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Hiring Management

Radio Laurier is hiring 2016-2017 management!

Please find positions below and send in applications to station.manager@radiolaurier.com by April 4, 2016 at 11:59 PM.  Also feel free to send in any questions you may have.

In your application please include a platform of 2-4 pages critiquing how the position is currently managed, what you would like to do for the position, ideas for the year and why you would make a good candidate for the position.

Senior Management

Program Director
Reports to: Station Manager
General Function: The Program Director oversees the Radio Laurier programming schedule and works with programmers to ensure on-air quality. The Program Director also plans and facilitates all programming committee meetings. The Director also provides feedback and guidance to all staple show managers (Morning Show, Sports, and After Class) as well as providing on-air training to all DJ’s.

Based at: Waterloo Campus

Responsibilities:

  1. Adhere to the WLUSP Code of Conduct
  2. Attend all management meetings unless due warning is given to the Station Manager
  3. Attend all other meetings or conferences as required by the Station Manager
  4. Assemble and Oversee the Radio Laurier programming schedule and monitor the quality of on-air shows
  5. Ensure programmer’s are compliant with Radio Laurier Policy and the WLUSP Code of Ethics
  6. Facilitate weekly Programming Committee meetings as well as ensuring all shows are receiving regular and quality feedback from Programming Committee
  7. Assist on-air volunteers in developing shows
  8. Facilitate on-air workshops for programmers
  9. Train on-air volunteers
  10. Uphold and update Programming Committee team policy
  11. Provide feedback and guidance to staple show managers (Morning Show, Sports, and After Class)
  12. Work with other Radio Laurier managers in a respectful and inclusive manner
  13. Promote synergy with other departments of WLUSP
  14. Any other reasonable duties as required by the Station Manager

 

Promotions and Branding Director
Reports to: Station Manager
General Function: The Promotions and Branding Director is responsible for managing the Street Team and overseeing all promotions on campus and in the community at the Waterloo Campus. The Promotions and Branding Director will help organize promotional campaigns with other promotional aspects of the station to ensure effectiveness.

Based at: Waterloo Campus

Responsibilities:

  1. Adhere to the WLUSP Code of Conduct
  2. Attend all management meetings unless due warning is given to the Station Manager
  3. Attend all other meetings or conferences as required by the Station Manager
  4. Effectively train and manage all street team members
  5. Hold weekly Street Team meetings
  6. Coordinate a weekly booth in the concourse
  7. Coordinate street team participation in all promotional initiatives
  8. Develop promotional initiatives with other Promotions managers (PR Manager, Events Manager, and Graphics Manager)
  9. Ensure all promotions and branding are happening in an effective and professional manner
  10. Coordinate street team volunteers assistance at Radio Laurier events
  11. Liaise with the Brantford Promotions Manager to unsure a consistent approach across both campuses
  12. Facilitate workshops at general meetings
  13. Uphold and update Street Team policy
  14. Work in a respectful and inclusive manner with all other Radio Laurier managers
  15. Promote synergy with other departments of WLUSP
  16. Any other reasonable duties as required by the Station Manager

Brantford Director
Reports to: Station Manager
General Function: The RL Brantford Director is responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations of Radio Laurier in Brantford. The RL Brantford Director hires and supervises the work of all Radio Laurier volunteers and managers in Brantford.

Based at: Brantford Campus

Responsibilities:

  1. Adhere to the WLUSP Code of Conduct
  2. Attend all management meetings unless due warning is given to the Station Manager
  3. Attend all other meetings or conferences as required by the Station Manager
  4. Hire, orientate and Train all Brantford volunteers
  5. Meet regularly and supervise all DJ’s and Management
  6. Conduct regular general RL Brantford volunteer meetings as well as Management meetings
  7. Facilitate regular workshops for all volunteers
  8. Liaise with the Brantford Manager regarding disciplinary process as needed
  9. Ensure effective promotion and production is being done on the Brantford Campus.
  10. Sit on the Programming Committee via Skype
  11. Liaise with the Station Manager and Program Director about Brantford Content.
  12. Attend all Brantford general staff meetings unless due warning is provided to the Brantford Manager
  13. Represent Radio Laurier at all meetings and conferences as required by the Brantford Manager or Station Manager
  14. Work with the Brantford Manager and Station Manager to complete a Strategic Plan for Radio Laurier
  15. Ensure and assist both the Brantford Promotions Manager and the Brantford Production Manager achieve their outlined duties
  16. Any other reasonable duties as required by the Brantford Manager of Operations or the Station Manager.

