Music - Rock or Similar
CICK - Outside-In, Host: Glen Ingram
For this award, we are excited to submit a long standing program that informs, entertains and performs a service for the station all at the same time.
Glen Ingram, the host of Outside-In for over 10 years, takes pride in playing only newly received (within the last month) Canadian music on his 2 hour show. He gives the listener history and context for every band featured and breaks up the 2 hours with a humor segment.
Being that the show only features Canadian music newly received at the station, it serves the purpose of highlighting new artists and their music. Glen also takes time to tweet and instagram the artists he features so that they are made aware that their music is appreciated and being played.
The humour segment features a live interview with “Captain San-Diego”, a US citizen (his brother-in-law) who lives in San Diego and is asked to present two new Canadian tracks (a good track and a bad track) for each episode of the show. The Captain then gives reasons why he likes and dislikes each track. The origin of this segment comes from an argument with the Captain that all Canadian music sounds like Celine Dion and Bryan Adams. From that moment on he was challenged to expand his knowledge and share it with listeners on Outside-In.
Thanks to this segment, listenership has broadened to include fans in the states as well as in Canada.
I have selected segments of two episodes from 2022 that illustrate the quality of production, knowledge of music, humour and good musical taste.
We think you will agree that this is a standout, consistent show that serves both the listener and the station.
Music - Variety Program
CKHA - Backbeat, Host: Lorne VanSinclair
Backbeat, a vintage music show, has been on the air on CanoeFM in Haliburton since 2018 but is really a continuation of shows I have hosted since the mid-1980s on CIUT-FM and CKLN-FM in Toronto and for 10 years as a regular feature on Don Daynard’s Oldies Show on CHFI.
On all these programs my goal is to introduce audiences to the vast array of commercially recorded music that was rarely heard on the radio, even when it first came out.
I focus on popular music of all genres from the 1920s to the 1960s made by innovative artists. Many were not successful in the pop market, so their stories have not been told and they are in danger of being forgotten forever. People like Albenie Jones, the first female rock ‘n’ roll star in the 1940s; Billy Wright, the first openly gay R&B star who served as a mentor for Little Richard; or the pioneering female country singers of the ‘30s and ‘40s as well as Black gospel singers.
I spice things up by playing international music from Jamaica, Cuba, Africa, and Hawaii by artists who were influenced by, and in return influenced our popular music.
I also play new recordings by Canadian artists who use the older styles to get their values across in an entertaining way. For example, Blue Moon Marquee, whose original songs channel the spirit of Black and first nations artists of the 1930s and ‘40s.
I maintain a web site, www.backbeatradio.com where I post the playlist several days before the broadcast (along with extra info and comments). There’s also links to sources that I use in my research and over a hundred of my own articles on music.
The show is designed to be upbeat and entertaining. I structure it to reflect the music – tightly arranged, well-rehearsed, tell a story, end with a flourish, have fun.
It seems to work; Backbeat is carried by about a dozen stations across Canada, mostly through !earshot distro, and about 30 stations in the U.S. through the A-Infos Radio Project.
The reel contains snippets from two shows with music examples including some transitions from song to song as I consider that flow to be vital.
Music - R&B or similar
CJLO - Purple Hour - Women in R&B Special, Host: Megan Dams
My name is Megan Dams and I'm the host of Purple Hour on CJLO1690 AM in Montreal, which is a music show focused on R&B but also including hip hop, soul, funk, and other genres that R&B often crosses over with. This submission is an episode dedicated to highlighting female artists in R&B music and is really special to me. Women do such a uniquely incredible job of conveying complex ideas and emotions and discussing particular issues that they face through their music, and I think this episode did a really great job of capturing that, and I am really proud of it. I got a lot of sweet messages after this episode aired and it was very well received by Purple Hour listeners, so that in conjunction with the fact that it highlighted a marginalized group of people in the industry (mostly Black women), I felt warranted a submission for this award! Thank you for considering my application.
Show Page: cjlo.com/shows/purple-hour.
Music - Classical Century or similar music
CJSW - Vocal Cords, Host: Melike Ceylan
Please accept this letter to nominate CJSW and their radio program Vocal Cords for the Music Programming Award in Classical Century or similar music. Though still a relatively new program, Vocal Cords has already reimagined the potential for specialty content on the airwaves. With a focus on the world of vocal music, this program consistently explores a wide range of genres and styles, including sound art, experimental music, spoken word, and more.
Hosted by Melike Ceylan, each week she conveys great enthusiasm and diligently programs sets that compliment each other in a way that invites listeners to contemplate and reflect. In a world that is so intent on always moving forward, Melike’s program is a welcome invitation to slow down, relax, and explore the different ways one’s voice may be employed as an instrument.
