CJAM 99.1 FM Holding Emergency Fundraising Drive

Sunday June 2nd, 2019

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CJAM, the University of Windsor campus radio station is holding an emergency fundraising drive in hopes to be able to stay on sir and offer programming.

In January the Ontario Government announced the Student Choice Initiative, that allows students to opt-out of any ancillary fees deemed non-essential.

The Student Choice Initiative goes into effect this September, leaving many organizations like CJAM scrambling to find alternative sources of revenue.

The changes could mean up to 70% of CJAM’s annual budget will not come through this fall.

“If we had more time to prepare for these losses I believe we would be able to keep all of our staff members, but at this point we have eliminated our Music Director position and are holding an emergency fundraising drive to maintain our basic operations. We have to keep costs down as much as possible until we can generate enough revenue on our own to make up for the losses we anticipate,” says Station Manager Brady Holek.

The emergency fundraising drive runs until June 7th.

“We are trying to avoid a full shutdown, or becoming a shell station with one part-time staff, few volunteers, and a much smaller voice in the community. I do not want to see that happen here and CJAM is going to do all it can to survive so we can continue to provide students and the public opportunities to gain experience and skills that lead to job opportunities in broadcasting, journalism, and the music industry.”

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