General Management

Events Manager
Reports to: Station Manager and Promotions Director
General Function: The Events Manager is responsible for overseeing the planning, promotion and execution of all Radio Laurier events.

Based at: Waterloo Campus

Responsibilities:

  1. Adhere to the WLUSP Code of Conduct
  2. Attend all management meetings unless due warning is given to the Station Manager
  3. Attend all other meetings or conferences as required by the Station Manager
  4. Oversee the planning of all Radio Laurier events
  5. Ensure Radio Laurier events are consistent with the Radio Laurier and WLUSP mission and vision.
  6. Ensure the effective promotion of all Radio Laurier events along with the Promotions and Branding Director
  7. Work with other Radio Laurier managers in a respectful and inclusive manner
  8. Promote synergy with other departments of WLUSP
  9. Any other reasonable duties as required by the Station Manager
  10. Provide at least a bi-weekly show review for programming

 

Graphics Manager

Reports to: Station Manager and Promotions Director

General Function: The Graphics Manager is responsible for making all posters and images required at the station.

Based at: Either Campus

Responsibilities:

  1. Adhere to WLUSP Code of Conduct
  2. Attend all management meetings unless due warning is given to the Station Manager
  3. Attend all other meetings or conferences as required by the Station Manager
  4. Coordinate all graphics (logos, posters, etc.) for Radio Laurier along with Promotions director
  5. Facilitate all internal graphic requests, time permitted
  6. Work with other Radio Laurier managers in a respectful and inclusive manner
  7. Facilitate workshops at general meetings
  8. Promote synergy with other departments of WLUSP
  9. Any other reasonable duties as required by the Station Manager
  10. Provide at least a bi-weekly show review for programming

 

Public Relations Manager
Reports to: Station Manager and Promotions Director
General Function: The PR Manager is responsible for overseeing all Public Relations for Radio Laurier. Ensuring professional and regular communications with publicists, bands, venues, and record labels and maintaining the Radio Laurier twitter account.

Based at: Waterloo

Responsibilities:

  1. Adhere to the WLUSP Code of Conduct
  2. Attend all management meetings unless due warning is given to the Station Manager
  3. Attend all other meetings or conferences as required by the Station Manager
  4. Oversee the professional operation of the Radio Laurier twitter account
  5. Ensure Radio Laurier twitter posts are compliant with WLUSP and Radio Laurier policy
  6. Ensure effective organization and promotion of show social media
  7. Monitor the twitter accounts of any show associated with Radio Laurier
  8. Work with the Events Manager and Promotions and Branding Coordinator to ensure the effective promotion of all Radio Laurier events
  9. Manage a team of Public Relations Assistants
  10. Being the external contact for all media purposes, unless otherwise stated
  11. Be available to or provide someone to greet an interviewee on a show.
  12. Work with other Radio Laurier managers in a respectful and inclusive manner
  13. Facilitate workshops at general meetings
  14. Promote synergy with other departments of WLUSP
  15. Any other reasonable duties as required by the Station Manager
  16. Provide at least a bi-weekly show review for programming

 

Production Manager
Reports to: Station Manager
General Function: The Production Manager is responsible for producing pre-recorded on air content for ads, show promos and PSA’s on the Waterloo campus.

Based at: Waterloo Campus

Responsibilities:

  1. Adhere to the WLUSP Code of Conduct
  2. Attend all management meetings unless due warning is given to the Station Manager
  3. Attend all other meetings or conferences as required by the Station Manager
  4. Effectively train and manage all production assistants
  5. Assist programmers in pre-recording content or shows when required
  6. Record PSA’s and ad’s by the deadline required by the Station Manager
  7. Assist programmers and volunteers with cutting interviews and preparing them to go to air
  8. Facilitate production workshops and workshops at general meetings
  9. Facilitate shows to podcast themselves
  10. Uphold and update team policy
  11. Work with other Radio Laurier managers in a respectful and inclusive manner
  12. Promote synergy with other departments of WLUSP
  13. Any other reasonable duties as required by the Station Manager
  14. Provide at least a bi-weekly show review for programming

 

 

Technical Manager
Reports to: Station Manager
General Function: The Technical Manager is responsible for overseeing all tech for Radio Laurier and effectively managing all tech volunteers.

