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Radio Humber Class of 2019

Surinder Rai

Pathway: Announcing

Picking your pathway…

I picked the announcing pathway because ever since grade 9 or 10 in high school I have always wanted to be on the radio and I wanted to be role model for young south asians showing them that there are other career paths to choose.

Favourite memory of Radio Humber…

My favourite memory of being in the radio program so far is probably being on air for the first time because it was a completely new experience to me and this was something I wanted to do for a while now.

Earliest memory of listening to the radio…

My earliest memory of listening to the radio is probably when i was 8 or 9 years old and driving in a car with my dad and listening to the local Punjabi multicultural stations in Toronto.

Dream station to work at...

My dream stations to work at are Flow 93.5, TSN 1050, and RED FM 93.1 a multicultural station that primarily focuses on Punjabi music in Vancouver

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Gabriel Munro

Pathway: Creative Production

Picking your pathway…

I love writing, and all forms of storytelling. Also, playing with audio and creating theatre of the mind is so compelling to me - there's so much freedom and power in that kind of creation.

Favourite memory of Radio Humber…

The week of crazy and emotionally intense work in which I went from having not a single solid contact for my documentary to having several incredible and powerful interviews completed. The feeling that - somehow - it was going to work out, and also being really excited by a project I was caring more and more about as it unfolded was electric. My partner for the project and I could see we really had something meaningful in our grasp.

Earliest memory of listening to the radio…

Listening to CBC radio 2 in the car. Specifically, a classical piece that was the theme for an afternoon show called Drive.

Dream station to work at...

CBC Radio 2.

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Alessia Dilullo

Pathway: Announcing

Picking your pathway…

Why I picked the announcing pathway was because I love to entertain people, make people laugh and smile. I always say "if I can make one person smile from something I've said on the radio, that is the biggest accomplishment for me" and I also picked the announcing pathway because music is a big passion for me and I love listening to music.

Favourite memory of Radio Humber…

Getting the privilege of being on-air on 96.9 Radio Humber and meeting some of my best friends through this program.

Earliest memory of listening to the radio…

My earliest memory of listening to the radio would have to be when I was very young around 1 years old. The radio was always on at my house and my family says that I always danced around the house and was in the happiest mood whenever the radio was on.

Dream station to work at…

99.9 Virgin Radio, Z130.5 and KISS 92.5

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Lucien Lozon

Pathway: News

Picking your pathway…

I picked news because it is a pathway that is very important in today's society. Everyone needs to be informed and I'd love to help.

Favourite memory of Radio Humber…

My favourite memory is when we made our documentary's our first year at humber, We spoke on a topic that I was very interested in, "How hip-hop influenced today's culture".

Earliest memory of listening to the radio…

When I was grade 6 going to school every morning, my bus driver would play 94.3 CKSY and it made me happy every time is heard the station ID because CK morning was entertaining and motivated me to go school.

Dream station to work at…

CBC Radio 1, Flow 93.5, Boom 97.3

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Maggie Tsegay

Pathway: News

Picking your pathway…

I chose the news pathway because I have always had a passion for news and the writing aspect of it. Making sure that people get updated with the most informative and accurate news is extremely important to me. Delivering a good news cast to me, is being able to cater the news to your target audience so that you can inform them of news they care about.

Favourite memory of Radio Humber…

My favourite memory so far would be the trip to CORUS during our first semester last year. Being able to meet people in the industry was super motivational but also nerve wracking thinking I could be in their position in less than 2 years. Fast forward to me now, I KNOW I am ready to take on a role in the radio industry.

Earliest memory of listening to the radio…

My earliest memory of listening to the radio would definitely be in 2004 when I discovered my parents boombox in our house. I listened to the radio everyday after school as it kept me company for the few hours I was home alone. My parents later bought me tapes where I was able to record my own news cast, weather updates and music bits which I treasure to this day.

Dream station to work at…

HOT 97, Flow 93.5 or BBC Radio 1xtra

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Caleigh Spiers

Pathway: News

Picking your pathway…

I chose the News pathway because I am passionate about storytelling as well as interviewing. I want to help people tell their story, especially those who don't have a voice. I want to ask the questions, and inform listeners of the answers, with integrity and honesty and truth. There's a story somewhere, and I'll find it.

