Friday March 1, 2013
This year, CiTR radio is celebrating its 75th anniversary, and 30 years of Discorder Magazine. We are hoping to raise $30,000 through our 2013 Fundrive, to support operations, quality programming and new broadcast boards for our studios. I host a weekly program here because I believe in the alternative and authentic programming that UBC's campus and community radio station does so well. We hope you will help us keep local, community radio alive for the next 75 years!
I started The Saturday Edge On Folk on Saturday June 1st 1985. It was only 1.5 hours in those days, but 1.5 hours of vinyl weighed a lot more than the equivalent in CDs - or the iPad I now use to broadcast the vast majority of the show. Pretty much every Saturday since then, CiTR has broadcast Roots Music from all over the World. From 8am to noon we have brought you the very best in folk, blues, bluegrass, singer/songwriters, gypsy jazz, Celtic and African music - from next door, from across Canada, and from all around this great planet!
Next year CiTR will move into new premises in UBC's new Student Union Building - adjacent to the current one. We are all very excited about this, as the station will become a lot more visible on campus, and there will even be a performance space for live broadcasts. In order to meet the challenges posed by such a move, CiTR needs to upgrade our mixing consoles and provide a training platform that is consistent across the broadcast studio and the production studios. We need to upgrade our podcast server to keep our shows available on-demand. And we need to replace old equipment - especially CD players that receive much more wear and tear than domestic CD players. We also hope to upgrade our transmitter.
Each show / host has been challenged to increase the level of support from our listeners, so if you have enjoyed the music on The Saturday Edge On Folk for any of the past 28 years or so, please make a contribution to CiTR and The Saturday Edge On Folk. There are some great benefits, too! Not least of which is membership of CiTR with its attendant discounts at the coolest stores and venues in town. Plus special CD packages.
Here's three ways that you can support The Saturday Edge On Folk and CiTR:
 You can make a secure online donation anytime with your credit card by clicking on this link... http://my.e2rm.com/personalPage.aspx?registrationID=1727419
Online donations don't qualify for prizes, but you'll receive a full tax receipt. (If clicking on the link doesn't do the job, copy & paste the entire URL into the address bar of your browser.)
 During the week ending in the evening of Thursday, March 7th, we'll be asking people on the airwaves to support our radio station. You can donate by calling 604-822-8648 (UBC-UNIT) where volunteers are ready to answer the phones and fill out a pledge form. The best time to call? This Saturday between 8am and noon, when I will be hosting the Fundrive special. You might also qualify for a prize if you donate this way. (The lovely Andrea and her partner Arthur Berman, of CiTR's bluegrass show Pacific Pickin', will be staffing the phone lines.)
 You can also send a cheque made payable to University of British Columbia to CiTR Radio, 233-6138 SUB Blvd., Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z1.
However you donate, please make sure to mention that you are doing so in honour of THE SATURDAY EDGE ON FOLK, CiTR's longest-running Roots Music show!
For more information on the CiTR Fundrive, please visit www.citr.com/donate.
Thanks for your support!
Other events in town this weekend:
Festival du Bois. Saturday noon to 8pm, and Sunday 11am to 4pm, Mackin Park, Maillardville, Coquitlam . The annual celebration of French culture in BC, this year's line-up features Quebec's Genticorum, and some hot Brazilian Roots music from NYC with Matuto. Plus lots more great bands, and amazing food. www.festivaldubois.ca
Ana Moura, Sunday March 3rd at NSCU Centre at Capilano University at 8pm. This show is sold out, I think. If you're going, please buy raffle tickets before the show as there will not be an intermission. We will post the winning ticket number at various places around the lobby. Come to the Rogue table after the show to claim your prize and - above all - to say "Hi!" and check out our future shows - and purchase tickets for them!