Based at: Waterloo

Responsibilities:

  1. Adhere to the WLUSP Code of Conduct
  2. Attend all management meetings unless due warning is given to the Station Manager
  3. Attend all other meetings or conferences as required by the Station Manager
  4. Effectively train and manage all tech assistants
  5. Hold weekly meetings with tech volunteers
  6. Recruit technical assistants
  7. Assist in the set-up and take down of all tech equipment for live broadcasts and DJ’ing of events
  8. Ensure technicians are present at events as required by the Station Manager
  9. Facilitate technical training and workshops, including those at general meetings
  10. Ensure all software’s, equipment and computers are in working order
  11. Work with other Radio Laurier managers in a respectful and inclusive manner
  12. Promote synergy with other departments of WLUSP
  13. Any other reasonable duties as required by the Station Manager
  14. Provide at least a bi-weekly show review for programming

 

Morning Show Manager and After Class
Reports to: Station Manager
General Function: The Morning Show/ After Class Manager is responsible for coordinating and overseeing a daily morning show and after class show on Radio Laurier, effectively managing all Morning Show and After Class programmers and ensuring quality content.

Based at: Waterloo

Responsibilities:

  1. Adhere to the WLUSP Code of Conduct
  2. Attend all management meetings unless due warning is given to the Station Manager
  3. Attend all other meetings or conferences as required by the Station Manager
  4. Effectively train and manage all volunteers with the assistance of the Programming director
  5. Coordinate weekly morning show and after class meetings
  6. Work with the PR Manager to schedule appropriate interviews
  7. Create and monitor the volunteer schedule
  8. Facilitate workshops at general meetings
  9. Uphold and update team policy
  10. Assist in the recruitment of volunteers
  11. Create and continue to update a relevant outline for the show
  12. Work with other Radio Laurier managers in a respectful and inclusive manner
  13. Promote synergy with other departments of WLUSP
  14. Any other reasonable duties as required by the Station Manager
  15. Provide at least a bi-weekly show review for programming

 

Online Manager
Reports to: Station Manager
General Function: The Web Manager is responsible for overseeing the Radio Laurier website; including style, format, and updating content when required by the Station Manager.

Based at: Waterloo

Responsibilities:

  1. Adhere to the WLUSP Code of Conduct
  2. Attend all management meetings unless due warning is given to the Station Manager
  3. Attend all other meetings or conferences as required by the Station Manager
  4. Update the website when required by the station manager
  5. Monitor comments on the Radio Laurier website
  6. Facilitate workshops at general meetings
  7. Manage all content on the Radio Laurier website
  8. Work with other Radio Laurier managers in a respectful and inclusive manner
  9. Promote synergy with other departments of WLUSP
  10. Any other reasonable duties as required by the Station Manager
  11. Provide at least a bi-weekly show review for programming

 

 

Sports Manager
Reports to: Station Manager
General Function: The Sports Manager is responsible for coordinating and overseeing the a daily sports show as well as all sports programming including live broadcasts; effectively managing all volunteers and content.

Based at: Waterloo

Responsibilities:

  1. Adhere to the WLUSP Code of Conduct
  2. Attend all management meetings unless due warning is given to the Station Manager
  3. Attend all other meetings or conferences as required by the Station Manager
  4. Effectively train and manage all Sports Team volunteers
  5. Coordinate weekly Sports Team meeting
  6. Uphold and update team policy
  7. Create and monitor the sports show schedule
  8. Facilitate the Brantford version of the Sports Crunch
  9. Facilitate workshops at general meetings
  10. Being the external contact for all sports media purposes, unless otherwise stated
  11. Act as a liaison between Laurier Athletics and Radio Laurier and all other Sports team partners
  12. Act as the face of Radio Laurier to athletes and other sports related contacts
  13. Manage all live sports coverage
  14. Work with other Radio Laurier managers in a respectful and inclusive manner
  15. Promote synergy with other departments of WLUSP
  16. Any other reasonable duties as required by the Station Manager
  17. Provide at least a bi-weekly show review for programming

 

News Manager

Reports to: Station Manager
General Function: The Sports Manager is responsible for coordinating and overseeing the a daily sports show as well as all sports programming including live broadcasts; effectively managing all volunteers and content.

