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Radio Humber Class of 2019

Adam Odeh

Announcing Pathway

Reason for picking my pathway...
It started with a compliment. I was conversing with a fellow student at the SAE institute in Dubai, and a passerby said I have a voice fit for radio! That lit the fire, but let me tell you, Dubai is NOT a good place to learn anything related to Radio or Announcing. I dropped out of SAE due to its lackluster programs and meaningless degree, and attempted to study Business management at another Australian university. After realizing that my passion for desk work is nonexistent, referring instead to entertain people who are willing to listen, my mother retired, and I pooled our savings into supporting a future that focuses on Announcing... In Canada! That all led me to Humber College, the stepping stone to my future as an Announcer.

My favourite memory of being in the program so far...
An entire class erupting into applause at my work. At first you'd think this a trivial thing, but after years of my work going unnoticed and/or underappreciated, it's a bloody good feeling.

My earliest memory of listening to the radio...
Listening to the BMac and Taylor Show on Team 1040 with my Dad.

Dream stations to work at...
The Edge, Chum, The Move.

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Alexander Pater

Announcing Pathway

Reason for picking on my pathway...
I hit a very low point in my life after high school. I was wasting my time, and working three dead end jobs to compensate for the hopeless despair I felt on a daily basis. During this time, I listened to a LOT of music radio. The announcers on my favourite stations would do an amazing job in keeping me informed, entertained and helped me hold my head up high. When deciding on a pathway, there was no other choice for me. I aspire to give back to radio what radio gave to me, and inspire others to keep pushing!

My favourite memory of being in the program so far...
Hosting my own Halloween special!

My earliest memory of listening to the radio...
I'll never forget those early mornings when my mother used to drive me to school. We would ALWAYS listen to Roger, Rick and Marilyn on 104.5 CHUM FM. I still praise her for her patience in explaining basic current events to inquisitive, little 7 year old me. Otherwise, I was absolutely infatuated with Beat the Bank!

Dream stations to work at...
Live 88.5 in Ottawa, 102.1 The Edge in Toronto

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Andy Vallis

Announcing Pathway

Reason for picking my pathway...
I picked announcing because I grew up listening to John Tesh, Casey Kasem and Art Bell. Listening to them really gave me a drive to get on the radio and host my own show. Art Bell really motivated me to want to talk about conspiracy theories and investigate stories and claims.

My favourite memory of being in the program so far...
My first on air shift, I was terrified but once I did it a few times around, I got more comfortable doing it.

My earliest memory of listening to radio...
My earliest memory of listening to the radio is a French radio station in Quebec that is no longer there. But I remember as a kid my mom and I would listen to it every day and sing the songs in English because at the time I didn't speak English.

Dream stations to work...
AM 640 ( Talk Radio)

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Collin Skanes

Announcing Pathway

Reason for picking my pathway...
I chose my pathway because I've always been interested in announcing and voice work. I always wanted to develop my skills on the mic and improve my speaking

My favourite memory of being in the program so far...
My favourite memory of being in the program so far would either be my first time being on air or our trip to the Corus building because it gave us students a behind the scenes look into the radio and TV industry.

My earliest memory of listening to the radio...
My earliest memory of listening to the radio was when I was in kindergarten, my mom would put on an album or the radio and have it playing super loud as she cleaned the house and sang along to songs.

Dream stations to work at...
Power 105.1 (New York)

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Heather Williams

Announcing Pathway

Reason for picking my pathway...
I came into the Radio Broadcasting program knowing that I wanted to be a host. There was no hesitation about this decision because I have discovered that radio is the best way to express my passion for performance, and to make a career out of doing what I love. Being an announcer embodies what it means to be informative and entertaining, with a fluidity that is unique and hard to imitate. By being in this pathway, I'm finding my voice and starting a career in a field that nurtures my passions.

My favourite memory of being in the program so far...
My favourite memory of the program so far was working on the very first production assignment. It was fun working with other people that are now my colleagues and friends, and creating something entirely from nothing. Hearing it being played back in class solidified the fact that I was in the right place at the right time.

