Please meet Kwabena Oduro, who was born and raised in Montreal, but came to Gatineau in 2013 to play basketball and hasn’t left since. He is a graduate of the Algonquin College television broadcasting course since last April. He did an internship with Rogers Sportsnet as a Broadcast Associate, where he learned a lot about script writing, story development, and researching. After his internship, he secured a job in promotions with Bell Media which has led to work behind the scenes as a technical producer with CFRA radio and TSN 1200 radio in Ottawa.
As an aspiring sportscaster, it is at CKCU where Kwabena is really getting the chance to shine. He has very recently come on board with the program “On The Sidelines” (Tuesdays 2-2:30 PM) which was started by Carleton student Alyson Duffy last year. Its a 30 minute show where they aim to discuss everything Carleton Ravens and varsity sports, sometimes the Senators & 67s but mostly various topics that don’t generally get voiced in the athletic community. CKCU is helping him unlock his potential, and is a great place for him to get the practice and experience to succeed. Kwabena has also become more adept while recording some exclusive interviews with coaches, trainers and other self starters in the National Capital Region. He loves the story telling aspect of sports, doing interviews and making connections with athletes. He is really hard-working and is clearly eager to learn more and work with others in the industry to gain experience.
In Kwabena’s own words: “I believe the most important part of campus/community radio is the fact that it gives everyone a voice and allows you to be creative. The platform is great for many people who don’t study in this field but have always wanted to try it out. As for the people like myself who want to be successful in this industry, it gives us the reps and practice we need to get to the next level. A valuable aspect I find with CKCU is the willingness to help people and build connections. The community at CKCU is one like no other. It has been eye opening for me, I never really thought I would get to be on-air this early in my career but CKCU has given me the opportunity to feel that on-air presence. I still have a long way to go but I approach every show or every time I am in the studio as if its my job.
Kwabena aims to have his very own program on the airwaves, and having observed his dedication and passion, we at CKCU know it is only a matter of time!
Meral is a 2nd year Journalism student at Carleton, having moved here from Dubai, United Arab Emirates for school. She is also currently a news editor at the Charlatan. She was part of the Friday Special Blend team during the winter semester last year and really enjoyed the opportunity. She cites working with CKCU veteran Chris White, and interviewing Amanda Carver—one of the organizers of the Ottawa Women’s March as some of the highlights of her experience. She and her new co-host Temur are eager to get back to the airwaves this fall with their new program/idea “The Nut Graf”, which will provide the inside story, the behind the scenes of the journalist’s headlines.
Meral credits Radio Carleton as providing some practical learning, hands-on experience and helping advance her studies; because the Journalism program’s introduction to radio only happens in the third year, she got a head-start into the world of radio. She learned some valuable interview skills here while having a lot of fun in the process! Although admittedly from a generation that generally doesn’t absorb that much radio, she soon discovered the value and importance of grassroots media like CKCU, the evolving ways that people listen, and the community it benefits and creates. It has introduced her to so many different people and aspects of of the local community.
In Meral’s own words: “CKCU helped me make Carleton home. Coming from a different country and ethnic background was a difficult transition, and more often than not, I found myself yearning for genuine human connections. CKCU made it easier for me to connect and interact with people both at Carleton and in Ottawa, and I think the process made it easier for me to enjoy my time here. CKCU is family now, and Carleton is my home, and I am so grateful for both.”
“Radio Carleton is for everyone. As a student, I had the opportunity to be trained and then not long after, to contribute to a show and gain experience. It doesn’t matter if you’re a student, someone who doesn’t know radio, or someone who isn’t from Ottawa. All that matters is that you show up and show interest, and you’ll find a place at CKCU.”
Countdown to Spring had begun!
Here at CKCU with spring also comes Persian New Year known as Nowruz!