Based at: Waterloo

Responsibilities:

  1. Adhere to the WLUSP Code of Conduct
  2. Attend all management meetings unless due warning is given to the Station Manager
  3. Attend all other meetings or conferences as required by the Station Manager
  4. Organize and produce a daily news podcast to be aired on the Morning Show and possibly syndicated nation wide
  5. Work with the Station Manager to recruit news based programming at the station
  6. Work with the Station Manager to build a News Podcast volunteer position as/if needed
  7. Write simple online news based content for the RL Website
  8. Work with DJ’s of news themed shows to ensure proper and professional coverage
  9. Work with other Radio Laurier managers in a respectful and inclusive manner
  10. Promote synergy with other departments of WLUSP
  11. Any other reasonable duties as required by the Station Manager
  12. Provide at least a bi-weekly show review for programming

 

Music Manager- External

Reports to: Station Manager
General Function: The Music Manager- External is responsible for overseeing the day to day external relations in regards to music at Radio Laurier as well as the Radio Laurier music library.

Based at: Waterloo

Responsibilities:

 

  1. Adhere to the WLUSP Code of Conduct
  2. Attend all management meetings unless due warning is given to the Station Manager
  3. Attend all other meeting or conferences as required by the Station Manager
  4. Contact labels, bands and Public Relations Firms to increase Radio Laurier’s Servicing
  5. Liaise with the Station Manager, Program Director and Internal Music Manager about other music related tasks
  6. Collecting music that is relevant to many of our specific original programs.
  7. Tracking radio play of all recent submissions
  8. Assembling and mailing out weekly charts
  9. Keeping consistent communication with outside music contacts
  10. Coordinate proper communication with the Internal Music Manager
  11. Any other reasonable duties as required by the station manager
  12. Provide at least a bi-weekly show review for programming

 

Music Manager- Internal

Reports to: Station Manager
General Function: The Music Manager is responsible for overseeing the day to day operations in regards to music at Radio Laurier as well as the Radio Laurier music library on an internal focus.

Based at: Waterloo

Responsibilities:

  1. Adhere to the WLUSP code of Conduct
  2. Attend all management meetings unless due warning is given to the station Manager
  3. Attend all other meetings or conferences as required by the Station Manager
  4. Liaise with the Station Manager, Program Director and External Music manager about music tasks.
  5. Screen and Catalogue all music received by Radio Laurier
  6. Facilitate effective use of the charting forms by the DJ’s.
  7. Manage Music Assistants to ensure all music is being processed.
  8. Ensure all information is being recorded in order for the External music manager to effectively answer inquiries.
  9. Be aware of the musical library for our DJ’s who host original shows.
  10. Coordinate proper communication with the External music manager
  11. Any other reasonable duties as require by the station manager
  12. Provide at least a bi-weekly show review for programming

 

Brantford Production Manager
Reports to: Brantford Director
General Function: The Production Manager is responsible for producing pre-recorded on air content for ads, show promos and PSA’s.

Based at: Brantford Campus

Responsibilities:

  1. Adhere to the WLUSP Code of Conduct
  2. Attend all Brantford management meetings unless due warning is given to the Brantford Director
  3. Attend all other meetings or conferences as required by the Station Manager and the Brantford Director
  4. Effectively train and manage all production assistants
  5. Assist programmers in pre-recording content or shows when required
  6. Record PSA’s and ad’s by the deadline required by the Brantford Director
  7. Assist programmers and volunteers with cutting interviews and preparing them to go to air
  8. Facilitate production workshops and workshops at general meetings
  9. Facilitate shows to podcast themselves
  10. Responsible for maintaining all Brantford recording equipment in working order
  11. Uphold and update team policy once creating it with the Brantford Director and Station Manager
  12. Work with other Radio Laurier managers in a respectful and inclusive manner
  13. Promote synergy with other departments of WLUSP
  14. Any other reasonable duties as required by the Station Manager
  15. Provide at least a bi-weekly show review for programming

 

Brantford Promotions Manager
Reports to: Brantford Director
General Function: The Promotions Manager is responsible for managing the Promotions Team and organizing all promotions on campus and in the community at the Brantford Campus.

