Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Ukrainian radio shows in Canada

These programs broadcast on a wide variety of stations, ranging from commercial to community and campus radio. 

Many programs have been on the air for decades. Others are more recent. With few exceptions, they are produced and hosted by unpaid (and unrecognized) broadcasters who pump out their programs week after week as a “labour of love” on behalf of the community.

In decades past, Ukrainian Canadian radio programs had limited distribution, for a variety of reasons. Some smaller stations had low-power transmission towers with weak signals. Since most programs were (and still are) produced and hosted by volunteers or self-funded individuals, there have been few resources to promote the programs. Commercial stations, whether mainstream or multicultural, private or public, generally did not (and still don’t) perceive Ukrainian programs as able to generate sufficient revenues to justify the expense of promoting them.

Today, however, listeners can tune in to radio stations around the world on computers and mobile devices, to any program they want broadcasting from anywhere in the world.

They can listen to the live streams of Ukrainian shows on stations that stream online. They can download apps to listen on their smart phones. And they can download podcasts to listen at their leisure on the device of their choice.

Listeners looking for “something different” from the mainstream are increasingly finding our programs online. Those who do are discovering the joy of Ukrainian music and folklore, and learning about Ukraine and its history in the process.

If you’re looking for shows to listen to, check out the list below.

Ukrainian Radio Programs across Canada
(East to West)
Program: Ukrainian Time
Hosts: Oxana Senkiv, Valentyna Golash and Rev. Dr Ihor Kutash (executive producer). Also on the team: Rostyslav Nyemtsev, Lina Gavrilova, Plato Boyko and producer, Simon Kouklewsky.
Content: Variety show featuring local and international news, politics, Ukrainian Catholic and Ukrainian Orthodox religious broadcasts, interviews, and Ukrainian music.
Details: Saturdays at 6-7 pm EST on AM1280 CFMB Montreal
Live stream & station information: www.cfmb.ca
Podcast/archives/program information: www.ukrainiantime.com 
Program: Ukrainian Program
Host: Irena Bell
Content: Variety program featuring contemporary and traditional music, news, interviews, reports, cultural curiosities, and more.
Details: Sundays 2-3 pm EST on CJLL 97.9FM CHIN Radio Ottawa
Live stream & station information: www.chinradioottawa.com
Program: Radio Meest
Host: Yuri Kus and guest hosts
Content: Live variety program featuring music, local and international news, interviews and community events. Saturday’s broadcast is a religious program.
Details: Monday-Saturday 9-10 pm EST on CIRV 88.9FM  
Live stream & station information: www.cirvfm.com/
Program: Prometheus
Host: Roman Halushchak 
Content: Live info-political program with news from Ukraine, Canada and around the world, as well as weekly segments about health and music.
Details: Sundays 4-5 pm EST on AM1540 Chin Radio Toronto
Live stream & station information: www.chinradio.com
Program: Sounds of Ukraine
Host: Irene Momotiuk
Content: Variety music program featuring Ukrainian folk classics and dance music
Details: Saturdays 11am - 12pm EST on 99.1FM CJAM University of Windsor campus radio
Live stream & station information: www.cjam.ca
Podcast: www.cjam.ca
Portage La Prairie, MB
Program: Saturday Night Polka Party
Host: Ryan Simpson
Content: Zabava-type program featuring polkas and old-tyme fiddle and dance music by artists from around Canada and the United States, as well as young local up-and-coming polka bands.
Details: Saturdays 7-10pm CST on CFRY Radio 920 AM / 93.1 FM
Station information: www.cfryradio.ca
Program: Ukrainian Radio Program
Hosts: Ivas Zulyniak and Breanne Korban (Monday & Tuesday), Marta Skrypnyk (Wednesday)
Content: An eclectic mix of the newest pop and rock music from Ukraine, dance favourites, folk classics, and more.
Details: Monday-Wednesday 7-8pm CST on CKJS AM810
Live stream & station information: www.ckjs.com
Program: Zabava Program
Host: Nestor Shydlowski
Content: Zabava program featuring a mix of traditional Ukrainian music from the Canadian prairies.
Details: Thursday & Friday 7-8pm, Saturday 5-6pm CST on CKJS AM810
Live stream & station information: http://www.ckjs.com/
Program: Muzyka Ukraine
Hosts: Ken Mazur, Yars Lozowchuk and Ed Lysyk
Content: Musical variety show featuring contemporary music from Ukraine
Details: Wednesdays 3-4pm CST on CJTR 91.3FM community radio Regina
Live stream & station information: www.cjtr.ca
Program: Zabava Program
Host: Steven Chwok
Content: A mix of traditional country-style Ukrainian Canadian dance music from the prairies and more contemporary fare.
Details: Sundays 7-9pm MST on AM790 CFCW Edmonton
Live stream & station information: www.cfcw.com
Program: Radio Zhurnal
Host: Roman Brytan
Content: Western Canada’s premiere daily Ukrainian program featuring local and international news, interviews, music, and more.
Details: Monday-Saturday 5-6 pm MST, Sundays 7:30-8 am MST on World FM 101.7
Live stream & station information: www.worldfm.ca
Program: Ukrains'ka Filharmonija
Host: Andrij Hornjatkevych
Content: Classical music from the 17th century (and earlier) to present-day avant-garde.
Details: Saturdays at 6.30-6:45 pm MST on Radio Zhurnal World FM 101.7
Live stream & station information: www.worldfm.ca
Program: BUC Program [Brotherhood of Ukrainian Catholics, Edmonton Eparchy]
Host: Roman Kravec
Content: Ukrainian Catholic perspective featuring news on "Our Church"  from Ukraine, Canada, and local as well as music and interviews primarily (but not exclusively) religious in nature.
Details: Sunday 6 -6:30 pm MST on 101.7FM World FM
Live stream & station information: www.worldfm.ca
Program: Vechirnia Hodyna
Host: Father Gabriel Haber OSBM (Order of Saint Basil the Great in Canada)
Content: Gospel reading for the day, with commentary by Father Gabriel, and Ukrainian religious (primarily classical choral) music.
Details: Sunday 6:30-7 pm MST 101.7FM World FM
Live stream & station information: www.worldfm.ca
Program: Sounds Ukrainian
Hosts: Orest and Lada
Content: An eclectic mix of the newest in Ukrainian music: rock, pop, alternative, hip hop, club, classical, experimental, folk, blues, jazz and more.
Details: Fridays 7-8:30 pm MST FM88 CJSR Radio  University of Alberta campus radio
Live stream & station information: www.cjsr.com
British Columbia:
Program: Nash Holos Ukrainian Roots Radio
Hosts: Paulette “Pawlina” Demchuk MacQuarrie, Nina Daniluck
Content: Variety show featuring Ukrainian music, interviews, Ukrainian Food Flair, Ukraine News Outlook, cultural curiosities, and more.
Details: Wednesdays 12-1 pm, Radio Malaspina 1017FM.
Live stream & station information: www.chly.ca
Podcast/archives/program information: www.nashholos.com
Program: Nash Holos Ukrainian Roots Radio
Host: Paulette “Pawlina” Demchuk MacQuarrie
Content: Variety show featuring Ukrainian music, interviews, Ukrainian Food Flair, Ukraine News Outlook, cultural curiosities, and more.
Details: Vancouver broadcast: Sundays 5-6 pm PST on AM1320 CHMB Vancouver.
Live stream & station information: www.am1320.com
Podcast/archives/program information: www.nashholos.com



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