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)
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.
Samaa Elibyari is a member of the Canadian Council of Muslim Women and has been doing programming at CKUT since 1997. CKUT Culture Coordinator, Tamara Filyavich, speaks with Samaa (the week after Trump announced the move of the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem) about covering issues affecting the Muslim community for over 20 years. She began with the radio show, Crossroads with Ehab Loteyef in 1997 while she was working at the Islamic Center. Then started the radio show Caravan . She recalls being on the air the day after 9-11 and how this event focused and galvanized her objectives for the show. She was/is alarmed at how reductive the mainstream reporting of this event was and felt it important to talk about the effects of the sanctions in Iraq, the bias in U.S. policy towards Palestinians and the other issues that motivate young men to such extreme behavior. She used her voice as a programmer at CKUT to counterbalance the bias against muslims which she sees as a “downward spiral against Muslims” both in the U.S and in Quebec.
Samaa took a hiatus from programming and a new team have formed with a new show entitled Montreal Arab Show that currently airs Fridays 2pm – 3pm. Samaa continues to provide mentorship to this group and is a frequent contributor.
Special hour long episode of the International Radio Report in honor of 30 year on the air. Hosts Sheldon Harvey and David Asselin, are joined by past contributors Janice Laws, Gilles Letourneau, CKUT culture Coordinator Tamara Filyavich, Alan Roberts and Zack Rynar. Clips from the very first broadcast and discussions about their shared fascination with RADIO.
Howard “Stretch” Carr and Faithlyn Sankar interview the one and only Jimmy Cliff. This interview took place July 28th 2012 for CKUT radio show West Indian Rhythms. They cover the inspiration behind The Harder They Come and Many Rivers to Cross, riots in Brixton, and his commitment to uplifting his audience.
Before Pat Dillon Moore became known as Sistah P, she was also known as The Empress, and was the station manager at CKUT from 1992 -96. The tactical squad was the tri-fecta of Pat Dillon (aka the Dread-head), Louise Burns (aka the Redhead) and Sarah Toy (aka The Bedhead). The piece was produced by Prime Time, CKUT Production Coordinator circa 1996 – 2003. It features the voices of John Braithwaite, Rawls , Gordon Kreiger, Mikey Don, Khalid M’Seffar, Margo Lane, Howard ‘Stretch’ Carr, Detroit Burns, Richard Iton and more.
In July 1990 Mohawk Warriors and their supporters began an blockade to stop a group of developers from expanding a golf course onto a piece of land referred to as “The Pines”, a sacred burial ground in Kanehsatà:ke. The resistance expanded to Akwesasne and Kahnawake and then across the country, which lasted throughout the summer. The confrontation with Canada’s Armed Forces and Sûrté du Québec were at times violent. CKUT programmers were embedded behind the barricades and provided regular reports.
This piece is a montage of reports made from behind the barricades by Lisa Vinebaum