My earliest memory of listening to the radio...
My earliest memory of listening to the radio is in my dad's old, beat up, brown, two door truck. I was sitting in the middle seat beside my dad driving, and my sister was on the other side with her hand out the open window. Since I was in the middle, I was playing around with the nobs of the radio, just fascinated with the changing sounds until my dad patiently told me, " Pick a station sweetie, and stick to it."

Dream stations to work at...
CHFI

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Herbert Stewart

Creative Production Pathway

Reason for picking my pathway...
I enjoy dissecting and recreating the sounds that go into radio spots and promos. I've always loved all the different layers of sound that go into creating the things we hear on radio.

My favourite memory of being in the program so far...
Having a get together with the first years in September. It was great getting to know the students who will be taking our place next year and being able to give them knowledge that we wish we had.

My earliest memory of listening to the radio...
Listening to Y108 in grade 8 while cleaning my room. A song by my soon-to-be favourite band, Three Days Grace, played, and that single song influenced my music taste for the duration of my high school years. I realized the power of radio, and this realization is what pushed me to take the Radio - Broadcasting program at Humber.

Dream stations to work at...
I would love to work at Y108. The people I have met from the station are very grounded and real. I want to be able to contribute something to a station with the type of music I love.

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Jessica Wernick

Announcing Pathway

Reason for picking my pathway...
Announcing was a fairly easy decision for me. I came into this program in first year with the intentions of choosing the announcing pathway because my passion and happiness lies within entertaining those around me. The idea that I could make a career out of talking was incredible to me, so it seemed to just make sense, and fall into place.

My favourite memory of being in the program so far...
The connections I've made with all of my classmates. In such a small program, you're forced to see the same group of people all day every day. I'm so fortunate that these are those people. We've helped each other learn, grow, and we all push each other to be the best we can be.

My earliest memory of listening to the radio...
I grew up listening to what used to be The New Chay 93.1, which was my mom's favourite station. It was an adult contemporary station so it was my first introduction to popular music in the late 90s/early 2000s.

Dream stations to work at...
In a perfect world, I would be working at 104.1 The Dock in Muskoka. Muskoka has so much meaning to me, it's basically a second home. Settling down there doing the job that I love would be ideal.

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Jordan Chakravarty

Announcing Pathway

Reason for picking for pathway...
I went into the Announcer pathway because as far back as I can remember, I've wanted to tell, and share stories. Stories bring people together, spark conversation, and provide escapism, and I would love to be a catalyst for all of that.

My favourite memory of being in the program so far...
I was incredibly proud of the work that my partner and I did on our documentary "Dreams of the Ring", which follows a young man's journey as he trains to become a professional wrestler. It was a lot of work putting it all together, but the entire process was so rewarding, and we ended up with a wonderful final product.

My earliest memory of listening to the radio...
Radio has always been a part of my life, as my family went on a lot of road trips when I was younger. Many of my favourite songs were first heard on the radio. My absolute earliest memory was when I was about 6 years old. As with many 6-year-old boys, I loved Spider-Man, and the first movie had just come out. I remember sitting in the backseat of my mom's minivan as we listened to a radio announcer declare that the villain in Spider-Man 3 would be Venom! This blew my tiny little mind, because Spider-Man 1 had JUST come out! I'll always remember that announcer as the very first person to break that story, at least to me.

Dream stations to work at...
I have a very broad taste in music, but my go-to will always be good, old fashioned hard rock. Because of that, my dream station to work at would be 97.7 HTZ FM

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Joshua Hsiung

Reason for picking my pathway...
Production is a great pathway because it allows you to be creative in so many ways. You get to be creative in writing, creating and voicing audio pieces. It's also very satisfying seeing your work start from a blank nothing turning into something that sounds great and compelling. It's very fun.

My favourite memory of being in the program so far...
Hanging out with and talking to all the great people in this program.