When she’s not hosting her program, Melike is a PhD student in the Music department at the University of Calgary with a focus on the use of radio as an artistic tool for compositions and interactive projects. Melike’s dedication to sonic arts extends into her work as a programmer, where canonical works from her academic background come together with many new experimental artists. The result is an hour and a half long program where different styles are featured and explored, offering up an unparalleled exploration of vocal music on our airwaves.
Music - Blues or Similar
CKHA - Buckslide Blues Cruise, Host: Patrick Monaghan
My name is Patrick Monaghan, I host a 2 hour Blues live radio show called the Buckslide Blues Cruise on Canoe FM CKHA 100.9 Haliburton ON. This show is dedicated to preserving & promoting the Blues music genre, with a major component focusing on Canadian artists. I try to educate the listeners about the early days of the Blues as played by the originals, while showcasing the young talent that are the proponents of modern Blues. My show pays special attention to the young or emerging Blues artist's, particularly the new Canadian talent. I have also been increasing the number of Canadian artist interviews & expose's, giving the artist's profile a lift in the public eye.
The Buckslide Blues Cruise expands the definition of the Blues, as I say, "we play everything from Leadbelly to Led Zeppelin & there's a lot of music in between". Each week there is a featured artist new or old to introduce to the audience with special attention to Canadian performers. Quite often I have been able to arrange interviews; with the featured artist to help promote their new releases. Many of these artist's don't get enough airplay when they leave their home turf. I try to help correct that !
Some of the artist's that have been kind enough to give me their time are : Frank Cosentino, David Gogo, Chuck Jackson, Sonnie Bernardi, Judy Brown, Paul James, Harpdog Brown, Debra Power, David Vest, Steve Marriner, Gary Kendall & many more.
Music - Electronic or Similar
CICK - S.L.0.B. (Sub Low One Block), Host: DJ Gobe
Thank goodness for Gobe! For the electronic music category this year, we nominate S.L.0.B. (Sub Low One Block) and host, DJ Gobe (go-bee).
DJ Gobe’s show stands out as a beacon in community radio for continuously pushing the boundary of electronic music being made locally, regionally, internationally, and on vinyl. S.L.0.B. has been on the airwaves of Smithers Community Radio since 2011 and Ben (DJ Gobe) has used his time on air to become one of the most sought-after DJs in the Bulkley Valley.
His mixes are tight af, his style is unbeatable, and he’s the most loving and supportive volunteer at our station.
In 2022, Ben celebrated his 150th show with an 6 hour long show where he invited 4 DJs from the valley to mix and spin in the train car (where we broadcast). It was a blast. Ben also shares his shows on twitch and has garnered a seriously dedicated audience from around the world.
Ben does wonders for our station through his love and support of electronic music, producers and the people who love it.
@Smithers Community Radio (Facebook)
Music - Country or Similar
CKHA - Canoeing in the Country, Host: Jeff & Pat Barry
Canoeing in the Country is a three hour show presented on CanoeFM each Saturday morning from 9 till noon. The show features classic country music. It is presented by my husband Jeff Barry and myself Pat Barry. We have been doing the show on CanoeFM for over 10 years now and have gained quite a following.
There are very few radio stations that offer truly traditional country music. Jeff has an outstanding understanding of this music as he has photographed, interviewed and followed these musical stars since the late 50’s. He is like a walking encyclopedia about this era of country music. He not only knows about the lead singer but really makes sure that the band members get the recognition they deserve. On top of following country artists he himself had a country band for over 35 years. This practical situation enables him to share his passion about all aspects of classical country music. He keeps in touch with country artists and they tell us how much it means to hear their music on the air.
Music - Rap or Similar
CIVL - Chill Rose Radio, Host: Stephen Munga
Chillrose Radio is a weekly music program showcasing new releases from different local and international artists in a variety of genres. Chillrose is the only place in the mainland where listeners can hear up and coming pop, alternative, electronic and hip hop acts like Cody Lawless, Mauvey, Boslen, Teen Daze, Kid Filthy and more side to side long before they are nominated for Junos, signed to major record labels and touring the festival circuit.
