2022 Syndicated Programming
CFRO - URP Show 1020: Black History Month
CFRO-FM: Urban Renewal Project - DJ Denise
Urban Renewal Project (URP radio/ URP) is a 2-hour syndicated diverse music program, broadcasting weekly every Tuesday from 10 PM to 12 AM EST from CFRO 100.5 FM in Vancouver, British Columbia. URP Radio is over 9-years on-air and about to reach its 1000th official main series broadcast! It is programmed and hosted by DJ Denise [she/her/their]. She curates up to date 2022 releases of music from Canadians across our beautiful country. In recent years, it has expanded beyond its rap origins, accepting of many realms of genres, searching and focusing on music by Canadian and independent artists, and of artists belonging to marginalized groups, such as the BIPOC, Indigenous and LGTBQ+ communities. To its current knowledge, the show now syndicates at 1 campus/UMFM 101.5 + CKUW 95.9 FM in Winnipeg, MB. URP Radio has been able to sustain itself through the COVID-19 pandemic with pre-recorded programs, and a short run of LIVE-AT-HOME broadcasts in the Fall 2021 season. The most important programming feature during this pandemic, which has thankfully continued from its in-station version, is the show’s interview/performance series via remote long-distance means, currently called URP Radio Uncut. Through virtual video/audio communication programs such as Zoom and Instagram LIVE, the URP has been able to keep talking and supporting artists and giving them a platform to share their music and stories with its listeners. This has been especially meaningful during a time when musicians are struggling to create and share their art during our current global crisis. For The Urban Renewal Project’s submission for the Syndicated Radio Show award, you will hear an audio excerpt of Show 1020: Black History Month - URP. It was originally broadcasted on FEBRUARY 15th 2022 at CFRO 100.5 FM. This LIVE-AT-HOME program celebrates Black History Month featuring brand new 2022 single release of artists with profound messages in their music. It has grown and adapted so much, through difficult and proud times. A particular facet of URP Radio’s achievements is being able to find a syndication homes at UMFM. At the time of this broadcast, the show was knowingly being syndicated by UMFM. DJ Denise chose to celebrate Black History month consciously in 2020 by featuring the music of black Canadian artists who protest songs, sharing their frustration, racism is continuing in our society. Urban Renewal Project during the pandemic transformed into pre-recorded long-distance segments from the in-studio live shows , with in-studio guests. The soundscape of this broadcast is populated by hip hop, rap, soul, reggae, dancehall, and trap soul, all composed are by black Canadian artists.