Radio CHLY’s New Global Headquarters

DSCN2113 (sat+10,x50)Nanaimo’s CHLY Radio (101.7 fm) moved into new digs this month—the historic Globe Hotel downtown on Front Street. And the station hopes that community members will hold their events here.

I had a chance to check it out last Friday night (International Women’s Day) when I went down to hear the fab line-up of women musicians on stage.

This is a cool performance venue for downtown Nanaimo, complete with stage, professional sound and lighting, the ability to broadcast live and/or record for podcast and even telecast (yes, there is going to be a CHLY TV).

The bar serves coffee, tea, beer, wine, and juice. And they hope to open the kitchen and serve food in the future.

Maria Manna (photo by Ashta)

Maria Manna (photo by Ashta)

But best of all CHLY wants to see this space used by the community for everything from music to book launches, poetry slams, public talks, all candidates’ meetings and more. The only rule so far (I am told) is that any events or performances there must be free and open to the public – no private events, and no cover charges.

Radio CHLY is leasing the space for now with the hope of buying it in the future to offer the community a permanent multi-media production space and gathering place.

Jupiter Jill & Scott Brown (photo by Ashta)

Jupiter Jill & Scott Brown (photo by Ashta)

It’s a big vision and a big undertaking. CHLY’s success with this plan, as a campus/community radio station, will rest largely on community support and community users of this space.

Exterior architectural detail from the historic Globe Hotel.

Exterior architectural detail from the historic Globe Hotel.

CHLY’s “Global Headquarters” is entirely run by volunteers. It is currently open 7 days a week, from 11:00 am to 1:00 am (yes, 1:00 in the morning). So you can drop in any time to have a look.

It’s also a chill place to meet with friends for coffee and a chat.

If you are interested in using the space for an event you are planning, contact CHLY Program Director Dylan Perry at

About Kim Goldberg

Kim Goldberg is a poet, journalist and the author of 8 books of poetry and nonfiction. Latest titles: DEVOLUTION (poems of ecopocalypse), UNDETECTABLE (her Hep C journey in haibun), RED ZONE (poems of homelessness) and RIDE BACKWARDS ON DRAGON: a poet's journey through Liuhebafa. She lives in Nanaimo, BC. Contact:
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