The partnership of Canada’s first community foundation and a Winnipeg community radio station takes another big step with a new office/home studio in the heart of the community: at Winnipeg’s iconic Portage and Main.
The Winnipeg Foundation has been a strong supporter of CJNU 93.7 FM since its beginning, and now the station has set up a permanent home base next to the Foundation’s office on the 13th floor of the Richardson Building. As a volunteer-run radio co-operative, CJNU shares the Foundation’s sense of community spirit and pride.
CJNU broadcasts from a different community host sponsor location each month, and the Foundation has hosted the station annually each April since 2007. CJNU requires a permanent home for its operations and selected broadcasts and this collaboration provides the space in the heart of the city. The Foundation also sponsors CJNU’s morning newscast with Roger Currie (which also appears on Community News Commons) and the station works closely with CNC, which is a project of the Foundation.
“This partnership with CJNU is an extension of our existing collaboration, reflecting our common values. Working together with Community News Commons, we will reach new audiences and we look forward to sharing the stories of our community,” says Rick Frost, The Winnipeg Foundation CEO.
“We are proud to offer a truly independent voice on the radio dial. Having a home base and studio in the very heart of the city is an important step forward. It would not have been possible without our most valuable partnership with The Winnipeg Foundation,” says Bill Stewart, CJNU General Manager.
CJNU’s inaugural live broadcast from its new studio in the Richardson Building begins today, Nov. 21, when it kicks off its first annual Pledge Weekend and Membership Blitz.
Owned and operated by Nostalgia Broadcasting Cooperative, CJNU specializes in music and programming aimed at the 50+ generation. The station launched in 2006 and became fully licensed by the CTRC in 2013.
The Winnipeg Foundation, founded in 1921, is Canada’s first community foundation. Thanks to generous donors, the Foundation’s grants support the work of charitable agencies in all areas of the city.