CKCU & Namaashoum will once again bring in Nowruz and Spring to Farsi speaking people all around the world with a special live Nowruz episode of Namaashoum on Wednesday March 20th from 5 to 8PM. Thanks to the programs “The Upstairs Neighbour”, “Asian Sounds” & “Punto de Encuentro” for allowing this to happen. Namaashoum usually broadcasts every Monday from 7-9PM and you can check out their archive and find out more here: https://cod.ckcufm.com/programs/53/info.html
Namaashoum is Ottawa’s first Persian program. We cover a vast area of topics, including poetry and lierature, community events, news, music, and more. We are proud to keep our high standard of production in promoting Persian literature and music. We believe radio broadcasting is a serious matter and we are working very hard to serve our community.
ckcufm.com & persianradio.net
Meet Colin Boudreault. He is a second year Carleton student, pursuing a degree in Communications & Media Studies with a minor in Professional Writing. He was born in Ottawa and has lived here his entire life so far. Colin works on the show Ottawa Live Music (OLM) which airs every 2nd Thursday from 10 to 11PM. OLM broadcasts a performance live off the floor by a local band, typically to promote an upcoming show or album. It’s a great means of promoting local talent and providing cultural enrichment to our community. Also, as a musician who enjoys writing and recording music, he hopes to perform on OLM himself at some point!
His primary job is to set up and tear down audio equipment as well as monitor the sound levels during the broadcast. Recently however, he has begun co-hosting the show alongside another regular of OLM, Dick Altavista. He is also a member of our production team that helps create advertisements and station identifications along with other audio projects for the station.
Colin had been seeking an extra-curricular activity that suited him since enrolling at Carleton in September 2017. After trying a few different clubs and organizations, he was drawn to CKCU as a valuable opportunity to hone and tune his skills in audio engineering.
In Colin’s own words: “People from all walks of life use our station as a means of allowing their voice to be heard on matters that are important to them. We have a litany of shows featuring hosts that come from groups that are unfortunately marginalized by conventional broadcasting standards. CKCU… affords the opportunity to experience the practices, beliefs and opinions of those who are overlooked by the broadcasting hegemony.”
Since volunteering at CKCU, Colin feels privileged to have met several people who are as passionate about music and broadcasting as he is, such as his partner for production work Josh Taylor, and the OLM crew folks. One of Colin’s long-time aspirations has been fulfilled being able to hear his my work and voice broadcasted over the radio. Colin credits CKCU for giving him a place to relieve some of the stress that a charged class schedule brings, when the workload is heavy.
Tune in LIVE every second Thursday at 10PM for Ottawa Live Music or listen to past episodes On Demand: https://cod.ckcufm.com/programs/113/info.html
I am Harriet (Harri) Smith. I am a first year Journalism student at Carleton. As you might suspect enjoy writing, reading, and also listening to music. I’m from a small town in Alberta called Okotoks but because my parents have recently moved, I live in Ottawa now.
At CKCU, I am a production volunteer and am now going through programming training. I’ve been practicing in the studio and helping where I can, so that I can move towards getting my own program in the future.
I found out about CKCU at the club fair during week one, and learnt more when CKCU staff came into my lecture to describe the station to us. I took a chance on doing an orientation, and after that I was hooked. I think community/campus radio is important because it gives smaller events in the community a chance to shine. It also allows students to have a chance to practice their skills and be involved in something that they might not otherwise. These days, where everything is going digital and impersonal, places like CKCU are important.
It might sound cheesy, but I have connected with everyone that I have met at the station. Everyone that works or volunteers at CKCU has an interesting story and a really cool view of the world. There isn’t one person I met that I haven’t liked. And there isn’t one person that I met that hasn’t taught me something about myself. The station has helped me with a sense of self confidence at Carleton. I didn’t have a good high school experience, so I want to make the most out of university. CKCU has given me a sense of belonging and achievement, which I craved coming into it. CKCU has really helped enrich my experience so without CKCU, Carleton wouldn’t be Carleton, it wouldn’t be home.
