Every two weeks “What’s The Frequency, Campus?” will highlight some of the intriguing shows and special programming happening on Toronto’s campus and community radio stations.
One of the main mandates of campus and community radio is to give a voice to views and people who are underrepresented in mainstream media outlets. The fifth annual Homelessness Marathon will do precisely that when it takes to the airwaves tonight at 8 p.m. for 14 hours of radio designed to bring awareness to the plight of Canada’s homeless. The marathon will be broadcast live from outside of the Native Friendship Centre in Montreal, but Torontonians can tune in on Ryerson’s CKLN 88.1 FM or listen live on the station’s website.
“The homeless and their supporters” will discuss a new theme each hour of the broadcast. Topics cover a wide variety of issues including “Art on the Streets,” “Myths of Homelessness: From young to old” and “The Politics of Getting-by: Pan-handling, squeeging and street prostitution.” At midnight the marathon will feature an open mic for “rants, poetry and music.”
The Canadian version of the Homelessness Marathon was inspired by the original US broadcast which began in 1998, and it’s now carried by more than 30 non-commercial stations across Canada each year. The focus is on raising consciousness rather than funds, and listeners are encouraged to call in with comments and questions at 1-866-763-4136.
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