It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Bernard Stepien. Bernard was a long time fixture at the station and in the local jazz scene where he was known for his virtuosic saxophone playing. After taking on Rabble Without A Cause in the 90’s he became part of the Sweetman / Émond / Stepien axis of Jazz on CKCU, which reigned for decades. Beyond his life in music he was a researcher and software engineer at the University of Ottawa contributing to that body of knowledge with several publications.
Local funeral services and commemorative jam sessions will be delayed until Ottawa is out of the COVID red-zone. At that time we’ll let everyone know how best to pay their respects. CKCU has been running a range of produced carts and best-of shows commemorating his work at the station over the next while, and will be making a gift to the family. He is survived by his son Thomas Stepien, who also broadcasted on CKCU as the well known DJ Teknobrat. Please keep his family in your thoughts.
Welcome to The Place of Sound: a show that explores the meaning of some of the everyday spaces and places that surround us, both here in the city of Ottawa and elsewhere. Debuts this Monday at 6:30PM (Feb 22nd)….
In a time when many of the spaces we inhabit are digital, we’re going to pause and reflect on how important physical space still is in our everyday lives. We’ll do so by listening to the work of students in Carleton University’s Communication and Media Studies program. We’ll listen to conversations they’ve had with others on the topic of home, and other projects such as soundscape compositions, which communicate one’s personal relationship with a particular place.
So on the one hand we’re using sound to understand the role of place in our lives and the many meanings that it holds, but on the other, we’re placing sound by using the skill of listening to explore the everyday spaces we inhabit.
Exactly 45 years ago at the stroke of midnight on Nov. 15th 1975, CKCU-FM began broadcasting as Canada’s first CRTC licensed campus/community radio station at 93.1FM, and the first song played was “You Turn Me On, I’m a Radio” by Joni Mitchell.
From the initial vision, passion and hard work of CKCU’s founders, the Mighty 93 has been a crucial part of the Ottawa/Gatineau region providing independent programming for four and half decades. Over these last 45 years, CKCU has worked to support music, arts, culture, current affairs and countless other communities. CKCU’s commitment to this will surely continue.
CKCU owes a huge debt of gratitude to everyone who has walked the hall to our studios. An extra special thanks of recognition to Janis Lockwood. Janis lead many a CKCU birthday celebration over the years, announcing while popping the cork on a bottle of champagne. Janis’ involvement with CKCU going back decades cannot be overstated. Thank you Janis for your passion, dedication and belief in CKCU.
As we move towards our 50th year as a broadcaster in 2025, CKCU will continue to grow with our communities and expand the support we strive to give independent voices. The support you provide us as listeners and donors keeps us alive and moves us forward. Huge thank you to everyone for helping us get here. Let’s share a toast to CKCU getting to 45 years, and to the decades yet to come.
This Saturday Nov 7th at noon, during the final week of Funding Drive, “The Back 40” will celebrate its 30th year on CKCU. Co-founded in 1990 by program hosts Bill Grant, Dave deJongh and Doug Torrance, the show was conceived as one that would feature several dimensions of country music, including “old-tyme/hillbilly” (Bill Grant), Nashville – Grand Old Opry stars (Doug Torrance), and bluegrass music (Dave deJongh).
Having taken over the reins in 1993, Ron Moores has continued to host the show. While continuing the root traditions of “Back 40”, Ron has focused on interviews with local and area musicians and with bluegrass artists throughout North America. In addition, Ron has forged close ties with country and bluegrass festival organizers and with the Ottawa Valley Bluegrass Association that continues to serve the bluegrass community throughout the Ottawa Valley. Ron is also 5 x winner of the Central Canada Bluegrass Association’s “DJ of the Year Award” and an inductee into its Hall of Honour.
Featured on Saturday’s broadcast will be music and interviews with two of the three founders of the Back 40 (who are Dave deJongh and Doug Torrance, both of whom were program hosts at CKCU; Bill Grant passed away in 1993), along with listeners and with the Treasurer of both the Ottawa Valley Bluegrass Music Association and the South Grenville Bluegrass Festival, who is David Porter.
This Sunday night, October 25th at 8 o’clock, Rotting Renny resurrects “Rots & Rhythms”, a spooky spectacular Halloween Funding Drive special with sonic tricks & treats, followed next week by the semi-legendary “Smut For Bucks“ Funding Drive show on Sunday night November 1st. Something scary for a coronavirus free Halloween & then something that’s almost obscene. Roots & Rhythms, thrilling you since 1997!
Canadian Spaces on CKCU FM is Canada’s longest-running folk music radio show. Founded in 1980 by the late A.L. (“Chopper”) McKinnon, the show celebrates its 40th anniversary with an exciting live broadcast on multiple audio and video platforms this Saturday, September 26 from 10 to noon Eastern. The two-hour Canadian Spaces anniversary celebration will feature a total of 40 guests who will chat and perform in one of eight 15-minute time slots.
Chris White will co-host this special edition of Canadian Spaces along with Carolyn Sutherland, former Artistic Director of the Stewart Park Folk Festival and Shelter Valley Folk Festival. A singer-songwriter, community animator and Ottawa Folk Festival co-founder, Chris took on the hosting role after Chopper passed away in March, 2013. Continue reading →
The FemmeVox concert series continues with a live streamed Concert from Irene’s Pub Sunday September 6th.
Featuring Amanda Rheaume with Larissa Desrosiers, NAMBI and Ambre McLean who will be performing individually and lending accompaniment to one another. Streamed live on the GCTC Facebook page among others on Sunday September 6th, 2020 at 4PM, from Irene’s Pub. Access to the stream is free, donating is encouraged.
Femmevox With Amanda Rheaume, Larissa Desrosiers, NAMBI and Ambre McLean, don’t miss it!
UPDATE: The tower is back up. The transmission line has been connected and tested. The transmitter is receiving our signal from the station. Radios ready and waiting to be turned back on all around town…. We thank everyone, hosts and listeners alike for their patience and support while this work was being done. We’ve endured some ups and downs the past few months, but nothing will keep the Mighty 93.1 down!
Thanks to to the tireless efforts of our Engineer Jeff Ruck and the crew from Grundy Telecom Integration that came from out of town at the drop of a dime and worked in this crazy sun on a hot tar roof every day until the work was complete.
The Ottawa Ethnic Media in collaboration with the Media Club of Ottawa is compiling an anthology on pandemic stories. Submit your pandemic stories, preferably in English but other languages, Hindi, Punjabi, Farsi, Arabic with a translation will also be accepted. This anthology is a keepsake for your children and grandchildren. It will be documented evidence of the year 2020. We all have short memories and we are bound to forget the happenings of this year so put your thoughts down and tell us your greatest moments, how you spent the past two months in isolation in the form of short stories, poems, or articles.
Times Roman font, 12 pt
Deadline: August 15, 2020
Anthology publication date November 2020
Contact information, with a brief bio
You will be notified if your piece has been accepted. Your contributions will be edited for clarity, if necessary. For more information please contact me at Jagjeet Sharma at email@example.com or June Coxon at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Best wishes and safe travels to Richard Parks (aka Dick Altavista) and his wife Michelle, as they have set sail to Victoria BC to be with their family. Long time CKCU volunteer, serving on our Board Of Directors, mentoring other volunteers, helping host multiple programs, but of course most notably his own popular “Both Kinds Of Music“. He was also very active in many facets or the Ottawa music community and will be sorely missed! In case you missed them, please check out the two tributes that aired last week.