Favourite memory of Radio Humber…

Co-creating a documentary about food, climate change and veganism with my friend and peer Silvia Véjar.

Earliest memory of listening to the radio…

Waking up to CHFI early in the morning as I got ready for school.

Dream station to work at…

CBC Radio1 - Anywhere in Canada

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Desirée Eldridge

Pathway: Announcing

Picking your pathway…

I have a passion for speaking and performing so naturally I picked what I believed I would do the best in. Announcing is a pathway where I can show my passion and creativity while also using my voice.

Favourite memory of Radio Humber…

Meeting people who share the same passion as I do and getting to create some pretty amazing pieces of work with them.

Earliest memory of listening to the radio…

My mother often played the radio when I was growing up. I grew up on rock music and listened to 97.5 K Rock the most. When they held the fugitive contest we would sometimes try to figure out the clues and follow them.

Dream station to work at…

I would be willing to work at any station that would have me. If I had to choose I would either pick Virgin Radio or The Edge. Working for Sirius would also be of interest to me.

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Damien Allison

Pathway: News

Picking your pathway…

News gives me the best of both worlds between announcing and producing.

Favourite memory of Radio Humber...

Making documentaries. All of the great new friends I've made who share the same passion for radio and creativity.

Earliest memory of listening to the radio…

Waiting forever to connect to the dial-up internet to listen to the great experimental shows on BBC, and recording tapes of pirate radio mixes from the old Rinse FM streams.

Dream station to work at…

Jazz FM, Rinse FM, BBC Radio 6, NTS Radio

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Gillian Donaldson

Pathway: Creative Production

Picking your pathway…

I picked the production pathway because i am interested in working behind the scene to produce the commercials and imaging. I picked this pathway because i dint see myself as an announcer or newscaster i saw myself working with the music and writing and producing things for my station.

Favourite memory of Radio Humber...

Meeting my friends, and working through the program with them.

Earliest memory of listening to the radio…

My earliest memory of listening to the radio would be in middle school i had one teacher who would always let the class pick a station to listen too while doing work.

Dream station to work at…

Flow 93.5, 99.9 Virgin, 104.5 Chum, kiss 92.5

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Martina Brown

Pathway: Announcing

Picking your pathway…

Martina Brown a.k.a. Messy_Miste my stage name, created the podcast show ColourfulComplex alongside Paula Owusu and Jenee Watson. I started out as an event host for birthday parties, pageants and formal dinners. I later enrolled in the Humber College Radio Broadcasting program to further my career in the entertainment industry as an announcer. I choose announcing because I love talking, when I speak I am sharing my authentic, warm personality with the world. I love music radio simply because I love music from all genre’s, I have learned that when your passionate about something it becomes natural and that’s what announcing has done for me it has become a passion I truly love indulging in.

Favourite memory of Radio Humber…

My favorite memory was going to CBC to interview Fresh air Host and Producer Nana aba Duncan. My second favorite would be meeting new friends and creating memorable memories with them.

Earliest memory of listening to the radio…

Listening to a rock station for the first time and realizing how similar it sounds to Jazz and Blues.

Dream station to work at..

My dream stations are Flow93.5, G98.7, Vibe105, Kiss92.5 and CBC Radio one.

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Paula Owusu

Pathway: Announcing

Picking your pathway…

My aim is to promote talent and keep audiences informed throughout Canada and North America. Entering this pathway will allow me to hone my previous skills acquired as a volunteer on-air host at CJRU 1280 AM. These skills included but are not limited to: conducting artist interviews, news talk, music programming and having discussions about ongoing social issues affecting our communities. My goal is to provide a refreshing voice for upcoming artists and uplift the broadcasting industry of Canada.

Favourite memory of Radio Humber..

There are so many it was hard to pick just one. But, if I must I'd it would be October 2, 2019. The day I conducted my first live cut-in for 96.9 Radio Humber. What made this day so memorable was I got to interview Adrian Chalifour (he performed on season 2 of CTV's The Launch). This was such an extraordinary interview and experience. Thank you 96.9 Radio Humber!

Earliest memory of listening to the radio…

Long road trips with my mom (back in the 90's) to the United States listening to the best radio stations along the way. It was always fun to see what we would hear. We loved variety so we knew we would be in for a treat.

