Home of the Fat Beat Diet. Cooking up some fine high-calorie beats every week.

About The Beat Diet is the on-line home of the Beat Diet. Starting in the fall of 2017, the Beat Diet is a radio show on the airwaves of Kootenay Co-op Radio. Mixed and hosted by Marco Primo, it hits the airwaves every Thursday from 1:00-3:00pm.

The Beat Diet is a music program which mostly plays a mixed bag of funk, soul, hip hop and dance music/electronica. It aims to connect the dots between today and tomorrow’s trends and movements in underground dance and hip hop with the sounds which inspired and originated them, be it directly in the form of sampling, or as building blocks in the form of influence from previous/older songs or musical styles and rhythms. Ideally the show is presented in a continuous dj-style mix.

There is no set week to week format, but the show does aim to take listeners on a unique journey each week. Sample journeys might involve travelling through moods, starting out mellow and building towards excited, for example. Occasionally, we might do a specific theme show, like journeying through the back catalogue of a particular genre or artist.


At the Beat Diet, we always welcome your feedback. Comments, concerns and questions may be directed to comments at beatdiet dot com.

Some Backstory

The Beat Diet grew from a radio show called the Fat Beat Diet, which started in 2000 on Calgary’s campus and community radio station, CJSW 90.9 FM. The Fat Beat Diet started out on Tuesday Nights/Wednesday mornings from 2am-6am. On March 8 2001, the show moved to Thursday nights from 10:30-midnight. In March 2010, the show was shortened to one hour, and I wasn’t impressed. So in May of 2011, we moved to Monday nights and back to our 90 minute length. Finally in November 2012, we moved to our final timeslot on the airwaves of CJSW taking over the longstanding Musiquarium spot on Fridays from 6-7pm, kicking off CJSW’s phenomenal Friday night line up.

In 2017, I moved to Nelson, BC and was forced to give up my CJSW slot. Luckily, Nelson has a fantastic little community station of its own, and I quickly found my way into the programming at Kootenay Co-op Radio.


  1. Rob

    Hey Marco – been enjoying your tasty selection of beats! Hoping to see some updated shows when you have a chance.

  2. Kim

    What was the last song that was played today Jan 2 2019, it was soooo good. I tuned in just at the end then was blown away

  3. graham

    Love this show! The kootenays are luck to have you, and lucky to have KCR as well. Keep on spinning them beats, please!

  4. Jessica Pignataro

    Wow. These are proper quality chunes! Primo set. Thank you for the comforting sounds of one of the best eras in hip hop.

  5. Roro

    Marco it was a great surprise hearing your tunes on the radio tonight! Would love to hear if you have any live gigs in the kootenays

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