Filled in for the Road Pops this week, and in the first hour of the show I had a chance to sit down and talk with Roop and Ricca Razor Sharp of Blades of Steel about their new album, Kind Face.
After that the show gets into some funk and reggae beats before winding up the pace towards Baltimore club.
The Road Pops, November 13th 2015 (mp3 – 146Mb)
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Well, it’s been just about a month since our Funding Drive show and after all that craziness, an enormous thank you is long overdue. The station managed to set another record, raising over $250,000 in only a week. Which is bananas. The Fat Beat Diet had one of its most successful funding drives ever, raising somewhere between $3000 and $3400, depending on how the numbers line up. I’m humbled and honoured by the generosity of CJSW’s listeners, so heartfelt thanks and gratitude to each and every one of you who went out of your way to help the station out during our 2015 Funding Drive.
Quick sneak peek at the mixes on offer tonight. Over 90 tracks across 3 discs, all in continuously mixed goodness. The New Jack Swag mix is a mixed back of hip hop, new jacks swing, breaks and house. Retro|Future Soul is a two disc mix of future soul music. Disc one is future soul, or what was future soul 20 years ago – over an hour of the best of acid jazz. Disc two is the best of the current crop of future sounds.
New Jack Swag is available as a digital download to everyone who pledges over $50 to the Fat Beat Diet.
Retro|Future Soul is available in a double CD format and digital download to everyone who pledges over $100.
Keep on eye on my twitter feed and I’ll try to put up the other incentives there.
Wow. A hear goes by crazy quick. It seems like just yesterday I was staying up late at night putting the finishing touches on some awesome mixes as Funding Drive incentives and now I’m doing it all over again. CJSW’s annual funding drive runs Friday October 23rd through to the 30th. For one week every year we take a break from being the best radio station in town, and ask you — our listeners — to help us out. With Money.
All the money raised during our annual Funding Drive campaign goes towards our capital budget (like it always does), paying for everything from maintaining our fancy broadcast tower, to our CD players, our headphones, and all the other costs associated with running a radio station. Thanks to your generous donations in previous years, the station just launched a kick ass new website complete with tracklistings and podcasting of all shows and last year increased the broadcast signal from 4,000 watts up to 20,000 watts, one of the highest powered community radio stations anywhere in Canada!
This year, we’re once again hoping to put your hard earned dollars at work on various aspects of the listening experience, including getting a new DJ mixer for the booth, which all us Friday night DJs would love (and so should you, because it would make Friday nights even more awesome!).
Pledging is easy. You can all the pledge line at 403-220-5000 between October 23rd through to the 30th, or make a donation on-line at fundingdrive.ca. Listen to CJSW 90.9 FM and check out www.cjsw.com everyday to find out about all the great swag we have to offer for pledges. Help us reach our goal of $200,000.
I run this blog at my own expense and all my time with CJSW is volunteer work. I do it for the love, but pledging to my show is your opportunity to show your support – and it is greatly appreciated.
Now that the Fat Beat Diet kicks off the very successful Friday night lineup at CJSW, I’ve got more listeners than ever before. I’m looking forward to hearing from each and every one of you over the course of the Funding Drive show, which is this Friday, October 23rd from 6-7pm MT.
Being on the first day of the Funding Drive is a bit stressful — funding drive is roughly the same time every year, but it still manages to surprise me.
As always, I’ll be putting together a few tasty mixes as added incentive to pledge on the show. These days, I pretty much only makes mixes for Funding Drive, so this is just about your only chance to get a mix from me (outside of the 50 odd mixes I make every other week of the year as part of the show, duh). These mixes are finely crafted, and I always put a lot of love into them. These exclusive mixes are never redistributed outside of the Funding Drive. You’ll never see these up on soundcloud a week after Funding Drive (like I’ve seen other programmers do) to ensure that all you fine pledgers don’t feel like chumps.
I’m doing the final QC on the mixes for this year, and they sound great. This year we’ve got digital distribution going, but there’s also a limited number of hard CD copies. This year, I’ve put together a double-disc set of future jazz. Disc 1 is the best of acid jazz, with amazing tunes from the classic mid-90s Acid Jazz era. Disc 2 is the best future sounds of the last year. Don’t miss out on these, they’re amaze-balls.
If you’re a regular downloader but don’t listen to the show live on air, please pledge by donating online on the cjsw site. Online donating is now open. If you can do this before the show this Friday, October 23rd at 6pm MST, that will likely greatly increase the chances of getting what you’re after. Online donating has been streamlined this year, but to make sure supporting the this show, please enter the Fat Beat Diet as the show name as illustrated below.
Fat Beat Diet fans have yet to let me down, and I’m hoping this year will be no different. Thanks in advance for your support.