Dream station to work at…

Radio: Flow 93.5FM, Power 105.1FM, Sirius XM Television: CP24 or Global News

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Amanda Moskal

Pathway: News

Picking your pathway…

I chose the news pathway because I am passionate about the emotional reaction that one can receive from relating to a piece of audio. I love the feeling of driving and, really understanding, and relating to what is being spoken about on the radio. I wish to be able to translate that feeling to others. Radio is able to create a community of likeminded people from a great distance, while still holding on to the feeling that you are the only person being spoken to. I, also, wish to inform people of current events, giving a local angle to communities who deserve their stories to be told, and heard.

Favourite memory of Radio Humber..

My favourite memory of the program so far, is actually the first assignment we got this year. It gave me the opportunity to network with professionals working in the industry, and meet some of the people who inspired me to get into radio broadcasting in the first place.

Earliest memory of listening to the radio…

My earliest memory of listening to the radio is when I would drive around with my parents as a kid. There was always something playing, no matter where we went. Whether it was on a ski trip, to camp, or, just to and from school, the radio was always on. Even now, when I go home, they're still listening to the same stations.

Dream station to work at…

My dream station to work at is CBC. I love the type of content they create, and hope to be able to tell such diverse stories that reach across the country, one day.

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Danielle Owusu

Pathway: Announcing

Picking your pathway…

Based on a personality test, I'm ESFP which is a personality that enjoys entertaining and performing that is all me. I enjoy seeing someone’s mood change when they aren’t feeling so great. This pathway will make me a better communicator, help me capture attention with my words and with radio it's all about how you say things. I like to make people smile, if I can lift people up, while I’m up and happy. I pride myself on finding ways to relate to people and it's easy to find common ground to establish a long lasting connection.

Favourite memory of Radio Humber…

Getting the opportunity to visit commercial radio stations, going out and finding someone who is in a position I want to interview that I’ve never met before. I gained an interview with Dames Nellas from 99.9 Virgin Radio, and got to learn more about his role as an announcer and music director for the station. The information I received from our conversation touched on topics we learned in class and things we haven’t learned yet. It was a refreshing experience and I look forward to having more.

Earliest memory of listening to the radio…

I have two early memories that mean a lot to me and my relationship to radio. When I was around 6-8 years old I remember having a stereo in my shared bedroom with my sisters. Somehow, CHUM 104.5 was always on and we would go to sleep with it on. One night I couldn’t sleep, but I ended up focusing on the program that was on late at night. From my understanding now it was a pre recorded show that was playing. But whatever the content was the people I heard were laughing, and I was laughing too because I thought what they were saying was funny. They were also having so much fun and I wanted to join in too. Other memories are of my parents listening to radio stations in Ghana or GBKM FM in Toronto, which had Saturday afternoons dedicated to the Ghanaian community. Listening to the stations in Ghana made me feel connected to the culture and current events even though I’ve never been there.

Dream station to work at…

This isn't a fair question because I love bits and pieces of each of the stations that I'm listing. In alphabetical order: Boom 97.3, CBC, CBC Music, 98.1 CHFI, CHUM 104.5, Flow 93.5, G98.7, KiSS 92.5, Vibe 105 FM, 99.9 Virgin Radio. Imagine how annoyed my parents get because I'm flipping through all these stations #SorryNotSorry.

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Sarah Miranda

Pathway: Announcing

Picking your pathway…

There is nothing that I am more passionate about than Radio Broadcasting and announcing. I truly didn't even comprehend before this program that a career like this could be possible for me. All the things that have previously been things that held me back from success like being a class clown and constantly talking are assets I never knew I had. I remember as a child falling asleep every night and waking up every morning to the familiar sound of my FM radio. Thinking the DJ’s were huge celebrities and almost crying when they played my requests. I can't wait to have that kind of connection with my listeners one day. I have an opportunity to be a part of a bigger conversation and really get to make content that I care about. There isn't a single thing about announcing I don't enjoy from the music, jokes, production, and everything else in between. Every day in school I become more excited to get my foot in the door and enter the radio industry.

Favourite memory of Radio Humber...

