Indie 88/Toronto Officially Launched Today
Okay, if we’re honest, transmitter testing ended about ten days ago. But this morning at 6am ET, Indie 88 began its life for real with the debut of a new morning show. This press release outlines who else will be heard on-air.
Indie88 launches their official programming schedule today, starting with “Indie88 Mornings with Brian, Matt and Candice”, from 6am-10am, Monday to Friday.
Indie88’s morning show includes Brian Bailey, an award-winning morning show host named “On-Air Talent of the Year” at the 2013 Canadian Music Week broadcast industry awards, Candice Knihnitski, former producer of “The Kim Mitchell Show” at Q107, and Matt Hart, mostly known as the creative force behind the critically acclaimed band, The Russian Futurists. With the musical knowledge and passion of this trio, listeners can expect to hear a unique style morning show with subtle humour and enough energy to wake-up the entire city of Toronto.
“It’s been an amazing month getting our studio finished and we’re so excited to introduce our Indie88 presenters to the city of Toronto,” said Program Director, Adam Thompson. “We are a station staffed by music fans. We love music, we love talking about music, and we love having fun. We can’t wait to start the party with Toronto. We’re thrilled to finally be here!”
Indie88’s programming schedule will also include hosts: Raina Douris, (Indie88’s Music Director and host of Afternoon Drive, Monday to Friday), swing announcers, Carlin and LoriAnn, (hosting Middays, Monday to Friday, and weekends), and Dave “Bookie” Bookman (hosting Sunday Nights on Indie88).
I’ll be doing something on the station, too. After all, I’m Indie 88’s “Guidance Counsellor.” (Seriously. That’s my title.) Details very soon.
More about the staff after the jump.
ABOUT BRIAN BAILEY:
Brian Bailey is an award-winning morning show host, recently named “On-Air Talent of the Year” at the 2013 Canadian Broadcast industry awards. As a graduate of Fanshawe College in London Ontario he’s followed his passion for radio across the country and back, working most recently as a #1 rated morning personality in Victoria, B.C.. Brian prides himself on being connected to the community and supporting charities like the Canadian Cancer Society’s “Cops for Cancer Tour de Rock”. As a media rider alongside a team of local police he biked the entire length of Vancouver Island (over 1100 km) and helped raise $1.5 million for kids with cancer. Brian’s true love and passion in life is music. Being the singer/guitarist in an indie rock band has immersed him in the Canadian music industry and getting to work with fellow bands and musicians on Canada’s first Indie Rock Radio station is a dream come true.
ABOUT CANDICE KNIHNITSKI:
Candice Knihnitski got her radio start many years ago, bouncing around a tiny town in the Prairies no one’s actually heard of. Eventually, she landed a morning show with Brian in Alberta. The pair was together for a couple of years, taking the show to #1 in market. A new career opportunity split them apart, and Candice took the reins in Calgary as Morning Co-Host at X92.9. She was a part of “The Show with Fraser, Roger and Candice” for almost five years before taking the leap and making Toronto her home. Since landing in Toronto, she’s been producing the Kim Mitchell Show at Q107, and hosting the Classic Rock disCOVERy Series. Candice is thrilled to get the chance to work with Brian again, and take Indie Mornings to #1 in Toronto.
ABOUT MATT HART:
Born in 1977 and raised in the Eastern, Ontario towns of Cornwall and Peterborough, Matt Hart is mostly known for his extensive musical work under the name The Russian Futurists. Matt released 4 critically acclaimed albums and toured the globe extensively in the past decade. The Russian Futurists gained popularity at the turn of the millennium with the album “The Method of Modern Love”, which boasted celebrity fans such as R.E.M., Blur and Heath Ledger. Matt was one of the first Canadian songwriters of his generation to receive extensive international attention, opening the door for other Canadian artists to make inroads overseas. In recent years, Matt has shifted focus and delved deeper into the world of broadcasting with hosting duties at CBC Radio, and now Indie88. While still musically active, Matt is extremely excited to share the music which shaped him with listeners who may not be familiar with many of the artists breaking new ground today.
ABOUT RAINA DOURIS:
Raina Douris is a graduate of Ryerson University’s Radio & Television Arts program. Raina began her radio career as an intern at Corus Radio Toronto, where she founded, hosted and maintained the Indie Online program at 102.1 the Edge – an online home for local independent bands. It was promoting Indie Online on-air that led to an actual position as an on-air host on the Edge. Her next on-air role came at CBC Radio 3, where she began as a guest host and quickly moved into a daily four-hour show on the channel. She also became the CBC Radio 2 Morning Show guest host, and filled-in when the regular announcer could not be there to host the nationally aired program. Now, Raina comes home to Indie88. We’re thrilled to present a unique voice to Toronto afternoons. Raina is also deeply rooted in the Toronto Indie scene, and will provide a trusted perspective to the bands Indie88 will expose to a broader audience.
Originally from Edmonton, Carlin is making a big move across the country to play a big role with Indie88. Studying at the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology, Carlin is an award-winning broadcaster with huge talent. Carlin developed his talents in St. Paul, Alberta. He then transferred to Bonnyville, Alberta where he’s been hosting a successful morning show for the past three years. A massive music fan, Carlin plays guitar and drums. He’s also a fan of ice cream, and wearing socks to bed. Carlin looks forward to the year he starts growing facial hair.
LoriAnn graduated from Broadcasting Radio at Humber College in 2002. Her first job took her far, far north. Who’s been to Kenora? Loriann has. Her next gig took her back home to Toronto, where she landed at The Edge working overnights and weekends. She took over the longest running live-to-air party in Toronto at the Phoenix Concert Theatre and the Spirit of the Edge Sunday nights at Velvet Underground. She then moved to Central Ontario Broadcasting to work at Rock 95 and Kool FM doing evenings and weekends. A massive fan of Indie, she is thrilled to stay with the company, and help launch Canada’s most exciting radio station.
ABOUT DAVE BOOKMAN:
For over two decades, Dave Bookman has been in the thick of it in the local music scene. A larger-than-life broadcaster who’s seen it, lived it, and shared it with the audience. His personable interview style has forged lasting relationships with bands from across the street, across the continent, and across the pond. He now brings that wealth of musical knowledge and experience to Indie88. Bookie’s Tuesday Nu Music Night at The Horseshoe Tavern will celebrate its’ 20th Anniversary in November, and has been played by just about every Canadian band in the country and international friends like Foo Fighters. Always with a smile and a song, Bookie looks forward to sharing the new, exciting chapter in Toronto’s rich musical history that is Indie88.