Abbotsford’s CIVL-FM is teaming up with a Toronto radio station to launch a new website. (File photo)

Abbotsford’s CIVL, Toronto’s CJRU teaming up on new website design

Pair of campus radio stations aiming to improve streaming services and freshen up look

Abbotsford’s CIVL-FM has partnered up with Ryerson University’s CJRU 1280AM in Toronto in a deal that will see both stations see an upgrade in streaming services and a website redesign.

The new sites will include the content that is already on their current sites, but will also include features such as responsive capability, automatic playlist publishing, and automatically as well as manually when desired, podcasting every show broadcast on the station.

The stations have allocated $80,000 to complete the two projects, and are accepting proposals for those interested in working on the redesigns. Responses to the request are due by 11:59 p.m. PST on July 10 and can be sent to rfp@civl.ca.

CIVL is the University of the Fraser Valley’s campus and community radio station. It began as an online station in 2008, and started broadcasting on FM in 2010. It is a non-profit organization built on the auspices of volunteer engagement and accessibility. CIVL’s current website was developed in 2007.

CJRU began as an online station in 2013 and began broadcasting on the AM dial in 2016. Like CIVL, it is a non-profit organization and the programs and much of the writing and videos shared on their website is made by volunteers.

“While campus and community radio in Canada has been involved in podcasting as pioneers through the decades the incredible growth of podcasts in the past decade requires that our stations develop resources towards new and emerging technologies in order to ensure our continued relevance in the future media landscape,” stated CIVL station manager Aaron Levy. “In particular, Ryerson’s student body has been one of the most historically impactful on the development of campus radio in Canada since the 70s, and we are thrilled to be partnering with CJRU to move both of our engagement capacities into the 20s together with this web development project.”

For more information, visit civl.ca.

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