17 Sep 2020

CHMR, ANC partner to diversify airwaves in NL


Audio programming in the province is about to become more diversified.

Global Frequencies, a 25-episode radio program and podcast, is being launched by CHMR-FM, in collaboration with the Association for New Canadians.

The show will feature stories of newcomers and special guests, focusing on immigration, multiculturalism, and economic and cultural diversification. Currently, there is no similar radio program devoted to promoting and representing the diversity of voices in our province. Global Frequencies will air early this Fall thanks to a $50,000 contribution from the Community Radio Fund of Canada Radiometers Grant.

“We are thrilled to partner with CHMR-FM to offer this much-needed programming and to increase newcomer representation on local radio,” said Meaghan Philpott, Manager, ANC’s Diversity & Public Education Division. “As immigration continues to be a key driver of economic growth, and as we seek to attract more international talent, it is vital that the growing cultural diversity of our province is celebrated and promoted. Global Frequencies will not only help support immigrant integration and retention but also facilitate community capacity and expand cultural knowledge.”

The funding supports a comprehensive training program to engage newcomers and immigrant applicants with an interest in radio and podcast production, including paid internships for an executive producer, host, and reporter. Additionally, there will be several online training sessions offered, free of charge, to newcomer participants throughout the year.

“As a community radio station, CHMR-FM is committed to ensuring that our programming reflects the full complement of community voices, and in recent years we’ve made particular effort to offer training, experience and airtime to the province’s growing newcomer population. The Global Frequencies program will do this and more, by putting diverse voices over the airwaves, and providing training for those looking to expand their skillsets and explore personal or professional interests in radio and podcast production,” said Hans Rollmann, Program Director of CHMR-FM.

CHMR-FM was one of only two community broadcasters in the province to receive Radiometres funding.