Archive for November 2011
I can’t believe that November has gone by quickly and the odd thing has been the early Christmas specials being aired so early on the television. It’s a couple of weeks away until Christmas. My own festive mood will certainly kick.
Today’s radio show was 2 hours live on the airwaves in Ottawa. I was supposed to have guest co-host, Candice So, join me but there was a complication as she couldn’t help me on the show. At least she was able to drop by for a bit and gave her a lovely holiday tea as an early Christmas gift. No one is to be blamed with the miscommunication.
Saving the show was the return of Lauren as we counted down the top 10 Canadian indie songs.
The second hour of the show had the interview with The Darcys. They were in Ottawa recently and I had the chance to chat and talk about their new album.
Without further ado, the playlist is at this link.
The Wild 10 Countdown summary is over at this link.
Lastly, it was a privilege to have Candice So on the show for the previous two weeks. All I can say that you’re wonderful and awesome to be around. Wished you were there for the November 30th radio show. The photo of us is posted below as well as the interview and the radio show. Enjoy!
The November 30th radio show – Press play to listen.
The Darcys Interview
Update on Sunday, November 27, 2011 – Added Friday’s radio show.
Today’s entry is brought to you by the object, snow. That’s right! Snow walloped Ottawa causing slowdown on traffic for Wednesday morning. The radio show and podcast was almost fallen into place because of the weather. Candice So made a return to the show and we had an enjoyable and funny time on the show, despite the gloomy weather. For this edition, So was the host and I was the co-host/sidekick. The recording for the top 10 songs got reversed because of the snowy weather.
Also on the show was the interview with Neil Haverty of Bruce Peninsula. The band was in Ottawa last week for a show. It was a nice opportunity to conduct an interview with the band and to my own amazement, I did a good job on the interview itself.
The audio is posted below. Have a good week!
The November 23rd radio show – Press play to listen.
The Bruce Peninsula Interview
The November 25th Radio Show – Filling in for Friday Night Derailment. The playlist is at this link.
Press play to listen.
It’s been a thrill to get a guest co-host because the regular co-host has been missing for weeks. A miracle happened as I got someone who’s on Carleton’s Journalism radio program airing on CKCU-FM. The spin-off program airs on Friday afternoon and I’ve been told that a lot of students signed up for the program and had to be split up. When I listened to Week’s End, some of the reporters use Twitter and I decided to contact one of them. That person who I contacted happened to be Candice So and to my own surprise, she’s very enthusiastic about indie music and radio. The rest is history as Wednesday’s show has Ms. So joining as a co-host for the next few weeks. The show’s slightly not perfect because the guest co-host told me she didn’t have much sleep and busy with projects.
Overall, the show was not perfect as we messed up on some parts but it was fully enjoyable and witty with two people hosting. It’s great to have Ms. So’s presence on my radio show as she likes the music that I play and just having fun all around. It’s also been awhile that I haven’t played The Naked & Famous in quite awhile. The opening theme doesn’t count. It was great to hear Punching In a Dream as it was played on MuchMusic’s The Wedge a week ago.
Don’t forget to listen to the radio show below.
The playlist for the radio show is at this link.
The Wild 10 Countdown summary for November 16th is at this link.
For anyone who’s been bugging me for several years since its release, I finally got an iPhone. The iPhone 4S to be specific. I was just frustrated with the BlackBerry as the battery was getting drained quickly. It was time to upgrade a cell phone and a friend tweeted me to go for the iPhone 4S, which I did.
The part I need to get familiar is the high image quality for the camera. I’ve been accustomed to lower image quality the iPad and iPod touch. The 8 megapixel camera on the 4S is a big step for me. I’ve taken some photos and one is posted above and another is posted at The New Midnight Jamz on Facebook. Since it uses 1080p resolution, I have not tried to shoot video yet.
I’m glad with the upgrade on the cell phone.
The November 16th Radio Show – Press play to listen.
CKCU-FM’s Funding Drive is done and over with. It was a success as the donation pledge exceeded the $111,000 target. For my own show, I had to salvage a plan as the first week was slow but things picked up in the second week. As mentioned previously, I decided to do a giveaway for listeners willing to donate on my radio show. It did work because I held the draw for the two teas. I had help from the CKCU Volunteer Coordinator as I joked that I didn’t want to rig the draw. The teas I gave away were Alpine Punch, a winter themed tea and then my favourite tea, Kanpe Tea. The teas are shown from the photo above. Congratulations to the winners of the tea giveaway.
Also on the radio show was a live interview with Gabrielle Papillon. Due to the fact that I aired my pre-recorded interviews during the Funding Drive, I had someone save me because I didn’t have anything planned for the post funding drive show. It was a privilege to doing a live phone interview with Papillon. A nice indie singer based in Halifax and Montreal. The only thing now is to pay the station manager on the long distance cost because I didn’t get a calling card.
New songs were played on the live part of the show.Since they are also charting on the countdown, Said The Whale (New Brighton EP) and Coeur De Pirate (Blonde) released new materials over on iTunes this week. Both are excellent and are worth getting.
Lastly, it’s great to get a few new listeners as the person I’ve been contacting through Twitter is also on CKCU-FM but is part of the Carleton School of Journalism’s radio news show. There’s the shoutout to you as I didn’t want to publicly name you.
Don’t forget to check the November 9th playlist at this link.
The Wild 10 Countdown Summary is at this link.
The November 9th Radio Show – Press play to listen.
The Gabrielle Papillon Interview
The Second Funding Drive Show of 2011 and the Interviews with Rebekah Higgs and The Wooden Sky – S07E11
Update for Sunday, November 6: The contest for the tea giveaway draw is closed for the phonelines but is continued on the online secure post-pledge at
(until Tuesday, November 8). Any amount big or small will do. Expect a draw to held on the Wednesday, November 9 edition of WildWorks on CKCU-FM. Thanks to everyone who donated to CKCU-FM
The second and final funding drive for my radio show went well as the previous show was totally jam packed, got criticized from a host that I shouldn’t sing on-air and I was upset about something else. I’m pleased with the pledges I got for the radio show and I don’t need to worry about being cancelled or other silly things. Don’t forget that there are repairs, rents and other things needing to be paid at the station.
This week’s show had two interviews with Rebekah Higgs and The Wooden Sky. The audio for both are posted below. I had a chance to play the new Said The Whale song, Lines on the show during the Funding Drive craziness. Another awesome thing I did, I decided to play a song by local singer, Andrea Simms-Karp. She’s very supportive of campus-community radio. I think she’s been a host on occasion at CKCU-FM. It’s a November to remember so far. Next up is the…
Giveaway from my Funding Drive Show –
There’s Still Time
In case you’re reading before Sunday, November 6, 2011 (by 5:30pm Eastern time), what I did for my radio show’s second funding drive show, I decided to do a giveaway draw for a lovely tea in the form of, Kanpe Tea for DAVIDsTEA. If anyone wants to make a donation pledge at whatever amount (big or small) for WildWorks, just go to
for an online secure pledge. Trust me, you will enjoy this tea while supporting the importance of campus-community radio. If you like a different kind of music compared to commercial radio, then enjoy the variety of programs being aired on CKCU-FM.
I will announce the winner of the nice, lovely tea for the November 9th show.
The playlist for the November 2nd show is at this link.
The Wild 10 Countdown summary is at this link.
Note on the audio from the first hour podcast: I must of followed The Strombo Show this past Sunday as I erroneously mixed up the countdown jingles for Dan Mangan and Ohbijou. Played in the right order but mixed up the jingles. Apologies for it.
The November 2nd radio show – press play to listen.
The Wooden Sky