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CKMS News -2021-08-02 – Expanding operations at Bingemans

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Host: Namish Modi

This piece features an interview with president of Bingemans in Kitchener, Mark Bingeman. This piece is a follow-up to our interview with Explore Waterloo Region CEO Minto Schneider from last week. 

In our discussion with Bingeman, we discuss how the pandemic has affected Bingemans, one of the biggest hospitality organizations in Waterloo region. Bingemans has several types of facilities including banquet halls, water park, arcade, bowling alley and much more. 

As of July 16, Bingemans was allowed to open many more of its indoor facilities as Ontario moved into Step 3 of its reopening plan. 

Bingeman is happy that the company is bringing back staff who may have been laid off during COVID while he expects bigger events like Oktoberfest to come back in Fall, in a modified, covid friendly form. 

This program is a part of the “Local Journalism Initiative” grant program and is funded by the Community Radio Fund of Canada, the Government of Canada, and the CKMS Newsroom.

Check out the archived versions of  this program and other episodes on radiowaterloo.ca/news., and other stories commissioned under the Local Journalism Initiative at canada-info.ca.

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So Old It’s New set list for Monday, August 2, 2021 – on air 8-10 pm ET

  1. Chicago, Sing A Mean Tune Kid . . . From Chicago III, typically amazing guitar, including wah wah, from the late Terry Kath but a song that displays all the assets of early, and best (to me) Chicago.
  1. Pink Floyd, The Great Gig In The Sky … Perfect example of the voice – in this case session singer Clare Torry – as instrument. According to Wikipedia, Torry delayed her contribution by a week because she wanted to see a Chuck Berry concert in London. When she did come in, she was unsure how to sing the part until, according to other sources, David Gilmour suggested she use her voice as if it were a saxophone.
  1. Rare Earth, We’re Gonna Have A Good Time . . . Another great funky tune by Rare Earth. Must be somehow subliminal that I chose this one, since a friend of mine texted me last week raving about an Average White Band album he picked up, Cut The Cake, if memory serves. So we got talking about largely white bands doing funky soul stuff. Hence, likely, me playing Rare Earth, a band I’ve always liked and remember first hearing at day camp, remember those things your parents sent you to for part of the summer, in 1972 as one of the counselors had the band’s 1971 live album, Rare Earth In Concert, on cassette and was playing it.
  1. Lou Reed, Rock N Roll (live, from Rock N Roll Animal) . . . Extended version of the tune from the blistering live album.
  1. Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers, Anything That’s Rock N Roll . . . As promised last week thanks to some of my own silly wordplay about damning torpedoes, a TP cut this week. From the self-titled debut album, this short rocker was released as a single in the UK, made the top 40, but was not a single elsewhere. Good tune. Does Petty have a bad one?
  1. Accept, Balls To The Wall . . . Apparently some people confuse this monster metal track with AC/DC, at least from what I’ve read on YouTube. I never did. I mean, I can see it. But geez lots of metal bands might sound like the great AC/DC, which I’ve always considered hard rock, not metal, but whatever. Just a great track, regardless.
  1. Nick Lowe, American Squirm . . . I played Nick last week and didn’t intend to this week but when digging through the station computer system, to which I’ve contributed thousands of tunes, ha ha, this came up while looking for something else. So, why not? Great song from the Labour Of Lust album, 1979 which turned me on, in my college days, to Lowe. My first vinyl copy was the American version, which contains this track – which wasn’t on the UK version. Since then and only recently, I happily found the album on CD but obviously found the initial UK version since my CD doesn’t have the song. I pulled it off a Lowe compilation I have. I know, who cares, way too much info.
  1. The Mamas & The Papas, Twelve-Thirty (Young Girls Are Coming To The Canyon) . . . Same deal with this one as the previous, Lowe, track. Just came up in the system, I’ve loaded so much in there I should be getting paid for supplying but anyway it does reduce the workload more than somewhat in terms of having to load more stuff show by show. Whatever, typically great track by the band.
  1. The Allman Brothers Band, Melissa . . . Love the tune and now often think of my younger of two sons who startled me some years back when I mentioned how much I like the Allmans and he cited this track as one of his favorite songs, at least in part I suppose from hearing it among all the other classic rock of mine he grew up hearing.
  1. The Cars, Candy-O . . . Title track from the second album. It could not possibly measure up to the ridiculously great debut, which is essentially a greatest hits album. But the Cars’ sophomore effort is still a pretty damn fine album.
  1. Rod Stewart, Handbags and Gladrags . . . One of my favorite alltime tunes, written by Mike D’Abo who at that time was in The Moody Blues and arranged and played piano on the Stewart version. It’s a beautiful interpretation, which Stewart has always been wonderful at, particularly during his peak solo period, 1969-74. D’Abo also sang the King Herod role in the original Jesus Christ Superstar, an album, the 1970 version, I must get back to. In fact, I had it out for this week but one thing led to another and I didn’t get to it. Next time, soon. I’ve played a lot of it over time on the show, but it’s so great, that’s never enough.
