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In 2021, CFMU found its footing in our current (and temporary) pandemic landscape. Within McMaster University COVID protocols, we welcomed back a small portion of our live producers and hosts. They were thrilled to return to our MUSC studios! Many others continued to record programming from their homes. Unexpectedly, we had an enormous rebound in our volunteer application numbers. CFMU was ready and able to welcome these new volunteers in our music, production, blogging and programming departments.
CFMU staff focused attention on web programming, to provide relevant video and blog content. We wanted to inform our community, provide a place for thoughtful commentary, and document this unprecedented time in our history. We knew we had to continue and are proud of what we have accomplished under the weight of all this uncertainty. We continue to highlight under-represented voices, intriguing ideas, new music and multi-cultural perspectives. We continue to bring important community issues to the fore.
Though the Ontario government’s Student Choice Initiative was suspended due to an appeal, we still face concerns over lost funding. This year, there have been cutbacks at the MSU in an attempt to be fair to students who cannot access MSU services. Though CFMU is accessible via the internet, it remains to be seen how this will affect our budget. Downsizing in the media sector continues. As such, CFMU becomes increasingly important as a voice for our community. We strive to do more despite limited resources.
- Our on-air appeal runs March 5 – March 18, to give you extra time to consider a donation. For those who would prefer a small monthly donation, CFMU has set up a Patreon account.
Please help us move forward into the future by continuing your support of CFMU.