The 3 Best Online Radio Players For Your Desktop

Thanks to the fine folks at I’m thinking to check out Screamer (for PC), as it can handle most formats, it’s ad-free, and it doubles as a recorder and encoder. Cool. They’ve got suggestions for Mac and Linux as well.

The 3 Best Online Radio Players For Your Desktop

And if that interests you, you may also want to check out their article “RadioTime – Listen To & Record FM Radio Online.”


CRTC Community Radio Hearing starts today

Big day for campus and community radio in Canada! Stations, associations, and other organizations will be appearing before the CRTC today. I’ll be appearing with the Community Radio Fund of Canada on Wednesday.

To listen online, visit the CRTC website at Look for the text “LISTEN TO A HEARING.” And here is the complete agenda.

Good luck to everyone!

Congrats to Low Power FM in the US!

I’ve been keeping an eye on this issue for the last little while, and have even blogged about it at least once. The news is already out there, and while a little late, I just want to say congrats to everyone working on this, especially the Prometheus Radio Project!

Local Community Radio Act Clears House of Representatives Without Opposition from Commercial Broadcasters
Prometheus Radio Project
Wednesday, 16 December 2009
“Washington, DC – The Local Community Radio Act passed the House of Representatives Wednesday evening with a resounding voice vote and now moves to the Senate. The bill will open the airwaves for hundreds of new non-commercial stations across the country, bringing low power radio to urban areas for the first time.”

Low Power FM Passes the House of Representatives!
Hannah Sassaman
December 17, 2009
“A number of people have asked me to do a little bit of writing on a big moment for community media justice — the passage of the low power FM radio bill out of the House of Representatives last night.”

(Links updated November 2013)

GoundWire Year-end edition and From the Ground (2010 Games)

I’ve missed a couple of great GroundWire releases. Check them out for yourself! (Links updated November 2013)

GroundWire is a twice-monthly dose of grassroots, independent journalism from the campus-community radio sector of Canada. It is a project of the National Campus and Community Radio Association (NCRA). Visit the GroundWire website or download it through the NCRA’s Program Exchange.

GroundWire 2010 Games: From the Ground

In this Special Edition, GroundWire journalists across Canada examine the social, political and economic costs of the 2010 Games.

Mega-events like the Olympics are full of images of amateur sports, personal achievement, and national unity. But voices against the Olympics tell a different story; one of expropriation of land, homelessness, unequal development, and debt. These voices have put a spotlight on social cleansing, government and corporate surveillance, criminalizing dissent, and corruption.


  • From Montreal – Have the Olympic Games become the largest vehicle for muzzling free speech? | David Koch | CKUT
  • From Windsor – Ontario Paralympic representatives talk about funding, support and issues of equality for Paralympic athletes as they prepare for March 2010. | Cam Wells | CJAM
  • From Vancouver – The hosts of Latin Waves on CJSF bring us their interview with Phil Lagood, from 2010 Watch, and his tabulation of Olympic costs thus far. | Stuart and Sylvia Richardson | CJSF
  • From Toronto – On November 19th, an Industrial Inquiry was ordered after recent pressure from the Vancouver Organizing Committee for the Olympics (VANOC) forced CUPE ambulance workers back to work in time for the Vancouver Olympics. | Ashkon Hobooti | CHRY


  • From Athens, Greece – Matthew Fava of CHRY talks with Erikos, who illustrates the fallout of the Athens Games. And in Toronto Joeita Gupta talks with Matthew about Toronto’s recent opposition to the now-successful PanAm Games bid.
  • From Halifax – First Nations voices discuss the appropriation of aboriginal culture and the plans for disrupting the 2010 Olympics . David Parker talks with Native activists Ange Sterrit, Dustin Johnson, Kanahus Pellkey and Gord Hill.


