Posted tagged ‘college radio’

lamenting the loss of the sound – in proven “rant” format

2011/03/26

Yesterday the Edmonton radio station 95.7 The Sound went through some ch-ch-ch-changes. Instead of playing music by local acts, they’ll now be playing Katy Perry. Instead of providing opportunities to further the careers of local musicians, they’ll now be going to shopping malls dressed in Santa costumes. Instead of the community focus being at the heart of the station, they’ll now just be another frequency transmitting music as a commodity.

The Sound, only a few months old, was already having a huge positive impact in the Edmonton music scene. That has now been replaced with more background noise for people working in cubicles. It’s just another faceless business trying to make a profit.

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Pump up the Volume

2010/11/12

Anybody that ever went to Red Deer College in recent memory probably had Jim for at least one class…Or met him in the Farside for at least one pint.

Jim is, of course, Dr. James Martens, but don’t ever call him that, even if you’re a fresh-faced kid straight out of high school stuttering through a conversation with him about reggae music and finding out that you can write history papers about stuff you’re actually interested in. So much for law school.

Leaving Red Deer for sunny Victoria about a year ago, Jim is teaching classes on the History of the Blues and hosts a radio program on CFUV Friday’s at 10-12:00pm mountain time, and 9-11:00am out on the coast. He’s on right now actually, and it’s great. He’s playin’ the blues and music from across the country. Tune in now and every week at:

http://cfuv.uvic.ca/listen/listen.html