On the radio: Get to know the voices behind CFRU

On the radio: Get to know the voices behind CFRU


93.3 FM is Campus and Community Radio in Guelph

Mariah Bridgeman | The Ontarion

Name: Laura Rutty

U of G association: Psychology student, fourth year

What is your show about? 

“My show is called Mind Fuzz, which is named after King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard, which is a psychedelic rock band from Australia. It’s a psychedelic radio show; I mostly play music from the 60s or modern psychedelia, which turns into a genre called chillwave or shoegaze, which is what I like to listen to.”

What is the coolest thing you’ve done on radio?

“Broadcasting at Hillside is probably the coolest thing I’ve done. Also a lame cool thing that I have done is when I played a 15-minute track that was kind of spacey and out there and then afterwards I brought in the mic and spoke over the music while it faded out, which felt pretty cool because I had never done it before.”

Why does CFRU matter to the Guelph community?

“CFRU gives you a lot of local content and tells you about all the local events, which I wouldn’t know about otherwise. I also think it helps that anyone can have their own show, so you could hear from members of the community.”

Mariah Bridgeman | The Ontarion

Name: Jeff Munro

U of G association: I moved to Guelph from outside of Windsor. One of my intents for moving to Guelph was to start a radio show to fulfill my need to suggest music to people. Then I found CFRU and I have been here for 10 years now.”

What is your show about?

“My show Tastes Like More – The Glacio Radio Show is every Tuesday morning. When I started I wanted it to be a radio mix tape, so I wanted everything to flow, but over the years — the music still has its set patterns — but it’s more about playing a variety of songs that I really like and hope other people will like.”

What’s the coolest thing you’ve done on radio?

There was a fundraiser called Raise Your Voice and I always turned it into a karaoke party where people could come do karaoke on the radio, which was sometimes awkward, but was always a lot of fun.”

Why does CFRU matter to the Guelph community?

“There is really nothing else like it on the radio, and I think just hearing music that you can’t hear anywhere else matters. Also it’s something different every day; we never play the same 50 songs.”

Mariah Bridgeman | The Ontarion

Name: Adam A. Donaldson

U of G association: I went to school here and graduated with a history degree. Also, while I was doing my undergrad I worked at The Ontarion as the Editor-in-Chief for the 2008 year.”

What is your show about?

Open Sources Guelph airs Thursdays at 5 p.m.. It is a news and current affairs show; normally we have around two topics and an interview — normally with city councillors, community groups, as well as MPs. End Credits, which currently airs at 10 a.m. on Thursdays, will go back to Wednesdays at 8 p.m. in the fall. It’s a movie show, and me and a bunch of movie fans will talk about movie news.”

What’s the coolest thing you’ve done on radio?

“The coolest thing is encountering people that have a background in community radio, and it’s surprising sometimes: local politicians and their assistants who are normally public relations people [often] got their start on campus media from the paper or the radio. A good example is MP Michael Harrison’s assistant who once had a show on Hamilton’s McMaster station, which is also 93.3.”

Why does CFRU matter to the Guelph community?

“People still see media as something that is impenetrable, that you need your degree to do, but CFRU breaks down those walls. Anyone can come in and learn policies, equipment, and after some apprenticeship you can launch your own show.”

Mariah Bridgeman | The Ontarion

Name: Chelsea Cockshutt

U of G association: “I went to school here for sociology from 2006 to 2010, and then I left Guelph for about a year, and when I came back I decided to start volunteering at CFRU to meet new people and embrace my love for music. Also, in high school I used to listen to the Hawk, which is Mohawk College’s radio station.”

What is your show about?

“So, I’ve been doing the same show for five years called The Flannel Hour. It airs every Tuesday from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. It started as one hour, but is now two hours of pure Canadian music showcasing interesting local acts as well as popular Canadian artists.”

What’s the coolest thing you’ve done on radio?

“There are so many cool things I’ve done since I’ve started here; I’ve had the chance to interview some of my favourite musicians. I also have attended Hillside the last couple of years as a radio broadcaster, so that’s always a lot of fun. Something that is cool is when people tell me that they listen to my show and when they find out that the voice behind the radio is me.”

Why does CFRU matter to the Guelph community?

“I find it’s pretty unique especially if you’re looking for mostly Canadian-made music. It’s also cool that CFRU plays things that you wouldn’t hear on mainstream radio stations.”

Mariah Bridgeman | The Ontarion

Name: Kim Logue

U of G association: “I’ve been hosting shows at CFRU for more than fifteen years now and it’s such an empowering environment for the people participating.”

What’s your show about?

“My current show is called Conversations Worth Having and it’s a real mixed program. Right now I have a series that talks about perspectives on death and aging, which is really trying to aid these difficult discussions that we should be having with our loved ones. I also have a health and wellness series that is mainly about nutrition, but when I first started my show it was called Hoof Beats Radio, where I held horse talk, which I still do once in awhile because I feel it is a conversation worth having.”

What’s the coolest thing you’ve done on radio?

“Well, the very first year that the CFRU had the mobile studio, which was funded by the New Horizons grant, the mandate was to teach seniors how to make radio. The first place we went was the long-term care facility at Riverside Glen, which was very challenging, but we did make it on the radio. And every time it aired I would set up a listening party, which was so moving and touching.”

Why does CFRU matter to the Guelph community?

“Well, I listen to CFRU all the time and I think the programing is fantastic and is really unlike most commercial radio stations. Also just the locally produced shows are so great for Guelph residents because they can be so relatable.”

Photo by Mariah Bridgeman/The Ontarion.

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