  • Smithers Community Radio Society, BC, breaks down what it takes to start a station from scratch. | Alissa Tutay | CHRY

Technical Production: Michael Elves | UMFM in Winnipeg. Music by: Joey Only Outlaw Band, Sound Resistance Radio, Talkin’ 2010 Armageddon

GroundWire year-end edition! Jan 4-18 – Reflecting on 2009


  • Virtually all media were shut out of the meeting of the Canadian Federation of Students (CFS) in November, as the organization adopted policies making it harder for locals to leave the federation. [Emma Godmere, Canadian University Press-Ottawa/Jacky Tuinstra Harrison, CHRY-Toronto]
  • Opponents of the 2010 winter games have claimed success in efforts to disrupt the Olympic torch relay, as it moved through urban centres and aboriginal communities. [Aaron Lakoff, CKUT-Montreal]
  • In Vancouver, Lu’s Pharmacy has emerged as the first in North America to serve women exclusively, but transgendered people have objected to the pharmacy’s definition of “woman.” [Glayzee de Franca and Frieda Werden, CJSF-Burnaby]
  • At the close of 2009, unionized workers remain locked-out of their jobs by management at several businesses in the Province of Quebec in a year marked by rising unemployment. [David Tacium/David Koch, CKUT-Montreal]


  • Confronting violent and repressive immigration and border policies, activists won a series of victories in 2009. Groundwire looks back on the cases of Abdelkader Belaouni, Abousfian Abdelrazik, and Adil Charkaoui. [Courtney Kirkby with files from Stefan Christoff, David Koch, and No One Is Illegal Radio, CKUT-Montreal]
  • Athletics, personal achievement and national unity, or a herald of displacement, dept, and repression of dissent? In the lead-up to the 2010 Olympic Games, Groundwire reviews the unofficial version of the story so far. [Jacky Tuinstra Harrison, CHRY-Toronto]


  • Kevin Shaw explores the global hybrid sounds of Indo Caribbean and Greek radio, as the new generation reinvents cultural programming. [CHRY Toronto]

Hosted by Aaron Lakoff and Anabel Khoo Technical production by Aaron Lakoff, Anabel Khoo and David Koch [CKUT-Montreal]. Music by Rafeef Ziadah

GroundWire Podcast for November 9-20 – Abdelkhadr Belaouni and Student Poverty

I’ve missed a couple of episodes of GroundWire. Check out their site for podcasts covering topics like: Tar Sands – Midwifery – Equity – accessibility and disability awareness – Drug addictions and children – McGill’s “Echoes of the Holocaust” – Ontario Disability Pension Plan, Autonomy of Quebec Universities – All-Woman Pharmacy’s Trans Challenge – Zellers/HBC strike – Nova Scotia Community College employees strike – CRTC’s Campus and Community Radio Policy Review – Golden Crown Hotel evictions in Vancouver

GroundWire is a twice-monthly dose of grassroots, independent journalism from the campus-community radio sector of Canada. It is a project of the National Campus and Community Radio Association (NCRA). Visit the GroundWire website to listen.


In Montreal, migrant justice advocates are celebrating a significant victory this week in the case of Abdelkader Belaouni. Aaron Lakoff | CKUT

From Vancouver, perspectives on the disruption of the Victoria torch relay and where the resistance movement is headed. VanRad Collective

In Toronto, students have had enough of living below the poverty line. The Student Day of Action on November 5th saw crowds demanding lower tuition fees, as recession job losses target youth, part-time and racialized workers. Omme Salma Rahemtullah | CHRY


A recent Queen’s University report indicates medical students want more training to help them treat people with intellectual disabilities. Indeed, 93 per cent feel training in intellectual disabilities should be improved. VoicePrint/Accessible Media Inc. spoke with Dr. Philip Burge, author of the report.

November 20, 2009 marks 20 years since the U.N Convention on the Rights of the Child. Ontario youth in and from foster care got together to talk about the Convention’s goals around education and if those goals are a reality in Ontario. Jacky Harrison | CHRY, with files from the Network Community Group and the Provincial Advocate for Children and Youth.

A new report, A Flawed Compass, suggests the Correctional Service of Canada is trampling on the constitutional rights of prisoners. Authors Michael Jackson and Graham Stewart, as well as former inmates and activists, warn Canada is headed down the road to more rights abuses. Dee Le Comte | CKUT

This episode was anchored by Melissa Beckford and Ian Gormly, and produced by Alissa Tutay and Jacky Tuinstra Harrison. Music by Steel.

(Links updated November 2013)