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Campus Radio is a Jewel for the Community

CHRW is a JewelAs you know, I have a radio show on 94.9 CHRW. I just celebrated the 200th episode of the show and I couldn’t have done it with the support of Western University and the airwaves on which to broadcast.

My show has given me access to all sorts of musicians and celebrities. I have interviewed some of my favourite artists and even talked to Olympic Champions on the air.

The station gives back to the diverse community by offering programming in a variety of different languages.

There are close to 170 students who freely give their time to host programs, do the news, cover the university sporting events,  and work behind the scenes in the technical realm. There are nearly as many community volunteers or alumni still donating their time and expertise to the station as well.

Some of our volunteers have moved on to prominent positions in the media as well. Kevin Newman now works for CTV. Daniel Shulman moved on to TSN and ESPN directly from CHRW. Stephen Brunt writes for the Globe and Mail. Adrienne Arsenault is a familiar face on CBC. And that it just the tip of the iceberg.

Our hosts regularly give their time to fundraising efforts in the community. We champion for the students of Western University and deliver relevant and timely content to everyone within listening range, and the entire world through online streaming and archived shows.

We play a lot of local artists and support Canadian talent every single week. The music landscape in London, Ontario is rich and diverse, and we celebrate that wholeheartedly.

The radio station relies on donations during its annual pledge week to maintain its costs of operation. However, the main source of funds comes from a student levy that sees every student contributing $13 to CHRW. 94% of our funding comes from this fee.

In my humble opinion, this is a very small price to pay for such a jewel. We need local programming on the radio and on television. Local TV is facing a crisis right now when it comes to original and news programming. We don’t want to see our voice on the radio dial shrink or, even worse, be silenced.

What you can do!

    • Take to Social Media like Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and any other sites you use to tell people how important CHRW is to you.
    • Go to the Budget Presentation and USC Motion on Wednesday February 24th at 6:00 p.m. (Room 269C, UCC, Western University Campus)
    • Contact the Student Council and let them know how you feel.
    • Listen to the station and share online that you do!

Thank you for being on this musical journey with me for the past four years. Let’s fight to keep our station viable and broadcasting for the good of the students, the community, and the university at large.

Much appreciated!

Word is Bond Rap Radio’s 3rd Anniversary Show

WIB 3Word is Bond Rap Radio celebrated its 3rd Anniversary last week with a very special live show at the radio station.

We kicked off the program with a mixset by Teck-Zilla of The Word is Bond. He spun a bunch of “Word is Bond” songs.

1. Teck-Zilla Mixset

Zhane – My Word is Bond
Joey Bada$$ – Word is Bond
House of Pain – Word is Bond (Remix)
Brand Nubian – Word is Bond

Next up, Relic called in to send some warm wishes on us reaching this milestone and we did a little interview with him.

2. Relic aka Rel McCoy Interview

Relic – Thru the Motions

After that, Daddy J from DOPEfm jumped on the decks to deliver us a nice mixset that repped Steel City!

3. Daddy J (of DOPEfm) Mixset

Shing Shing Regime – Divine People
Coleman Brothers – On a Better Day I’m Dreaming (prod. by Tall Black Guy)
Spectac and Amiri ft. Najee – I Grew Up

And then we blew the roof off the studio with some fantastic live performances.

4. Live Performances

Es – Aspire to Inspire
Lyrical Mind – Day After Day
O-beast, Lyrical Mind, Es, Chase March, and DJ Wiskaz – Cypher 1

I spun a mixset highlighting two of my all-time favourite acts: 2Pac and Run-DMC.

5. Chase March Mixset

2Pac – R U Still Down?
Run-DMC – Down With the King
Cable – No Balls

And then, we had a few legends on the phone lines.

6. EMC Interview

Masta Ace, Wordsworth, and Stricklin on the phone lines

EMC – Fly Thoughts

7. Live Performances

These in-studio performances were stellar!

Es – Speak Up, Speak Out
Lyrical Mind – Baby So Crazy

And then we capped things off with mixset by DJ Wiskaz

8. DJ Wiskaz Mixset

Rel and Lexx Kickzz – Not a Stranger
Proff – Horses in the Ghetto
Geneles / Memphis Reigns – Scorpion Circles

And closed off the show with a cypher!

9. Live performances

Es, Lyrical Mind, Chase March, and DJ Wiskaz – Cypher 2

Thanks for tuning in these past three years! Here’s to the next 3!

LISTEN LIVE – Monday Nights from midnight through till 2:00 a.m. Tuesday Morning!

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Word is Bond Rap Radio – 3rd Anniversary Party

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My radio show celebrates its 3rd Anniversary on Monday and I am planning a huge party for the broadcast.

