All our projects aimed at exposing contemporary global music in the electronic media sprung from an hour of weekend radio called Crossing Cultures which I produced and hosted, starting in the early '90s on AM 1470, CJVB in Vancouver. I had been working there for ten years, in a traditional multicultural radio environment (the kind where you have no reason to listen unless you happen to speak the same language as the announcer). It was hokey, boring and already woefully dated and I thought cross-cultural programming through contemporary global music was just a better way … still do.
In 1997, the station was awarded an FM license and, as program director, I launched The WorldBeat WakeUp, the very first morning drive world music show on commercial FM in North America. Through the creative genius of my partner, Patricia Fraser, that program spun off a contemporary Celtic music show called Celt In A Twist which, in 2001 ended up filling the morning drive slot on 96.1 FM vacated by The WorldBeat Wakeup when it was cancelled a year earlier. In 2003, I took the concept to television, launching an all-new program with the help and guidance of channel m in Vancouver. world.beats is a TV show that tells the ongoing story of today's contemporary global music through rare videos, features, reviews and interviews. This April, the CRTC approved the sale of channel m to RCI broadcasting corporation and world.beats was cancelled in the fall after a five year run. Over that time, Celt In A Twist went back to AM 1470 and we decided to also give it a go as a podcast. A video podcast of world.beats followed a couple of years later. worldbeatcanada radio is our third foray into the new reality of internet-based broadcasting.
Our mom and pop production company, Calcopyrite Communications Inc. remains committed to the ideal that fostered all these projects in the first place. We now draw on 20 years of experience (as part of an even more protracted broadcast audio production career) specifically in the programming and presentation of this music. Our carefully curated library of radio-friendly, contemporary world.beat has grown (at the expense of my office space) to 5000 titles. Many more have already been retired. worldbeatcanada radio brings all these resources to bear in a super-condensed, energized 60 minutes of tomorrow's sounds, today. It promises all the credibility of public radio with all the excitement of commercial radio (without the commercials of course). Mostly, it will take you places terrestrial radio has seldom been able to. Have a listen and I look forward to your feedback.
Listing last confirmed: Nov. 16, 2015