Local Radio Experience results in Studying Broadcasting at University

By DJ Andrew Walker |

I joined CFSI FM back in early July of 2012. A few days prior to receiving my own show at the tender age of 17, I had moved with my family from Calgary to Salt Spring. Yeah, THAT old story…

For me, I have always had a passion for music, as well as radio. So when I heard there was a community station on the island, I drove to the studio to see if I could do anything to help out. There, I met the station manager (Dave Gordon), Operations Manager (Mike Cherry) and the owner (Gary Brooks). I just remember being completely star struck, seeing all three of them in a small room chatting away.

From that moment on till the last week of summer every Saturday night, I played non-stop dance music for two hours commercial free. I had listeners ranging from the island, to around Alberta, and the occasional listeners overseas. The very last week of August, I was moved to Thursday nights at 10pm, which was fantastic because the high school there had Fridays off and I could imagine the high schoolers wouldn’t know what to do on a Thursday night, so it gave me the opportunity to play party music and showcase what I was all about.

Flash-forward to September of 2013, I decided to kick things up a notch. I changed my show completely, renaming it “Euphoria & Entrancement” and had the first hour dedicated to house music, and the second hour dedicated to trance. I also brought in world famous DJs from across the globe to even do a half hour guest mix (electronically) on the occasion.

For me, September 20th 2012 was probably the most memorable night I can remember at CFSI. A few days prior, the community was in shock hearing about the tragic death of Ryan Plambeck. I decided to give back by dedicating the first song on my show to Ryan, “Don’t You Worry Child” by the EDM group Swedish House Mafia, followed by a moment of silence. The request line as well as Facebook and Twitter for the station was INSANE. I took as many call ins and dedications live on air as well as song requests. That is one night I will never forget.

Thanks to CFSI, I am now enrolled in my second year at Mount Royal University studying Broadcasting. As well, I was signed to a DJ company that throws some of the biggest events across Alberta that draw thousands of people. I also have been able to have more special guest DJs/Producers on my radio label that I could not have done if it weren’t for CFSI and their great staff.

The people of Salt Spring, as well as the rest of the Gulf Islands need a radio station. I was in shock when I found out that CFSI was no more this summer! I believe that every person on the island has a story to tell, and we have an audience for that. If it goes through, I can’t wait to hear what interesting stories and music they have to show!

Best of luck! You at Gulf Islands Community Radio Society have my full support!

Sincerely,
Andrew Walker
Founder/DJ at Euphoria & Entrancement

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Andrew working his musical magic