Based at: Brantford Campus

Responsibilities:

  1. Adhere to the WLUSP Code of Conduct
  2. Attend all Brantford management meetings unless due warning is given to the Brantford Director
  3. Attend all other meetings or conferences as required by the Station Manager
  4. Work with the Brantford Director and Station Manager to build the Brantford Promotions volunteer position
  5. Effectively train and manage all Promotions Team members
  6. Hold weekly Promotions Team meetings
  7. Coordinate a bi-weekly booth on campus
  8. Organize and run all Brantford RL events with the assistance of the Brantford Director as well as the use of the Promotions Team
  9. Liaise with the Waterloo Promotions and Branding Coordinator and the WLUSP Brantford Social Media Manager (for social media only) in regards to ensuring there is consistent promotion on both campuses
  10. Ensure all promotions and branding are happening in an effective and professional manner
  11. Facilitate workshops at general meetings
  12. Uphold and update Promotions Team Policy once creating it with the Brantford Director and Station Manager
  13. Work with other Radio Laurier managers in a respectful and inclusive manner
  14. Promote synergy with other departments of WLUSP
  15. Provide at least a bi-weekly show review for programming
Radio Laurier Presents: Dirty Bingo
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Radio Laurier Presents: Dirty Bingo

We are back at it again with Dirty Bingo.  What better way to wind down the semester than yelling dirty words and winning some awesome prizes thanks to the Stag Shop:

WHERE: Chainsaw, 28 King St. N. Waterloo

WHEN: Wednesday, March 30 2016

Doors open at 6:30, and bingo starts at 7.

$5 gets you entry into the event and 2 bingo cards! Additional cards are $1 each.

We will also be having a raffle! Tickets will be available for $2 for 1 or 3 for $5

ALL STUDENTS AND COMMUNITY MEMBERS WELCOME!

 

Check out the facebook even here: https://www.facebook.com/events/470730736456045/

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Local Sustainable Clothing and Life Chats
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Local Sustainable Clothing and Life Chats

Hey Golden Hawks, this morning we had myself, DJ Baby Roach and DJ Crump on The Morning Show!

We began with an interview with Ariel Alcorn, a WLU Alum, who opened her own Etsy shop operating out of KW called Little Elkhorn.  This shop re-purposes lightly loved clothing with the idea of contributing to sustainable fashion.  The store began as an idea in the spring of 2015 when she realized she had so many baggy shirts from being involved and found that they didn’t quite fit properly; just another bed time shirt.  By the end of summer she had the shop up and running, with the help from her friends as ‘role models’ (as she prefers to call them) showcasing her work making these shirts now one of a kind. They are frumpy yet fashionable and will give an edge to your style.12106932_693287070807067_2562955079466639913_n

We even got a little intel’ on the origin of the name.  Ariel’s family’s emblem  is actually a elk and the name is a play on her last name “Alcorn” and thus LittleElkhorn became her moniker .

You can check out her Instagram at @LittleElkhorn

Her Facebook Page can be found at Littlelkhorn 

And finally her Etsy page is littleelkhorn where you can order online.

She will be in concourse with her closet of fantastic sustainable and fashionable clothing next Monday from 8:30- 4:30 PM, don’t miss out on your chance to own one of these original pieces!  Thank you so much to Ariel for coming in and chatting with us, once a golden hawk always a golden hawk.

 

 

Later in the show we also discussed on the show how to survive the holidays whether you get along with your family or not. Family seems to always be a hit or miss with some people so a few of our suggestions include: Netflix binging, Christmas markets, getting a head on school work, spend time with friends.

Today is also black Friday and we hope those whose braved the crowds got some wonderful deals and did not get trampled.