My favourite moment in the program so far has been interviewing Brett Albrecht of Indie 88 for a class assignment. Brent has been an idol for me within radio for years, always very personable and funny in a way that seems uniquely Brent. He sounds like no one else in Toronto radio and I gravitate to his genuine character and unrelenting honesty on-air even when it paints him in a negative light. I honestly feel like his experiences mirrored mine both pre radio and through school, and we were able to connect on a deeper level. I did not expect him to talk to me for an entire hour, and for him to seem so interested in me as a person not just as someone interviewing him. It showed me how welcoming people in the industry can be and made me excited to enter the workforce.

Earliest memory of listening to the radio…

My earliest memory of listening to the radio that really impacted me was when I was in the 7th grade. My friends and I had a spelling test we had to do that included the word colonel. We had all just gotten flip phones and decided to call Kiss 92.5 and ask the announcer if he knew how to spell it. I was the only one brave enough to talk and we had so much fun joking with a “celebrity”. We listened carefully and finally heard me on the radio giggling and requesting a Justin Bieber song. I felt so famous, thousands of people had just heard my voice. I think if little Sarah knew what I was doing now her head would explode!

Dream station to work at…

Indie 88

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Andrew Milani

Pathway: Announcing

Picking your pathway…

I love story-telling. I want to be able to tell the listeners what the story is and keep it relatable to the audience. Being in the announcing pathway helps me developing my skills in not only what I say, but how I convey the message to the listener. Ultimately, I want to have my own sports talk show that I get to conduct interviews and keep things interactive with the audience.

Favourite memory of Radio Humber…

Calling play-by-play for the Humber Hawks. I've always wanted to get into sports broadcasting and I can't imagine a better start. It's been a fantastic opportunity to grow my speaking and preparation skills, and it's been an incredibly rewarding experience. Nothing beats the chance to call games at the highest level of collegiate sports, including Ontario and Canadian championships.

Earliest memory of listening to the radio…

My dad loves talk radio. I have great memories growing up listening to CFRB 1010 and MOJO Radio 640 in his car. Especially one segment on MOJO where they were discussing which foods are best re-heated (its lasagna, by the way).

Dream station to work at…

TSN 1050, Fan 590

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Brendan Nickels

Pathway: Announcing

Picking your pathway…

Of all the reasons to pick a pathway creative freedom was the most important. Either by myself or with the other talented people in the program all I wanted to do was make the most content that I could be proud of. I have a passion for production and news, I carefully considered both. However I felt as if that hosting is what I should train the most. I want to be able to hold an audience attention above all else.

Favourite memory of Radio Humber..

It's the people I've met along the way. I've met friends, mentors and networking contacts for life.

Earliest memory of listening to the radio…

The first radio memory was not of live radio. My father would play the radio drama The Shadow. A show where a man hypnotizes villains while pretending to be a spectral shadowy hero.

Dream station to work at…

CBC Radio 1 and 2, flow 93.5, Indie 88

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Jennifer Tait

Pathway: Announcing

Picking your pathway…

I just want to make people happy and bring positivity to their day. Someone once told me "I could put myself on mute and you would still be talking to yourself for an hour and not even notice" This inspired me to go to school for radio even though I have a university degree and was pursuing a different career. I have always wanted to do radio and be an on-air announcer. It is a dream of mine to host a morning show and wake up early and entertain people while they are on their way to work. I am so passionate about achieving my dream and believe that I can do it if I keep working hard.

Favourite memory of Radio Humber…

My favourite memory of being in the radio program so far is being on the air for the first time. My heart was racing, my hands were shaking, but it was and still is so exciting. I love the teachers, the other students and all the assignments we get are challenging and so fun. I am definitely where I am supposed to be and I can't wait to hit the ground running in the industry.

Earliest memory of listening to the radio…

I have been listening to the radio for as long as I can remember. I have always been in awe of the hosts (morning shows especially) and aspire to be like them. Radio is so unique because it tells you what you want to know, plays music you love and it is a very personal experience compared to other forms of entertainment. I can't wait to continue to develop my craft. I love everything about radio and I am so excited that I am pursuing this as a career.

Dream station to work at…

Kiss 92.5 or 99.9 Virgin

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Brett Middleton

Pathway: Announcing

Picking your pathway…

I chose my pathway because I have always wanted to be an entertainer, being a musician for most of my life worked as an outlet. But radio is a whole different way of being expressive, and scratching the itch I have for performance.