My earliest memory of listening to the radio...
Being in the car with my dad who would be listening to classic rock on the car radio.

Dream stations to work at...
Q107, The Edge, Indie88, Boom 97-3, 97-7 HTZ-FM.

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Katherine Thielen

Creative Production Pathway

Reason for picking my pathway...
I feel deeply passionate about creating exciting, emotional and original content for radio. Playing with sounds, songs, and voices has always been fun to me.

My favourite memory of being in the program so far...
When in our first production class from second semester our teacher, Kyle Taylor, played a super cool produced piece of audio with each of our names to take attendance. I'll never forget it.

FMy earliest memory of listening to the radio...
Listening to popular Venezuelan rock bands in the car with my family, and learning all the cool jingles that they make in the Venezuelan radio.

Dream stations to work at...
Indie 88

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Kyle Dalton

Announcing Pathway

Reason for picking my pathway...
I picked the Announcing pathway because when I came into this program i knew i wanted to be on air, talking about music and sports. Throughout first year i was juggling the choice between pathways but i felt that the Announcing pathway had the best all around benefit for what I was most interested in. Doing play by play for the Humber Hawks sports teams allows me to be better on air for the school radio station.

My favourite memory of being in the program so far...
My favourite memory so far in the radio program is all of the different variety of classes that this program offers. Production, Sales, News, Announcing they all have different aspects of the radio station that this program allows us to learn. Another one of my favourite memories so far in this program is the people you meet throughout the course of the program.

My earliest memory of listening to the radio...
My earliest memory of listening to the radio was when i was young, driving to hockey with my dad when I was a kid. Going to those 7am practices listening to sports talk in the morning, I thought it was pretty cool. Also, late at night listening to Joe Bowen call the Leafs games is one of my favourite child hood memories and favourite memories from listening to the radio.

Dream stations to work at...
TSN1050 or The Fan 590

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Ludvig Drevfjäll

News Pathway

Reason for picking my pathway...
To sharpen my writing, voice and to become a better storyteller.

My favourite memory of being in the program so far...
IAll the intense and powerful moments I have captured on tape during interviews with people who have trusted me and my recorder with their stories... and the 11 PM donut runs to Tim Hortons during midterm week. (Midterm calories do not count).

My earliest memory of listening to the radio...
I remember, as a kid, laying awake late at night glued to the radio on very low volume, listening to "Karlavagnen", a talk show where anyone could call in and speak on the topic of the evening. The themes were often along the lines of "That time I was in deep trouble", or "How everything changed". I was so impressed by the way the host Kjell-Peder Johnasson made the callers open up, and guided them with simple questions as they told their stories.

Dream stations to work at...
CBC One

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Matt Hamel

Announcing Pathway

Reason for picking my pathway...
Talk-format radio has been an instrumental part of my life. It’s given me something profound, and now my focus is to give something back. I wake up every day focused on creating content that is both entertaining and thought-provoking.

My favourite memory of being in the program so far...
Doing play by play commentary the past two years for the Humber Hawks has been an amazing experience, to say the least. I’ve been blessed with so many great opportunities at Humber College, allowing me to connect with some remarkable people, and to grow both as a broadcaster and as a person. I can’t wait to see what the future holds.

My earliest memory of listening to radio...
I must have been 8 years old, in my bedroom listening to my alarm clock radio. I heard “Fat Lip” by Sum 41 on 102.1 The Edge. Over the course of a childhood marked by a love of music, The Edge meant a great deal to me.

Dream stations to work at...
My dream station to work at is somewhere with a team full of hard-working people that have a mutual understanding of how powerful good radio can be.

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Megan MacEwan

Creative Production Pathway

Reason for picking my pathway...
I have always had a passion for technology, music and remixing music therefore, I enjoy working behind the scenes and the production pathway seemed to be the best fit and I found it a lot of fun throughout my school years.

My favourite memory of being in the program so far...
Meeting all the great people and professors in the program.

