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Years active: 1996 - 2016
Host: Scott E.M. Stevens
Suspended Particulate evolved through a few different forms after its inception in 1996, into a format featuring new and adventuresome sounds of electro-acoustic, musique concrete, improvisation, sound art, ambient, electronic, post-rock, and other experimental genres. Scott almost always delivered the program live, in his regular weekly slot "where Wednesday night meets Thursday morning, midnight to two a.m.," although the show would run later on occasion when there was a particularly large and diverse assortment of music to share. Memorable on-air experiences include the evening Scott and two others played every piece of equipment in the control room simultaneously on-air, and a Funding Drive interview with Negativland's Don Joyce.
JUST A MEMORY
Years active: 2004 - 2015
Host: Tom Bruce Vandermeulen
This was a research-based music program featuring artists of various genres, past and present, whose birthdays fell on the exact date of each show. Personal memories, historical anecdotes, CFRC radio nostalgia, current local events, and the recorded work of Canadian musicians, as well as artists performing locally, were also part of the mix. In addition, special live guests would occasionally offer hour-long thematic musical reflections, including Dick Lee (Queen’s, 1953) on jazz, Jeff Piker on Pete Seeger, the banjo, and roots music, Gene Donefer on Woody Guthrie and the 1940s folk revival, Guy Dine on Queen’s campus life in the 1970s and CFRC sports broadcasting, and City Councillor Jim Neill’s music playlist and thoughts for Labour Day. The final broadcast of Just a Memory was May 2, 2015. Tom Bruce remains a loyal member of the CFRC radio community.
Years active: 2011-2012
Host: Vlada Bilyak
Ekh Lyuli Lyuli was a weekly program covering Soviet/Russian-Jewish culture, identity, history, music, and more. Over the course of its 18-month run the program aired interviews, commentary, and music. The program was an audio complement to the still-active tumblr blog atSovietJewry.Tumblr.com
DOG EAT DOG
Years active: 2010-2012
Host: Bob Mulrooney
Dog Eat Dog Radio aired on Monday nights for just under 2 years, starting in the summer of 2010. The program played punk and alternative rock. A number of revolving ‘co-hosts’ joined in the fun over the seasons the show was active. Host Bob Mulrooney interviewed 90’s punk legends, Anti-Flag and Strung Out, along with other local and touring bands in the area. A themed show with a co-host, that included the Top 10 Most Offensive Punk Albums of All Time, was the most fun Bob ever had on air, though the greatest regular part about hosting a late night punk show was receiving phone calls every once in a while from stoners and old-school punk fans ranting about how great punk was in the 80’s. The program ended when its host landed a full-time radio job in Timmins.
You can still find Dog Eat Dog on Facebook, though the page is seldom updated.
Years active: 2008-2011
Host: Michael Morreale
Sound Ideas was a weekly classical music program on CFRC known for having fun. Program highlights included: an in depth comparison of Dvorak and Black Eyed Peas, an award show featuring “most dramatic composer death” and a classical cooking show from my kitchen. Sound Ideas won a National Campus-Community Radio Association broadcasting award in 2011 for best music program.
CAPTAIN FUNKBAGS' FUNKTASTIC FUNKSPLOSION
Years active: 2005-2010
Hosts: Captain Funkbags, with Dr. Funkenstein 2005-2006
Captain Funkbags brought the realness. Delivery of slick funk to earholes worldwide for 60 minutes a week was a must. Tastefully did he blend the classic funk of the 70s with current space aged funk with various hip hop utilizing funk samples and many variations in between. The program won the CFRC programming award for "best beats and rhythms" program 3 times!
Years active: 1997-2007
Host: Ron Dickenson
Buff Blues was a two-hour weekly Blues program on CFRC. Its intro was: “You are listening to CFRC Radio, 101.9 FM, 90.9 Cable, and around the world in real time at www.cfrc.ca coming to you from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, Canada. And now, get down! Get wild! And yes, get naked if you want to! This is… Buff Blues!”
The show played a cross-spectrum of Blues, from old Delta acoustic, North Mississippi and country Blues to Chicago electric and contemporary Blues jazz and rock. It won two CFRC Awards for best Blues/Folk programming, and was honoured by the Downtown Kingston Business Association for its contributions to Blues and the Limestone City Blues Festival over the years. Extro was: “Have a great week, and may the Blues always be your friend.”
Years active: 2000-2002
Host: Martin Kang
Thanksalot was a Ska and Pop-punk show that aired on CFRC at the turn of the millenium. Highlights included an interview with Artie Zip.
QUEEN’S FIRING LINE
Years active: 1999-2002
Host: Greg Hughes
Queen’s Firing Line (also previously titled Discord) was a political talk-show that brought some of the best political minds of the undergraduate population at Queen’s during that time period. The program featured candid talks about politics in Canada, the world and the Queen’s campus in general. Memorable shows included a special, two-hour episode a few days after the 9/11 attacks, as well as airing live from elections on campus.
