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ABOUT CKXU 88.3 FM

MISSION:

We are a volunteer-driven radio society that provides independent campus & community radio and opportunities through programming, tools, training and events in the Southern Alberta region.

VISION: 

Through our care of the community, we cultivate an environment full of opportunities that foster an inclusive and diverse culture.

MANDATE:

To showcase and promote cultural diversity throughout the Southern Alberta region.

CKUL Radio Society

CKXU started off as good ol’ CKUL in 1972, when a public address system was set up in Section A of University Hall at the University of Lethbridge to broadcast musical content inside the building from mid-morning to early afternoon. 

The CKUL Radio Society was incorporated in October 1977, to govern the affairs of the station, and a year later the CRTC granted the society a licence to broadcast at 530 AM! Even this early on in CKXU’s history, the Board of Directors was exploring the possibilities of a move to the FM dial. 

At the time, broadcasting at a mere 25W, the AM transmitter was of such low power that it was drowned out by the time it reached the parking lot of the university. However, the move to AM still represented a major step forward in the development of the station. CKUL was now a bona fide radio station, broadcasting 65 hours per week with 25 DJs.

FM Transition

Although the station began broadcasting on cable FM in 1988, a switch to FM was considered ideal and the CKUL Radio Society began this process. In 2003, the CRTC approved the application to operate a new English-language community-based campus FM radio station in Lethbridge. CKUL’s call letters were changed to CKXU, and on April 8, 2004, the station began to broadcast at 88.3 FM to the city of Lethbridge and the surrounding area from a 125W transmitter located on top of the Students’ Union Building at the University of Lethbridge. CKXU 88.3 FM now broadcasts for more than 168 hours per week, year-round, with a volunteer core of over 100 members. 

In November 2017, CKXU 88.3 FM received approval from the CRTC to start broadcasting at 2,900 watts, rather than the current 125 watts. This increase means that the CKXU signal will be broadcast within a 125km radius of the city! The Signal Increase project was listener-funded and developed over the course of 5 years to better support and increase listenership opportunities across Southern Alberta. 

In June 2018, the project installation took place and by mid-December 2018 CKXU was officially broadcasting at 2,900 watts! A true signal upgrade to the stars! 

BOD Documents & Files

MEET THE TEAM CKXU 88.3 FM Staff

Executive Director - Advertising inquiries - PR + Media inquiries - Human Resource inquiries - General inquiries manager@cxku.com

Genna Bourchier (She/Her)

Executive Director

– Advertising inquiries
– PR + Media inquiries
– Human Resource inquiries
– General inquiries
manager@cxku.com

Operations Director - Volunteer inquiries - Fundraising inquiries - Outreach & Partnership inquiries - Volunteer training volunteer@cxku.com

Courtney McDermott (She/Her)

Operations Director

– Volunteer inquiries
– Fundraising inquiries
– Outreach & Partnership inquiries
– Volunteer training
volunteer@cxku.com

Program Director - On-air inquiries - Program Syndication inquiries - Programming-related inquiries - Programmer training program@cxku.com

Mike Doherty (He/Him)

Program Director

– On-air inquiries
– Program Syndication inquiries
– Programming-related inquiries
– Programmer training
program@cxku.com

Community Content Curator & Friends Coordinator - Inquiries relating to “For the Record” band interviews or local business/NPO spotlights - Inquiries relating to “For the Record” live session recordings - Friends program inquiries - Position funded in part through the CRFC’s Radiometres grant program friends@cxku.com

Dai Hewison (He/Him)

Community Content Curator & Friends Coordinator

– Inquiries relating to “For the Record” band interviews or local business/NPO spotlights
– Inquiries relating to “For the Record” live session recordings
– Friends program inquiries
– Position funded in part through the CRFC’s Radiometres grant program
friends@cxku.com

Music Director - CKXU Charts - Local Mailout inquiries - Music Submissions - General music-related inquiries music@cxku.com

Adrianna Smith (She/Her/They/Them)

Music Director

– CKXU Charts
– Local Mailout inquiries
– Music Submissions
– General music-related inquiries
music@cxku.com

Live-to-Air Sound Engineer & Production Coordinator - Inquiries relating to “For the Record” live session band recordings - Inquiries relating to stage/sound for “For the Record” mini-fests - Production-related inquiries - Position funded in part through the CRFC’s Radiometres grant program production@cxku.com

Matthew Rederburg (He/Him)