  1. Steppenwolf, It’s Never Too Late . . . Love Steppenwolf, a band that is so much more than the usual hits one hears on radio – Born To Be Wild, Magic Carpet Ride, etc. Thought of this one after hearing it while browsing in a used record store last week.
  1. Jackson Browne, Lives In The Balance . . . Very political song, the title cut from his 1986 album, stands up, always, lyrically, re governments and their sins, regardless the generation.
  1. Hawkwind, Brainbox Pollution . . . An extra, typically pulsating track added to the expanded re-issue of 1972’s cleverly-titled Doremi Fasol Latido album, the first to feature later Motorhead leader Lemmy on bass. Too much to go into here, but it’s worth reading up on the album, particularly Lemmy’s views on his own playing, which he didn’t like.
  1. Talking Heads, Take Me To The River . . . The song that, again during college days, 1978, got me into the band, a cover of the more funky Al Green tune that the Heads turned into a more bluesy version. Uncharacteristic in the Heads’ experimental-type catalog.
  1. Jethro Tull, Back To The Family . . . Ah, the Stand Up album. A bedrock album for me, thanks to my older brother by eight years bringing it home along with Led Zeppelin II back when our family lived in Peru for a few years in the late 1960s. At the time, my elder brother and sister, along with most in their age group, went back to North America for high school but came back each holiday season with treasures from the north. Easily one of Tull’s best albums, yet perhaps somewhat lost in the shuffle amid such more widely celebrated works as Aqualung and Thick As A Brick.
  1. The Tragically Hip, The Luxury . . . Not sure how to analyze it or if it’s even necessary, other than to say I just have always loved this cut from Road Apples.
  1. Outlaws, Green Grass and High Tides . . . Song one in the set (wait, you’ll hear the second next) from a southern rock band that, like the more well-known Lynyrd Skynyrd, has in its arsenal a Freebird-like piece, manic guitar work and all. The title is a play on the 1966 Rolling Stones’ compilation Big Hits (High Tide And Green Grass).
  1. Molly Hatchet, Fall Of The Peacemakers . . . See above. It seems every southern rock band has their one ‘signature’ extended piece, like this one.
  1. Elvis Costello, 13 Steps Lead Down . . . Costello pretty much lost me by the early 1980s but I happened to be in a used record store the other day and lo and behold saw a compilation I’d never heard of, Extreme Honey, from 1997. It pulls together 18 tracks, with a couple then new ones, from his work from ‘the Warner Brothers years”, albums like Spike, Mighty Like A Rose, Brutal Youth and All This Useless Beauty which I tried but never got into. But, via the compilation decided to sample, again. At $4.99, the price was right and playing this track, a No. 59 single in the UK from Brutal Youth, is the result. A good one, which is not surprising since he recorded it with the reunited Attractions, his original band. Never said he wasn’t or remains a great songwriter, I just preferred him during his angry young man phase. But perhaps now I’ll discover some stuff I overlooked.
  1. The Beatles, Girl . . . One of a few tunes in tonight’s set brought about by a music discussion with a friend, and isn’t that the beauty of it. Somehow, a discussion prompted by my buddy about Keith Richards’ vocal style/enunciations became a Bob Dylan discussion I initiated about so-called ‘bad’ singers actually being good, and then this Beatles’ tune, from Rubber Soul, came into it. Great song. And another from my childhood when my elder siblings would, merely by their playing them, introduce me to such things and set the foundations for my listening experiences. My sister had Rubber Soul, the first Beatles’ studio album, aside from compilations or hit singles on 45s, that I ever knew.
  1. ZZ Top, A Fool For Your Stockings . . . One of my favorite ZZ tracks, from 1979’s Deguello, in memory/honor of Dusty Hill, the band’s bass player who died just last week. The band continues on, out on tour now with, on Hill’s recommendation to Billy Gibbons, the band’s longtime guitar tech Elwood Francis replacing Hill.
  1. The Rolling Stones, How Can I Stop . . . A direct result, this one, of my discussion with a friend about Keith Richards’ vocals. He was citing work from Richards’ solo albums but I mentioned some of the slow, jazzy type stuff he’s done on latter day Stones’ albums, like this great cut from 1997’s Bridges To Babylon album. The track features Wayne Shorter, who played with Miles Davis and co-founded Weather Report, on saxophone.
  1. Billy Swan, I Can Help . . . This one was lying there in the system when I called up How Can I Stop, so I decided to play it. A hit single in 1974, I can’t remember if I played it during a ‘one hit wonder’ type show I did some months ago. Good tune, and it works with the song titles in closing the show. Keith’s asking how can he stop, Billy says he can help, and Fludd, next, says just get the you know what outta here.
  1. Fludd, Get Up, Get Out, Move On . . . Probably my favorite from Fludd, which had a bigger hit with Cousin Mary but I like this one better. And, of course, Gregg Godovitz, who later formed Goddo, was in the band. Great stuff. And, yes, time to, as the song title says. Until next week.