Years active: 1991-1997
Host: Ralph Hopper
20CC was a program that featured electroacoustic and computer processed music. The program aired for more than a decade on CFRC until the host left Kingston in 1997. After being off-air for a number of years, host Ralph Hopper moved to Ottawa in 2001, joining sister station CKCU as the host of ‘Acoustic Frontiers,’ featuring the same genres as ’20CC’.
Years active: 1993-1994
Host: Jason Balgopal
The Infirmary aired on Sunday nights in 1993 and 1994, playing newer and older blues music, with the first half-hour devoted to Canadian artists and the remaining hour devoted to a highlighted artist, with commentary about the life and times of that musician. Host Jason Balgopal left the program after graduating with Queen’s University’s class of Commerce ’94.
BIG BAND MACHINE
Years active: 1991-1992
Host: Rowen Bell
Big Band Machine was a one-hour, weekly show as part of the station’s slate of jazz programming. Big Band Machine focused exclusively on large-ensemble jazz music from the post-1960 era, as opposed to the traditional “big band” music of the 1930-1960 period. Key artists featured on the show included Rob McConnell & The Boss Brass, Don Ellis, Buddy Rich, Maynard Ferguson, and the Toshiko Akiyoshi – Lew Tabackin Big Band. The show took its name from its theme song, which appeared on an obscure 1984 album called Phil Wilson & The Big Band Machine Live! at Joe Segal’s Jazz Showcase.
MUSIC FOR THE HARD OF HEARING
Years active: 1985-1987
Host: Mark Woolley
This program’s name was a twist on the Doug and the Slugs album titled, “Music for the Hard of Thinking.” The content was current pop, new wave and rock with a focus on Canadian bands. The highlight of the show was a survey conducted via a ballot in the student paper, where people could vote for their favourite five songs. The top eleven (of 50: it was a 5-6 hour show to play them all) were:
Rolling Stones – Satisfaction
Don McLean – American Pie
Led Zeppelin – Stairway to Heaven
Derek and the Dominos – Layla
Bruce Springsteen – Born To Run
U2 – Sunday Bloody Sunday
Moody Blues – Knights in White Satin
Beatles – Hey Jude
Marvin Gaye – Heard It Through the Grapevine
Rolling Stones – Sympathy for the Devil
Violent Femmes – Add It Up
Despite the host’s interest in Canadian bands, none made the list of campus favourites. Only Bruce Cockburn and Neil Young made ripples. The Beatles got the most votes, but votes were spread across so many songs that they only showed up twice on the list. U2 appeared 4 times!
THE GOOD, THE BAD, AND THE SIXTIES
Years active: 1980-1982
Host: Steve Schijns, Marion Harper
The Good, the Bad and the Sixties was a weekly two-hour tour through the obscure, weird, wonderful, and popular music of the 1960s. There were 46, two-hour programs aired. The show ran on Friday nights from midnight to 2 AM; the late hour was chosen to allow the hosts to get around the 30% Canadian Content rule for AM radio, which obviously would have put a cramp on the ability to present shows focused on Motown, the British Invasion, and so on. And yes, the program aired on AM 1490, not on today’s FM frequency.
The idea was to put thematic shows covering the entire spectrum of sixties music, and to revel in the freedom to air stuff that would never be heard on commercial radio. Most of the material was drawn from the hosts’ personal record collections, although CFRC’s library was also a treasure-trove of gems. Hosts produced the show live: spinning records on two turntables, running carts for promos, writing all the songs down, answering phones, and keeping the logger tapes going. The show’s theme music was (naturally) Ennio Morricone’s haunting “The Good, The Bad and The Ugly Theme”.
After graduating from Queen’s in 1982 (Civil Engineering), Schijns moved to Ottawa, became involved in Carleton University’s community radio station, CKCU, and transferred the show there. “The Sixties” hit the air on CKCU on July 3, 1984, and although Schijns moved away a couple of years later, several hosts have passed the torch, to keep the program going right to the present day! Check it out atCKCUfm.com.
MIDNIGHT MANIAC SHOW
Years active: 1971-1976
Host: Derek Redmond
This was Derek Redmond’s Friday midnight slot, part of “Nocturne,” CFRC’s rock program which aired Thursday-Saturday nights from the late 60’s through the early 80’s. In 1971, the show introduced Queen’s Radio to “alternative rock,” which has continued to be many students’ favourite part of the program schedule ever since. Derek dropped the Midnight Maniac moniker in 1976, but continued to host Friday midnights occasionally, in addition to introducing CFRC-FM’s experiment with four-nights-a-week jazz programming in the late 1970’s.