Volume 95, Issue 5

Friday, September 7, 2001
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Radio + Relevance - top 40 = CHRW

By Andrea Chiu
Gazette Staff

With the recent, rapidly growing digital music developments found online, the talk of traditional radio becoming obsolete is growing. Looking at London's selection of radio stations (or lack thereof), one might agree that radio might as well be non-existent in this city.

To the radio stations' credit, London boasts an eclectic collection of music styles. For those of you who are country music fans, BX93 (92.7FM) and 97.5FM are the stations of choice, with the latter also playing a fair bit of classic rock.

For those who like a little more rock and a little less twang, FM96 (95.9FM) is the station for you. The station is generally easy on the ears, and while it may be fun to sing along to in the car, don't expect to discover any new musical masterpieces at this frequency. Expect lots of bad, not so "alternative" crap.

Fanshawe College's radio station, 106.9 CIXXFM, airs more crap in the form of top 40 pop music, but also focuses on hip hop, R&B and other music filed under "urban." If pop is your thing, also try 103.1FM. For a station that deems itself "Energy Radio," it ironically plays the same tired top 40 formula we music snobs love to hate.

STAR 102 (102.3FM) acts as an in between radio station which plays both new rock and top 40 music. As part of the Chum Radio family, it's the perfect mall music for, like, when you buy khakis at the Gap.

Fear not music fans. Despite all the negativity, London has a radio superhero and it's a lot closer to home than you might expect. It comes in the form of CHRW 94.7 FM, Western's own campus radio station.

Unlike the robots who program commercial radio, CHRW is run primarily by volunteers and genuine music lovers who play groundbreaking music with open minds and without limits. Virtually every "genre" of music has been aired over the station's airwaves. So while you may not be able to sing along to every song you hear, you will be introduced to new, inventive music here, months ahead of the other stations.

CHRW music director Tom Everett scans for a copy of Wilson Phillips

CHRW also boasts an impressive list of cultural shows and talk shows to complement its diverse music programming. The combination of music and information has been so effective, CHRW was deemed the best campus radio station in the country by the Canadian music industry last year.

So if you're in search of new musical enlightenment or you want to expand your cultural horizons, tune into CHRW 94.7FM.

It may be different, but it's never boring.

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