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Dropping In

Submitted by alumni on Tue, 05/26/2015 - 12:00.

Dropping In

Pop into CJSW and discover who’s kept those airwaves alive for 30 years. From alumni who cut their teeth here, to the hosts of Road Pops — take this peek.
by Judy Aldous

Grant Burns, co-host of Road Pops, has volunteered at CJSW for 30 years.Grant Burns, co-host of Road Pops, has volunteered at CJSW for 30 years.

Listen Up
If you’ve been a hardcore listener of CJSW for the past 30 years, you’ll remember these voices. We’d be remiss to ignore the station’s impressive roster of alumni



Mark Sikstrom, BSc’74

Then

CJSW News Director, 1972-74.

Now

Executive Producer with CTV News. “I had plans to go into city planning, but I had so much fun in broadcasting that I stuck with it; 40 years and counting.”


Deborah Lamb, BEd’78

Then

CJSW News Reader, 1973-76. Lamb also had a short-lived music show, making her the city’s first female DJ.

Now

Lamb went on to a 30-year career with Global Television and CBC, including reporter at CBC TV’s Venture. “If I hadn’t walked in that door, I wouldn’t have had the fantastic 30-year career I did.”


Don McSwiney, BA’87

Then

Started volunteering in high school after “the requisite period of ‘hanging out’ that counted as training.” Became DJ Don and then station manager, 1989-98.

Now

Director, Communications and Marketing, UCalgary’s Faculty of Kinesiology. “I took very seriously our licence to provide an alternative voice in the city — for music, marginal communities and cultural outreach.”


Al Lalani, BSc’91

Then

On-air host from 1986-91 (a.k.a. Jimmy Jimmy Butterduck), Arts and Entertainment Director, Funding Drive Coordinator.

Now

Cancer Research Scientist in California. “It was a special place because CJSW allowed for like-minded people, who thought differently and acted differently, to come together.”


Ian Chiclo, BA’91

Then

Music Director, 1987-90. Went on to become editor of now-folded Vox Magazine.

Now

VP Business Development with Corkscrew Media. “It was transformative. I met so many people. When I first met my wife she would get mad because everywhere we went, I always knew someone.”


Chad Saunders, BA’96

Then

Started volunteering with CJSW 25 years ago (“when I was 17”). Program Director, 1997-99, and Station Manager, 2000-12.

Now

Manager, Operations and Special Projects, National Music Centre. Continues to host weekly show on CJSW, My Allergy to the Fans. “CJSW has never been cut-and-paste radio. But it’s evolved into being a real leader across the country — for our model of governance [and] funding drives.” U