CFUR 88.7 FM DJ Tabatha Lundholm has been a part of the UNBC radio community for about a year, with her radio show Ramikan, which currently airs live from 2-3 p.m. every Wednesday.
“The name Ramikan came across with my last co-host Cole Hewlett when we were sitting at Denny’s thinking about our show, which is a free hour-long segment of music and conversation, and a ramikan at Denny’s is a free side … a free sauce,” Lundholm said.
Hewlett and Lundholm went on to host their weekly show for nine months before Lundholm left for the summer. Lundholm is continuing the show this coming semester by herself, as Hewlett left recently to attend the Capilano College in North Vancouver for his first year of film school.
Like many CFUR DJs Lundholm likes to promote local musical groups on her show, with groups The Arbitrarys and Hey Everyone recent staples to her show’s lineup. She also likes to play now defunct local groups Big Old Eyes and The Lines We Drew.
Lundholm said the process of getting a show wasn’t that hard, but took a while. First, she had to submit an application, which is available online at www.cfur.ca, which is then passed through the CFUR board. It was initially rejected, but with an increase of Canadian content and decrease in mainstream music preferences, it was accepted.
CFUR DJs have to minimize the number of mainstream songs they play, and have a requirement of a minimum of 35 per cent Canadian content.
Lundholm, a fourth year English student, is one of many UNBC students with CFUR radio shows, though Hewlett was a CNC student.
As long as someone is a member of the CFUR radio society they are eligible to have a show. Hewlett paid the $5 membership fee that all UNBC students automatically pay, so was eligible to host the show, just as anyone else in the Prince George community can do.
CFUR’s station manager Christopher Earl said “there’s lots of space now but it fills up fast in September… We’re increasing our power by a lot this fall.”
This power increase will improve the station’s sound from mono to stereo, and will allow in the entirety of Prince George to hear it. At the station’s current power level they are inaudible for much of the city, though anyone in the world can listen to the station through their website.
Although the station seems to be largely music-focused, Earl said that it’d be nice to have more spoken word shows.
“We still need spoken word shows,” Earl said. They currently don’t have any local strictly spoken-word shows.
They hope the power increase happens sometime in the next semester. Earl said that with the rest of the city able to hear the station, interest in becoming a DJ will increase drastically and the spaces will fill up rapidly.
Prospective DJs can phone CFUR at 960-7664.