CHSR Fundrive 2014

Support campus/community radio in Fredericton, NB! A 53 year old station in a building almost that old, suffered severe water damage, need to renovate 3+ rooms
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Mark Kilfoil
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Fredericton, New Brunswick
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CHSR vs The Polar Vortex

In January, the polar vortex brought a very rapid change in temperature which caused severe leaking all over the station. By the time it was done, two of four studios and one of our offices had to be gutted, a third studio is on the edge, and there's a possibility some pre-emptive work might need to be done in our main, on-air studio.


This isn't something we could have budgeted for, and we need your help to cover our budget -- and to grow beyond this setback and flourish even stronger!

CHSR is Campus and Community Radio

CHSR is one of the oldest campus and community radio stations in Canada. We've been doing alternative radio for 53 years, providing our community with a voice, giving a space where volunteers can discover their passion for radio, learn about their own passion for communication, and share the best alternative music with the world.


Over the last several years, our budget has been getting tighter. Unsteady enrolment means a reduction in our student levy funds. Grants are often hard to come by, and advertising -- especially when you have an alternative station, can be tricky.


We've done quite well for ourselves, however, managing to grow but maintain a balanced budget for quite a few decades. But this year, a major snag: water damage.


Remember the "polar vortex" back in January? Well, it wasn't just massive snowstorms and strange temperatures. It hit us pretty hard. Aging structures combined with rapid swings in temperature bring about disasters, like having waterfalls within our walls.


In short, water poured down from multiple parts of the station at once. At it's peak, we counted 5 different spots all simultaneously dropping water.


We had to shut down two of our four studios immediately, just to play it safe, and shortly after that, we evacuated all the equipment from both rooms. A third studio has been kept in service, but the stained carpet completely removed. Now we're finding that because of the wall construction, the damage may require that studio to be gutted as well, leaving with just our on-air studio. In addition, one of our offices had to be completely emptied, and there were other spots of smaller damage that we need to fix.


As you can imagine, this puts a severe limitation on what we can do. But we persevere, producing as many shows as we can live-to-air and volunteers finding ways to record their shows with portable recorders.


Now, we're looking at rebuilding plans, and trying to figure out what and how we can pay for it all.


But we aren't just looking to settle at where we were -- we're looking to come back stronger than ever, and that's where you come in.

The First $5000

The goal for this campaign is to cover immediate studio repair and rebuild costs. It won't cover all of our costs, but we wanted to start with immediate needs, to get us to a stable and working level. We want to do even more.


We're still working out exact plans, but we're looking at least $10000 to do the necessary work, including replacing all the carpeting, wiring, sound absorption on the walls, as well as replacing the A/C unit that was lost. So, the base goal covers half of that, the rest comes from internal project funds (that we can scrounge together).

But We Have Plans..

Every cent of money that is earned from this campaign can be transformed by CHSR into a new project. We have the largest music library East of Montreal, but we're running out of physical space. We'd like to employ more summer students and part-time employees. We want to update the studio that was damaged, and add a new miniature production studio. We'd love to host more bands. We'd like to host and attend more events, do more remote reporting, maybe even give the staff a small raise for once a decade..

Quirky Perks from an Alternative Station

We strongly feel that community is at the very heart of what we do, and that we serve a role of providing that community with an alternative voice, in just about every way possible. To that end, most of our perks are designed to welcome the community voice on the air, and give you some direct control over some of our shows, in a fun way.


We don't have a lot of swag on hand at the moment, but we've got a button maker and keen volunteers ready to make you a pin you can wear proudly. We'll also be giving away 100% customized mugs, and a number of our shows are offering unique perks of their own. And look for the CHSR VIP Concert Pass, where you can get in free to the CHSR events we hold every year, like the annual Shake'n'Bake concert every fall.

What Happens If You Don't Make Your Goal?

We cry. But then we wipe off our tears, get back up, take a deep breath and get back to work. We'll try to see where we can cut, what repairs can wait for a year (or longer), and make the best with what we've got. We're a resourceful station, stretching every penny beyond the breaking point.


But it will slow us down, and we'll have to leave many of the great plans we've spent the last couple of years building up on the drawing board.

