

10   MASKED INTRUDERMasked Intruder III (Pure Noise)

11   TEENAGE BOTTLEROCKETStay Rad! (Fat Wreck Chords)

12   SUPERMANSION* – Solar Order (Self-Released)

13   BLESSED* – Salt (Self-Released)

14   DON BROWNRIGG* – Fireworks (Self-Released)

15   B.A. JOHNSTON* – The Skid is Hot Tonight (Transistor 66)

16   KEVIN QUAIN* – About November (Self-Released)

17   NÊHIYAWAK* – starlight (Arts & Crafts)

18   BUTCHERS* – Jerk (Self-Released)

19   WILD/KIND* – West Ends (Safety Bear)


21   ORVILLE PECKPony (Royal Mountain)

22   KIWI JR.* – Football Money (Mint)

23   MICKEY O’BRIEN* – My Drift (Hand Solo)

24   MATT ANDERSENHalfway Home By Morning (True North)

25   SAID THE WHALE* – Cascadia (Arts & Crafts)

26   THE HUNTER AND THE POTTER* – Innocent Guns (Self-Released)

27   TALLIES* – Tallies (Hand Drawn Dracula)

28   VARIOUSTwo Tribes (Agogo)

29   DURAND JONES AND THE INDICATIONSAmerican Love Call (Dead Oceans)

30   IBIBIO SOUND MACHINEDoko Mien (Merge)

Singles Club Top 5 // March 2019

This month’s edition of the singles club featured 8 tracks from Windsor and Detroit, and our programmers played their favourites over the past four weeks, resulting in the following top 5:

  1. Supermansion – Hole in the Universe

2. Gypsy Chief Goliath – City of Ghosts

3. Earcon2000 – Trickle With A Minor

4. Disaster Strike – I’ll Be Your Man

5. Blueflowers – Living In Here

CJAM Top 30 Charts // March 25th – 31st, 2019

*Indicates Canadian Content

1    ORVILLE PECKPony (Royal Mountain)

2    BLOODSHOT BILL* – Come Get Your Love Right Now (Goner Records)

3    RICHARD GARVEY* – You Can’t Just Assume Everyone Wants To Have Sex With You (Self-Released)

4    EMILY JEAN FLACK* – Throwing Stars (Cranberry)

5    KIWI JR.* – Football Money (Mint)

6    HOMESHAKE* – Helium (Royal Mountain)

7    TALLIES* – Tallies (Hand Drawn Dracula)

8    SUPERMANSION* – Solar Order (Self-Released)

9    AFTER FUNK* – Santa Barbara (Self-Released)

10   KEVIN QUAIN* – About November (Self-Released)

11   DAVE GUNNINGUp Against The Sky (Wee House of Music)

12   HANORAH* – For the Good Guys and for the Bad Guys (Dare To Care)

13   MAXIME GERVAIS* – La Magie (Cuchabata)

14   JONI VOID* – Mise En Abyme (Constellation)

15   LOU-ADRIANE CASSIDY* – C’est La Fin du Monde à Tous les Jours (Dare To Care)

16   SAID THE WHALE* – Cascadia (Arts & Crafts)

17   L’IMPÉRATRICEMatahari (Microqlima)


19   PATTY GRIFFINPatty Griffin (Thirty Tigers)

20   JULIANA HATFIELDWeird (American Laundromat)

21   DEER TICKMayonnaise (Partisan)

22   OLD FIRM CASUALSHolger Danske (Pirate’s Press)

23   TORO Y MOIOuter Peace (Carpark)

24   INA FORSMANBeen Meaning to Tell You (Ruf)

25   THE BLUE STONES* – Black Holes (eOne Music (E1))

26   RITUAL HOWLSRendered Armor (Felte)

27   BLESSED* – Salt (Self-Released)

28   JOYFUL NOISE* – Cocoloco (Self-Released)

29   RED CAIN* – Kindred: Act I (Self-Released)

30   YOUNG DOCTORS IN LOVE* – Young Doctors in Love (Self-Released)

CJAM Top 30 Charts // March 18th – 24th, 2019

*Indicates Canadian Content

1    APOLLO SUNS* – Dawn Offerings (Self-Released)

2    JV’S BOOGALOO SQUAD* – Going to Market (Flatcar)

3    DAVE YOUNG* – Lotus Blossom (Modica)

4    LOU-ADRIANE CASSIDY* – C’est La Fin du Monde à Tous les Jours (Dare To Care)

5    JULIANA HATFIELDWeird (American Laundromat)

6    SWERVEDRIVERFuture Ruins (Dangerbird)

7    THE EXBATSE is for Exbats (Burger)

8    VARIOUSSongs of our Native Daughters (Smithsonian Folkways)

9    THE BLUE STONES* – Black Holes (eOne Music (E1))

10   THE PEPTIDES* – Galapagos, Vol. 1 (Self-Released)

11   VARIOUS* – Big Friday: Sunrise Sessions 2018 (CJSW 90.9 FM)

12   THE PINK NOISE* – Avenue (Not Unlike)

13   I.R. IDIOT* – Spore (Lip)

14   PRAISES* – In This Year: Ten Of Swords (Hand Drawn Dracula)

15   JONATHAN JOESTAR* – Guritchi (Museum Of Skin)

16   LOST COUSINS* – In Scenery (Self-Released)

17   WHITEHORSE* – The Northern South, Vol. 2 (Six Shooter Records)

18   JIM BRENAN 50/50 (Death Defying)

19   THE GREAT SABATINI* – Goodbye Audio (No List)

20   KIWI JR.* – Football Money (Mint)

21   BLOODSHOT BILL* – Come Get Your Love Right Now (Goner Records)

22   MATT ANDERSENHalfway Home By Morning (True North)

23   HOMESHAKE* – Helium (Royal Mountain)

24   JULIA JACKLINCrushing (Liberation)

25   MERCER HASSYWaon (Self-Released)

26   JESSICA PRATTQuiet Signs (Mexican Summer)

27   THE COSMIC RANGE* – The Gratitude Principle (Idee Fixe)

28   VARIOUSA Day In The Life: Impressions Of Pepper (Verve)

29   YOUNG DOCTORS IN LOVE* – Young Doctors in Love (Self-Released)

30   COYOTE POETS OF THE UNIVERSE* – Strange Lullaby (Self-Released)

2019 Jammy Award Voting

Spring is in the air and the 2019 CJAM Jammy Awards are open for voting!

Every year CJAM celebrates our DJs by getting together for a fun awards ceremony where YOU choose the winners! We call upon our listeners to vote for their favourite CJAM shows as well as the best local music venues and acts in Windsor-Detroit!

Tell us who your favourites are by voting HERE: https://survey.zohopublic.com/zs/ZrBUDZ

As an added bonus you can join us in person on April 27th at The Green Bean Cafe (2320 Wyandotte St. West) for our winners ceremony!
8pm – doors open
9pm – Jammys begin
10pm – 2018 winner Flower Face performs
Cleo SP & DJ Malk spinning beats until late

Don’t wait another minute – vote today!!

Get to know… Vitamin R!

Get to know our DJs!

Name // Swati/DJ Malk
Show // Vitamin R
When // Thursdays at 9pm

// How long have you been involved with CJAM?
Since January 2019 – I kinda just started.

// How did you become involved as a CJAMmer?
I was interested in showcasing some work locally. I reached out and luckily CJAM had an opening for a weekly underground electronic music program. I snagged the opportunity & Vitamin R was born!

// Describe your show…
Vitamin R showcases underground electronic music with an emphasis on house, disco, and techno; although it welcomes a variety of styles. I see it as a platform for underrepresented artists to share their selections & tunes however they wish.

// Your favourite artist or topic of discussion?
Oooo, I definitely get passionate when discussing inclusivity for women, minorities, and LGBTQ+ people in dance music. That’s something I really hope to push on the show – so get at me if you’d like to play!

// My other life consists of…
When I’m not playing shows in Toronto, I’d say pretty standard, relatively mundane B.Ed stuff…studying, stressing, eating…you know how it is.

// What was your best live music experience?
This is a hard one because I’ve been to so many great shows throughout the years. Recently I saw Kerri Chandler, Omar S, and Turtle Bugg in Detroit which was pretty surreal. I would love to catch Octave One and Moodymann in Detroit sometime as well.

// What do you love most about CJAM?
I love that CJAM gives us hosts the creative license to do pretty much anything that we want (within reason) on our shows, and spread whatever message we find important to us. If you spoke to me a year ago I wouldn’t have imagined that I’d be doing a weekly international radio series, but I’m super excited that CJAM is so receptive to our ideas.

Want to hear Vitamin R?
Hear it live on Thursday nights at 9pm on 99.1 FM, on our livestream at www.cjam.ca, Cogeco digital cable 285, or the Tunein App.

You can also Check out the CJAM archives online at www.cjam.ca // Simply click on the programming tab – find the program & stream or download it from the website. It’s that easy!