Live-to-Air Sound Engineer & Production Coordinator

– Inquiries relating to “For the Record” live session band recordings
– Inquiries relating to stage/sound for “For the Record” mini-fests
– Production-related inquiries
– Position funded in part through the CRFC’s Radiometres grant program
production@cxku.com

CKXU 88.3 FM Board of Directors

The CKXU Radio Society is governed by an elected Board of Directors comprised of four BOD Executives, four Directors at Large, a ULSU Representative, a GSA Representative, and a Faculty Representative. The Board meets on a monthly basis every fourth Monday of the month at 7 p.m. All meetings are currently being held via ZOOM due to the ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic. Please check out the below links to review board-related documents:

AGM 2021 Documents 

BOD Meeting Agendas for 2021/22 

BOD Meeting Minutes for 2021/22

CKXU BOD Executives:

Oluwadamilola Idowu (He/Him/They)

President, Student

president@ckxu.com

Devyn Hurry (He/Him)

Secretary, Student

secretary@ckxu.com

Richard Amery (He/Him)

Vice President, Community

vicepresident@ckxu.com

Mickey Hayward (He/Him)

Treasurer, Community

treasurer@ckxu.com

CKXU BOD Directors:

Dinora Gonzalez (She/Her)

Director at Large, Community

Bernard White Man Left (He/Him)

Director at Large, Student

Madeson Singh (She/Her)

Director at Large, Student

CKXU BOD Representatives:

Marcela Rada (She/Her)

U of L Faculty Representative

Juanita DeVos (She/Her)

U of L Students Union Representative

David Knight (He/Him)

GSA Representative

CKXU 88.3 FM Committees

To get involved with one of CKXU’s Committees, please contact president@ckxu.com or manager@ckxu.com

The CKXU Finance Committee’s primary role is to provide financial recommendations to the Board of Directors, and is the working group for all financial matters of the Society.

Finance Committee Terms of Reference

2022/23 Committee Members:

  • Mickey Hayward, Treasurer
  • Genna Bourchier, Executive Director
  • Dai Hewison, Community Content Curator / Friends Coordinator

The CKXU Governance Committee’s primary role is to oversee all governance-related matters of the Society and to provide governance-related recommendations to the Board.

Governance Committee Terms of Reference

2022/23 Committee Members:

  • Richard Amery, Vice President
  • Genna Bourchier, Executive Director
  • Dai Hewison, Community Content Curator / Friends Coordinator

The CKXU HR-1 Committee’s primary role is to ensure that the Society is providing an appropriate environment for all staff members and volunteers, and to conduct annual staff reviews.

HR-1 Committee Terms of Reference

2022/23 Committee Members:

  • Oluwadamilola Idowu, President
  • Genna Bourchier, Executive Director

The CKXU HR-2 Committee’s primary role is to investigate all complaints that fall under the Society’s Harassment & Violence Prevention Policy, and to provide support to the Executive Director as needed with matters of Society discipline and general complaints.

HR-2 Committee Terms of Reference

2022/23 Committee Members:

  • Oluwadamilola Idowu, President
  • Genna Bourchier, Executive Director

Safer & Brave Spaces

CKXU 88.3 FM (CKXU) is committed to maintaining a safer and brave space for all individuals who contribute, participate, or who are involved with the station including staff, volunteers, members, listeners, and general supporters. 

For the station, this means that we strive to maintain a harassment-free and supportive environment where everyone has the right to feel comfortable, free, in possession of their own privacy, and included regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, age, language, body size, race, ethnicity, nationality, religion, socioeconomic standing, or otherwise. The organization and staff will make every effort to validate, respect, and accommodate reasonable requests received in relation to these values. 

These values contribute to CKXU’s dedication to maintaining a space that will not contribute to the erasure of any identity or expression, and will actively provide a space and attitude that seeks to enthusiastically support and accommodate any person with any identity or needs, within reason. Our organization will treat every individual with respect, dignity, and an approach that recognizes their identity, if they would like that identity to be recognized. 

CKXU strives to be actively engaged and present in the feedback process and ongoing development of our approaches. In doing so, we aim to cultivate and maintain an environment where all individuals can feel safe, considered, and free to communicate their needs, knowing they will be heard, taken seriously, and will not face judgement. CKXU is also dedicated to ongoing training and education opportunities that further organizational knowledge and understanding of safe, inclusive and trauma informed practices, active bystander techniques, responding to disclosures, active listening, and consensus-based decision making. If you have or know of training that would further benefit our organization, please feel free to share these resources via email to manager@ckxu.com.

