91X Volunteer Appreciation and Awards Dinner
By: Greg Schatzmann, Station Manager 91X
As Quinte’s community broadcaster, 91X Radio (CJLX 91.3FM) based out of Loyalist College, relies on volunteer power for much of its programming. Aside from the Radio Broadcasting students who appear as program hosts during much of the alternative rock programming, a team of community volunteers is responsible for most of the station’s feature programs.
Once a year, 91X hosts its Volunteer Appreciation and Awards dinner at Loyalist’s Club 213. Here, volunteer programmers marking milestones with the radio station are recognized for their efforts. At this year’s event, held March 18th, Jeremy and Joshua Davis were honoured for ten years as host of their interview-based program, The Other Side. Fanis Meletis was also acknowledged for 15 years as host of the station’s Greek language program. In addition, three individuals were presented with certificates of appreciation for becoming new show hosts in the past year: Norm Rickaby for the Lavender Sofa, Laurence Stevenson for The Search, and Kathleen Cote as host of the 91X New Rock 30.
|Mayor John Williams of Quinte West (front) was presented the Dave Sovereign Memorial Award. (background) Greg Schatzmann, Station Manager 91X|
The night also brings together members of the community and supporters of the radio station from outside the college. 91X presents the Dave Sovereign Memorial Award to a member of the community who has assisted the radio station in meeting its mandate of providing listeners with quality locally-produced programming. This year Mayor John Williams of Quinte West was honoured for his on-going cooperation with the 91X news department. According to 91X News Director and Journalism Professor Len Arminio, “Mayor Williams has always been available for interviews, always returns phone calls, has always patiently dealt with our student journalists questions and has treated them with dignity and understanding”.
91X is governed by Loyalist College Radio Incorporated, a non-profit entity that has its own Board of Directors. Outgoing student members of this board were presented with certificates to acknowledge their involvement over the past year.
A silent auction enabled the evening to also function as a fund raiser for the station. Many businesses and organizations supported this endeavour including: Arpeggio Boutique & Guitar Sales, Chumleigh’s, College Sports, The Empire Theatre, Loyalist Student Government, Marc’s No Frills, Matt & Joe’s, Quinte Mall, Quinte Symphony, ReMax agent Debra Tosh, the Belleville Theater Guild and Gillian Robinson, Massage Therapist.
One of only a handful of radio stations licenced by the CRTC as Campus-Instructional, 91X carries the unique mandate of facilitating a real-life training ground for Radio and Journalism students at Loyalist while providing the Quinte community with alternative programming that’s generally not available from other local sources. The result is locally produced programming that varies in range from alternative rock to classical, jazz, folk, blues, reggae, swing and big band, along with a healthy dose of information-based programming.
The station maintains a website at http://www.91x.fm/ where a complete program guide can be found, and live streaming enables anyone with an internet connection to listen to the station wherever they may be.