The Basement

The Basement

The Basement is a show centered around discussion and good music in partnership with the Association of Black Students -­‐ a service in the Diversity & Equity office, we are the voice of the students. It is centered around community engagement. We gather Sunday nights from 8pm-10pm to discuss social,cultural, economical and political issues that relate to the Laurier student body. We discuss issues of the past, present and future while still remaining relevant and entertaining. Complimented by popular music such as hip-hop, R&B, trap, afrobeats, dancehall, reggae, soca– we keep listeners informed with current issues on air and through our blogs. The Basement crew brings diverse perspectives as well as is always open to new ideas, and new ways of thinking. We bring culture to your Sunday nights! Another great component is the fact that we have the ability to connect with our listeners through various means. Follow us on Twitter: @theBasementWLU

The Basement 2016/2017 Introduction
Shows/The Basement

The Basement 2016/2017 Introduction

This is a brand new year for theBasement on Radio Laurier and we are extremely excited to be back on the air. Last year, the Basement as a show reached new heights under the leadership of the Director, Kanisha Bortey, and this year we hope to achieve the same level of success. This blog post will serve as an introduction to the show, a little what we’re about and introduce the new members of the team this year.

The Show:

The Basement is an extension of ABS Laurier (the Association of Black Students), which is a service provided by Laurier through the DEO (Diversity and Equity Office). Essentially, the purpose of the show is to act as an unofficial voice of the community for students on campus who may feel like they don’t necessarily have a platform to express their beliefs. While the opinions shared on the show do not directly represent all the views shared by ABS, the DEO or the general student body, we strive to provide valid discourse on the relevant issues arising both on campus and off campus and explore multiple perspectives when observing these issues. One of the crucial functions of the show is to educate and stimulate discussion; the opinions we share may not be able to present everyone’ ideas but the goal is to get people talking about the issues or at least be aware of what’s going on around them.

Naturally, as a part of ABS Laurier, we often visit issues regarding race, gender, sexuality and so forth. We tend to discuss serious issues, within the Laurier community, the black community overall and the world in general. In addition we also talk about pop culture. Music, movies, art and all forms of media as well as what’s relevant in youth culture and the behaviour of our generation in regards to relationships, finances and other psychological topics are explored on the show.


The Team:

Director – Samson Balogun

Co Host – Garrick Grey

Co Host – Nisheida Price

Reseacher – Emilia Zibaei

Crew Member – Mariah Blake

Crew Member – Xaria Levy

Through out the year we’ll also periodically have special guests on the show.


October 16th Playlist:

Travis Scott – Lose

Roy Woods – How I Feel

Solange – Don’t Touch My Hair

Big Baby D.R.A.M – Broccoli Ft. Lil’ Yachty

Chance – Summer Friends

Bryson Tiller – Let Me Explain

The i of a Genius – High Off Life


12 Days of Radio Laurier DJ’s
Shows/After Class/Entertainment Insight/Noise Pollution/The Basement/The Film Den/The Morning Show/The RapUp

12 Days of Radio Laurier DJ’s

Through the month of December in 2015, Radio Laurier held an Instagram series sharing profiles of our Fall 2015 DJ’s. Each DJ shared a quote, or information explaining a little about them and why they love DJ-ing and what their favourite part of the holiday season is.

Just in case you missed our series as it was unfolding here’s a quick recap of all the profiles that were shared! Make sure to follow us on Instagram @RadioLaurier so you don’t miss anything else!

Screen Shot 2016-01-02 at 8.20.40 PM

Without further adieu here are our wonderful DJs!

Radio Laurier’s The Morning Show DJ’s

Mondays through Fridays – 9 AM to 12 PM

James Bryan - DJ Jamsey

James Bryan – DJ Jamesy

“I like being a DJ because there’s so much to love about it. The people you met, the friends you make, the laughs you share, it really is a life change experience. My favourite part of the holidays is getting to go home and spend time with my mom.”


Anthony Fusco – DJ Little A

“I really enjoy the freedom that comes with being a DJ/Morning Show Host in the sense of playing whatever I want to play and talking about whatever is on my mind. My favourite pet about the holidays is spending time with my family.”


Connor McKean – DJ Con MC

Favourites: Pizza, Mistletoe, All Music Ever, and Frosh Week! Connor says he’s on the radio so that his parents love him – Well we wish you good luck with that!!


 Radio Laurier’s After Class DJ’s

Tuesdays and Thursdays – 10 PM to 11 PM


Lauren Keating – DJ Goldilocks

“I’ve been told that I have a face for radio, so I decided to give it a shot. My music taste is rather eclectic, so I like to switch it up a lot and keep it interesting. Sarcasm is my native tongue, and I love nothing more than a good laugh. My favourite part of the holidays is the Christmas Eve part my house throws for our family and friends: nothing been that a good meal, with good drinks and the best people!”