Favourite memory of Radio Humber…

Making new friends, and working on projects together. Brainstorming ideas for podcasts and producing them has been game changing.

Earliest memory of listening to the radio…

Driving up to the trailer my grandparents owned, listening to different types of radio as the frequencies changed.

Dream station to work at…

96.1 The Rush

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Matt Calwell

Pathway: Announcing

Picking your pathway…

I’ve always wanted to be in sports radio. I want to be one of those legendary voices like Jerry Howarth.

Favourite memory of Radio Humber…

Getting to call play by play for the first time with the Hawks Sports network at Humber College

Earliest memory of listening to the radio…

Listening to radio in the car with my dad as a young boy.

Dream station to work at…

The Fan 590 or TSN 1050

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Sean-Michael Guikpa

Pathway: Announcing

Picking your pathway…

I picked announcing because I wanted to learn more about and eventually master the craft that is radio announcing.

Favourite memory of Radio Humber…

Hosting & Co-hosting a shift by myself.

Earliest memory of listening to the radio…

Listening to American Radio stations as a kid while my mom was driving me to school.

Dream station to work at…

Flow 93.5, Hot 97.

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Silvia Vejar

Pathway: Announcing

Picking your pathway…

To strengthen my oral communication skills. I wanted to be more effective, efficient, and relatable to the listener.

Favourite memory of Radio Humber…

Every time I finish a script and it´s ready to be recorded; for example when I finished my documentary about climate change and meat consumption.

Earliest memory of listening to the radio…

When I was 8-years-old and my parents gave me a radio. I loved to keep it on all-night long.

Dream station to work at…

CBC

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Jordan Freeman

Pathway: Announcing

Picking your pathway…

I picked the announcing pathway because I want to gain more experience to further my announcing career.

Favourite memory of Radio Humber…

My favourite memory of being in the radio program so far is learning what it takes to become a professional announcer.

Earliest memory of listening to the radio…

My earliest memory of listening to the radio is my grandpa had this square wooden radio and every day before he did his chores on the farm he would sit and eat his breakfast and listen to the radio.

Dream station to work at…

97.7 HTZ FM, 103.3 the Edge, Edge 102.1 & 98.9 the Goat.

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Adam DeLuca

Pathway: Announcing

Picking your pathway…

I love announcing and being able to tell a story and emote through voice!

Favourite memory of Radio Humber..

Meeting all my peers and see how creative and working with them all.

Earliest memory of listening to the radio…

Listening to hockey games on AM640 radio.

Dream station to work at..

Sportsnet The Fan 590 or TSN 1050

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Jonathan Sepulveda

Pathway: Creative Production

Picking your pathway…

I having the ability to create a world using sound and music while also producing work that i can see the process.

Favourite memory of Radio Humber..

Favourite memory so far has been being in first year and working on a skit for the humber holiday podcast and having my friends voice it, then later hearing it over radio Humber.

Earliest memory of listening to the radio…

Earliest memory of radio is having the radio blasting at home in the summer with my grandparents around. Every time i head Spanish radio with a laugh track i am reminded of being home with my grandparents.

Dream station to work at…

Indie88

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Evian Lewis Calderon

Pathway: Creative Production

Picking your pathway…

I picked the production pathway because I love audio. I like creating funny and dumb commercials. I wanted to learn how to edit and remix sounds into creative stories and educational documentaries. I want to generate emotion. I chose my pathway to develop skills that would help people tell their stories. But I mostly did it to have fun.

Favourite memory of Radio Humber…

My favourite memory of the program so far would be listening to our fully produced commercials. It’s happened many times, but it is my favorite part of the program. Listening to the cool creative work my classmates come up with is the most motivational part of this program. I’m always impressed and blown away by the creative choices we make. Every listening session makes me want to create more.

Earliest memory of listening to the radio…

My earliest memory of listening to the radio would be in the car with my dad. We would drive around for work, and my dad would sing almost every song that came on. He could NOT sing, but whether it was Whitney Houston or Eminem, my dad would be on it. It was embarrassing as hell but I'll never forget it.

Dream station to work at…

Indie88, Flow93.5 and Funny820

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