As prescribed by Paulina Constancia
Yesterday I featured how Vancouverites are letting their voices be heard through a green light campaign in the False Creek neighbourhood. Today, I bring you yet another commendable practice of community living in this beautiful Pacific coast city – Co-op Radio!
A Little About Co-op Radio
Co-op Radio’s more than 400 volunteer programmers provide programming 24 hours a day in the areas of arts, public affairs, music and in languages other than English. We strive to provide programming that does not discriminate against people on the grounds of sex, race, age, class, ability, sexual orientation, or anything else. Our first priority is to provide a media outlet for the economically, socially or politically disadvantaged. We provide news and perspectives that are not otherwise accessible – information that is not covered by the conventional media or perspectives that challenge mainstream media coverage.
– Info from 100.5 FM Co-op Radio website
To give you an idea of the diverse programming of Co-op Radio:
(Left) Drishti Point program: providing inspiration and information for yoga practitioners of all types, (spiritual and health-oriented program); Mondays at 5pm.
(Right) In The Pines: Old Time, Swing, and Bluegrass music to Co-op Radio; part of a great block of music programming; Sundays at 2:30pm
(Left) ThinkNDN: features some of the best music produced by Canadian Native artists; Mondays at 8pm
(Right) The Reggae Show; Saturdays at 6pm
On my recent trip to Vancouver, I had the opportunity to read some of my poetry and do an interview on Co-op Radio’s The World Poetry Café program. Below is a program description of World Poetry Café on Co-op Radio:
Sharing poetry, creative tips, interviews, and music. We welcome you, the stars of the night, our public, our radio listeners. The poets are the ambassadors of their countries, who read in two languages. Together, we will create a universe of love! Compartiendo poesía, notas creativas, entrevistas, y música. Bienvenidos a ustedes el público, los auditores, que son las estrellas de la noche, que brillan e iluminan el firmamento. Los poetas son los embajadores de sus paises, quienes leen en dos languajes. Juntos creamos un universo de amor!
The World Poetry Café is a regular program on Co-op Radio that gives guest poets the opportunity to share their words with a greater audience. There is even no need to overexert one’s voice since the microphones are ultra sensitive, hahahah
On the July 15 show, hosts were Ariadne Sawyer and Anita Aguirre Nieveras and the featured poets were Alan Girling and myself. Thank you Ariadne & Anita! Thank you World Poetry Café! So happy to reconnect with you! (My last presentation/interview on the program was in 2003)
Visit worldpoetry.ca to read some of the poems we shared on the program.
The concept of Coop Radio is really great, every city should have one. Apart from providing a media outlet for the economically, socially or politically disadvantaged, the co-op concept also encourages the spirit of volunteerism and forges new friendships. Way to go Co-op Radio! Bravo Vancouver!
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”
-Margaret Mead (1902-1978); Cultural Anthropologist
-Quote from values.com
So Do… collaborate with like-minded individuals in your community! Inspire and be inspired by each other. Together you can make great things happen!