News & Spoken Word Programming on CHRY aims to amplify the voices/sounds left out from commercial and public media. We value local stories, alternative viewpoints and creative self-expression that challenge the status quo and strengthen movements for environmental and social justice.
You can count on us to expose what happens around the corner- but also around the world with coverage on topics such as: independent authors and artists, student rights, progressive research at York, working-class community issues, environmental sustainability, activism & advocacy, anti-racism, queer perspectives and culture, feminism and critical gender issues, anti-colonialism, and more.
Visit our new CHRY News & Spoken Word Blog to comment on stories and listen to audio archives at chrynews.wordpress.com
News Now is CHRY 105.5 FM's flagship collective news show, airing every weekday at 5-6pm.
News Now consists of five segments: York Connection Report, Peoples' History Spotlight, In-depth Feature Interview, Independent Arts Report, Community Listings.
News Now covers stories by shedding light on the deeper issues at hand, taking a solutions-oriented angle, and working to achieve creative and high-quality audio production standards. NN is largely inspired by other alternative news radio shows such as: Democracy Now!, Free Speech Radio News, Prison Radio, and GroundWire. However, News Now is currently the ONLY alternative weekday news radio program of its kind in Toronto.
News Now works as a non-hierarchical news collective model. we have rotating roles, whether it's hosting, on-air technical engineering, audio editing, script writing, reporting/interviewing, newsroom coordinating. We meet regularly in person in the CHRY newsroom for story brainstorms, peer support. Sign up for a story from a list of suggested leads we provide or pitch your own!
CHRY’s Spoken Word Department offers several opportunities for gaining skills and contributing in bite-sized experiences to build up your comfort and capability to contribute to a quality and meaningful experience on-air… from YorkCast, News Now and SportYork there are many opportunities to contribute to building a Spoken Word experience on-air.