We hope you have a wonderful weekend! TGIF!

KOI MUSIC FEST 2015
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KOI MUSIC FEST 2015

FRIDAY

Five years is a long time to keep coming back to something. Since 2010, Kitchener-native brothers Curt and Cory Crossman have been organizing the now annual KOI music festival in the heart of downtown Kitchener. Intended to help promote the local music scene and bring in nationally recognized artists, the festival has grown throughout the years and continues to be a staple for music fans attending from all across the province.

Kicking off KOI on Friday, the music seemed to be more geared towards alternative rock and folk, in contrast to the more hardcore and punk acts on Saturday. Across three stages, KOI started with a bang and didn’t relent. Several local bands took to the stage at the main stage that demonstrated the diversity of talent in Kitchener-Waterloo. Local pop punk band Lancaster were a prime example of this, delivering their unique music with precise musicianship. Although the crowd was still arriving for the evening, those in attendance approved of Lancaster.

Continuing on the roll of pop punk started with Lancaster, Pennsylvanian band Carousel Kings streamlined through a highly energetic set. With a clear emphasis on getting the crowd amped up for their music and bands to come, the band jumped and showcased a lively set that was well-received by the crowd. Although not reinventing the wheel with how they performed their music, it should be applauded how the Carousel Kings brought a level of energy to the main stage that continued for the rest of the evening.

Local folk rock outfit The Royal Streets changed the pace a bit. While the crowd initially seemed a little hesitant of the move away from pop punk on the stage, within 15 minutes everyone seemed to be clapping and dancing along. Once people warmed up to their music, it became more evident of the great energy the band had on stage, along with the solid musicianship that accompanied their performance. Slated to go back into the studio in early 2016 to work on their sophomore album, The Royal Streets are a local band to keep an eye on.

Rich Aucoin’s presence at KOI, to some, may have seemed like an odd one. Based out of Halifax, the solo artist brought a unique blend of indie pop and electronica to the main stage. While different then previous bands, Aucoin also had one of the most memorable sets at KOI for his unique performance. Shortlisted in 2012 for the Polaris Music Prize for We’re All Dying to Live, Aucoin brought a dominating appearance of having a party to his set. Jumping into the audience at several points to dance with the crowd and shooting confetti from a tube-like instrument, his entire set was filled with enthusiasm and seemed to be based around making sure the audience was having a good time and going crazy. A highlight from his set was when he brought out a rainbow-coloured parachute, akin to what people used back in elementary school and enveloped the entire audience underneath it to perform a song. Overall delivering one of the most unique performance at KOI this weekend, Aucoin ended his set in a fashion attuned to his persona, putting his cell phone number up on a projector and telling the audience to send him a text message to get his music for free.

Moving onto Friday night’s headliners, July Talk gave a strong performance that matched the media attention they have been receiving the past few years. Fresh off a performance of opening for Alabama Shakes at the Air Canada Center on Sept. 23, the Toronto-based band seemed very euphoric. The band roared through an hour-long set that saw them performing songs from their self-titled album, along with a few new songs from an as-of-yet following up album. “Headsick,” “Paper Girls” and “Guns + Ammunition” stood out as highlights from their set, along with their encore “The Garden” bringing the audience into hysterics. On top of delivering a dynamite set that enthralled the crowd, the on-stage chemistry between vocalist Leah Fay and guitarist/vocalist Peter Dreimanis was a highlight throughout the evening. Both fed off one another’s energy, constantly getting entwined with one another.

 

SATURDAY

Off the coattails of Friday’s performers, the tone seemed different of Saturday, albeit not in a negative manner. More of the bands seemed to follow a punk or hardcore vibe then the pop punk. Bands like The Menzingers and letlive. brought a much harsher sound to the KOI music festival

Formed from the ashes of punk bands Bob and the Sagets and Kos Mos, Pennsylvanian punk band The Menzingers performed a solid performance at the Scion stage. Kicking things off with the opening song of 2014’s “I Don’t’ Want to Be an Asshole Anymore,” they started their set with zest. For 45 minutes, The Menzingers blasted through a high-octane set that was paired between strong musicianship and an energetic live performance, standing out as one of the strongest performance for the weekend.

