Fonds UBCA-ARC-1283 - Radio Society (CiTR) fonds

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Radio Society (CiTR) fonds

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2.13 m of textual records and other materials.

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The Radio Society at the University of British Columbia was initiated in 1937 due to the Student Publicity Campaign. Founding members began working on "Varsity Time," an information variety show broadcast on CJOR that promoted the activities and goals of the University. In 1938, UBC Radio officially became a Literary and Scientific Executive club. During the 1940s and 1950s, the Radio Society (as it became known in 1942) worked with local radio stations to produce and broadcast programs highlighting University news and events. In 1950, the Radio Society began its first independent closed-circuit broadcasts to the University residences. By 1968, the Radio Society, then alternately known as CYVR, was broadcasting to a wider area using carrier current. Due to a new regulation by the CRTC requiring the licensing of carrier current stations, CYVR was closed down for six months in 1974 for operating without a license. The station resumed broadcasting later that year as CiTR. In 1980, CiTR changed its status from a club to a service organization to recognize its role in campus life. CiTR received a low power FM license in 1982 and a standard high power license in 1988. In 1983, the Radio Society began to publish DiSCORDER, a newspaper highlighting Canadian independent music. The Radio Society promotes campus events and the local music scene through its programming on CiTR and its publications.

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Fonds consists of records documenting the programs and activities of the Radio Society / CiTR (including DISCORDER), including textual records and sound recordings of a variety of programs, radio plays, campus events, public service announcements, photographs of the radio studio and from different events, and advertisements produced by the Radio Society for broadcast on its station (CYVR/CiTR) or affiliated radio stations. In addition, the fonds includes recordings of interviews conducted on behalf of the Alma Mater society relating to its art collection. Fonds also consists of materials related to the administration of the radio station including information about licensing, executive meetings, policies, job descriptions, and staff training.

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In 2017, upon the receiving a large number of textual materials from CiTR this fonds description was reworked. The General Files Series was split up into three different new series: Administration, Fundraising and Marketing, and Photographs. The Audio Tapes series remained untouched.

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Includes 10 CDs, 24 Photographs, 72 Posters, 1 Banner, 1 Video Tape, 338 sound recordings.

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