Using Famous Friends!

Hi Campus and Community radio people

We wanted to share our latest idea, and get some feedback from our incredible stations. We know that nearly every single station across the country has a famous friend or two! Did you know we have been collecting a list already?  It’s time for us to update it!

Now, I’m not sure if Justin Bieber or Nickleback hung out at your station, but I think when it comes to real Canadian talents our members are brimming with big names!
For example, did you know in the world of politics we have the current Mayor of Calgary Naheed Nenchi (CJSW-FM), and the LGBT Special Advisor to the Prime Minister, MP Randy Boissonnault as alumni. Famousfriends.png

A lot of people who cut their teeth in Community radio moved on into commercial radio, but even more made a name for themselves at the CBC! At the NCRA/ANREC office, we often speak with stations and learn of incredible talents at the CBC who had their earliest highlights in campus or community stations, names such as Shelagh Rogers,  Jack Roe, and Stephanie Cram to name a few.

We want to update our list of famous friends, share with us whom from your stations, or Broadcasting Schools have moved onto greater things!  For example! Brian Webb working at CFRU-FM used to be in the Constantines!
Let’s connect with them and try to promote community radio and raise the profile of the sector!
There are also big names in entertainment such as Tom Green or Jeremy Gara (Arcade Fire), what musicians had their big break on your station?

Do you invite your living legends and old contacts to make PSA’s to promote your station? Have you ever invited famous friends to highlight the importance of donating to your funding drive?

Let us know what you’ve done at your station and who at your station, past and present, has a reputation worth sharing!

See our current list here

Grimes got her start while interning at CKUT. 

There are a ton more that predate my involvement here, but that example is always a big hit with our student volunteers. 🙂

Some notable CKDU alum

I'm going to hold off on sending a CFRU list (at least for now), but if anyone's curious about the details concerning Shelagh Rogers, I can confirm that she started out doing a late-night progressive rock show at CFRC in the 1970s. She mentioned this when I interviewed her in 2009.

(Somewhere in my collection, there's a recording of me and Shelagh Rogers singing the chorus to "The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway" ...)

One half of Japandroids (David Prowse) is a CJSF alum. He even wore a CJSF T-shirt on Jimmy Fallon!


Penny Park from the Centre for Science Media Centre started at CFRU and has fond memories of it 🙂

This is a list of CHRW alumni who have made it big in the broadcasting industry. They’ve been great to us – always willing to do interviews and they often pop by the station when they’re on campus or in town.

Adrienne Arsenault – CBC senior correspondent and new co-anchor of The National.

Dan Shulman – ESPN sportscaster. He also does play-by-play for some of the Blue Jays broadcasts.

Steve Patterson – Stand-up comedian and host of The Debaters on CBC Radio.

Kevin Newman – Currently with CTV, former anchor of Global News.

Stephen Brunt – Sportsnet columnist and co-host of Prime Time Sports on The Fan 590. Former Globe and Mail columnist who won a Michener Award for his series on negligence in the boxing industry.

Katie Simpson – CBC correspondent on Parliament Hill.

Elliotte Friedman – Anchor and analyst on Hockey Night in Canada.

Marc Emery – Cannabis activist, marijuana policy reform advocate.

We’ve done interviews with Arsenault, Shulman, and Patterson and we packaged that into a 30-min "alumni show" that we occasionally air. You can find the interviews here:

This year, I'm looking to do a sequel featuring another set of interviews with Radio Western alumni.

When CBC announced Arsenault as one of the new co-anchors of The National, she tweeted out her appreciation of campus radio!

Adrian Harewood (CBC Ottawa)  was also station manager at CKUT. 1996 - 1999

Patti Schmidt - Host of Caca Phonograph 1987-1991 @CKUT  Past host of Brave New Waves current Programme Director Mutek Festival
Yassin Alsalman - known as Narcy (formerly The Narcicyst) previous to the Euphrates - currently co-hosts The Groundbreakers on CKUT
Jeremy Harding - Dj Genuis & Prophet (1987 -92) Music producer - produced Sean Paul - created Beenie Mans's Playground rhythm used in Who AM I - Created his own label in Jamaica. . .
David Wechler (The Prophet) went on to be Assit Director on Marvel films such as Daredevil, Iron Fist.. . 
Regine Chassagne (2001 - 2003) Arcade Fire - Her baroque band played our 10th anniversary 
Many others but these are a few of the more interesting ones I can think of.
Lots of people went on to be Academics - lawyers - involved politically in one way or another. 

New York tv newsman Pat Kiernan volunteered with CJSR and was cool enough to do an on-air interview with us about it, and to do a station id as well. He also mentions CJSR in this interview on the University of Alberta website. Comedian and contortionist (known as the world's fattest in the latter discipline) Matt Alaeddine has appeared on tv many times, including with Jay Leno, and used to host CJSR's Comedy Clubhouse program. There are definitely a lot of notable alumni besides those two, but that's who springs to mind right now, for whatever reason.

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