I am going to have some very special guests in the studio. And you are invited.

Please check the Facebook Event to RSVP and find out more.

If you are an artist, you can jump in on a cypher, perform a song live, or just hang out and enjoy the live radio show at the station. All are welcome!

We broadcast out of UCC (Student Centre) at Western University in London, Ontario, Canada.

We kick off the broadcast at 12:00 midnight on Monday and will party for a few hours at the station. We may stay on air for an extended period of time and not sign off at 2:00 a.m. like usual. So come party with us till early Tuesday morning.

It’s going to be a lot of fun and completely live, so anything could happen. We have a lot of rappers coming through the station, a few guest DJs, and even a very special hip-hop legend who will be joining us via the phone lines.

WIB Rap Radio 3rd Anniverary Party (1)

 

We will even have a few giveaways. Please call in 519-661-3600 when we are on the air!

You can also send us good vibes on Facebook, Instagram. Twitter, or Tumblr.

Thanks for listening all these years!

Rap Radio Shines Worldwide!

I love listening to hip-hop radio. Here is a quick guide to the show I listen to on a regular basis.

They are in alphabetical order by title. And I guarantee that each one delivers quality music by dedicated DJs who respect independent and underground artists. This is where real hip-hop lives. Tune in and enjoy the tunes on a weekly basis

TheBadI

The Baddest Incredible

HOST – Gamma Krush

WHEN – Fridays 6:00 -7:00 p.m. EST and repeated Mondays 11 p.m. to 12:00 midnight on 93.3 CFRU

WHERE – Guelph, Ontario. Canada

PODCASThttp://gammakrush.ca

consignment show

The Consignment Show

HOST – Tyler Hetherington

WHEN – Tuesdays 12:00 midnight to 2:00 a.m. Wednesday morning on 94.9 CHRW

WHERE – London, Ontario. Canada

PODCAST – http://chrwradio.ca/programs/consignment-show#prev-shows

DOPEfm

DOPEfm

HOSTS – Daddy J and Chase March

WHEN – Saturdays 12:00 midnight – 7:00 a.m. EST Sunday morning  on 93.3 CFMU

WHERE – Hamilton, Ontario. Canada

PODCAST – http://cfmu.msumcmaster.ca/app/programming/ (select DOPEfm from the guide)

In Tha Kut

In Tha Kut

HOSTS – Mookie The Greek and John P

WHEN – Thursdays 9:00 – 10:30 p.m. EST on 93.3 CFMU

WHERE – Hamilton, Ontario. Canada

PODCAST – http://cfmu.msumcmaster.ca/app/programming/ (select DOPEfm from the guide)

LC Show

LC Show

HOSTS – Shay D and DJ Shorty

WHEN – Sundays 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. GMT on Itch FM

WHERE – London, England

PODCAST – https://www.mixcloud.com/ItchFM/

masterplan

The Masterplan Show

HOSTS – DTS and DJ Romeo

WHEN – Saturdays 8:00 – 10:00 p.m. EST on 89.5 CIUT

WHERE – Toronto, Ontario. Canada

PODCAST – http://www.ciut.fm/shows-2/music-shows/masterplan/

OUR show

Our Show

HOST – Conshus

WHEN – Saturdays 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. EST on 91.5 WPRK

WHERE – Winterpark, Florida

PODCAST – http://www.stitcher.com/podcast/its-our-show-hiphop-for-people-that-know-better/

SausageGutRadio

Sausage Gut Radio 

HOSTS – DJ Hullewud and Mat Labatt

WHEN – Saturdays 10:00 p.m. – 12:00 midnight  on 94.9 CHRW

WHERE – London, Ontario. Canada

PODCAST – http://chrwradio.ca/programs/sausage-gut-radio#prev-shows

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Word is Bond

HOST – Chase March

WHEN – Mondays 12:00 midnight to 2:00 a.m. EST Tuesday morning on 94.9 CHRW

WHERE – London, Ontario. Canada

PODCAST – http://www.thewordisbond.com/audio/wib-podcast/

tune in

WHEN – whenever these shows are on – live on your computers, phones, or tablets

WHERE – http://tunein.com/get-tunein/

Enjoy the hip-hop tunes on your radio dial wherever you are using the Tune In App on your phone.

Any great shows to add to this list?

Please leave a comment below!

All Women’s Voices Day on 94.9 CHRW

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In just a few hours, 94.9 CHRW is kicking off All Women’s Voices 2014.

Starting at midnight TONIGHT, CHRW will be taken over by women for 24 hours! We have some great programming featuring music, talk, documentary, discussion, and of course hip-hop!

