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.
Here is a sample of some of the t-shirt designs over the 30 years. Video by Rebecca Gekht.
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.
Take a listen.
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.
The Montreal Sessions dug into this CKUT Time Capsule for the Month of March 2018. In this episode we look at 30 Years of feminist radio. Your hosts, Alex Moskos and Louise Burns interview Penny Patterson who hosted the radio shows CUTS, Thread the Needle and Beach Blanket Bingo on CKUT and who speaks about her experience interviewing Riot Grrrl bands in the 90s (many of those interviews are in this time capsule).
We also broadcast the origin story of Venus Radio and interview Anna Leventhal about her experience hosting Venus and being the chair of CKUT’s Board of Directors. We also play a bit of an interview with tUnE-yArdS (the entire interview is available in this time capsule).
As part of the 30th Anniversary Oral History special programming we interview Pat Dillon Moore aka The Dreadhead aka The Empress aka Sistah P, former host of Positive Vibes, former station manager of CKUT and current co-host of Bhum Bhum Time.
Pat tells us what it was like growing up in Montreal in the 70s. We discuss race relations at CKUT, money, moving the station from McTavish Street to University street we recount the story of when our turntables got stolen and play lots of reggae music.