Drawing a large crowd, Los Angeles hardcore outfit letlive. didn’t fail to deliver a strong performance. Currently working on their fourth studio album, the band played their distinctive blend of punk and hardcore to very warm reception. A spotlight from their performance was the on-stage banter by frontman Jason Butler, who offered life lessons to the audience such as resisting the urge to headbutt a cop, something he himself was jailed for a few years ago.

Arguably one of the oldest touring bands at KOI this year, Indiana-based The Ataris showed that with age comes experience. Playing a majority of 1999’s Blue Skies, Broken Hearts…Next 12 Exits, the band navigated their set list across all five of their five-album discography, including hits like their cover of Don Henley’s “The Boys of Summer”. Frontman Kris Roe announced at one point that the band didn’t have any merch to sell, because they simply wanted to play music. This sentiment is metaphorical to how they performed; their high-energy and enthusiasm to be playing in front of their crow added a strong allure for people to stick around for their set. An overarching emphasis for them was fun. For many fans, singing along to “Boys of Summer” and “Angry Nerd Rock” was a nostalgic trip that brought back good memories.

Closing KOI was Saturday’s headliners, Pennsylvanian-based August Burns Red. Touring their most recent album Found in Far Away Places, there was a massive amount of hype for the band’s set, drawing one of the largest crowds for the weekend. Cycling between their new album and old ones, songs like “Provision” form Restore & Rescue and “Cutting the Ties” from Leveler drew strong support and praise from the audience. The band also treated the crowd with performances of “Martyr” and “Majoring in the Minors,” two songs they previously had not played live. From their driving set, the crowd’s enthusiasm to August Burns Red was very evident through the mosh pits and circle pits throughout their set. Overall the band gave a very welcomed set that seemed favourably received by the crowd.

With sunny and warm weather all weekend, this year’s KOI festival went off with a bang and kept the liveliness going all weekend. A common trend that bands seemed to point out all weekend was the enthusiasm and overwhelming support from Kitchener fans, something that speaks to how the fans received the bands and their performances

 

Written by Bryan Stephens,

WLUSP President and Publisher.

 

 

Radio Laurier Supports Shinerama
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Radio Laurier Supports Shinerama

Shinerama began in 1961 at Wilfrid Laurier University and is now Canada’s largest college and university fundraiser for Cystic Fibrosis (CF) research and treatment. Cystic Fibrosis is the most common fatal genetic disease affecting Canadian children and young adults. It causes excessive mucus production that leads to blockages of pancreatic ducts, intestines, and bronchi which leads to respiratory infections.

Shinerama started because one student, Paul Enns, wanted to welcome first years into a friendly community instead of the usual hazing rituals. He thought that fundraising money for local charities would be a good way to meet your peers and make new friends. From the humble beginnings, Shinerama started as a shoe shining campaign of 400 first years in the KW Area raising $1,358. 53. Years later, Shinerama has more than 60 universities and colleges participating every year. Each September over 35,000 students go out into their communities and raise money via shining cars, shoes, bikes, BBQs and candy sales. It has become one of the Cystic Fibrosis Canada’s largest and most successful campaigns. Since the campaign began, Shinerama has raised over $25 million.

Laurier Shinerama is very excited for this years campaign, and wish for CF to stand for Cure Found – not Cystic Fibrosis. “Shinerama, throughout its history, has become such a conerstone of the Laurier community. It reflects the function of our values as a school,” said Al DiCiantis, coordinator of Shinerama at Laurier’s Waterloo campus. “Shinerama unites all students who go to Laurier and plays an instrumental role in welcoming first-year students into our culture every year.”

This year Laurier Shinerama expects approximately 2400 students to participate in Shine Day this September. Our goal is to raise another $100,000 for Cystic Fibrosis research – a goal we have achieved several times before. Shine Day is scheduled for September 12 at Laurier’s Waterloo and Brantford campuses. To make a donation or volunteer, please contact shinerama@wlu.ca.

 

Note: Thank you to Alessandra Autieri for providing us with this summary of Shinerama.  Stay tuned into The Morning Show next week to hear a special song from WLU Shinerama as well as an exclusive interview with one of the execs to get more information!