CKMS News – 2021-07-31 – Relationships in the Age of COVID

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Host: Krista Henry

How do couples cope with the stressful events of the COVID-19 pandemic? How will singles embark on dating as we emerge from months of lockdown measures? Waterloo region based clinical psycho- therapist, Janine Fisher to talk about the effects COVID-19 has had on clients in her community. 

Fisher gives helpful advice for couples and singles on how to move forward as we embark on another phase of the new normal.

This program is a part of the “Local Journalism Initiative” grant program and is funded by the Community Radio Fund of Canada, the Government of Canada, and the CKMS Newsroom.

Check out the archived versions of this program and other episodes on radiowaterloo.ca/news., and other stories commissioned under the Local Journalism Initiative at canada-info.ca.

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CKMS News – 2021-07-30 – Local non-profits adapt to continue serving the community

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Host: Krista Henry

COVID-19 has impacted billions of lives around the globe since March of last year. During these unprecedented times, the role of non-profit organizations has been key in combating the impact on our most vulnerable populations. As businesses grappled with adapting services, so too did local non profits.

CKMS News spoke to the Food Bank of Waterloo Resource and the Wilmot Family Resource Centre to learn more about how they adapted, lessons learned and key takeaways moving forward.

This program is a part of the “Local Journalism Initiative” grant program and is funded by the Community Radio Fund of Canada, the Government of Canada, and the CKMS Newsroom.

Check out the archived versions of this program and other episodes on radiowaterloo.ca/news., and other stories commissioned under the Local Journalism Initiative at canada-info.ca.

You can follow us on twitter @RadioWaterloo. If you want to get in touch with comments, or ideas about stories to cover, email us at news@radiowaterloo.ca.


CKMS News – 2021-07-30 – The Kitchener-Waterloo Multicultural Centre announces new location

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Host: Krista Henry

After 15 years on King Street West in Kitchener’s downtown core, the Kitchener-Waterloo Multicultural Centre announced its new location. The 54-year old organization will be moving to 715 Fischer-Hamilton Road after construction is completed.

The Kitchener-Waterloo Multicultural Centre – known to many for its annual festival in Victoria Park – provides a wide variety of services for new immigrants to the community and operates an interpretation and translation business that saw service volumes rise to nearly 20,000 service requests last year.

We spoke to COO of the Multicultural Centre, Lucia Harrison to learn more about their relocation and what the organisation has been up to recently.

This program is a part of the “Local Journalism Initiative” grant program and is funded by the Community Radio Fund of Canada, the Government of Canada, and the CKMS Newsroom.

Check out the archived versions of this program and other episodes on radiowaterloo.ca/news., and other stories commissioned under the Local Journalism Initiative at canada-info.ca.

You can follow us on twitter @RadioWaterloo. If you want to get in touch with comments, or ideas about stories to cover, email us at news@radiowaterloo.ca


CKMS News – 2021-07-25 – Continuing to support survivors of sexual assault through pandemic spike

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Host: Sherice Alishaw

CW: This episode features discussion of sexual assault.

Through the pandemic survivors of sexual assault in the Waterloo Region have been increasingly accessing available supports.  

On this episode of CKMS News, we interview Andrea Arthur-Brown, the Director of Services for the Sexual Assault Support Centre Waterloo Region. We discuss what it is that the Sexual Assault Support Centre does, the rise of sexual assault within our region, and the rise in individuals seeking support for sexual assault. We also talk about how we as a community can reduce the instances of sexual assault within our community. 

This program is a part of the “Local Journalism Initiative” grant project and is funded by the Community Radio Fund of Canada, the Government of Canada and the CKMS Newsroom. 

Check out the archived versions of this program and other episodes on radiowaterloo.ca/news, and other stories commissioned under the Local Journalism Initiative at canada-info.ca

You can follow us on twitter @radiowaterloo. If you want to get in touch with comments, or ideas about stories to cover, email us at news@radiowaterloo.ca

So Old It’s New set list for Monday, July 26, 2021 – on air 8-10 pm ET

  1. Murray McLauchlan, Hard Rock Town . . . It’s a deep cuts show but I deviate sometimes. This was a hit and appropriate to a set full of hard rock or at least up-tempo tracks. I also got into a ‘thing’ with song titles about, you’ll see it’s obvious, and couldn’t seem to stop for a while. Whatever, what’s done is done. Good tunes, in any event. Some repeats from fairly recent previous shows I think but again, so be it.
  1. The Beatles, Why Don’t We Do It In The Road? . . . And so starts a sort of topic you’ll see reflected in the song titles of the next several, including another Beatles’ tune.
  1. AC/DC, Givin The Dog A Bone . . . As lead singer Brian Johnson was once quoted as saying, ‘we’re a filthy band.” Applies to the next several tunes, so just listing them, no comment until I pick it up again.
  1. Led Zeppelin, The Lemon Song
  1. Frank Zappa, Dirty Love


