To submit a show proposal, email it to the Programming Coordinator
(firstname.lastname@example.org). The proposal will be reviewed by Programming Sub-
Committee which is made up of CJSF executive members, one board member
and volunteer programmers. We meet once a month, and part of our job is to
carefully review any show proposal that is submitted. If you are submitting a
show proposal, it’s your job to clearly communicate to us the details of your show
idea. Before you submit your proposal, here’s some information that will help
you prepare it.
There are 3 general types of programs: music, spoken word and a mix of
Music: Normally, a music show fits into a particular genre of music, such as
dancehall, hip hop, classical, metal, jazz, world music, blues, electronic, etc.
Some music shows play music from a variety of genres, especially when the
music played has some common thread other than genre. There’s almost always
spoken word content on music shows but this is in the context of the music
played and makes up less than 20% of the show’s content.
Spoken word: These programs are primarily composed of ‘talk.’ Spoken word
material can focus on any number of topics from social/political/cultural issues,
arts & entertainment, the environment, youth, etc. CJSF will not air anything that
promotes any particular religion, or which violates our code of conduct or CTRC
regulations. Other than that, the amount of subjects that can be covered is
limitless. Music can comprise up to 20% of a spoken word show’s content.
Mix: Some shows play more music than allowed on strictly spoken word shows,
but contain far more spoken word than music shows. These shows often
integrate the music and spoken word elements together to get their message
Remember – we are NOT commercial media!
Unlike commercial media, we don’t try to appeal to a mass audience. Instead,
the shows on our program schedule offer a diverse range of music, perspectives,
and topics of discussion. As a campus/community station we are accessible to
and representative of people and communities that do not normally have fair and
equal access or representation on commercial media. A show proposal that
doesn’t support this mandate is unlikely to be approved by the PSC. The PSC is
also particularly interested in programming that represents ideas, music and
issues that are not currently represented in our program guide.
Any show proposal has two parts: the written proposal and the audio
The written proposal: This is an outline of what you want to do on the air, based
on a set of questions from the PSC. Before writing this, it’s a good idea to
discuss your ideas with the Programming Coordinator, Music Coordinator, or
Spoken Word Coordinator because they can help you develop an idea for your
show, or warn you if CJSF already has a show doing something too similar.
Once you’ve written this proposal, you can submit it by email to this address:
email@example.com (please attach it as a ‘word’ document if possible)
The audio demo: The audio demo is like a ‘pilot’ episode of your show. In
addition to demonstrating what your show will sound like, your audio demo needs
to include all of the usual requirements of any show on CJSF, such as public
service announcements, station IDs and a completed program log. All of these
requirements are discussed in on-air training. Audio demos should be between
25-30 minutes long. You can save your audio demo on our server in My Audio 1
or My Audio 2 in a folder named after your proposed show name. Once it is
saved there, you should email the Programming Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org
with the location of your audio file. If you have any questions about how to do
this, ask a staff member. Your completed program log can be submitted in
person to the Programming Coordinator or into the Programming Coordinator’s
Why are the written proposal and audio demo submitted separately?
Sometimes people want to get feedback from the PSC before committing to
doing on-air training. If this is what you’d like to do, you can submit a written
show proposal to the PSC right away, and if it is approved, you will be able to
sign up for Stream ‘B’ training. This is more targeted training than Stream ‘A’
training, which is what people complete if they have not yet been approved for a
show. When you finish Stream ‘B’ training, you can then submit an audio demo
to the PSC. On the other hand, if you want to submit the written and audio demo
at the same time, that’s okay too, as long as you have completed on-air training.
When to expect feedback about your show proposal:
The PSC normally meets during the third week of each month, so that any new
shows can be added to the program schedule at the beginning of the next month.
