Start Community Radio Station

The core of CIAM’s vision and the heart of our missionary servants are to encourage and assist other Christians across Canada to start Christian radio in a non-profit, non-commercial, mission community format. Our ultimate goal is to see more Canadian communities transformed for Christ, and lives changed, built up and restored through a personal living relationship with Jesus Christ by the way of community radio.

Why Community Radio?

“Christian community radio is about the Good News in your community – Community Involvement, Community Outreach, and Non-profit and Non-commercial broadcasting.”

Share the Good News in Your Community emphasizing:

Conversion- to see the lost come to know Jesus Christ as their personal Savior. “Jesus answered, I am the way, the truth and the life.  No one comes to the Father except through Me.”  (John 14:6)

Restoration- “…To preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty to the captives And recovery of sight to the blind, To set at liberty those who are oppressed;”(Luke 4:18)

Discipleship – “All Scriptures is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.”  (2Timothy 3:16-17)

Community Involvement & Community Outreach

CIAM’s focus is on the eternal I AM.  As such, we recognize the importance of “The Body of Christ” serving together in the community:

“For as we have many members in one body, but all the members do not have the same function, so we, being many, are one body in Christ, and individually members of one another.  Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, let us use them…”   (Romans 12:4-6)

We believe that a Christ-centered community radio outreach depends highly on the unity in the body of Christ, yet recognizing its diversities and different gifts. Ultimately, we serve together as missionaries with one common purpose and heart, whether as full-time or volunteer servants involved in programming and broadcasting, or as supporters in prayer or finances.

Non-profit and Non-commercial Radio

Again, CIAM Radio is a listener supported, non-profit, non-commercial broadcast.  Our sole purpose is to present the Good News in its simplest form without commercial advertising as a source of revenue.  The on-going support of your full-time missionary servants and involvement of the Christian community is of importance to sustain your community station.

How to Start a Local Community Radio Station?

The Invitation

CIAM would like to invite you to become a servant partner of the CIAM Radio Broadcasting Network in Canada. As partners we will serve in a covenant relationship with your local community organization in the following main areas:

CIAM will do its utmost to assist in establishing a local Christian FM radio station in your community.

Maintain long-term stability of the CIAM vision through; a strong relationship and communication with your local missionary servant team, provide training and support to assure consistency in programming content, and highest standard of broadcast professionalism.

Partnership and Team work

CIAM will make every effort to provide support in the following areas:

Government relationships and applications with CRTC and Industry Canada, which ensures APPROVAL

Tower location contacts, technical analysis, and frequency & call sign search, which ensures CONTACTS

Provide a complete package of equipment including transmitter, antenna, computers, on-air broadcasting software, installation and set up, which ensures RELIABILITY

Implementation or assisting in developing program and music structure for your target audience, which ensures CONTENT

Providing local training in programming and on-air broadcasting, which ensures on going high QUALITY

Providing web-site templates including web-streaming of your broadcast, which ensures effective COMMUNICATION

On-going programming and broadcasting support, which ensures long-term CONTINUITY

The General Cost Structure to Start a Christian Community Broadcast

CIAM is providing your local group a complete broadcast structure including transmitter, antennas, broadcast servers and a basic on-air/production studio at cost. The initial set up also includes a fully automated broadcast software, which enables you to broadcast automated 24/7. The cost of climbing and install is pending on your individual tower co-location agreement.

The cost of setting up a new broadcast varies ($15,000-$20,000) pending on local circumstances.

Monthly CIAM Broadcast fee

The Broadcast fee can vary pending on the size and support from your community. The monthly cost does not include your local tower rental, studio rent, and missionary support etc. CIAM shares the total cost with each community in regards to the costs below:

News Broadcasting Fee

SOCAN (Music Royalty)

Broadcast Insurance



General Support/Training


  • Pray for a clear vision and develop a strong community team with a vision for Christian community radio (with Christian representation from several churches)
  • Form a local steering committee of core visionary leaders (5-6 people) and a society.
  • Look for existing tower sites for co-location and a FM frequency which is clear from disturbance within a range of at least 100km.
  • If possible visit CIAM’s Support Center in Edmonton and Broadcast Center in Fort Vermilion, Alberta.
  • Build up community awareness/support and volunteer involvement, especially prayer support.

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