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Winnipeg Free Press (Newspaper) - March 28, 2015, Winnipeg, Manitoba C M Y K PAGE B4 Will Week 2015: Perform a Not- So- Random Act of Kindness Having a valid, up- to- date will ensures that your wishes for your family and your community will be met. Attend a free estate planning seminar and learn about how to create or update a will and how you can make a charitable gift within your will. This year’s Will Week sessions take place from April 20 to 24 at various locations around Winnipeg. Sessions are free to attend but you must register in advance. To register, call ( 204) 948- 3394 or email pgt@ gov. mb. ca . For a complete schedule, visit winnipegwill. com. For more on the Foundation, visit www. wpgfdn. org or call 204.944.9474. PHILANTHROPY WINNIPEG FREE PRESS, SATURDAY, MARCH 28, 2015 EDITOR: SHANE MINKIN Fax: 204- 697- 7412 / Phone: 204- 697- 7292 shane. minkin@ freepress. mb. ca B 4 winnipegfreepress. com T HERE’S one radio station on your dial where you will be greeted by the sounds of the Everly Brothers, Anne Murray, the Beach Boys, Guy Lombardo, Frank Sinatra and Benny Goodman. It’s also a place where you will hear local broadcasting legends such as Lee Major, Ernie Nairn and Roger Currie. It’s 93.7 CJNU — Nostalgia Radio — and 20 years after it first started as a temporary signal to help remember the country’s military veterans, it now beams out tunes and talk with the strongest signal it has ever had on a permanent place on the dial. Bill Stewart, CJNU’s manager and chief operating officer, said, “ Radio still represents about half of all the listening people do. The other half is all kinds of other things. Traditional radio still commands a large amount of listening.” Stewart said the station had a long odyssey before becoming the station it is today. As CKVN, the station began by broadcasting for two weeks with a low- power signal in the mid- 1990s to commemorate Canada’s veterans. He said the response from the public was so supportive they did it annually until 2002, when the station became licensed as CHNR, trying but failing to broadcast for most of each month. They tried again in 2005, but the station also failed after a few weeks. It wasn’t until 2006, when the late Garry Robertson — who operated a dance DJ service — brought together radio supporters to help found CJNU as a non- profit community co- op that the station found success. “ Wendy Hart was doing a lot of work with us, and she said we should be a co- op,” Stewart said. “ That was a stroke of genius. It allowed us to develop a membership base, and it made it clear this was a public station.” Much like Pollock’s Hardware and the Co- op gas bars and grocery stores, the Nostalgia Broadcasting Co- operative sells annual memberships. It has about 1,000 members. Stewart says while the station doesn’t pay out a cash dividend, “ The dividend you get is you can feel good about tuning into your favourite radio station every day and know you helped.” In 2013, the biggest change occurred: The station moved from 107.9 FM to 93.7 FM and no longer had the type of broadcast licence that forced it to close down for at least one day a month. With its new 500- watt transmitter on top of 55 Nassau St., listeners throughout Winnipeg and the capital region can tune in. Stewart said in the early days when it had to shut down at the end of the month, the station would set up its equipment and broadcast out of various organizations around the city. The station now has a permanent location — taking space on the same floor in the Richardson Building as the Winnipeg Foundation — but still does most of its broadcasts remotely at charity organizations. “ We call them our host sponsors,” he said. “ They are mostly non- profit organizations like Winnipeg Harvest, the Shriners, Red Cross. “ We’re the gypsy radio station... but now the Winnipeg Foundation has donated this space to us for eight years. We are very grateful to them.” Rick Frost, CEO of the Winnipeg Foundation, said it’s pleased to assist CJNU because the radio station does so much good work in the community. “ They’re a volunteer operation that supports a lot of charities,” he said. “ They do a lot of publicservice announcements. They