My earliest memory of listening to the radio...
My earliest memory of listening to the radio would be more than 10 years ago when our power as well as others had turned off for a long time during the summer and listening to our little wind up radio was the only way to hear the latest updates regarding the black out.

Dream stations to work at...
KISS 92.5, 99.9 Virgin Radio, 98.1 CHFI, East Coast FM, Jazz FM 91, CHUM FM

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Omar Qaqish

Marketing & Sales Pathway

Reason for picking my pathway...
I picked my pathway because I wanted to learn more so about the business and marketing aspect of radio. I've always been the most comfortable with announcing so I wanted to take a different angle and learn about how radio stations generate revenue.

My favourite memory of being in the program so far...
My favourite memories are those sleepless nights with friends doing assignments in the studios.

My earliest memory of listening to the radio...
My earliest memory of listening to radio is when I was a kid and wanted to watch the leaf games, but my siblings were watching TV, id listen to the games on Mojo radio AM 640 when they were broadcasted on it.

Dream stations to work at...
My dream stations to work at are the Fan 590 and TSN 1050. But more so down the road I’d love to work ESPN.

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Rainer P

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Reason for picking my pathway...

My favourite memory of being in the program so far...

My earliest memory of listening to the radio...

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Ricky Williamson

Creative Production Pathway

Reason for picking my pathway...
I love the creativity that goes into production. You get to play with the theatre of the mind, and that's pretty cool.

My favourite memory of being in the program so far...
I don't think I can pick just one favourite memory of being in this program. I've done so many great things and met so many amazing people, I really can't narrow it down to just one favourite memory.

My earliest memory of listening to the radio...
I'm not entirely sure. I know the first time that I really thought "radio is awesome" was when my grandma played recordings of The Shadow radio show from the 30's.

Dream stations to work at...
Any station that plays heavy metal.

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Tamica Marcano

Announcing Pathway

Reasons for picking my pathway...
To help further develop my On-Air presence and skills as a broadcaster. I really enjoy media production and want to improve how I deliver information and entertainment.

My favourite memory of being in the program so far...
Going to the Rosalie Awards at the end of my first year. It was an incredible experience being able to speak, listen, and learn from the most successful women in radio today.

My earliest memory of listening to the radio...
My mother bought me a Sony sports AM/FM Walkman when I was in grade 3. I would always listen to the Mad Dog and Billie show. I loved to make cassette tape recordings of my favorite radio hosts and music mix-tapes.

Dream stations to work at...
CBC, Sirius XM, KEXP

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Vanessa Webster

Creative Production Pathway

Reasons for picking my pathway...
I picked creative production because I love putting sounds together to create this place I imagined. The pathway helped me overcome my writing problem where I couldn't write what I had in my head. It also gave me opportunity to explore my voice for voicing my own parts. When someone says they can picture in their head what my spot or project was portraying, I get the ultimate feeling of satisfaction.

My favourite memory of being in the program so far...
So many memories, but my favourite(s) would be all the amazing conversations with friends in the studio. Like a small little safe haven, early morning and late (late late) nights, aspirations, goals, project ideas and criticisms were spoken. Everything spoken in those studios were with love and hope and frustration but in the end was an amazing bonding time with this group I call my 2nd family.

My earliest memory of listening to the radio...
My earliest memory would be my mom always playing 104.5 CHUM FM since I was born on our radio or in the car. The song Unwell by Matchbox20 was the first song I learned all the lyrics to when I was 3 and I sang to it all the time when it was played on the radio.

Dream stations to work at...
107.5 Dave Rocks or 102.1 The Edge

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Brandon Da Ponte

Announcing Pathway

Reasons for picking my pathway...
picked this pathway because I enjoy performing in front of people and it's always been my dream of being an announcer and being that person who makes that connection to the community. I felt announcing is best suited to my personality.

My favourite memory of being in the program so far...
My favourite memory of being in the radio program so far was hosting my first shift. Although it was very nerve racking, it provided me with much needed experience and has helped me grow as a broadcaster and after an hour or so I felt myself getting more comfortable as the shift went on.