  2. Dead Kennedys, Too Drunk To Fuck
  1. Ted Nugent, Just What The Doctor Ordered
  1. Graham Parker & The Rumour, Protection . . . Not really what I’m on about with the topic, but the title fits my silly narrative, ha.
  1. The Beatles, Getting Better . . . Were this song released today, it likely would provoke controversy given the lyrics: “I used to be cruel to my woman I beat her…” But, it’s one of my musical favorites from the Sgt. Pepper album.
  1. Metallica, Ain’t My Bitch . . . From the controversial Load album, where fans accused the band of selling out, even more than they were accused of doing on the previous monster hit ‘black’ album. They still sold millions, attracted new fans, and their entire catalog has merit so, relax.
  1. The Rolling Stones, Bitch . . . One of my favorite tunes by my favorite band, and on Mick Jagger’s birthday, to boot. Still going strong at age 78.
  1. Black Sabbath, Digital Bitch . . . From the one and only album the band did, 1983, with Deep Purple lead singer Ian Gillan. A controversial album, but I and many Sabs fans maintain, a good one.
  1. Deep Purple, Lady Double Dealer . . . Good rocker from the Stormbringer album, typically good co-lead vocals by David Coverdale and Glenn Hughes during that period of the band. Love Hughes’ ‘oh baby’ in one of the verses early in the song, just adds a cool element to the track.
  1. Judas Priest, Ram It Down . . . Title cut from the album and just an absolute scorcher.
  1. Blue Oyster Cult, Hot Rails To Hell . . . Great riff on this pulsating track from the Tyranny and Mutation album.
  1. Midnight Oil, Redneck Wonderland . . . Title cut from the almost metallic, somewhat industrial sound of the band’s 1998 album. One of my favorites by the Oils.
  1. Elvis Costello (I Don’t Want To Go To) Chelsea . . . A single that didn’t do well outside the UK, from This Year’s Model in 1978. Likely has become better known over time as it’s been included on many compilation albums.
  1. Motorhead, Speedfreak . . . The song lives up to the title. Typical Motorhead madness, which is a good thing.
  1. Yes, Machine Messiah . . . And now for a total change of direction, to Yes’s 1980 Drama album, a hard-edged offering by the revamped band now (then) featuring imports from The Buggles in singer Trever Horn and keyboardist Geoff Downes. Great song, great album.
  1. Golden Earring, Candy’s Going Bad . . . Love the riff on this rocker from Moontan, the album which of course gave the world Radar Love but revealed the band to be SO much more than that song. A wall to wall great album, this song (among just five extended cuts on the record) an indication of that.
  1. The Kinks, 20th Century Man . . . Said it a million times about Muswell Hillbillies, a criminally underappreciated (at least commercially) album that for my money is one of the greatest rock/pop albums ever released by one of the greatest bands ever.
  1. King Crimson, 21st Century Schizoid Man . . . Lead cut, and the heaviest rocker on the brilliant In The Court Of The Crimson King debut album in 1969. It remains my favorite Crimson record.
  1. The Beach Boys, Sloop John B . . . One of the more commercial cuts from Pet Sounds, the highly-acclaimed album that, aside from this and Wouldn’t It Be Nice, took me about seven billion listens to ‘get’ but I do now ‘get’ it and it’s brilliant. Decided to play this one after discussing great ‘summer’ music with a buddy; he was playing the B-52s so that same day I happened to pop a Beach Boys’ compilation into the car player and thought, yeah, I’ll play this one on my next show.
  1. Johnny Winter, Highway 61 Revisited . . . Yet another great Winter cover, this being the studio version of the Bob Dylan track which Winter released on Second Winter, his 1969 album. It’s the song that got me into Winter, I heard it wherever, found the album, bought it and became a Winter fan. Saw him at the 2011 Kitchener Blues Festival, he along with brother Edgar was one of several big names on the bill that year, the others being Gregg Allman and John Mayall. I saw all four, all were great even if by that time, Johnny was in declining health, needing assistance and sitting down through his set, but still smokin’ hot.
  1. Paul McCartney/Wings, Morse Moose And The Grey Goose . . . A fun extended track by Macca, from 1978’s London Town album. Reminds me in some ways, in terms of structure at least, of McCartney’s Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey in that it’s essentially several songs in one.


  2. Faces, Had Me A Real Good Time . . . I just know I’ve recently closed a show with this track and I don’t like repeating myself (at least, not too closely together) but what the heck. Occured to me as I was prepping the show, because I always have a good time doing it, and so here it is, from one of the great raunch and roll bands of all.

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RFQ: CKMS-FM Studio Ventilation (283 Duke St. W. 114b, Kitchener, Ontario)

To: HVAC contractors

Request For Quote (RFQ20210719.v)

Our Kitchener studio is a unit in the former Boehmer Box Factory, unit 114B on the first floor off Breithaupt Street. The unit is approximately 400 square feet, divided into a reception area and studio control room, both approximately 15ft x 15ft. Both areas require ventilation and filtration for Covid-19 mitigation. The unit does not have any outside walls. The corridor from the studio to the outside door is approximately 50 ft. and there is a bulkhead over the outside door suitable for an air inlet. We have the cooperation and support of building management for this installation.

We would like a quote on the provision and installation of appropriate ventilation and filtration for both studio areas (reception and control room). We would like to receive two quotes, one for ventilation and filtration from the corridor, and one for ventilation and filtration with ductwork to supply outside air for ventilation.

Quotes should include an itemized list of the main components to be installed, labour costs, and taxes. Note that the lowest quote or any particular quote will not necessarily be the successful respondent.

If you need to evaluate the site there will be CKMS staff onsite on Monday, 26 July between 10am and 3pm. Please make an appointment with Bob Jonkman at bob@radiowaterloo.ca or 519-884-2567 menu option 6.

Please submit your response by by e-mail to bob@radiowaterloo.ca by 6pm on Wednesday, 28 July 2021. Responses will be evaluated and all respondents will be contacted on Friday, 30 July 2021. A purchase order will be sent to the successful respondent.

Thank you,

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So Old It’s New set list for Monday, July 19, 2021 – on air 8-10 pm ET

  1. Chris Isaak, Let’s Have A Party . . . Isaak became well known via his big hit Wicked Game, which to me remains his best song and, released in 1989, is now more than 30 years old! But Isaak’s other material is top-notch; I’m not a major fan but I do like this rocker and much of his other stuff. He does a nice cover of Cheap Trick’s I Want You To Want Me which I almost chose, but thought we’d start the party with this one.
  1. Kenny Rogers and The First Edition, Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition Was In) . . . I like and respect Kenny Rogers’ later work that turned him into a superstar but have always gravitated to his two big hit songs – this one and Ruby, Don’t Take Your Love To Town – while with the First Edition, who I remember hosting the show Rollin’ on Canadian TV, early 1970s. I first heard Ruby when my dad, who emigrated from Europe after WW2, played it. He was more into classical and opera but also had a love for American country music so probably liked Ruby due to it being written by Mel Tillis and was curious about the First Edition’s cover. Mel’s version is much more country/rockabilly than the rockier First Edition version.
  1. Ron Wood, Am I Grooving You . . . From Woody’s first solo album, 1974’s I’ve Got My Own Album To Do and a track which quickly became one of my favorites. I always play a Stones’ or Stones-related track on the show, they being my all-time favorite band and I’ve Got My Own Album To Do is a real demonstration of what I like to call Stones Inc. Mick Jagger and Keith Richards appear on it and contributed two songs (Act Together and Sure The One You Need), then-Stone (who Wood replaced) Mick Taylor contributes guitar, bass and synthesizer and it’s truly, beyond the Stones, an all-star cast on the record. Also appearing to varying degrees are George Harrison, David Bowie, Rod Stewart…terrific album.