are a voice for the charitable sector, and we see that as a good thing. “ For us, it’s a good fit.” Lee Major’s broadcasting career began at the CBC’s brand- new radio station in Yellowknife in 1958 and lasted 35 years. Since retiring, he has hosted a show three mornings a week on CJNU, and in recent years also teamed up with Don Percy to host Two Grumpy Guys in the Kitchen on CTV. “ I still prefer morning shifts, because then you have the rest of the day off,” Major said, chuckling. “ I do it to keep alive. I love radio, and I do like talking to the public and playing music.” Major’s show includes jazz, but also pop favourites from the past. “ I also like that you’re helping out a cause, like the Kidney Foundation, Heart and Stroke, Winnipeg Harvest and Siloam Mission. You’re doing something that helps,” he said. Ernie Nairn was a sports broadcast fixture during his 30- year career with CBC television and radio in Winnipeg. He was named the country’s top sportscaster in 1986. He has been broadcasting on CJNU for six years and continues to dabble in sports at 20 minutes after the hour. “ It has been super,” he said. “ I was just amazed at the number of people who responded to me... “ It’s because we’re in the community, and we are involved. We’re there to be the voice of the community.” But Nairn says it’s the music that causes most people to tune in. “ When you have veteran announcers like myself and Lee Major, we know the music people are interested in. It’s the kind of music people want to listen to,” he said. “ We have a very positive audience.” Susan Hamilton was a secretary in the Winnipeg School Division until retiring in 1997. She is now an announcer on the radio, sets up the monthly on- air schedules for the station’s broadcasters and operators, and hosts her own music show. She is also on CJNU’s board of directors. “ I love music, but I just never thought I’d do broadcasting,” Hamilton said. “ It just happened.” Hamilton said while it takes hours to put together the monthly schedule, “ It is fun.” She plays lots of jazz on her show, but also other music. “ I like all kinds of music — I’m eclectic in my taste. I play ( music written in the 1890s). If it’s good, it lasts.” Hamilton said she is gratified the station’s listenership includes younger people. “ They are in their 20s, 30s and 40s,” she said. “ They are looking for something good, and they find it with us.” Hamilton said because the station is also streamed on the Internet, she gets music requests from as far away as England and Russia. Tom Dercola, the station’s vice- president and an announcer, also came to the airwaves after decades of teaching. After his retirement, he was volunteering at Winnipeg Harvest when the station came to broadcast out of the food bank for a month in 2009. “ I went over to talk to them,” he said. “ One thing led to another, and by the next week I was on the air. “ I’ve been on the air for six years now.” Dercola said one difference between CJNU and other radio stations is while other stations have a prearranged play list of songs, CJNU DJs pick their own songs to play. “ For my Malts, Mustangs and Memories show, you’ll hear music from the ’ 50s through the ’ 60s and ’ 70s, while for my The Memories show, you’ll hear the big bands,” he said. “ A lot of young people tell me it’s so soothing to listen to these groups, or they tap along to the beat.” Dercola said he loves the fact the radio station mostly broadcasts out of different places monthly. “ It’s enjoyable getting out and meeting new people,” he said. “ It’s refreshing, because our listeners can come up and speak to us. You can’t see the smiles when you’re in a radio booth.” kevin. rollason@ freepress. mb. ca Honouring caregivers THERE’S still time to nominate someone who helps seniors or people in long- term or continuing care for an award. The deadline for the Long Term & Continuing Care Association of Manitoba’s Award for Excellence is Tuesday. The awards — which are open to all staff members, even if they’re not members of the LTCAM — has categories for community services, recreation- therapy service and innovation/ vision/ leadership. For the entry form, go to http:// wfp. to/ MlI and click on ‘ 2015 Award for Excellence Information.’ An egg- cellent cause THERE’S still time to buy a paper egg to help children and adults living with special needs. The eggs, which cost $ 2 and benefit the SMD Foundation/ Easter Seals, are being sold at numerous places including the Bargain! Shop, Red Apple, Booster Juice, Dollar Wise, Little Caesars and Canad Inns until April 5. All proceeds will stay in the province and help support more than 47,000 people with disabilities. Books needed for sale THE annual Children’s Hospital book sale is at St. Vital Centre from April 21 to 25, and they are looking for more books to sell. The organizers are asking people to drop off gently used books ( but no Reader’s Digest , encyclopedias or weekly magazines) at any fire- paramedic station. Women helping women THREE Winnipeg women will be honoured at Soroptimist International of Winnipeg’s annual awards luncheon at Balmoral School on April 18. The organization, celebrating its 70th anniversary this year, will hand out its Women Helping Women Award to a woman who has helped women and girls, and Live Your Dream awards to help two women who are the financial heads of their households go back to school. Tickets for the luncheon are $ 35 and can be purchased by calling Sally at 204- 257- 5064 or emailing saladann@ mymts. net. Sponsor senior’s campaign TEN children living with special needs will soon be riding specialized bikes thanks to a senior who will be bicycling from Vancouver to Winnipeg this summer. John’s Excellent Bike Adventure will see 78- year- old John Wichers — who worked at the Rehabilitation Centre for Children before retiring — bike solo through the mountains and Prairies for 28 days in June. Sponsorship levels range from $ 100 to $ 3,500. The bikes cost up to $ 6,000 each. For more information, call the Children’s Rehabilitation Foundation at 204- 475- 5073. Bottoms Up! bash THE Bottoms Up! evening for Colorectal Cancer is being held in the Fort Garry Hotel Grand Ballroom on April 22 at 6 p. m. The fundraiser features comedian John Wing, music, specialty hors d’oeuvres, martinis and a special raffle where someone will win a twoyear lease on a 2015 Jeep Cherokee. Call 204- 927- 5430 for tickets. Ritzy event in aid of WSO YOU can be Puttin’ on the Ritz to help the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra on April 23. The WSO fundraising gala, being held at the RBC Convention Centre, features a prize for the best Roaring ’ 20s costume and live and silent auctions, including a trip for two in executive class to any Air Canada destination. Tickets are $ 220, and a corporate table is $ 2,520. They can be purchased by calling Shenna at 204- 949- 3973, or email ssong@ wso. mb. ca. Fabulous fundraiser THE sixth annual Fab Fem Fundraiser for the Fort Garry Women’s Resource Centre is being held at the West End Cultural Centre on April 24. The event, which features Sweet Alibi and the Sisler Most Wanted dance troupe, also features co- MC Chrissy Troy of 103.1 Virgin Radio, a silent auction, food and a cash bar. Tickets are $ 20 and can be purchased by calling 204- 477- 1123. Circus comes to Variety VARIETY, the Children’s Charity of Manitoba, is holding a circus- themed fundraiser May 9. The Come One, Come All gala is being held at the Delta Winnipeg. Cocktails are at 5: 30 p. m., and dinner at 6: 30 p. m. Tickets are $ 225. For tickets, or to help sponsor the event, call 204- 982- 1058. PHILANTHROPY Briefs Radio station a collective effort How you can help . Become a co- operative member by paying a $ 40 membership fee and then $ 25 annually. . Become a volunteer by emailing volunteer. coordinator@ cjnu. ca. . Become a program sponsor by emailing sponsors@ cjnu. ca, or become a host sponsor by emailing hostsponsor@ cjnu. ca. You can also call 204- 942- CJNU ( 2568). . Send a cheque to CJNU Radio, 1350- A One Lombard Pl., Winnipeg, MB, R3B 0X3. ( CJNU is not a charity, so you will not get a tax receipt.) KEVIN ROLLASON Nostalgia co- op fills music niche RUTH BONNEVILLE / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS Bill Stewart ( from left), Tom Dercola, Susan Hamilton, Lee Major and Ernie Nairn at the Wilkes Avenue Shriners temple, where CJNU is broadcasting this month. 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