My earliest memory of listening to the radio...
My earliest memory of radio is listening to Portuguese National team and Portuguese League soccer broadcasts on 88.9 CIRVFM. I remember being mesmerized by the play by play commentator bringing the game to life. I also remember listening to 104.5 CHUM FM on weekend mornings while having breakfast.

Dream stations to work at...
Z103.5, Sportsnet The FAN 590, TSN 1050

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Gergana Peeva

Creative Production Pathway

Reasons for picking my pathway...
I was always really interested in sound engineering and editing audio, so production felt like a natural fit for me. I love making music and also playing around with sounds, so I wanted to have a way to be creative with sounds. I also love writing scripts and ideas for shows/podcasts!

My favourite memory of being in the program so far...
My favourite memory of being in the radio program so far is making lovely supportive friends, chilling in the arboretum, and also finishing an assignment 5 minutes before it is due.

My earliest memory of listening to the radio...
My earliest memory of listening to the radio is the pocket radio that my Grandmother handed down to me. I would take it everywhere with me and try to find new stations, and listen to the radio while drawing or falling asleep.

Dream stations to work at...
JAZZ FM.91 or CBC

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Max Farber

Creative Production Pathway

Reasons for picking my pathway...
I've been a very creative person for as long as I can remember. I want to continue my journey into becoming a creative writer/producer, and I knew this would give me all the hands on experience I need to reach that goal.

My favourite memory of being in the program so far...
I honestly think my favourite memory so far of this program is the trip to Corus. That was super fun, informative, and just a real good time!

My earliest memory of listening to the radio...
My earliest memory is listening to Bill Carroll on CFRB Newstalk 1010 every morning when my dad would drive me to school. That man loves his Newstalk.

Dream stations to work at...
Indie88/CBC Radio 1

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Natalie Fraser

News Pathway

Reasons for picking my pathway...
I wanted to be a part of something that everyone wants. I find it fascinating that everywhere you look, anyplace you travel to; there is a story to be told. The news can take you anywhere in the world. For as long as I can remember, being a storyteller is something I've always loved being. Now l can actually do it for real.

My favourite memory of being in the program so far...
There are too many to choose from. I think my favourite part was surviving the strike. After everyone came back, it was like a nice long break and time to fasten the seat belt. Knowing that I didn’t let that stop me, I will always cherish that memory.

My earliest memory of listening to the radio...
As a kid, my parents would play sports broadcasts from the different Toronto sports teams. I can’t forget the most awesome interviewer of all time, Howard Stern, my dad would always have him in the background.

Dream stations to work at...
I would love to go international and work out of a big city market, like New York, Miami or LA. But in Toronto Urban stations is where it’s at 93-5 the Move, G98.7, and Vibe 105 are my dream stations.

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Victor Ojiwusi

Creative Production Pathway

Reasons for picking my pathway...
I initially wanted to be an announcer but my knack for putting things together has made me love production, the fun in writing, producing and creating an audio production is really satisfying. I really hope as time goes by I get really better at it.

My favourite memory of being in the program so far...
I’ll say my favourite memory is always when I play my production to none radio person and see how excited they get listening to it.

My earliest memory of listening to the radio...
The radio was the friend that was always there metaphorically and literally.

Dream stations to work at...
The Move 93.5

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Zachary Davies

Announcing Pathway

Reasons for picking my pathway...
I chose announcing because it allows me to be me. I love talking and I love to tell stories. Announcing on air has always been a life-long dream for me. Ever since I was little and listening to radio, I always looked up to the announcers on air. I believed they were really talking to me most times. Just living their lives, talking and informing. The way I, like other people, listened to them is what made me really wanna become one. The way they made people smile, laugh, cry, and even spark up conversations with others that were listening in is just the most amazing thing to me. Now listening to them today, they still sound like normal people just talking to you, being themselves and making peoples days.