  2. Ten Years After, 50,000 Miles Beneath My Brain . . . TYA is likely most widely known for the immortal version of Goin’ Home from Woodstock and their wonderful single I’d Love To Change The World. But, led by Alvin Lee, such a solid band, great, consistent blues-rock material with some elements of psychedelia as on this one from 1970’s front-to-back solid Cricklewood Green album.
  1. Deep Purple, Shield . . . From The Book of Taliesyn album, the middle one of their first three albums representing the early psychedelic/progressive side of the band before Ian Gillan and Roger Glover replaced original singer Rod Evans and bassist Nick Simper, respectively, in 1970 for the In Rock album. As I’ve often stated, I like every version/lineup of Deep Purple, major fan, but over the years have really dug into the first three albums, which I think are brilliant.
  1. Van Morrison, Tupelo Honey . . . Title cut from his 1972 album. Great stuff, one of my favorite Van The Man tracks. Made No. 35 and 47, respectively, on the Canadian and US singles charts.
  1. Atlanta Rhythm Section, Champagne Jam . . These guys were pretty hot for a while there in the mid- to late 1970s what with great singles like So Into You and Imaginary Lover, which they played when I saw them as one of three opening acts for The Rolling Stones’ July 4, 1978 show at what was then known as Rich Stadium, outside Buffalo, where the NFL’s Bills play. ARS opened with this title cut from their 1978 album which they were touring behind that year. Other acts on that Stones’ bill were Journey and April Wine, but we missed April Wine, dammit, due to our tour bus being stuck in a massive traffic jam heading into the stadium. Fantastic day, though, my first time seeing the Stones.
  1. Emerson, Lake & Powell, Mars, The Bringer Of War . . . Yes, Emerson, Lake & Powell, not Palmer. More on that in a minute. Anyway, a slightly different ELP’s version of the first movement (of seven) from English composer Gustav Holst’s great epic 49-minute orchestral suite The Planets, written between 1914 and 1917. It appeared on the one and only Emerson, Lake & Powell album, in 1986. The band wanted to do a new Emerson, Lake & Palmer album but Palmer was contractually tied up with the band Asia at the time so, after unsuccessfully auditioning a few drummers, they contacted Powell, a friend of Emerson’s, and voila! Fortuitously, given Powell’s surname they could keep the ELP moniker although, according to Wikipedia, the band did approach ‘Phil Pollins’ and ‘Ringo Parr’ before Powell agreed to join. What a diverse artist Cozy Powell was: Metal/hard rock (Black Sabbath, Rainbow, etc.) blues (some work with Peter Green), progressive rock (ELP).
  1. Tipton, Entwistle and Powell, Walls Cave In . . . And here’s Powell in another combo with Glenn Tipton of Judas Priest and John Entwistle of Who fame. This is from the Edge Of The World album released by Tipton in 2006, after his mates had passed, but dating back to sessions he did with Entwistle and Powell between 1994 and 1997 that were intended for Tipton’s 1997 solo album, Baptizm of Fire. According to Tipton’s liner notes, the majority of his work on what became Baptizm of Fire featured Entwistle and Powell. The record company liked the material but suggested the band was too ‘old school’ and that Tipton use younger musicians, which he did on an album that, among other songs, included a cover of the Stones’ Paint It Black. I played Tipton’s cover eons ago on the show and will again, it’s a cool metallic treatment of the Stones’ classic. But Tipton liked the unused material done with Entwistle and Powell and decided to put it together and release it as a tribute to his friends.