I have produced a special for this radio event that airs from 6:00 to 6:30 a.m. It features Skulastic, an MC and producer from British Columbia. She tells her story in her own words and I spin some of her great tunes.

So, please tune in and let people know that we will no longer accept violence against women. Mark this day – December 6th, the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women in Canada.

Listening Options

Access: DJ Z of DJ Booth

DJ Z has a really interesting history, from being a campus radio DJ, to working in commercial radio, to helping build DJ Booth into one of the premiere music spaces on the Internet.

We caught up with him for one of our special Access segments on 91.5 WPRK in Winterpark, Florida. And through the wonders of modern technology, DJ Z is able to join us from Chicago, and I can jump on the program from my home in London, Ontario.

Press play to be educated an entertained. Anyone who writes a blog, does a radio show, or is trying to promote music can learn from his experiences. This is real talk!

Raise Your Voice and Redefine Radio

I have spent countless hours producing segments and shows for radio and television over the years. I do so because I enjoy having a voice and contributing to my community.

Community radio is valuable because it gives us something that mainstream radio doesn’t. Commercials are kept to a minimum and sometimes, other than PSA spots and station identification notices you get straight music. Community radio isn’t handcuffed with mandatory playlists. This means that the DJs play and share music that they love.

I absolutely love that I have landed on radio. I hope you’ve had a chance to listen to the overnight show that we do each and every week. In this day and age, you can be well outside the reception area and still tune in. You don’t even have to listen live. You can subscribe and download the podcasts. It’s a bright new age for community radio.

We do need your help though.

93.3 CFMU has 150 people who help bring you the great programming that we are able to bring to you. The radio station is based out of McMaster University and almost completely relies on volunteers. The station only has 2 full-time staff and 5 part-timers. The rest of us give our own time to make our shows the best that we possibly can.

The operating budget of the station is miniscule. Our yearly budget is a fraction of what commercial stations pay for advertising alone.

That’s why we need you help.

Raise Your Voice is our annual fundraising drive. Daddy J and I got on the air and asked for your pledge money on the weekend. The phones rang and we were able to raise some much-needed money for the station. Thanks to everyone who called us up to make a pledge.

We had callers from as far away as New Brunswick and Pennsylvania, I want to personally thank Windchill for calling in to make a pledge. We’ve had him on the show for an interview recently and have been his spinning tracks for years now. He appreciates what we do and showed his appreciation with a donation.

I hate to ask for money in this day and age. I know that times are tough. But this money doesn’t go to me or Daddy J, it goes to the radio station so that we can continue to bring you great programming.

If you’ve ever downloaded an interview, a Know Your History episode, or mix-set that we’ve done, if you’ve ever checked out the archives or listened live, please consider donating some money.

Every little bit counts.

To donate, you can call (905) 529-9888 anytime this week. Please tell the phone operator that you are a listener of DOPEfm online and want to make a donation in the name of our show. You can also earn some incentive prizes such as T-shirts, CDs, and gift cards. So please give us a call.

or you can donate via PayPal from our website.

It’s pledge week and it’s the only week that we bug you for your money. Every other week of the year, we just play music, air segments and interviews, and have fun. I hope our show is worth a few dollars and a moment of your time.

Thanks!

Call to Action


This is a notice from the Save Internet Radio Campaign. Please read this and help to save the best radio on the planet.

Thanks,

IMMEDIATE ACTION NEEDED FOR THURSDAY, JULY 12TH

Greetings,

Time and options are running out for Internet Radio. Late this afternoon, the court DENIED the emergency stay sought on behalf of webcasters, millions of listeners and the artists and music they support.

UNLESS CONGRESS ACTS BY JULY 15th, the new ruinous royalty rates will be going into effect on Sunday, threatening the future of all internet radio.

We are appealing to the millions of Internet radio listeners out there, the webcasters they support and the artists and labels we treasure to rise up and make your voices heard again before this vibrant medium is silenced. Even if you have already called, we need you to call again.

The situation is grave, but that makes the message all the simpler and more serious.

PLEASE CALL YOUR SENATORS AND REPRESENTATIVES RIGHT AWAY and urge them to

support the Internet Equality Act. Go to

http://www.capwiz.com/saveinternetradio/alert_9738601.html

to find the necessary phone numbers and make the call today.

Thank you,

The SaveNetRadio Campaign

p.s. click on the label “internet radio” on the sidebar to see all my posts about this issue. Thank you.

Save Net Radio

The future of Internet radio is in danger.