Reporting an Occurrence

CKXU believes all individuals who come forward with a notice of an occurrence and does not tolerate abusive or discriminatory behaviour. The organization’s Governance and Human Resources-2 (HR-2) Committees have worked hard to develop and maintain a policy and reporting process that is equitable, simple to follow, and based in trauma-informed practices.

Reports can be submitted anonymously, and can be reported verbally or in written form to any of the following:

• HR-2 Committee at complaints@ckxu.com 
• Courtney McDermott, Board President at president@ckxu.com 
• Genna Bourchier, Executive Director at manager@ckxu.com or 403-329-5189 
• By physical notice via Station Dropbox. The mailbox is located on the Executive Director’s door in the University of Lethbridge’s Students Union Building, Level 1 – Room SU-162 and is checked multiple times a week 
• For Programming-Related Reports, please contact Mike Doherty, Program Director at program@ckxu.com
 

 

Once the Occurrence has been reported, the following steps will be taken:

1. Within 48hrs of receiving the report, any individual(s) who are implicated and/or responsible for the occurrence will receive a Letter of Warning from the organization. This letter will include disciplinary action, including barring access to the organization’s spaces, privileges, and events while the report is being reviewed 
2. Within 72hrs of receiving the report, the individual(s) who submitted the report and/or who are the object of the occurrence will be contacted by a CKXU Representative to book a meeting with the HR-2 Committee. This meeting should take place within 1 week of receiving the report

 

From here, there are 3 potential options to assist in finding a resolution and building recommendations moving forward:

 
NEGOTIATED RESOLUTION

The first meeting after the report has been received is considered a Negotiated Resolution. The goal is to determine whether the occurrence falls into the official definitions of harassment/violence, review the occurrence, clarify details, and discuss the steps involved to reach resolution from the perspective of the individual who has experienced harm. This can include continuing negotiated resolutions, or moving into Conciliation or Investigation.

CONCILIATION
In order to move into conciliation, all involved parties must agree to engage in conciliation, and must collectively establish who will be facilitating. The Facilitator will meet with both parties separately and together to assist in finding a resolution.
 
INVESTIGATION
An investigation may be requested at any time during the resolution process. The individual who has experienced harm must inform the HR-2 Committee of this decision. From there, a notice of investigation will be sent to all individuals involved, and 2-3 HR-2 Committee Representatives will be selected to proceed with the investigation. 
 
The HR-2 Committee Representatives will investigate the occurrence and put together a report outlining a general description of the occurrence, the investigation’s conclusions, their recommendations pertaining to the support and actions identified by the individual who experienced harm to comfortably and safely move forward from the occurrence, and any recommendations to eliminate or minimize the risk of a similar occurrence in the future. 
 
A copy of the Investigation Report will be provided to all involved individuals – the report will not reveal, directly or indirectly, the identity of the persons who were involved in the occurrence or the resolution process. The Executive Director and HR-2 Committee will meet to develop a timeline and action plan to implement any recommendations made in the Investigation Report.

Lethbridge Community Resources

YWCA Lethbridge 

Check out their resources here 

Chinook Sexual Assault Centre 

Check out their resources here 

Canadian Mental Health Association 

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Blackfoot Family Lodge 

Check out their resources here

Pro-Choice Society of Lethbridge & Southern AB 

Check out their resources here

24Hour Sexual Assault Crisis Line 

Service for individuals affected by sexual violence or for individuals supporting someone affected by sexual violence. 

1-800-552-8023

Lethbridge Indigenous Sharing Network 

Check out their resources here 

Lethbridge Family Services 

Check out their resources here 

Chinook Regional Hospital 

Check out their resources here 

OUTreach Southern Alberta 

Check out their resources here 

Lethbridge Pride 

Check out their resources here 

Womanspace 

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University of Lethbridge Campus Resources

Health Centre 

Check out their resources here 

Counselling Services 

Check out their resources here 

Sexual Violence Prevention Educator 

Check out their resources here 

Campus Collective Centre 

Check out their resources here 

Indigenous Student Centre 

Check out theirresources here

LGBTQ2S+ Resources 

Check out their resources here 

University of Lethbridge Students’ Union 

Check out their resources here 

Graduate Students’ Association 

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University of Lethbridge Security 

Check out their resources here 

Q-Space 

Check out their resources here

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CKXU 88.3 FM is a licensed FM Campus-Community radio station broadcasting from the Traditional Territories of the Niitsitapi, Tsuut’ina, Stoney Nakoda and Métis people in what is currently Lethbridge, AB.

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