Other Ways You Can Help

Times are tough, and the last thing we want to do is take someone else's last penny. If you can contribute, we thank you deeply, but there are other ways you can help:

  • Attend our events: during our Fundrive period (February 10-28) we have multiple events going on around town. Take in the concerts at The Cellar. Drop by during our BBQ. Attend the games night. Look for a full list of events on our website: chsrfm.ca
  • Tell everybody! Sometimes it feels like CHSR is Fredericton's best kept secret. No more! Tell everybody you know about the station, and tell them how much we need help. We can't overemphasize how important it is to just get the word out.
  • Talk to Alumni! Remember how your uncle mentioned that he used to do radio at UNB in the 70s? Or how your aunt used to listen to this crazy metal show on CHSR in the 80s? We've been educating, entertaining and alternativ'ing for 53 years, and that means a huge number of people have enjoyed the station over time, whether as a volunteer or a listener. Tell them it's time to make a contribution, to give back to the station which gives so much, every day.
  • Share it everywhere! Remember to share this on Facebook, post this on Twitter, +1 this on Google Plus, or use any of the share tools offered by Indiegogo or any social media. Let the world ring! Use the hashtag #helpchsr so we can follow your efforts and thank you!

Perks as Add-Ons

To give you a little incentive to boost up your pledge, we're now offering the following perks as add-ons. Simply add this much to your pledge, and get more than one thing!

+$10 Small Room of Big Prizes (CD)

+$15 You Name It!

+$15 Small Room of Big Prizes (Vinyl)

+$30 Daily Listener (Mug, soup cup or plate) (+$6 to ship outside of Canada)

+$30 Challenger

+$30 Super Fan 2XL Shirt (While supplies last) (+$10 to ship outside of Canada)

+$30 CHSR VIP Concert Pass (While supplies last)

Participating Shows

If you're curious about what these shows are, or when to listen, check out our schedule page.

More to be added soon!

Participating Hosts

More to be added soon!

Nameable Things

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$5,470CAD
raised by 90 people in 19 days
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Select a Perk
  • $5CAD
    Community Radio Fan

    You may have never heard of us. We get it. But you know what kind of thing we do, and you respect that. And we respect you. Gets a shout-out on the website, and probably a hug from the Program Director, if we meet in person.

    7 claimed

    Estimated delivery: March 2014
  • $10CAD
    Dedicated Listener

    You've found something at CHSR that is uniquely yours. Name your favourite show and they'll give you a shout-out. Available as an add-on to existing perk.

    3 claimed

    Estimated delivery: March 2014
  • $10CAD
    Member

    Join the station for a year! Includes all regular member benefits, including training, workshops, access to the studios, the ability to pitch a show of your own, attend CHSR-only events, parties and more! You will be expected to volunteer your time to the station. Does not include any other awards, but being a member is it's own reward.

    3 claimed

    Estimated delivery: March 2014
  • $10CAD
    Small Room Of Big Prizes

    CD Edition! CHSR has been hoarding new releases from the likes of Matt Andersen, Bruce Springsteen, R.Kelly, Broken Bells, MGMT, Protest The Hero, and HAIM among MANY others. For a $10 donation you can come in and pick an album from the Small Room Of Big Prizes! (Often there is only one copy of each album available, first come first serve.) Local pick-up only.

    0 out of 20 claimed

    Estimated delivery: March 2014
  • $15CAD
    Frequent Listener

    You have a permanent preset on 97.9 FM just for us, and we really appreciate that. This is the first real swag level! You'll receive all the Dedicated Listener awards, plus a CHSR pen and pin! Add $6 to ship outside of Canada.

    1 claimed

    Estimated delivery: March 2014
  • $15CAD
    You Name It!

    Want to really make your mark on the station? We have a lot of doors, rooms, shelves, studios, equipment, etc around the station, and a pretty decent label maker! For 6 months, your name (or a name of your choosing, within reason) will adorn some element of the station's life. People will walk by your name, reference your name, start to create legends about your name. (Does not include other perks. Consult the "Nameable Things" chart to see which items are involved.)

    13 out of 50 claimed

    Estimated delivery: March 2014
  • $15CAD
    Small Room Of Big Prizes

    Vinyl Edition! CHSR has been hoarding new releases from Bruce Springsteen, Broken Bells, Mid Atlantic, Born Ruffians, The Pygmies, Tom Odell and HAIM. A $15 donation gets you into the Small Room Of Big Prizes to choose an album for yourself! (There is only one copy of each album available, first come first serve.) Local pick-up only.

    3 out of 7 claimed

    Estimated delivery: March 2014
  • $30CAD
    Daily Listener

    When someone enters your car, it's tuned to 97.9FM, and you likely own a piece of CHSR swag. Well, it's time for more swag! We'll supply you with a unique, custom, hand-decorated mug, plate or bowl! So, whether you listen with the morning cereal, alongside the supper hour, or for the morning cup of joe, we'll be right there with you. Includes everything of Frequent Listener. Add $6 to ship outside of Canada.

