MEDIA RELEASE October 20, 2023
Toronto, ON – On Friday, local MPP Kristyn Wong-Tam stopped by the studios of Met Radio to hear more about the impact that a $10,600 Capitol grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) has had since receiving it late last year. The grant enabled Met Radio to improve the station’s studio space, making it more accessible to the community. The work, which wrapped up in September, will give volunteer programmers and their guests improved access to the airwaves for years to come.
“Congratulations to Met Radio on their well-deserved grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation,” said Kristyn Wong-Tam, MPP for Toronto Centre. “Your work to echo local voices, improve studio space, and make it more accessible to the community is commendable. This investment in community media is a shining example of how OTF’s support can empower local organizations to make a positive impact. Bravo.”
The studio space was transformed thanks to purchasing a custom-built desk, a new, ergonomic chair as well as new computer equipment and monitors for playback. In addition to these studio upgrades, equipment for remote recording was also bought to enable volunteers to work from home, if more accessible, or to cover events on location, bringing more sounds of Toronto to Met Radio’s airwaves. Met Radio is a campus and community radio station that is open to all community members to come and learn how to make radio in a volunteer environment. Thanks to the OTF grant, the studio space and take-home equipment will allow even more members of the community to participate in radio-making.
“This grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation was fundamental in our station working towards our goal of creating an accessible, professional radio environment for our volunteers,” said Elissa Matthews, Station Manager at Met Radio. “With support from the Ontario Trillium Foundation, our station’s studio has improved and we have additional technical resources available for volunteers to work remotely both from home and out in the field. We are proud to be one of the many impactful community projects that the Ontario Trillium Foundation invested in this year.”
The improvements of Met Radio’s studio are an important step in working towards the station’s vision to become an integral part of our campus and a leader in the multi-media redefinition of radio beyond air. If you’re interested in volunteering and making radio and media, please vist the website at metradio.ca
The Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF), an agency of the Government of Ontario, and one of Canada’s leading granting foundations celebrates 40 years of grant-making in Ontario and making a lasting impact in communities. Last year, OTF invested over $110M into 1,022 community projects and partnerships. Visit otf.ca to learn more.
Organization Contact for Media Inquiries:
Elissa Matthews, Station Manager