The date of the meetings will be posted up at the station, or the Programming
Coordinator can tell you when the next meeting is. If you submit a show proposal
at least a week prior to the PSC meeting, you can expect feedback from the PSC
within a week after that meeting. If your show proposal is submitted less than a
week before the next PSC meeting, it is possible that it won’t be reviewed until
the next month’s meeting.
What kind of feedback to expect:
Show proposals are very carefully reviewed and discussed. Within a week of the
PSC meeting, the Programming Coordinator will want to arrange a meeting to
discuss feedback from the PSC with you. If the show is approved, you can
expect to have an in-person meeting with the Programming Coordinator to not
only discuss feedback from the PSC, but also to go over policy and expectations
for having a regular show on CJSF. If the show is not approved, there will
always be an explanation, and often suggestions for how to resubmit a proposal
that is more likely to be approved, or you will be encouraged to contribute to an
existing show on CJSF.
• You must have attended a station orientation before your proposal will be
reviewed. If you haven’t done that yet, attend one!
• If you are interested in doing a music show, once you’ve passed training,
it’s useful to practice first by programming some Jumbalaya slots.
• Be realistic. A regular show is a big commitment!
• Don’t over commit yourself by trying to cover too much in a show- think of
what is practically possible. Elaborate show proposals are impressive on
paper, but we’re more concerned with how that translates to reality.
• If you don't already have a co-host, consider recruiting one or more. Co-
hosts can share the work and back each other up when one can't make it.
Spoken Word programs are more exciting and dynamic if several people
participate. The Spoken Word Coordinator or other staff may be able to
introduce you to potential collaborators, just ask!
• Consider gender-equity. Women are consistently under-represented as
programmers, and in the music played on campus/community radio.
• Look over our program guide and listen to the station. When you write a
show proposal remember we’re looking for diversity in our programming,
not many programs that are all doing more or less the same thing!
• We also want to make sure we’re not doing the same kinds of
programming as the other campus/community stations in our listening
area, CiTR 101.9 fm, and CFRO 102.7 fm. Try to familiarize yourself with
the shows on their schedules, and make your show unique!
• The music library is a very useful resource, explore it!
• The Spoken Word Department has all kinds of useful resources to develop
your spoken word skills from microphone technique, to recording live
• If you want to learn how to do pre-recorded multi-track audio pieces for
your show, you can sign up for Production Training.
• We have several shows that work on a collective basis that are always
looking for volunteers. This is a good opportunity to get on-air skills,
especially spoken word skills. Talk to station staff to find out more!
The Written Proposal:
Please fill out this written proposal and send it to email@example.com. You can
submit it in an attached Word document (preferable), or just in the body of your
Personal Information (provide information for each person involved)
If applicable, list any related skills, experience, associations, or training you have
that will strengthen your ability to do your proposed program:
Name of Proposed Program:
What type of program will it be? (music, spoken word, or mix)
What days and times would you prefer to do this show? (do not base your
answer on what appears to be available in the program guide, as the program
What length of program are you proposing? (30min, 1 hour, or 2 hours)
What will the frequency of the program be? (weekly, bi-weekly, monthly, or a finite series)
Describe the program you are proposing. For music shows, include what
genre(s) you plan on playing. For shows with a strong spoken word element,
include how you will structure the show.
Why do you want to do a show on CJSF?
On a scale of 1-10, where ‘10’ is extremely committed and ‘1’ is not at all
committed, how committed are you to making sure that your program is on-air
every week that it is scheduled to broadcast? Feel free to comment on this
Who do you think your audience would be?
How will you engage with that audience / what do you have to offer that
How will you ensure that perspectives other than just your own will be included in
List here no less than 25 sample features for your proposed program: (NOTE: for
music shows, give 25 samples of artists, and beside that also list a sample song,
it’s year of release, the genre, and whether or not it is Cancon. For spoken word
shows, list 25 specific sample topics of discussion, plus resources you might use
to cover that topics adequately, such as who you would interview, or where you
would go for research. For mix shows, list a combination of music and topics)