Shining a spotlight on Winnipeg’s culture of generosity

The Winnipeg Foundation

Photo: Nolan Bicknell and Robert Zirk.

Foundation’s radio show River City 360 shares views and news from around Winnipeg

Every Thursday at 12 noon, you can find your community foundation on the FM dial. In partnership with CJNU, The Winnipeg Foundation produces River City 360, an hour-long program that highlights the people and organizations that are working together to help make Winnipeg a better place.

Hosted by Foundation staff Nolan Bicknell and Robert Zirk, River City 360 began as a half-hour program in March 2015, later expanding to 45 minutes and then a full hour.

Along with ‘views and news from around Winnipeg,’ the show features an upbeat mix of nostalgic music from the CJNU library and information about upcoming community events.

“Having the privilege of co-hosting RC360 has given me so much, both personally and professionally,” says Nolan Bicknell, who also produces the show.

River City 360 shines a spotlight on the culture of generosity in our city, from people who are giving back to the work going on in all areas of the local charitable sector. The ‘360’ in the name of the program is a nod to The Foundation’s work as a 360-degree grant-maker – meaning it supports all types of charities – and many stories tie back to initiatives supported through The Foundation’s granting.

“Being able to speak with good people doing great work in Winnipeg is really inspiring, and has made me realize there are amazing, uplifting stories happening all over our city,” Mr. Bicknell says.

During the course of three seasons, River City 360 has produced 141 episodes, along with six year-in-review specials. Some of the program’s highlights include coverage of the Little Free Library Build Day project, a discussion panel on walkability in Winnipeg, and community conversations on mental health and reconciliation that were held as part of The Foundation’s Vital Signs project.

The program has also featured some high-profile guests, including investigative journalist Michael Moss, NHL hockey star Jonathan Toews, and comedian Mike MacDonald.

“I’ve been living here just over four years. I’m so proud of this city,” says CJNU station manager Adam Glynn. “There are stunning things happening here all the time that people have no idea about. And RC360 helps to fill that void and get the word out.”

Tune in to 93.7 CJNU-FM or listen online at cjnu.ca Thursdays at 12 noon. You can also hear the rebroadcast Saturdays at 8 a.m. on CJNU or subscribe to the podcast at rivercity360.org.

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