Radio fund drive hits airwaves

Thanks to the hard work of volunteers, CHLY 101.7 FM continues strong after 10 years of alternative radio broadcasting.

Thanks to the hard work of dedicated volunteers, the Radio Malaspina Society’s CHLY 101.7 FM continues strong after 10 years of alternative radio broadcasting.

The society is now looking for listener financial support to help keep the radio station going for the next 10 years. The drive happens each spring and fall, providing most of the society’s funding.

This fall, CHLY is aiming to raise $30,000 during its fundraising week (Oct.23-29) with volunteer programmers asking their listening audiences for a contribution.

More than 100 volunteers are also hitting the streets, urging community members to support the station.

The society has purchased a 350 watt back-up transmitter, allowing plans to move forward to repair its main (2,000 watt) transmitter that is only running at half power.

Dylan Perry, CHLY program manager, said the work on the transmitter will put CHLY back at full power for the next 10 years or more.

“The next 10 years will be both exciting and challenging times for radio in Canada, as digital broadcasting continues to expand,” he said. “What this means is that the possibility of having multiple signals broadcast on the same 101.7 FM frequency becomes more of a reality every day.”

Anyone interested in making a pledge can call 250-740-1017 or visit www.chly.ca.