CJAM Top 30 Charts // March 11th – 17th, 2019

*Indicates Canadian Content

1    GYPSY CHIEF GOLIATH* – Masters of Space and Time (Bilocation Records / Kozmik Artifactz)

2    BLOODSHOT BILL* – Come Get Your Love Right Now (Goner Records)


4    SUPERMANSION* – Solar Order (Self-Released)

5    THE BLUE STONES* – Black Holes (eOne Music (E1))

6    PRIORS* – Call For You (Slovenly)

7    HOMESHAKE* – Helium (Royal Mountain)

8    THE COATHANGERSThe Devil You Know (Suicide Squeeze)

9    CHACAL* – Peter Said It Was Problematic (Self-Released)

10   VARIOUS* – Big Friday: Sunrise Sessions 2018 (CJSW 90.9 FM)

11   THE HIGH DIALS* – Foreverish (Self-Released)

12   JONI VOID* – Mise En Abyme (Constellation)

13   ABIGAIL LAPELL* – Getaway (Coax)

14   PIQSIQ* – Altering The Timeline (Coax)

15   SAID THE WHALE* – Cascadia (Arts & Crafts)

16   GUIDED BY VOICESZeppelins Over China (Guided By Voices, Inc. (GBV))

17   DEER TICKMayonnaise (Partisan)

18   MALIBU KENMalibu Ken (Rhymesayers)

19   VARIOUSBrainfeeder X (Brainfeeder)

20   VARIOUSSongs of our Native Daughters (Smithsonian Folkways)

21   APOLLO SUNS* – Dawn Offerings (Self-Released)

22   THE RESPECTABLES* – The Power of Rock’N’Roll (Unidisc)

23   MIDNIGHT SHINE* – High Road (Self-Released)

24   MOONDLE* – Moondle (Self-Released)

25   B.A. JOHNSTON* –The Skid is Hot Tonight (Transistor 66)

26   BASIC WHITEThe Second Half (Self-Released)

27   KEVIN QUAIN* – About November (Self-Released)

28   BACKSTABBER* – Conspiracy Theorist (Self-Released)

29   ALTAMEDATime Hasn’t Changed You (Pheromone)

30   THE PEPTIDES* – Galapagos, Vol. 1 (Self-Released)

CJAM Top 30 Charts // March 4th – 10th, 2019

*Indicates Canadian Content

1    BLOODSHOT BILL* – Come Get Your Love Right Now (Goner Records)

2    BRAD TURNERPacific (Cellar)

3    MY BRIGHTEST DIAMONDA Million and One (Rhyme & Reason)

4    B.A. JOHNSTON* – The Skid is Hot Tonight (Transistor 66)

5    THE PEPTIDES* – Galapagos, Vol. 1 (Self-Released)

6    EEKWOL & T-RHYME* – For Women By Women (Self-Released)

7    THE HIGH DIALS* – Foreverish (Self-Released)

8    DAVE YOUNG* – Lotus Blossom (Modica)

9    IVANA POPOVIC* – Bushes and Bombshelters (Longplay)

10   ABIGAIL LAPELL* – Getaway (Coax)

11   500 MILES TO MEMPHISBlessed Be The Damned (Self-Released)

12   JESSICA PRATTQuiet Signs (Mexican Summer)

13   MICHAEL WOLFFSwirl (Sunnyside)

14   JULIANA HATFIELDWeird (American Laundromat)

15   DEER TICKMayonnaise (Partisan)

16   KENNY CARRDeparture (Zoozazz)

17   GIL DEFAYIt’s All Love (GIL – XL)

18   COCHEMEA* – All my Relations (Daptone)

19   CHERRY GLAZERRStuffed & Ready (Secretly Canadian)

20   SUPERMANSION* – Solar Order (Self-Released)

21   GYPSY CHIEF GOLIATH* – Masters of Space and Time (Bilocation Records / Kozmik Artifactz)

22   LIVING HOUR* – Softer Faces (Kanine)

23   STEVEN BOWERS* – Elk Island Park (Self-Released)

24   KEVIN QUAIN* – About November (Self-Released)

25   JAZZLIB* – Behind Bars Too (Self-Released)

26   JAZZLIB* – Eazy Peazy EP (Self-Released)

27   THE BRIE FACE* – First Serving (Self-Released)

28   ALTAMEDATime Hasn’t Changed You (Pheromone)

29   BADGERMOUTH* – The Impossible Beauty (Self-Released)

30   ALLISON AU QUARTET* – Wander Wonder (Self-Released)