CKUT closed the station Monday March 16th 2020 for the health and safety of all our programmers. Thanks to innovations in technology, grants ,wires & gear we set up all our shows to keep on broadcasting from their respective locations.
In March 2021 we modified our annual funding drive to operate remotely and ask all programmers to submit a pic of their set up to post on social media.
Here is the roll call;
The Goods – Andy Williams
WEST INDIAN RHYTMS. – BEFORE. /. AFTER – Howard “Stretch” Carr
Montreal March 6th 2021 (COVID-19 when all of CKUT programmers broadcasted from home), Howard “Stretch” Carr host of West Indian Rhythms interviews DJ, Producer, Photographer DJ D-Nice, (KRS-One, Naughty by Nature, Too short . . . ) about his career and blowing up on Instagram with Club Quarantine . Joining in (via zoom) in the conversation are Montreal DJS Dru (Renegade Sound – Oh Boy!) and DJ Don Smooth (ex K-103, Oh Boy).
Pro-V host of All Da Way Live Radio and DJ on Off The Hook Radio, interviews Budda Blaze, tour manager for A Tribe Called Red, music producer and host/dj of Off The Hook Radio; bee keeper and podcaster (Oil and Flowers). Over 20 years of radio experience beginning when he was a teen in Kahnawake. Tons of hip hop history and musical evolution from being a metal kid to hip hop head. Great stories about hosting Off The Hook when it aired late night – 2am – 4am – and the rappers roll in 30-40 deep after the bars close. Take a listen.
CKUT’s “Prison Radio” was included in the will of someone previously incarcerated. As a result we were able to hire Gene as the coordinator of the Prison Radio show for a year. He educated us on a number of realities facing those behind babylon walls. Check out Soundcloud for archives of this programming.
He also told us how to make alcohol out of ketchup inside prison. Here is how you do it.
72 HR. PRISON KETCHUP BREW
Ingredients for a three-gallon ketchup brew:
3 lbs of sugar
1 gallon of ketchup
1 ripe orange or approx. 4 ounces of bread dough for our homemade yeast starter
3 gallons of warm water
bicarbonate soda powder
Materials to make the brew:
1 (preferably 2) large plastic garbage bags
any clean rubber tube, preferably at least 12 to 18 inches, ¼ to ½ inch internal diameter
any plastic/glass jar and lid (a clean 500 gr to 1 lb peanut jar is ideal size)
tape (hockey, medical, packaging) or even a shoelace will work
pillow case(s) (3 or 4 would be ideal)
cardboard box or footlocker or even a pillowcase will do here
DJ Genius & The Prophet aired on CKUT early 90s. Two McGill students who dj’ed frat parties and then created a radio show and ruled the clubs with their blend of hip hop house and reggae. The Prophet aka Dave Welchsler, went on to be the Assistant Direct on Marvel Studios Neflix series as well other feature films. DJ Genius aka Jeremy Harding returned to Jamaica where he produced Beenie Man’s Who Am I? (Sim Simma) Assassin, Something’s Gotta Give, Mr. Vegas – Nike Air (Hands in the Air) and worked extensively with Sean Paul – just to drop a few names. Take a listen to Pat Dillon Moore catch up with Jeremy who is currently a lecturer (reggae in the digital age) at the University of West Indies in Kingston, Jamaica.
In 1969 a group of students occupied the 9th floor computer center of Sir George Williams University (currently known as Concordia University) to object to racial bias in academic grading. 50 Years later we revisit this page in Montreal history through an event called Protest & Pedagogy. Khalid M’Seffar of Funky Revolutions interviews Kaie Kellough, spoken word artist, (& Soul Perspective Allum) one of the event organizers to discuss the events that shaped this incident. This piece explores racial tensions, student activism, Montreal Black history through the music of the era, through documentation of the event, personal connection and historic legacy .
Sunday Aug 19th The Goods Radio show went live from Casa Del Popolo for a live interview with Andy Williams conducted by Doug Miller (co-host of Amandla, CKUT’s African News Programme since 1987). They go through Andy’s musical origins in Derby, England, Jamaica, Toronto, Lennoxville and now Montreal. He speaks of the music he listened to growing up and his insatiable hunt for sounds that are sweet to his ears.
(above picture Donnie Rossiter and Martha Marie Kleinham)
As part of CKUT’s 30th Anniversary Oral History project, we interviewed Martha Marie Kleinhans who was one of the key driving forces behind CKUT’s fm licence application and move to FM. She says that Concordia University was expected to get the licence because of their active ties to the local scene however, CKUT’s (McGill) application put a strong focus on community programming and she believes this is what worked in the end. She also said there was some internal resistance as programmers knew that they would be evolving to a different kind of radio station. She volunteered prior to the license and ran for station manager on the basis of delivering the fm licence. She was the first station manager at CKUT 1986-87. She said she worked closely with Don Rossiter and had the help of McGill Legal Professor Dr. F.H. Buckley who said “they rejected my idea that they go All-Monkees, All the time.”
She and Donnie went around to various cultural communities with a large hypothetical grid and said “should we get the licence would you be interested in producing radio”.
“We got the licence based on a promise.” The rest is history.
Andrea Jane began listening to the CKUT radio show AACK as a teen. When in University Alex Moskos walked into her class and did a presentation. He mentioned volunteering opportunities at CKUT and before long she was filling in for Where’s the Beat , then became the Music Resource Coordinator and then Music Department Coordinator (2006 – 2011). She talks about the passion she had for the music library and some of the unexpected challenges she faced as Department Coordinator (like the time someone broadcasted a police scanner over the air!). She describes the listening experience as an eclectic mix and “just as you don’t know what your are going to hear when you tune in to CKUT, you do not know what your are going to encounter when you walk into the station”.