My favourite memory of being in the program so far...
My favourite memory is when I got to step into the station and actually host for the very first time. There is nothing that can replicate that feeling. It was a mixture of happiness, excitement, and fear knowing that I was in control and that people were going to hear my voice for the very first time on Canadian airwaves. Now when I go into the studio to host it seems I still get the feeling but not at the same amplitude as the very first time.

My earliest memory of listening to the radio...
I remember listening to Beat the Bank early in the mornings on my way to school, I was fortunate to have a radio function on my mp3 player at the time. I liked how the show flowed back then and I like how it flows now. There was something about the suspense of how the contestant would have to choose to either stay at where they were and take their prize or take another step risking what they've won. I always felt bad when they lost and "triggered the alarm", but if they made it and "beat the bank" I would feel all fuzzy inside knowing that somebody won the contest. Loved the game back then, and still love it today and the hosts that administer it.

Dream stations to work at...
Kiss 92.5

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Matt Costa

News Pathway

Reasons for picking my pathway...
I picked the news pathway because I have had a real love and passion for news and sports. The idea of being able to be part of the information that helps inform people is something truly exciting. Another reason I picked the news pathway is being in a fast pace environment where the content, information and news stories are constantly changing is extremely fun and exciting.

My favourite memory of being in the program so far...
My favorite part of my program has been working with amazing and talented classmates on different projects and really getting to be creative and collaborate on so many different assignments.

My earliest memory of listening to the radio...
My earliest memories of radio involves long car rides up to Windsor Ontario listening to Sportsnet the FAN 590. It’s the memories that formed my love for radio.

Dream stations to work at...
Sportsnet the FAN 590 TSN 1050

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Spencer Seymour

Sales & Marketing Pathway

Reasons for picking my pathway...
Being someone who not only has aspirations in the radio broadcasting industry, sports play-by-play specifically, but I also have a few other goals outside of that business, and I feel the sales and marketing pathway will give me skills I can use and transfer through various fields, while also developing my writing and performance outside of class.

My favourite memory of being in the program so far...
Meeting a large group of incredibly intelligent, creative, kind, passionate people who not only pushed me to be better and work even harder, but who also gave my inspiration to push myself to strive to achieve more than I thought I could before coming here.

My earliest memory of listening to the radio...
My earliest memory of listening to the radio is listening to the London Knights hockey games in the car with my dad, and being captivated by the powerful voice of longtime Knights play-by-play commentator Mike Stubbs.

Dream stations to work at...
Sportsnet 590 The FAN, TSN 1050, any station with hockey games broadcast on their station.

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Noel Marcial

Announcing Pathway

Reasons for picking my pathway...
Announcing as a profession, is answering a calling in my life. I was told by my mother, my voice was heard coming from the birth canal and as a baby she called me "RadioGuardian" as the BBC News came on the local radio station on the hour, I would cry out to be fed. I'm a voice of encouragement to generations young and old and the announcing pathway helps in fulfilling my purpose.

My favourite memory of being in the program so far...
I love doing productions. So on an assignment given by Professor Paul Cross to develop a Radio Station Format. I was Lead Creative Producer for CREL THE REEL as part of a team effort in collaboration with Zackary Davies, Collin Skanes, Sam Fisher and Adam Odeh. A Station dedicated to movie sound tracks and more. I was able to bring this vision to life with the help of all mentioned. Also facing and conquering my fear of being on air as a newscaster. I now enjoy gathering and reading the news on 96.9FM.

My earliest memory of listening to the radio...
At 8 years old I was gifted with my very own transistor radio. I would peruse the the dial mimicking the popular announcers from Trinidad. At age 10, I travelled to the United States upon listening to the radio there, I fell in love with what I know now to be was the various stations' formats. As a teenager with the advent of the boom box with a cassette recorder, I would experiment with recordings and create my own productions.

Dream stations to work at...
I'm fond of CHFI 98.1 Vibe 105.5 Jewel 88 and CJRTJazz 91. My dream is to also develop my own Media Entity.

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