I am not sure what I can do to save it, except announce why I value Internet radio and ask you to join me in my support of the “Internet Radio Equality Act,” introduced by Reps. Jay Inslee (D-Wash.) and Don Manzullo (R-Ill.).

I tried to put the banner up on my blog here but I am not sure how to do it. I posted a picture of their banner instead. So please click on this link and go to

www.savenetradio.org

If you live in the United States, the above website will give you information on how to contact your congressman. If you are an international listener like myself, you can sign a petition and post your comments. I encourage everyone to do this.

I love Internet radio. I listen to live365.com to get programming that is not available on regular commercial radio. I value this service so much that I subscribe to it. I have no problem paying for this service. My problem is that the government of the United States of America are subjecting this form of radio to unfair fees. It is not fair.

Listeners of net radio do not download the music or own it in anyway. Net radio is just like regular AM or FM radio. We listen to it the same way. It should be in line with regular radio.

I know why it is important to track what songs are played and how often. I support that stations operate the same way as regular radio and pay the fees so that artists and labels get paid when their music is played. This has been happening with the creditable and mainstream net radio stations and service providers.

Here is a quotation from Live365.com’s website,

Internet radio, particularly Live365, has been paying its fair share of royalties to composers, performers, publishers, artists, and record labels since day one. We’d like a call for parity in royalty treatment for all radio formats, including Internet, terrestrial (AM/FM), satellite, and cable.

The new government bill that subjects Internet radio stations to a 300% increase in fees this year and a 1200% increase over the next five years takes affect on May 15, 2007. We need to stop this now.

Internet radio does not hurt artists or labels. It supports them the same way that regular radio does. In fact, this year alone, I have bought more CDs than I have in the past several years. Most of the new CDs I bought this year came to my attention from net radio, and in particular the excellent station thebassment.com (see my post Recognizing Talent that I posted on Tuesday April 24, 2007)

So please do something to save net radio. If we don’t, most net radio stations will be bankrupt and silenced on May 15, 2007. We cannot allow this to happen. Thank you.

Recognizing Talent

On the weekend, I saw a television show called Songwriter’s Circle. It featured Chantal Kreviazuk and a few other musicians. It was an interesting to show to watch because every song that she sang I recognized. I haven’t really paid any attention to this artist. I couldn’t tell you the name of any of her songs or her albums but I know who she is, and I know her songs. She has been all over the radio for the past several years and has quite a few hits.

She sat at her keyboard in the songwriter’s circle and every time she played I was totally captivated. She has a beautiful voice and her songs have nice melodies and themes to them. I wonder why I haven’t paid any attention to her before. Did I not recognize her talent? I knew who she was. I could even sing along to some of her songs when they came on the radio.

This got me thinking about how we recognize talent. How do we find songs and artists that we come to love? I used to discover artists in only one of three ways; I saw a music video, or a friend introduced me to a CD or tape, or I heard something on a radio show.
This year I have discovered a few artists that I am really enjoying in several different ways.

First, I saw a songwriter’s circle at the East Coast Music Awards this year and I was really impressed with a song I heard called “When it comes my turn.” I then did some research and found out about David Myles and his CD Things Have Changed. I ordered the CD and it is excellent.

Secondly, I discovered another artist this year by searching Ebay’s 1 cent CD listings. I noticed a CD that was reviewed in a rap magazine. I thought, hmm, it’s only a penny and I bid on it and won. I had never heard anything from this group before. It was like a blind date that would show up in the mail. When it got here, I was pleasantly surprised upon listening to it. It was great. The group is called Sol.illaquists of Sound and the album is entitled as if we existed.

Lastly, I discovered a few new groups from listening to Internet radio. I was fortunate enough to come across Live 365.com a few years ago. They have several different music stations and my favourite is one called The Bassment.com. This station is absolutely amazing and I highly recommend that you check it out. They play underground hip hop, music that is hard to find on the radio or television these days. If Nas knew this station existed, he wouldn’t be saying that hip hop is dead. I have found artists that I love on this station and have ordered their CDs. Here is the list; The Procussions, move.meant, and Murs. These are three amazing artists that I might not have otherwise heard.

So I discovered some new artists in new ways this year and I have supported them. Like I said yesterday, I still buy CDs and my collection is growing. I think we need to support artists that we love. The only problem is that I can’t possibly buy everything that I like. My tastes are varied and forever expanding and I need to really watch my spending more now. I would love to go buy Chantal Kreviazuk’s catalogue upon hearing her last night, but I am sorry to say that I, more than likely, will not be buying her stuff anytime soon. Sorry Chantal, I can hear you on the radio and I love your music but I need to pinch my pennies. That’s just how it is.