Khadijah Plummer – DJ Deej

Khadijah is a Radio Laurier Street Team Member turned Morning Show and After Class DJ and Manager! Her favourite holiday movie is Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (1964- Claymation Version Only if course!)


Sarah Gooderham – DJ SGoods

“What’s good? I’m DJ SGoods and I love DJ-Ingrid Radio Laurier because you get the freedom to pick and choose the songs and content which makes each show totally different. My favourite holiday thing is seeing all the hideous and tacky sweaters people wear and seeing me family too!”


 The Basement

Sundays – 8 PM to 10 PM

Screen Shot 2016-01-02 at 7.53.21 PM

Kanisha Bortey

Favourite Holiday Movie: This Christmas
Favourite Holiday Memory: Creating gift boxes full of school supplies, toys and candy for children and sending them off to Dominican Republic.
Favourite Holiday Song: Let It Snow by Boyz II Men
Favourite Holiday Component: The Lights


Entertainment Insight

Tuesdays – 1 PM to 2 PM


Jacqueline Waters

“Once I learned to speak no one could get me to stop. I’ve always had a love for music, talking and the entertainment industry. Since I can remember I’ve been buying all of the tabloids and stalking celebrities. I fell in love with radio working as an Intern for @1045chumfm in Toronto and hope to pursue a career in broadcast one day. I love Radio Laurier and my favourite holiday song in “Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree”

Noise Pollution

Tuesdays – 4 PM to 5 PM




Carolyn Withrow

Carolyn is one of 3 DJs taking on the 3rd incarnation of Noise Pollution for the 2015 year! It’s been running for several years now and she’s apart of the 3 group of hosts! Carolyn loves sneaking into her living room to admire her tree in the early hours of Christmas Day!


The Rap Up

Wednesdays – 8 PM to 10 PM


TJ Mroz

“I’m a 21 year old Communications Major. I’m sort of a cynical person however I have one of the biggest and most complex sense of humour around. Hip-Hop is my greatest passion but my guilty pleasure is any music from the 1920s-1940. I also write for Respect magazine and make my own amateur music. Favourite holiday movie? The Santa Clause of course…Tim Allen is a God. Also, I love eggnog!”



The Film Den

Fridays – 2 PM to 3 PM


Mynt Marsellus

“I like nothing more than to sit back and watch a movie. Often more than one a day. This year alone I’ve seen 445 movies and counting and I bring you my reports every Friday at 2pm on The Film Den at”




TheBasement Talks: Consent
Shows/The Basement

TheBasement Talks: Consent

Consent is verbal, enthusiastic, sober, unequivocal, never coerced, and not assumed. Consent isn’t something that carries over from one act to the next — it’s an ongoing conversation, an open line of communication about what you like and what you want to do right this second. Consent can be boring or awkward or not really sexy, but consent is mandatory. To our understanding and firm belief consent is a binding force between two individuals that entails respect and mutual understanding. in order for this to be effective and to work within our social surroundings we must act upon the golden rule; do unto others as you would like to done onto to you. in retrospect to situations regarding the lack of consent between the both sexes communication on all parts is needed in order to support the victim within the situation and also to effectively educate the peers and individuals surrounding it. in regards to consent communication is power and it should never be taken for granted. ‘YES’ means ‘YES’ and ‘NO’ means ‘NO’! If anyone has ever been in a situation where you have been touched without consent, if you feel any sort of shame, we want to take the shame away from you. Listed below are a few resources if anyone needs someone to talk to… Do not be ashamed! It is okay

Community Resources/On-Campus Resources

Remembering How We Got Here
Shows/The Basement

Remembering How We Got Here

Last night theBasement covered many different topics. We talked about our famous mayor, Mr. Rob Ford and some of his ‘recreational activities’ to the White Poppy to DJ Khaled and NO NEW FRIENDS! The show was all over the place and there was nothing but laughter however, when it came to the discussion of the white poppy, the discussion turned seriously very quickly. The White Poppy has been created to promote ‘peace’ and it has stirred up a lot of controversial in terms of disrespecting what the red poppy means.

In light of today being Remembrance Day, we have out host Cory Allen telling us what this day means to him.

“When waking up on a day like today, Remembrance Day, I didn’t typically think of war and bloodshed.  I asked myself, am I a proud Canadian?  Am I happy living here?  Will I raise my children here?  After answering yes to all three questions I asked myself, Why?  There are many things I value as a Canadian.  Whether it be that of democracy, our social services, and free health care, or just the humble lives we live, these values are what make me a proud and happy Canadian.

