Gulf Islands Community Radio

    Exciting news! We're in our new home at SIMS!!!

    We had a great first sale at our new home at SIMS at the weekend.It was great to see so many customers in search of high quality vinyl records and CDs.We've completed our move into our new home, the portable classroom behind the former Salt Spring Island Middle School. (SIMS)The new space is about 900 square feet and will house a new studio and much-needed storage for our vinyl record and CD collection.We will be holding weekly sales at our SIMS studio, on Saturdays from 10am to 2 pm.It's easy to get there (see map below). Simply drive in off Rainbow Road past Mahon Hall and up the hill behind the Elementary School. The portable is directly facing the parking lot.For more details see our Facebook page or email .ac.srcig%40tnediserp


    Salt Spring Saturday Market

    Each Market Saturday we broadcast live from from our new location on the north side of Centennial Park, right behind Salt Spring Soapworks. You will find us under a brand new tent, thanks to the generous folks at Windsor Plywood. Tune in for spontaneous vendor and visitor interviews! As always we will be selling selections from our fabulous vinyl record collection and newly donated cache of classic rock CDs. There are new CDs weekly selling for $5 each, 3 for $12 ,or 7 for $25! Drop on by and choose your tunes!
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    New Vinyl Available @ the Saturday Market!!!

    Calling all Vinyl Fans!
    We are broadcasting live each week from the Saturday Market and offer vinyl records and CDs along with station merchandise for purchase. We have some exciting new stock – including the Beatles, Rolling Stones and David Bowie all in great condition, so don’t miss out! All funds go towards capital costs for equipment to get CHIR FM on the air. We were awarded our CRTC approval and licence in late January and have until January, 2024 to get the station up and running. If you have any vinyl records or CDs you wish to donate to our cause we would be mostst appreciative, to help get CHiR FM on the airwaves. You may dial us at (250) 931-7335 or send us an email ac.srcig%40tnediserp ~ See you @ the Market!!!

    We've been busy since the CRTC approved our application!
    After a wait of more than three years, the CRTC approved our application for an FM Community Licence on Jan. 24. Now we're moving into an exciting new phase! Our new call letters are CHIR and our main call numbers are 107.9. For people in the South End, our repeater is at 102.1. We now have two years to fundraise for the necessary equipment and to get the station on the air. And that's where you come in!!!
    • We have formed Club 107.9, a group of supporters who have each donated $107.90 towards our capital fund to help buy equipment. To date, we have 53 members, who will be invited to future radio events, as well as voicing station IDs and getting an opportunity to be on an upcoming request program. They are also recognized on our website. Go to the Club 107.9 page in the menu or click the button below.Anyone wanting to join can e-transfer $107.90 to .ac.srcig%40rerusaert Please include your email address in the e-transfer message, so we can add you to our data base.
    • We have launched our re-branding program, to change our logo to reflect our CHIR call letters (pronounced “cheer”) and which will be a key part of our fundraising campaign. We are holding a launch party in May.• We have begun the process of working on the technical needs of the new station. We estimate that new equipment will cost in excess of $95,000.
    • We are constantly expanding the local programming on our 24/7 stream at Check our website for a full schedule. If you are interested in hosting a program, contact Damian Inwood at .ac.srcig%40tnediserp
    • We had a successful series of sales in March and early April of vinyl records and CDs, raising $1,800 towards our capital funding drive. We are continuing the sales at the Saturday market until Labour Day. We always need new stock, so if you have any vinyl records or CDs that you’d like to donate, contact Damian Inwood at .ac.srcig%40tnediserp
    • If you would like to volunteer to help out at our booth at the Saturday Market, on fundraising initiatives or doing public relations and promotion, contact .ac.srcig%40tnediserp


    Update on our Progress

    We are working hard to get CHIR, the newly licensed Community Radio FM version of Islands Radio, on the air.
    We need to raise about $85,000 to do this. The money will pay for transmitters, cables and wiring, electronic equipment and studio equipment.
    If you can help, please send a donation by e-transfer to .ac.srcig%40rerusaert No amount is to big or too small. :) Please include your email address in the e-transfer message, so we can be sure to add you to our database.
    Or you can join Club 107.9. For details go to the page on our menu above.
    Meanwhile, we are looking for volunteers in many areas. We need fundraisers, publicists, marketers, advertising experts and many others. If you have an interest in helping us and have a skill to offer, please email our President, Damian Inwood at .ac.srcig%40tnediserp
    Stay tuned and keep listening to Islands Radio by hitting the listen button at the top of this page.


    About Gulf Island Community Radio

    Established in 2015 , GICRS is in the process of bringing a Community FM station to the Gulf Islands. We aim to provide a local perspective and flavour through our blend of music, news and information and special interest programs for and about the islands.
    Our mission is to provide our audience with a distinctive radio experience across a number of ways to listen. With our diverse types of music genres, we have something special to meet any taste.