  2. Moon Martin, Hot Nite In Dallas . . . Remember him, of Rolene fame? And he wrote Bad Case Of Loving You (Doctor Doctor) which Robert Palmer rode to hit status in 1979. Martin was (died in 2020 of natural causes at age 74) really good. Great, usually up tempo rocker stuff. Check out a ‘mix’ of his on YouTube sometime. Oh, real name John David Martin, apparently given the nickname Moon due to the presence of ‘moon’ in many of his lyrics.
  1. Nick Lowe, I Love The Sound Of Breaking Glass . . . What a great artist Nick Lowe is and that thought was reinforced as I was working through his material and reminding myself to play him again/more often, while prepping the show. He came to wide prominence, arguably, with the Labour of Lust album in 1979, which is when and where I discovered him, brilliant album. This is from the preceding record, also great, his first solo effort, Jesus Of Cool, in 1978. The album was re-titled Pure Pop For Now People (a slogan on the original UK release) with a different track listing in the USA. Haven’t been able to find a definite reason but given US religious bullshit I can imagine Jesus Of Cool wouldn’t fly in some of the colonies, as some insult on Jesus. Anyway, great tune from a great artist who was also a member of Brinsley Schwarz, for whom he wrote the song (What’s So Funny ‘Bout) Peace, Love & Understanding that became a hit for Elvis Costello, Rockpile (with Dave Edmunds) and Little Village (with John Hiatt, Ry Cooder and Jim Keltner). And latter day, Lowe has some terrific rockabilly, countryish, singer songwriter stuff.
  1. The Beatles, Cry Baby Cry . . . Haven’t played the boys in a while, some of their solo work but overdue for a Beatles’ tune. One of my favorites from the white album, such a great record and such great vocals by John Lennon on this one. Plus the cool “Can You Take Me Back” coda sung by Paul McCartney at the end. These guys were ridiculously good.
  1. David Wilcox, God Is On A Bender . . . Given the usual state of the world, yeah, probably. Actually, the world to me is OK. It’s the people in it, me included, that cause problems. Just kidding. Sort of. Maybe. Sometimes. Anyway, nice bluesy fun tune and a nice intro to the next one, by title, at least.
  1. Paul Rodgers, Morning After The Night Before . . . From Rodgers’ solo debut in 1983 after the first, classic original version of Bad Company broke up. He played all instruments on this one, produced the record and it may as well have been another Bad Co. album. Quite good. I had already planned to play this tune but was gratified on Sunday when someone on Twitter asked about albums that were truly ‘solo’ and I put forward this one, to great feedback.
  1. Patti Smith, Are You Experienced . . . from Smith’s covers album, Twelve, released in 2007. This cover of a Hendrix tune goes out to my old pal Gerry Telford with whom, when I played another Smith track recently, I got into a discussion of her work and I recommended he try this album along with what he was recently discovering in her catalog. Did you get it yet, Gerry? 🙂
  1. Concrete Blonde, Walking In London . . . She’s not as well widely known, likely, but I really think Johnette Napolitano is one of the all-time best female rock singers, and singers, period. Sultry, throaty, sexy, powerful, great range, just brilliant. Evidenced, to me, by this title cut from the now defunct band’s 1992 album.
  1. Joe Jackson, Right and Wrong . . . from one of my favorite artist’s Big World album, 1986. About Ronald Reagan, great, typically cutting Jackson lyrics. Could apply at any time, really. I saw the tour promoting this album, first time (of two) I saw JJ. Great show.
  1. Sniff ‘n’ The Tears, Poison Pen Mail . . . These guys are much more than the brilliant hit single Driver’s Seat. Like this song. Usually considered a one-hit wonder and I get it, but try more of their tunes if you’re so inclined and there’s lots more good stuff.
  1. Montrose, Space Station No. 5 . . . From whence Sammy Hagar sprang. Great rocker from the debut, self-titled Montrose album.
  1. Goddo, Anacanapana/So Walk On . . . These ‘have’ to be played together for the transition alone, between the instrumental and into So Walk On. I saw Goddo 5-6 years ago in Cambridge, Ontario in a wonderful reunion with some old childhood friends from Peru. A great show enjoyed by all.
  1. The Allman Brothers Band, Instrumental Illness (live) . . . This extended cut first appeared on what turned out to be the final studio album by the boys, Hittin’ The Note in 2003. Twelve minutes on the album, this is the almost 17-minute version from the great live album by the latter-day band, One Way Out. There is an extended drum solo within but still, what to me has always made the Allmans great is how they can do long tracks, particularly instrumentals, and never bore you.

CKMS News – 2021-07-19 – Cambridge’s Baitul Mosque hatefully ransacked

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Host: Namish Modi

This piece features interviews with Baitul Mosque volunteer Nabeel Rana, Cambridge mayor Kathryn McGarry and Coalition of Muslim Women KW President Sarah Shafiq. 

The mosque in the Galt area of Cambridge was severely vandalized this week in an act of hate, and Rana estimates the damage at about $15,000 to $20,000. 

The vandalism is under investigation by the Waterloo Regional Police.

The Cambridge community has come together to support the mosque while the vandalism comes off the heels of the murder of four members of a Muslim family in London last month.

Radio Waterloo published a piece on the incident in London a few weeks ago, as well.

Update: 1 man has been arrested so far in connection to this incident.

This program is a part of the “Local Journalism Initiative” grant program and is funded by the Community Radio Fund of Canada, the Government of Canada, and the CKMS Newsroom.

Check out the archived versions of  this program and other episodes on radiowaterloo.ca/news., and other stories commissioned under the Local Journalism Initiative at canada-info.ca.

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The Gems Of Life Show- Increasing Iron and Hemoglobin Levels

A double show treat today we got 2 different shows today, one with our very own Kitchener Mayor Vrbanovic and the 2nd recording is my own story on how I over came anemia.

Today’s show I share one of my biggest struggles from childhood. I found out about later in my adult life I was anemic, low iron and hemoglobin levels, I was on the iron pills for years, only thing I got from it was constipation.

Until the day I found out the only way to get better is get a blood transfusion to combat my anemia. Was that the only solution? well listen in as I share what I did and how I did it, and in 8 weeks I was for the first time in my entire life had normal blood results, Anemia FREE.

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The Gems Of Life Show-In Conversation With Kitchener Mayor Berry Vrbanovic

A double show treat today we got 2 different shows today, one with our very own Kitchener Mayor Vrbanovic and the 2nd recording is my own story on how I over came anemia.

Tune in today at 6pm.

Join in conversation with our very own Kitchener Mayor Vrbanovic.

I really had fun conversing with Mayor Vrbanovic, as he shared his commitment, passion for the community and the contribution,  support our community has seen through the pandemic.

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CKMS News – 2021-07-15 – Impacts on tourism from COVID19 and the start of recovery in Waterloo Region

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Host: Namish Modi

This piece features an interview with Explore Waterloo Region CEO Minto Schneider. In the interview, we touch on how hard the tourism sector has been affected throughout the past 17 months and the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Several hospitality and tourism places, like museums and theme parks haven’t been fully open for two summers now. Schneider discusses the importance of Step 3 in Ontario, which begins on July 16, as well as touches on just how important health and safety protocols continue to be. 

Schneider doesn’t have an estimate on financial losses over the last year due to COVID, but imagines it is very high. 

Many businesses were initially upset about Waterloo Region being held in step two of Ontario’s reopening, but further understood the reasoning. The region was held back in the province’s reopening because of a number of Delta variant virus cases in the area. 

