Alternative for alternative’s sake

Back in the early part of the last decade, when I was studying at Dalhousie and King’s, I spent a big chunk of my time at the small but mighty CKDU, our (then) 50-watt campus/community radio station.

My time there was, in a word, formational. I knew I wanted to make radio, but the thing was, I had absolutely no idea how. Radio was this thing that I loved — something I knew I wanted to be a part of — but its inner workings were still very much a mystery to me.

At CKDU, I met a ton of really smart, talented people who helped me learn. They showed me how to cut tape, and use a mixing board, and speak into a microphone without popping my Ps. They turned me onto new music, and new radio shows, and new people. They let me host the weekly countdown show (which came with the perk of having my name published in The Coast every week!). They let me experiment on the radio, making my own silly little This American Life rip-off show.

Though I’m no longer actively involved in campus/community radio, I still believe strongly in its mission. CKDU’s was (and still is):

to act as an alternative to public (CBC) and commercial radio stations. We offer programming that can not be found elsewhere on the airwaves in Halifax.

Why mention this? This week, Ryerson University (my alma mater and yes, current employer) held a referendum on creating a new campus radio station, to replace the now-defunct CKLN. The students overwhelmingly voted yes.

Congratulations to everyone who wanted this thing. Can’t wait to tune in.


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  1. Albert says:

    Oh I didn't know you listen to this American Life! I pick it up on podcast every once a while very polished, professional produced program! When i'm not listening to C2C that is. I look forward to reproducing their niche genre on NewRyersonRadio soon i hope.

  2. Alex says:

    Great to hear! There needs to be more support for these sorts of initiatives, and many people aren't even tuned into the valuable and unique programming that they produce. Radio as a medium hasn't lost its unique value, people are just told through various messages not to engage in it. I think if you're bright enough to see past that, you can discover the gems that radio can provide. Often times, I don't want to have to stare blankly at a flashing box, I want to be able to think, observe, and just listen. Radio has a theatre of the mind that is unparalleled by Television.

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