Ian Pringle was a Bookkeeper, then Spoken Word Coordinator from 1987-1991.
He discovered CKUT when he was a McGill student, assigned to do a piece on CKUT getting our FM license for the student newspaper The Tribune. Taken with the diversity and excitement of the station he became a volunteer and ultimately staff member. In this interview he talks about the passion and commitment to diversity and the democratization of media. He also talks about the profound impact people like Martha Marie Kleinhans, Lisa Vinebaum, Christof Migone and especially hosts of the Homo Show, David Shannon and Donnie Rossiter had on him. He also recollects the infamous and historic turning points in the Queer Community, the death of Joe Rose and the Sex Garage raid, police brutality and community uproar.
He went on to work internationally in communications and radio, and now resides in Ottawa.
Here are some links to the HIV/AIDS PSAs Ian mentions (warning: explicit content)
Sue arrived at CKUT in ’86 and was station manager from 1987-1989.
In this clip we talk details on the switch from cable to the FM signal, the controversy of the licence being granted to an Anglo station, digging our way out of financial debt and coordinating a stream of volunteers parading up and down to the Mountain where our transmitter is housed for frequent – frequency tests. AND- discovering at midnight the night before we went to air for the first time, that we had to be incorporated (first call to the CRTC, second to a lawyer).
Also the writing of policy such as the Statement of Principles (which still is the backbone of CKUT today) , understanding what Balance of Programming means and convincing CRTC of it. the origins of “Gay Day” (the brutal murder of Joe Rose and subsequent community outcry) , amazing CKUT staff and volunteers, and a wild Molson fuelled first anniversary including an earthquake at midnight that, of course, did not stop the party.
She mentions Christof Migone, Pat Hamou, Ian Pringle, France Chevalier Stewart, Joel Savage and has special fond memories of David Shannon and Don Rossiter.
After taking Montreal by storm, Sue moved back to her home coast, Victoria, BC, and now works in podcasting.
Stuart volunteered and worked at CKUT from 1991-95. He worked in the Spoken Word and News Department. He describes arriving at a time that spawned a lot of activism as it just followed the Oka Crisis and infamous Sex Garage also just following the Gulf War.
He describes what news gathering looked like during this period, receiving communiques in the mail, making cold calls and organizing broadcasts on a bulletin board. A time when people smoked a lot, right in the station, and embraced the misfits.
Stuart went on to cover news with Global News, CBS, SKY and is currently residing in Prague working for Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty.
Bryan Zuraw was at Radio McGill/CKUT from 1983-1997 as a volunteer, music librarian and music coordiantor.
He discusses what was going on musically at the time, musique actuelle, (the beginnings of Ambience Magnetique), college indie rock (pre-Nirvana), hip hop, dancehall reggae (when these genres really started to bloom)… the interest of community members to do radio (given that there isn’t an Urban radio station in Montreal)… establishing an identity and mandate for the station, maintaining a diversity of perspectives and benefiting from this process both personally and intellectually. And of course, conducting all station business (i.e. Steering, Programming, Committee meetings) in the hallway as there was no room to do so at CKUT. All of this was pre-internet. It involved writing to labels, researching magazines such as the Village Voice, OP (Option) Sound Choice, The Wire, newsletters and tape trading networks. He also speaks on picking up the habit of waking up at 3am to make sure that someone is On Air, because if not, he would make his way to the station in the middle of the night.
Bryan now lives in Los Angeles with his wife (ex CKUT programmer Kie Ross Zuraw) and is still finding strange music to vibe to.
As part of CKUT’s 30th Anniversary festivities we hosted a panel on the evolution of CKUT’s News Department. CKUT has covered issues from street level emphasizing the voices of those not heard in mainstream media, namely those affected by the policies, regulations and political decisions. In this panel past Community News Coordinators, Gretchen King, Aaron Lakoff and Courtney Kirkby recount the numerous ways their department covered the prevalent news items of the times. The panel took place at the Anarchist Bookfair in Montreal.
Today marks the 50th Anniversary of the death of Martin Luther King. In commemoration of this historic event, Christopher Heron, host of Mind Soul & Spirit conducted an interview with Reverend Jesse Jackson.
Rev Jackson speaks of his love for gospel music (he grew up with Aretha Franklin). Christopher asks him to contrast today’s “State of America” with that of the past.
Rev Jackson speaks of the humiliation of racism, the current “tug of war for the soul of america”, the dangers of “spending more money on militarism than on human rights leading to morally and spiritually bankrupting the nation”. The importance of globalism – labor, capital, technology and human rights and states in the end it is “character and caring – caring is the key – not limited to race, gender or religious persuasion.
CKUT intern Eve Fiertag looks at experimenting with the radio on the radio for this time capsule installment. She speaks to ex CKUT Music Coordinator and Production Coordinator Christof Migone who participated at CKUT from 1987 – 92. He also hosted the radio show “Dangers In Paradise” which he described as anything other than college rock. He collaborated with Julia Loktev on a show called Body Map where they took the island of Montreal and imagined it as a reclining body and got people to call in so they could let them know what part of the body they were situated in. He also collaborated with Margo Lane (also interviewed in this series) called Margo’s Intense Listening Corner. As production coordinator he trained and motivated volunteers to create with sound and open up the possibilities of radio.