This program is a part of the “Local Journalism Initiative” grant program and is funded by the Community Radio Fund of Canada, the Government of Canada, and the CKMS Newsroom.

Check out the archived versions of  this program and other episodes on radiowaterloo.ca/news., and other stories commissioned under the Local Journalism Initiative at canada-info.ca.

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So Old It’s New set list for Monday, July 12, 2021 – on air 8-10 pm ET

  1. J.J. Cale, Rock And Roll Records . . . As some of the comments in the YouTube clip of this song suggest, only thing wrong with J.J. Cale’s music is that most of his songs are too/so short. Like this one, at just two minutes, five seconds to kick us off.
  2. Aerosmith, Lightning Strikes . . .Great track, likely the best, from the Rock In A Hard Place album in 1982, the band’s only record not to feature guitarist Joe Perry. Jimmy Crespo replaced him. Regardless, still one of the band’s best songs in my opinion and I play it in honor of the Tampa Bay Lightning winning the Stanley Cup – even though I’m a Montreal Canadiens’ fan. Great team though, the Lightning. Good for them.
  1. The Law, Laying Down The Law . . . This was the successful, No. 1 on some charts, single from the one-off 1991 project by Paul Rodgers (Free, Bad Company) and Kenney Jones (Faces/Small Faces, Who) in 1991. Main guitarist on the album was studio session man Jim Barber, who has worked on Mick Jagger’s solo records. Pink Floyd’s David Gilmour, Bryan Adams and Chris Rea also appeared as did latter-day Who bassist Pino Paladino.
  1. The Rolling Stones, Hand Of Fate . . . Back, for a second straight week (played Melody last week) I go to the Black and Blue album for one of my favorite Stones’ tunes. Great solo by Wayne Perkins, who has an extensive resume including work with Lynyrd Skynyrd, Eric Clapton, Bob Marley, on and on.
  1. Stevie Wonder, Black Man . . . Typically great funk groove, even better lyrics, perhaps, in Wonder’s call for worldwide interracial harmony.
  1. Quicksilver Messenger Service, Fresh Air . . . The most successful single, made No. 49 in 1970, from the San Francisco-area psychedelic band whose arguably better-known contemporaries from that scene include the Grateful Dead and Jefferson Airplane.
  1. Billy Gibbons, Desert High . . . ZZ Top is still around, apparently planning another studio album and tour after a 50th anniversary tour was put on hold due to the covid-19 pandemic. In the meantime, guitarist Billy Gibbons got into the solo album game six years ago and is now up to three releases. This great bluesy tune is from his latest work, Hardware, out just a month ago and a truly fine album.
  1. Tim Curry, Simplicity . . . Another slow bluesy tune from the Rocky Horror Picture Show’s Dr. Frank-N-Furter. Title cut from the multi-talented Curry’s third and, to date, final album, in 1981. Sadly, Curry suffered a stroke in 2012 and is confined to a wheelchair but continues to do voice-over work and some musical performances.
  1. David Bowie, The Width Of A Circle . . . Amazing early Bowie from The Man Who Sold The World, featuring the late great Mick Ronson on guitar.
  1. Saga, Humble Stance . . . I don’t think I’ve ever played Saga, from my hometown of Oakville, Ontario, on the show. An oversight rectified by yet another plow through my CD collection and an “oh yeah, these guys.” Jaunty rocker, this, Supertramp-like, to my ears, at least in spots. Or maybe the other way around, Supertramp sounds like Saga. Regardless, good stuff.
  1. The Flying Burrito Brothers, Sin City . . . And now for something completely different. No, not something by the Monty Python troupe but some cool country rock by the Burritos.
  1. AC/DC, Sin City . . . And here’s AC/DC’s version of the Burritos’ tune. Just kidding. Different song and one of my favorites by the hard rockers, Bon Scott era.
  1. Pretenders, Dance . . . I love this one from the Get Close album, 1986. Funky, hypnotic, almost electronic. Not what one would expect from Pretenders, probably, if one knows only their hits.
  1. David Baerwald, Dance . . . And Baerwald’s version of the Pretenders’ tune. Just kidding again and obviously having way too much fun with song titles. Different song, this one from the guy who came to prominence on the fabulous David + David album Boomtown, teaming with David Ricketts for their one and only offering in 1986. Dance is from Baerwald’s debut solo album, Bedtime Stories, in 1990. He releases music sporadically but is active in songwriting for film and television. Ricketts went into production work after David + David split up, and both Davids played on Sheryl Crow’s 1993 debut album, Tuesday Night Music Club.
  1. Albert King, I’ll Play The Blues For You (Parts 1 and 2) . . . Such soulful vocals, and of course great guitar, by one of the masters of the blues.
  1. Howlin’ Wolf, I Asked For Water . . . And she brought him gasoline. Great stuff from another blues master.
  1. Alvin Lee, The Bluest Blues . . . George Harrison plays slide guitar on this slow blues from Lee, famous of course from his days with Ten Years After. It came out in 1994. Wonderful work by both guys, both sadly long gone now.
  1. Rod Stewart, Fool For You . . . My favorite Rod Stewart solo period is 1969-74 when he was usually backed by Faces, with whom he maintained a parallel career. But his stuff after that, up to 1977’s Foot Loose & Fancy Free, is damn good as well. This one’s from his 1976 big hit album, A Night On The Town.
  1. Bachman-Turner Overdrive, Flat Broke Love . . . One of my favorites by the band, from 1975’s Four Wheel Drive. For the most part, I prefer BTO’s songs sung by C.F. (Fred) Turner, and this is another of those.
  1. Black Sabbath, Who Are You . . . I always think of my Grade 10 English class when I listen to 1973’s Sabbath Bloody Sabbath album. I wasn’t into the band then, that came a bit later for me. Anyway, we were doing a poetry segment and one of the guys in the class, not in my circle, brought in the lyric sheet from the album to read as poetry. Most of the class thought he was nuts, me too, perhaps being less open-minded then. But credit to him, and to the teacher for allowing a wide range of contributions. Somehow or other, perhaps, it fueled my coming interest in the band.
  1. The Who, 905 . . . Ah, John Entwistle and his acerbic wit. About test tube babies, cloning, etc. Great stuff, from Who Are You in 1978, Keith Moon’s last album with the group.
  1. Queen, Spread Your Wings . . . Not released as a single in North America, it was a top-30 hit in Europe and yet another indication of the depth of quality in most albums by the great 1960s and in Queen’s case, ’70s bands.
  1. Elton John, Tell Me When The Whistle Blows . . . As I was saying about the Queen track above. Elton John was on another level in the early- to mid-1970s – and he was releasing two albums a year, as per his contract, for some of that time. One of my favorite songs by EJ, this one from Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirty Cowboy, 1975.
  1. Pat Benatar, Rated X . . . A B-side on the I Need A Lover single from Benatar’s 1979 debut album In The Heat Of The Night. It was an A-side, later, in France. I’ve never understood why it’s not on any Benatar compilations. Great tune, written by Canadian Nick Gilder of Sweeney Todd and solo fame. No matter, I’ve long had the album and of course these days music is so widely available you can hear it anytime you wish.
  1. Ramones, Out Of Time . . . And, I am out of time for another week. The Ramones’ version of the Rolling Stones’ tune which features one of my favorite lyrical put down lines in music – “you’re obsolete, my baby.” From Acid Eaters, the Ramones’ 1993 covers album of some of their favorite 1960s songs.