One of most valuable aspects of CKCU is the fact that it is truly community. Between the listeners, the employees, and the volunteers, we all have something in common. No matter how different we or our music tastes are, we all want the station to continue and thrive. I am proud to be a member of the CKCU family.
I’d like to introduce you to Robert Ambrose-Audu. Rob is a second year Film Studies student at Carleton University. Aside from his passion for film, he also enjoys drawing, video games and working on his guitar virtuosity. He is about to start hosting a new program on the station called One Shot which will explore and profile the work of a different musician/band every episode. It airs every second Wednesday from 10-11AM. Rob discovered CKCU from seeing a CKCU street team booth on campus and is glad he did, as he has always been interested in media production including radio and figured it was a good place to learn more and get some hands on experience.
Rob credits CKCU in helping him identify what career paths he might like to pursue, and giving him more confidence in terms of creative expression and public speaking. He would also like to encourage his fellow students to consider the value of the volunteer opportunities in programming and production, and the chance to share some of their favourite music on the airwaves and beyond, while developing new skills. Whether exploring options for a new career, or simply indulging a hobby, there are many ways and reasons to participate and enjoy CKCU’s community offerings! Be sure to check out Rob next time he hits the air!
…or listen to him On Demand! https://cod.ckcufm.com/programs/546/info.html
Yes you heard me right, Three O’clock Train will be performing one night only, at the intimate setting of Irene’s on March 1st! Whether you know it yet or not, Mack Mackenzie, Three O’Clock Train’s consummate leader is a brilliant songwriter and Canadian music legend, and it is no exaggeration that the bio on the TOT website starts out with: “….is the last of his breed: a singer-songwriter with an author’s depth and a Rock’n’Roll heart…” There should be no question that you wouldn’t want to miss this performance, but if you don’t believe me look it up and read more, listen in, find out more about the Train! https://threeoclocktrain.com/
Three O’Clock Train will be playing in support of a killer new “Cuatro de Los Ángeles” E.P., in which all proceeds go to to help Tony Kinman’s widow, Kristie White. Tony Kinman was the founding member with brother Chip Kinman of 70’s California punk rock The Dils and 80’s Texas cowpunk Rank and File. Tony recently passed due to an aggressive cancer, and being close friends and collaborators, Mack and band naturally wanted to help! More info on how you can too: https://threeoclocktrain.com/store
Three O’Clock Train w/ special guests Lone Pig & The Rhythm Sucklers LIVE at Irene’s Pub (885 Bank St.) Friday March 1st. $20 dollars at the door. Come early to avoid disappointment! Brought to you in part by CKCU FM of course…..
MEGAPHONO and CKCU-FM present
Bad Waitress (T.O.)
w/ special guests:
Friday, Feb. 8th… Doors at 10:00 pm / 19+
at The Dominion Tavern (33 York St.)
12$ at doors / Free with MEGA, FO’SHOWS or FO’ SHOWS+ passes.
Festival passes available here: www.megaphono.ca/buy-passes
Part of the MEGAPHONO Music Showcase Festival & Conference in Ottawa-Hull, February 7-9, 2019
more info: megaphono.ca megaphono #MEGAPHONO2019
CKCU is super pleased to be part of FemmeVox‘s debut event which will be taking place at the Great Canadian Theatre Company on Sunday, February 24th 2019. FemmeVox is a series of concerts and artist-led workshops celebrating established and emerging talent, and promoting mentor-ship among its artists.
Back from a whirlwind tour of Europe, the spectacular and award-winning Canadian music legend Lynne Hanson headlines the event. She will be joined by Ottawa’s Tara Holloway, Malak Sound and Sam Steel!
Advance tickets for the concert are $10 or $15 at the door. Prior to the event from 2:30-4PM, you can also join an exclusive songwriting workshop led by Lynne earlier in the day for only $15. The workshop will be facilitated by CKCU’s own Tonya Price. Don’t delay though, as seating is limited!
For tickets: https://www.gctc.ca/events/2019/2/24/femmevox-lynne-hanson