Nothing comes free in life, and much of these values and freedoms which constitute our national identity are things we had fought to obtain as well as sustain.  This is what Remembrance Day means to me.  It is remembering the cost of human life and service that made the Canada we live in today possible.  I remember those who fought for democracy and freedom on the battlefield to ensure that this country I call home, will be free.  Everything in life comes with a price.  So if you truly value the benefits of living in Canada as opposed to elsewhere in the world, and you are a proud to be Canadian, I encourage you to celebrate Remembrance Day.  I encourage you to honour those who valued the same things but risked and lost their lives for it to be possible for people like you and me.”

Lest We Forget.

The Mind is a Complicated Thing
Shows/The Basement

The Mind is a Complicated Thing

This past Sunday was our 3rd show and if you missed it… Well ya shouldn’t have because we talked about something that is often hidden in the corner…. Mental Health. Being university students we have no idea how important our Mental Health is. Well let’s leave it to our Co-Host Miss Adwoa Toks to shed some light on this very real situation:

Hey cool kids! It’s the month of October and for those of you who don’t know, it is also Mental Health Awareness month.  Mental health is so important especially for university students because believe it or not a lot of us are struggling with it.  From anxiety, to depression, to bipolar disorder and everything in between a lot of young people are dealing with it and not being treated.  The stigma towards mental illness is strong and prevalent in our everyday lives, from hearing people tell others “stop being so crazy” or hearing people’s views on these issues and saying “they just need to get over it” and that “it’s all in their head” who would ever want to go out of their way to get the help they need. So instead they stay quiet and lost and bury all of it inside until the problem becomes detrimental to their learning and living.  In 2011 a study was conducted amongst 1,600 university of Alberta students and “About 51 per cent reported that, within the past 12 months, they’d “felt things were hopeless.” Over half felt “overwhelming anxiety”.  Mental illness is rising and a problem that isn’t as far away as you may think it would be.

In honour of  Mental Health Awareness month, remember to be good to yourself, yes we all have responsibilities but we also have hearts that get tired and bones that need to relax and minds that need to get back to peace.  Do whatever reminds you of who you are the most, assignments and tests and relationships can take up a lot of our time so much so that we lose ourselves and become nothing more than our activities and interactions.  You’ve got to love and appreciate yourself, you deserve to be who you want to be.   just be a friend or a shoulder to lean on, if you see that a friend is stressed ask them out to watch a movie or get a cup of coffee, tell someone you care about them. That you’re proud of them and if you have a friend that you know is dealing with some kind of mental illness give them praise when they have an awesome day.  Give them a hug when they’re having a not so awesome day.  This may not seem like much but it just takes those 5 minutes of conversation, 5 minutes of laughing until you can’t breathe to know that although life may get heavy it is still beautiful and lovely and worth living.

Here’s a little song in case you ever need to remember

(Better Days – Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros)

-Adwoa Toks

Social Media at it’s Finest or Weakest?
Shows/The Basement

Social Media at it’s Finest or Weakest?

This past Sunday was theBasement’s 2nd show this year!! Thank you to everyone who listened and for those who did not listen… Trust me the convo got heated!! We talked about social media and the implications it has on our society. One celebrity that caused heat in the studio when it comes to social media is Miley Cyrus. Is she a genius by acting a fool? Because if you have not noticed Wrecking Ball has 250, 308, 509 views on youtube (no seriously I just checked). Or is Miley Cyrus completely misrepresenting herself in the black culture? I’m telling you it was a show you did not want to miss. This tool of our generation that has rapidly spread like nothing else however can be seen as a positive tool. A member of theBasement shines some light on the how social media has changed our world for the better:

The onslaught that we call social media has taken over the internet and essentially the world in the past 10 years. I can already think back to even 5-8 years ago, if I wanted to know something about someone, I would simply ask them. Now? If I want to know your relationship status, birthday, where you live, your school, absolutely anything that comes to mind can now be found on some sort of social media whether it be Facebook, Instagram, Twitter etc. But this is not to say social media is bad, it’s actually one of the most connecting, interactive concepts that have come into play in the past decade. Now, you can easily communicate with someone who is right beside you as well as someone who’s easily 4000+ miles away using Facebook; short opinions and quirky comments along with the basic updates of the goings in world can somehow be found in 140 characters and under with Twitter; daily pictures, inspirations and visual creativity can be seen with Instagram or Tumblr. The world, which was once viewed as a distant disconnected place, has been joined together and is easily accessible; all you need is an email sign up and new password. Travel and connect with the world in seconds without leaving your bedroom. That’s social media.  -Danielle