CKMS Community Connections for 12 July 2021 with Phöenix Lazare

Show Notes

Today Bob was joined by Phöenix Lazare on a web conference. There were technical difficulties resulting in really poor sound quality, so there’s no podcast of today’s show available. We’ll have Phöenix back for another interview when the studio re-opens, and Bob has access to real broadcast audio equipment.


CKMS 102.7 FM Radio Waterloo Community Connections | For Monday 12 July 2021 with Phöenix Lazare (webconference screenshot of Phöenix Lazare laughing and Bob Jonkman laughing in the avatar)
Phöenix Lazare

Music Index

All music today is by Phöenix Lazare.

Time Title Album
0m00s Greatness Phöenix Lazare | Against All Odds (Phöenix Lazare sitting in a field at the edge of the woods)
Against All Odds
2m27s Phöenix and Bob talk about Greatness, Phöenix’s career and her degree in Songwriting; what comes first, lyrics or music? “Depends…” Writing song lyrics is not like writing poetry. Talking about Against All Odds.
9m 12s Against All Odds Phöenix Lazare | Against All Odds (Phöenix Lazare sitting in a field at the edge of the woods)
Against All Odds
12m08s What I’d Give Gold | Phöenix Lazare (Phöenix Lazare on a rocky beach)
15m38s Rubberband
18m47s This Too Shall Pass
22m12s Enough
25m26s “Phöenix” is spelled with an umlaut, but pronounced without it. Doesn’t help get the gigs, though. Talking about Covid, and performing online, and playing the Folk clubs.
33m05s Warm Soles Phöenix Lazare | Against All Odds (Phöenix Lazare sitting in a field at the edge of the woods)
Against All Odds
35m40s Winter White
38m12s Technical difficulties, so switching back to the studio’s pre-recorded music.
39m33s The Other Side Gold | Phöenix Lazare (Phöenix Lazare on a rocky beach)
41m24s Gold
44m55s Winter White
47m28s Settle Down in Seattle
53m12s Salt
55m28s Bob gives the end credits.
56m08s River Phöenix Lazare | Against All Odds (Phöenix Lazare sitting in a field at the edge of the woods)
Against All Odds

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CKMS NEWS – 2021-07-09 – On the Myth of Revitalized Urban Spaces: Considering the Case of Goudies Lane

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Host: Shalaka Jadhav

Robyn Burns and Lisbeth A. Berbary are academic workers in the Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies at the University of Waterloo.  In early 2021, they published their article “Placemaking as Unmaking: Settler Colonialism, Gentrification, and the Myth of “Revitalized” Urban Spaces”, taking up the example of Goudies Lane, a corridor in downtown Kitchener which stretches from Queen Street North to Ontario Street. 

Their work on Goudies Lane came out of Robyn’s dissertation research, where Robyn foregrounded her interest in anti-gentrification with support from her supervisor, Lisbeth, in thinking through the related theory and methodology.  Particularly during the pandemic, when public spaces have seen increased use, they have also seen increased surveillance as a consequence of placemaking: so how public are these public spaces? 

Together, Robyn and Lisbeth talk through the growing tensions between public space, public memory, and how colonialism engages at those intersections by walking through their methods, findings, and presenting key reflections.  

Read Robyn Burns and Lisbeth A. Berbary’s Placemaking as Unmaking: Settler Colonialism, Gentrification, and the Myth of “Revitalized” Urban Spaces

This program is a part of the “Local Journalism Initiative” grant program and is funded by the Community Radio Fund of Canada, the Government of Canada, and the CKMS Newsroom.

Check out the archived versions of  this program and other episodes on radiowaterloo.ca/news., and other stories commissioned under the Local Journalism Initiative at canada-info.ca.

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Music for this episode was courtesy of Dylan Prowse.

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