Volume 92, Issue 6

Friday, September 11, 1998

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London's own radio ga ga

Lisa Weaver/Deputy Editor

By Clare Elias
Arts and Entertainment Editor

Tired of listening to your CDs? Bored with the mundane sounds of your eight tracks? Has your vinyl seen smoother days? Well maybe it's time to start surfing London's airwaves.

By spinning your radio dial up, down, back and forth, you'll be able to find any type of music from pure rock to alternative (whatever that means) to those smooth, easy-listening sounds of adult contemporary.

First stop on the FM dial is Western's CHRW 94.7, offering an alternative to commercial radio. "[It's an] exploration of issues that otherwise wouldn't get discussed and provides a voice for groups that might not normally be served," says Tom Everett, director of music and entertainment programming.

Western's campus radio programming is diverse and creative. It provides such shows as women's issues, programming for the gay/lesbian/bisexual audience, soca/calypso and reggae shows, plus many other formats from which to choose. It's also London's only choice for underground hip hop, trip hop and house beats.

New programming ideas are always welcome in room 250 in the University Community Centre. "Just come see us with an open-minded desire to explore broadcasting. I firmly believe that volunteering at CHRW is one of the most rewarding extra-curricular activities out there," Everett says.

Stepping off the campus scene and into London's commercial airwaves is where you'll find such stations as The Hawk – London's classic rock station, found on 103.1 FM. The legendary sounds of the Beatles, Rolling Stones, Fleetwood Mac and Led Zeppelin are spun all day, along with other pop rock hits from the '60s to the '80s.

FM 96, 95.9 on your FM dial, offers everything in modern rock. You'll be able to get your fill of Matchbox 20 (in case you haven't already) and listen to the classic songs of Aerosmith, Van Halen and the occasional mod rock tunes of the Wallflowers, Barenaked Ladies, The Tragically Hip and Our Lady Peace.

But if your heart desires the love songs of the '80s or the Celine Dion ballads of today, then search no more – stop that dial at Q97.5,/b>.

Thankfully London provides a diversity of music and your tastes can be satisfied by travelling the radio dial.

To Contact The Arts and Entertainment Department: gazette.entertainment@julian.uwo.ca

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