Friday, October 14, 2016

CJSW Funding Drive 2016 and Breaking The Tethers

CJSW, Calgary's campus and community radio station and home of my Monday morning show, Breaking The Tethers, will be holding its annual funding drive from Friday, October 21 through Friday, October 28.  This is an important time when CJSW turns to its wonderful listeners for support, to help the station grow, develop, improve.  Last year, $265,000 was raised for a few different projects and the goals for this year are similar: The main goal is $200,000, which will be earmarked for a radio tower powered by clean energy, and the stretch goal is $250,000, which will help start up a youth sound equipment loan program.

The Breaking The Tethers funding drive 2016 show will be on Monday, October 24, 10-11 am MT.  You can listen via regular FM radio at 90.9 FM or online at  Occasional BTT host Linda Cunningham will be joining me for at least part of the show (hopefully more!).  There may more guests!

Any pledges, particularly during my show, would be very welcome. You'll be able to call in at any time of the day during the funding drive (sorry, the number is secret until Oct. 21!).  Alternately, you can already pledge online now at  There are various incentives that come at various pledge levels; you can check these out at  

On the subject of incentives, there will be some incentives unique to Breaking The Tethers.  These include a couple of mix CDs, each featuring music that was played on the show in the last year.  There will only be two of each available so best call in early on Oct. 24.  One CD will be available at the $100 level, both for $150.  Here's what's on each CD (cleverly titled #1 and #2):

Breaking The Tethers CJSW Funding Drive 2016 CD #1 

1. Greg Merritt Jazz Quartet – “Jakubu Jam” (New York Sexy)
2. The Ed Palermo Big Band – “Grand Wazoo”
(One Child Left Behind)
3. Ron Davis – “Blues 54” (Pocket Symphronica)
4. Pat Metheny – “Go Get It” (The Unity Sessions)
5. Richard Pinhas/Tatsuya Yoshida/Masami Akita – “TVJ 00 (Intro)”
6. Brad Cheeseman – “The Wraith Himself” (Figurants)
7. The John Betsch Society – “Song To An Untitled Lady”
(Earth Blossom)
8. Mamak Khadem – “Those Eyes” (The Road)
9. Rik Wright’s Fundamental Forces – “(She’s So) Fragmented”
10. The Tony Williams Lifetime – “To Whom It May Concern –
Us, Them” (Turn It Over)
11. Snarky Puppy & Metropole Orkest – “Atchafalaya” (Sylva)

Breaking The Tethers CJSW Funding Drive 2016 CD #2 

1. Atlantis Jazz Ensemble – “Pillars Of Hercules” (Oceanic suite)
2. Graham Campbell & Jim Campbell – “Thinking Stop Thinking”
(As You Near Me)
3. Lukasz Borowicki – “Rytytyry” (People, Cats, & Obstacles)
4. Michel Nirenberg – “Forro From The South 2” (Retrato/Portrait)
5. Gerry Shatford Trio – “Piling Blood”
(When I Sat Down To Play The Piano)
6. BHZ – “THD” (Total Harmonic Distortion)
7. The Bad Plus – “Maps” (It’s Hard)
8. Rik Wright’s Fundamental Forces – “Sugar Crash” (Green)
9. Christian Overton – “Chasing Ghosts” (The Test)
10. Bobby Kapp & Matthew Shipp – “Snow Storm Coming”
11. Peripheral Vision – “Wiretap” (Sheer Tyranny Of Will)

That's all for now.  There'll be more about the funding drive here and on Breaking The Tethers over the  next few weeks.

Many thanks.


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