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About the CKVI Program
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Who are we?

CKVI Radio is a CRTC-licensed community radio station, housed at Kingston Collegiate and Vocational Institute in Kingston, Ontario. It is the first such station in Canada. The radio station is operated in conjunction with a county-wide high school radio program of the Limestone District School Board. It can be found at 91.9 on your FM dial.

CKVI's Broadcasters

CKVI and the radio broadcasting focus program of high school students who run it are indeed unique. Students come from miles around the city of Kingston, Ontario, Canada, to work exclusively at the radio station for a semester of classes. There is a daily classroom period where a whole curriculum devoted to radio is taught. Students also earn credits for working at keeping the station broadcasting by doing interviews, programming some specialty shows, and learning to follow computer generated logs for preprogrammed shows. They help organize benefit concerts by high school bands --there are many in Kingston-- to help raise funds for the station. They learn about microphone use, delivery, digital editing, sound production, “Person on the street” contact and interview techniques. The interviews include community organization representatives, people in the news, visiting dignitaries, experts or people with specialized knowledge , and of course interviews with the bands whose music we play at our station.

Radio and Broadcast Journalism Focus Program

Program Type: Articulation

Program Length: One Semester

-Media English EMS 3O (One Credit)
-Radio Co-op EMS 3O (Two Credits)

Program Description:
As a student in this program you’ll learn about radio and broadcast journalism while working at Kingston’s most interesting radio station CKVI 91.9fm The Cave. CKVI Radio is located inside KCVI and broadcasts to the city at 91.9fm and to the world on the internet at

Become an on-air host, producer, editor, reporter, news reader and interviewer as you help run an actual radio station.

Training is provided in basic technical skills including the use of on-air equipment, recording equipment and computer editing software.

Music lovers host shows featuring the best in Alternative Rock as well as Jazz, Blues, Funk, Soul, Classical and World Music. Hosts also do interviews with local and national recording artists.

Young journalists deliver hourly newscasts, produce and host daily spoken word programs, and produce radio documentaries. Interviewers also speak with local, provincial and national political figures and celebrities.

Classes teach the fundamentals of broadcast writing including “writing for the ear”, news writing, creating broadcast scripts, movie and theatre reviews, and radio documentaries.

You’ll leave the Radio and Broadcast Journalism Program with a demo CD of your best work, the hands-on experience you need to study radio or journalism after high school and the skills to function in our media rich society.


K.C.V.I. student, Matt White, for his help in redeveloping the site in 2004.

K.C.V.I. student, Jason Sutherland, for his help in redeveloping the site in 2003.

Faculty of Education student teacher candidate, Carinna Pellett (B. Ed. 2003) who redeveloped the site in 2003.

K.C.V.I student, Torrie Scilley, for additions and updates to this site from Spring of 2000 to 2002.

Faculty of Education teacher candidates, Chad Norbraten (B.Ed. 2000), and Maurizio Romano (B.Ed. 2000) who updated this site in the Winter of 1999.

K.C.V.I. student, Graeme McGaw, for his creative excellence in developing the page.

Dan Aykroyd (AKA: Blues Brother, Elwood Blues) for making a large donation to our blues library.

Queen's University Professor of Education, Bill Egnatoff, for continued support and for introducing the Cave to all the people who helped make the Net Radio project possible, which included:

Donna Hamilton and Marco Giacomello from Queen's University Information Technology Services, who orchestrated the link; and Marco again for his continued technical support;

Faculty of Education teacher candidates, Pete Pereira (B.Ed. 1998) and Rick Alexanderson (B.Ed. 1999) who offered development support.

Last Modified: Jan 07, 2010
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