Campus/community radio station CFBX has returned to its full programming lineup, following its shutdown of live programming in March 2020 due to the pandemic.
Now, the hunt for volunteers is on.
Nearly 30 volunteers have returned to the airwaves at 92.5 FM as the radio station, located on the Thompson Rivers University campus, returns to something resembling normal.
That return began in February, when the station received permission to broadcast live with limited hours and staff. Other shows continued to be produced from programmers' homes.
That meant a big shift in duties for station program co-ordinator Steve Marlow, who normally spends his time training staff. Prior to the return to live programming, Marlow had been programming in pre-recorded shows.
"A lot of our volunteers have said how much they miss being on the air over the past 18 months. Some have been home, waiting for this to happen. ... Not many of us had the ability to record our own shows, but we quickly learned how," he said.
The station now broadcasts 32 hours of live programming per week. While that's less than what aired live prior to the pandemic, programming is on the upswing.
"We usually have 50 to 60 [volunteers] on the air at any given time and probably 20 more work off the air. But of course, the pandemic has pretty much devastated that. A lot of our student volunteers have disappeared," Marlow said.
CFBX is continuing its volunteer drive and encouraging anyone who wants to put a radio show together, or work off the air, to volunteer.
To apply, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org, call 250-377-3988 or drop by the station, located in House 8 behind the Campus Activity Centre on the TRU campus.
The station plays a wide variety of music and spoken word programming, with shows like Locally Produced, which showcases local arts and music, or Alternative Radio, for talk on politics and social issues. Music shows focus on jazz, folk, indie and electronica, among others, with some having a specifically Canadian focus.