We are CHMA 106.9 FM, a 50-watt, non-commercial, not-for-profit community radio station located on the campus of Mount Allison University in Sackville, New Brunswick
As one of the nation’s smallest campus-community radio stations, we’ve always been able to do a lot with very little. Over the past 40 years, we’ve built a great station, thanks to our tiny but trusty transmitter, our ever-evolving core of talented and loyal programmers and volunteers, and our sheer love of radio.
CHMA means a great deal to a great many people: the programmers who speak to both the university and Sackville communities; musicians, both local and distant, who rely on our airplay, support, and enthusiasm; and listeners, both near and far. Then there’s our alumni: the station has provided the training ground to dozens of broadcasters, journalists, and technicians who work in the medium across the land.
The world of radio is changing, and much of our equipment—stuff that’s been through decades of use and overuse—is simply wearing out. For the first time, CHMA is running a deficit, and without additional funds, we won’t be able to continue in the same way.
We want to be able to offer the same great programming experiences and open door that we’ve always had. In fact, we want to do more, to increase and strengthen our award-winning current affairs and news programming in the year ahead. We also want to embrace the brave new digital world, through apps and an online presence that will allow our signal, our voice, to reach beyond the marshes to a wider world.
But this isn’t possible without raising some money. And that’s where you come in. We’re asking friends, fans, and alumni of CHMA to dig deep and chip in to help us replace old analog equipment while simultaneously moving into a digital world. This will assure that our current programmers and the next generations of Allisonians and Sackvillians can continue to enjoy the magic of community radio.
Our goal is daunting but attainable: $11 000. We chose the number to honour the 11th edition of Stereophonic, our annual music festival. We’ve got some great incentives to get us there. Please tune in, share, and above all—give. Help keep The Voice of the Marshes loud and clear.
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Stereophonic is an annual music festival organized by the staff and
volunteers of CHMA 106.9 FM, a 50-watt campus-community radio station
serving Mount Allison University and the Greater Tantramar Region.
Now in its eleventh year, the festival, held in the small town of
Sackville, New Brunswick, is dedicated to promoting local talent and
volunteerism on all levels. It celebrates the hospitality of our
community, the importance of campus/community radio, and the vitality of
Dubbed one of the “best alternative music festivals” by indie rock hero
Brent Randall and “like Sappy(fest) only less commercial” by banjo
legend Old Man Luedecke, Stereophonic is New Brunswick’s longest running
independent music festival. Here are some videos of past Stereophonics.
Boardwalk Radio is a daily community news and events show aired on CHMA 106.9 FM, Sackville New Brunswick. Boardwalk is a Monday-Friday noon hour show.
Radio Girls Rock Camp is a free music camp for girls in Sackville,
New Brunswick. The first ever Radio Girls Rock Camp was held after
school, from January 13th -18th, 2014 in Mount Allison
University’s Hammond Studio.
At Radio Girls Rock Camp our aim is to inspire creativity, teamwork, critical thinking and self-esteem through music. Positive female role models made up local artists and musicians will lead music lessons, skill sharing activities and confidence building workshops.
The rock camp concluded with the attendees participating in a final live music showcase on January 18th at the Vogue Cinema in conjunction with CHMA’s winter fundraiser, Stereophonic.