    7 claimed

    Estimated delivery: March 2014
  • $30CAD
    Producer

    Take partial control over your favourite show! You get to suggest a topic/theme/genre/artists/content for one episode of your favourite participating show. Suggestions include: choosing a silly topic to debate, choosing an unusual or genre/artist for the hosts to discover. Show hosts have final word on what they will accept, so keep it relevant. (Does not include any other perks. Consult the "Participating Shows" chart to see which shows are involved.)

    1 claimed

    Estimated delivery: March 2014
  • $30CAD
    Challenger

    Make your favourite (or least favourite..) hosts work for their audience! Issue a tongue-twister challenge with up to 3 word mazes! Or create a silly phrase that the hosts have to use at least 3 times per half-hour of the show! Be creative! (Does not include any other perks. Consult the "Participating Shows" chart to see which shows are involved.)

    1 claimed

    Estimated delivery: March 2014
  • $30CAD
    "Brought To You By.."

    A personal shout-out as part of the introduction to an episode of your favourite series. The shout-out has to be for an individual, but you do get to add your own "catch phrase" of up to 20 words. (Does not include any other perks. Must not violate CRTC or CHSR regulations and guidelines. Consult the "Participating Shows" chart to see which shows are involved.)

    2 claimed

    Estimated delivery: March 2014
  • $30CAD
    CHSR VIP Concert Pass

    CHSR hosts at least 3-5 shows each year, including our annual Shake 'n' Bake big concert. This pass gets you in free to each and every one of them, between April 2014 and May 2015. As we add more concerts (if stretch goals are accomplished), this deal just gets sweeter. Non-transferrable, limit 1 per person. (Does not include concerts sponsored by CHSR but not organized by CHSR. Does not include any other perks. Note that some of these shows will be 19+; this perk does not supersede that.)

    2 out of 25 claimed

    Estimated delivery: April 2014
  • $30CAD
    Super Fan 2XL Shirt

    We have found a small number of T-shirts left over from last year's celebrations! The only wrinkle: they are all of 2XL size.. (Does not include any other perks. Add $10 to ship outside of Canada.)

    1 out of 8 claimed

    Estimated delivery: March 2014
  • $50CAD
    Guest Host

    Join your favourite show for an entire episode a a guest host! Like a Producer, you get to suggest a major theme for the episode, but after that, you're a participant. (Does not include any other perks. Consult the "Participating Shows" chart to see which shows are involved.)

    1 claimed

    Estimated delivery: March 2014
  • $50CAD
    Host Swap

    Pick your favourite pair of hosts and get them to do each other's shows (to the best of their ability) for an episode! (Does not include any other perks. Consult the "Participating Shows" chart to see which shows are involved.)

    0 claimed

    Estimated delivery: March 2014
  • $50CAD
    Pop Art Fan

    A piece of Signature Nutty Digital Pop Art from creative member Nutty Nuchtchas. She will immortalize you as she has others here - http://nimlas.org/blog/tag/pop-art/ (Does not include any other perks.)

    3 out of 5 claimed

    Estimated delivery: August 2014
  • $50CAD
    Vinyl Art Fan!

    CHSR's very own awesome chick Bondo makes striking white-on-black portraits of your favourite artist's immortal image -- on vinyl! Suitable for framing. Add $20 to ship outside of Canada. (Does not include any other perks.)

    4 out of 5 claimed

    Estimated delivery: May 2014
  • $50CAD
    Even More Vinyl Art Fan!

    By popular demand, we're creating a second vinyl art perk! This is identical to the original "Vinyl Art Fan!" perk. Add $20 to ship outside of Canada. (Does not include any other perks.)

    0 out of 5 claimed

    Estimated delivery: May 2014
  • $60CAD
    Everybody Loves Cupcakes!

    Creative member (and awesome baker) Nutty Nuchtchas is offering to make 4 Doz cupcakes, for your party, your work, or whatever! Baked by the Nuchtchas herself, frosted and decorated to your liking! Please specify flavours and special instructions, as well as any food Allergies. (Does not include any other perks.)

    0 out of 1 claimed

    Estimated delivery: June 2014
  • $100CAD
    "Brought To This Month By.."

    A personal or professional shout-out as part of the introduction to one month of (or 5, for daily shows) episodes of your favourite series. The shout-out can be for an individual or a company, and you do get to add your own "catch phrase" of up to 20 words. (Does not include any other perks. Consult the "Participating Shows" chart to see which shows are involved.)

    3 claimed

    Estimated delivery: March 2014
  • $200CAD
    Patron of the Station

    You'll be listed as a Patron on the website, and we'll produce an advertisement (according to our guidelines and your suggestions) to advertise your business or event for two months. The ad will be in random rotation, and will air approximately 20 times per week. This is typically a $500 value. (Does not include any other perks.Must not violate CRTC or CHSR regulations or guidelines.)

    4 claimed

    Estimated delivery: August 2014
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