When we first asked Geneviève Dale, former CJSW 90.9 FM Program Director and current host of Primary Colours, to contribute to our tiny little blog we didn’t actually expect her to say yes. The woman works in radio for a living and is also going back to school to pursue her after-degree undergraduate in Education. Why the fuck would she want to lend her dynamite musical curating skills to us peons? But we quickly learned that Geneviève is a true music lover AND community enthusiast, and a generous one at that, so of course she wanted to be part of the NEAT community and share her gift! She’s the kind of music lover that digs deep to find the good shit, and then wants to share it with the world. So it came as no surprise when we attended the CJSW book launch party last week that everyone at CJSW seems to but cut from the same cloth. These people are creative, funny, passionate and really fucking cool. This essence is captured so perfectly in their 30th anniversary commemorative book We Make Radio.
Flipping through the pages had us feeling all types of warm and fuzzies. It is full of archival documents, fan letters, hilarious and poignant anecdotes and some pretty amazing artwork and photographs. It takes you on a journey of how CJSW became the important and relevant radio station that it is today. Looking through We Make Radio only brings about a deeper appreciation for the wonderful programming we get to listen to every day, for free! The struggle was real my friends, and the CJSW crew seemed to handled it with humour, empathy, costumes and a shit ton of alcohol (judging by the pictures).
By the end of the book we felt like we had been a part of the CJSW crew from the beginning, because ultimately isn’t what CJSW is all about? Lending a sense of inclusion and community to its listeners. It made us pretty damn proud to be Calgarians and to claim that CJSW hails from our town.
So now we would say it’s time for us listeners to give back to the CJSW crew, to say thank you for providing the soundtrack to our lives all of these years. If you are feeling the love as much as we are than we highly recommend you get your hands on a FREE COPY of We Make Radio on Sept 1, 2016. This is a limited edition book and it’s going to go quickly, so keep your street cred alive by being one of the lucky few to have this gem resting on your coffee table by Friday.
To find out where to purchase We Make Radio click here!
Thank you so much to the CJSW crew for hosting an amazing party and showing us around your studio. We geeked out HARD and ate so many falafels we had to be rolled out of MacEwan Hall! (Worth it, no regrets).