Music - Jazz or Similar
CHMR-FM - Jazz Links, Host: Stephen Jackson
Jazz Links is a one-hour weekly program produced at CHMR-FM that links together people, places and styles of jazz through the years. It's hosted by Stephen Jackson. Examples of recent episodes include "Jazz expressions of the seasons"; "Women in Jazz"; "Arabic Jazz"; "Scandinavian Jazz"; "Fusion Jazz"; "Atlantic Canadian Jazz" and more. Says Stephen of his program: "Music has context and background: It comes from people, places, and styles of music that flow into, under and over each other. Of all the genres, jazz can link one story to another. It builds upon experience but ultimately becomes the voice of the artist. Jazz Links features my own explorations into the stuff that I love. Themes come from my own curiosity, based on something that's been said or played. I try to feature Canadian and Newfoundland talent when I can (that's not hard). I've been involved with theatre and music for ages and taught English and history in schools. Jazz Links is my first foray into radio and I'm loving it!"
The submission includes excerpts taken from two episodes broadcast in 2022: "Atlantic Jazz Nights" and "Arabic Jazz"; originally aired on October 25, 2022 and December 6, 2022 respectively.
www.chmr.ca ; @chmrmunradio (Twitter); @chmrfm (Facebook); @chmrfm (Instagram)
Music - Alternative or Similar
CFRC - Yellow Brit Road: an alternative journey exploring music and shattering expectations!, Host: Aarushi Mathur
Yellow Brit Road is a journey, a walk down a musical road with many pitstops and picnics on the side! I’m Aarushi Mathur (Rue), an undergraduate student at Queen’s University, and I host CFRC’s British and Irish music show in Kingston, ON. I’m here to shatter your expectations of what “British music” entails - each week, I take listeners on an hour-long trip into the best new releases from the British and Irish underground - Welsh language alternative techno, electro-rock parties in a basement in Glasgow, the Brighton DIY queerpunk scene, Dublin’s garage-rock and post punk scene, spoken-word experimental music from Leeds, neo-jazz collectives from London, Manchester RnB, dancehall, indie pop bands from Newcastle or feminist synthpop in the Cornish language, we have it all. And we do much more than just listening to music— we delve into live music and festivals, talk about music history, journalism, the music business, and talk to musicians from around the world!
As a primarily introducing music show, we are also fiercely proud of the independent scene and supporting the artists that make the music we play, and so I always provide Bandcamp links, etc., where listeners can independently support the musicians played and mentioned on this show.
This year, we celebrated Welsh-Language Music Day (Dydd Miwsig Cymru), discussed the economics of the music industry and showcase festivals, covered a summer of music festivals, Eurovision, discussed disability in music and the Paraorchestra, dove into historical and underrated records, celebrated queer music scenes around the world, celebrated our station’s centenary, and looked at lesser-known Christmas traditions and music from around the UK and Ireland (amongst many other things)!
Website - https://anchor.fm/yellowbritroad
Twitter - @yellowbritcfrc, @CFRC (station)
Music - Punk or Similar
CIUT - Equalizing-X-Distort, Host:
Equalizing-X-Distort is a punk radio show that has been broadcast on CIUT 89.5 FM since May 1999. The idea is to program underground punk from around the world. The show has undertaken special programming segments such as Notes from Behind the Iron Curtain and Latin America Resiste. We have engaged punks from not just around the country, but around the world in a segment called Scene Report. Having punks tell punk stories about their bands, their scenes, their clubs, their history and of course their music.
The first clip is an interview by Stephen Perry from a show that broadcast on Sunday August 7th, 2022. The interview is with Cynthia Ross from the B-Girls and Mike Schnapps, the director of a film called Nightclubbing. The film tells the story of Max's Kansas City, one of the first punk clubs in New York City. This interview celebrates the show’s interest in covering punk’s origin stories.
The second clip is an interview by Christian Overall with Ska Jeff and Matty Grace from a new band named Crisis Party. The interview was broadcast on Sunday August 14th, 2022. Matty is a transgendered woman/punk who has played in a lot of bands from Halifax and Ottawa. Chris regards Matty as one of the most promising contemporary artists to emerge in Canada. Matty explains the demo songs’ meanings. Modern angst, gender dysphoria and (most alarmingly) the meaning of the song “Numbers”. Matty explains the statistics for trans life expectancy is notably lower than that of cis gendered people; for a variety of external and internal factors. Powerful words.
Producer Names: Stephen Perry, Rob Ferraz, Dave Stevenson, and Christian Overall
Music - Loud or similar music
CJLO - Grade A Explosives, Host: Andrew Wieler
Grade A Explosives is a show that plays louder styles of music, including rock, punk, metal, and whatever else Andrew decides he feels like playing.
This is the first hour of a very special Christmas episode which is now a three year running tradition, themed around highlighting bands that are foolish enough to release albums in December, and thereby garner no attention since they're completed drowned out by end of year lists and everyone's worry about having to deal with their relatives around the holidays. So, it's a holiday show that expresses the giving of the holiday season without any Christmas music, and isn't that all what we want?
Facebook - @GradeAExplosives