Volume 95, Issue 67

Friday, February 1, 2002

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Public war over CHRW airwaves

"It's really crappy out there"

Grow up, cut your hair and get a job - ya hippie!

USC presidential race "officially" set to begin

Soph bed debate continues

UWO researchers hit jackpot

Weed warriors vow to fight on

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Public war over CHRW airwaves

DJs battle USC for control

By Sarah Lasch
Gazette Staff

A dispute between DJs and the University Students' Council has broken out into open warfare over the airwaves of CHRW 94.7FM.

In an unusual move yesterday morning on CHRW, a station which touts itself as "the cure for corporate radio," Wake-up Western host Aaron Tearne played predominantly mainstream music to protest what he said was pressure from the University Students' Council to play certain genres of music.

Over the air, Tearne said he scoured the Internet looking for the most popular music. Pink's "I'm Coming Up" and Nickleback's "This is how you remind me" were two of his selections.

Later Tearne was unavailable for comment.

Andreas Gripp, CHRW promotions director, said he does everything to help promote the show, but still harbours some misgivings.

"As a volunteer and DJ, I would like to see as much time as possible for independent, small label and alternative artists who wouldn't normally get played on the radio," he added.

"There's too much Creed, Tea Party and Our Lady Peace," he said. "They shouldn't be taking away from artists who depend on college radio."

Wake-up Western is a two-hour radio show from 9-11 a.m. each morning between Monday and Friday. Each day has a different set of hosts.

Sarah Kirshin, co-host of Wednesday's Wake-Up show, said concerns have been brought up by volunteers.

She said Tuesday's Wake-up hosts, USC VP-student affairs Wes Brown and VP-finance Rob Irvine, play the same bands every week.

"I'm not saying we shouldn't change, but we shouldn't stoop to the level of commercial radio," she said.

Irvine, who also acts chairman of CHRW's board of directors, said playing mainstream music is completely appropriate.

"Wake-up Western is only one two-hour segment every weekday. In the grand scheme of things, it's very insignificant," he said.

Irvine said it is important to look at the bigger picture from a management position.

CHRW general manager Mario Circelli said he has not heard any complaints and has only received positive feedback concerning the show.

Andrew Hummel, a fourth-year science student and local musician, said CHRW does a good job of supporting local bands.

"If they start moving towards mainstream music I would be really disappointed," he said.

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