CKUT’s annual funding drive is fast approaching. I’m posting this message in the hope that you might consider pledging a few dollars to my radio show.

I’ve been doing campus and community radio since 1985, and I’ve been on-air at CKUT since 1995. This year I’ve been the volunteer music department rep on CKUT’s steering committee, seeing first hand every week the back-breaking work the people at CKUT do to bring alternative radio to Montreal and environs (via the airwaves) and beyond, to the world at large (via the internet).

I’ve always been proud to be part of a community that isn’t about making a profit. Instead, CKUT FM is about consciousness-raising, 24/7, 365 days a year, carrying news and information you won’t hear anywhere else – on the topic of social justice, human rights, environmental activism, gender equality, you name it. We do it all on a shoestring budget, so when we come calling for your help during our funding drive, you know we really need it.

My radio show, The Kitchen Bang Bang Law, is about cutting-edge culture. It’s about dreaming beyond the barriers of cynical ‘common sense’ through radical sonic art forms, be they the working blues of the 20s or the avante garde drone of today. I try to feed the listeners’ imagination by having lots of creative guests – this past year, I’ve talked to theatre artists Émilie Monnet, Alison Darcy and Cat Kidd, activists / artists / curators Stefan Christoff, John W. Stuart and Kevin Yuen-Kit Lo, video artist and activist John Greyson, performance artists Victoria Stanton, Amalie Atkins, Janine Eisenaecher and Laura Margita, musicians Elwood Epps, Malcolm Goldstein, Christian Richer, Kathy Kennedy, Jahsun of Kalmunity Vibe Collective, Jean Smith and David Lester of Mecca Normal, Brahja Waldman and Kyra Shaughnessy, and poets and writers like Ian Ferrier, Moe Clark, Gail Scott, Carolyn Marie Souaid, Endre Farkas, Moheb Soliman, Jane Gabriels and Kaie Kellough. I also recorded and broadcast excerpts from a Concordia University Master Class delivered by two major poets, United States of Poetry producer Bob Holman and co-founder of the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics Anne Waldman.

If you’ve ever listened to one of my shows, please consider pledging some cash during my funding drive radio show. It happens on October 25, from 12 to 2 p.m. Call the PLEDGE LINE during my show, 514-907-9424, and talk to the friendly people at CKUT.

OR consider pledging on-line. Go to and click on ‘make a pledge.’


Besides all the remarkable gifts available from CKUT for your pledge (which you can see here, for listeners of The Kitchen Bang Bang Law, I’m offering a special selection of vinyl LPs, CDs (and even a VHS tape!) from this year’s crate-digging. There’s folk, punk, rock, jazz … something for everyone! (None of the LPs are current reissues, they’re all from back in the day.)

Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band – Live /`1975-1985 (5xLP box set) for a $30.00 pledge

Buzzcocks – A Different Kind Of Tension (LP) for a $15.00 pledge

Joan Jett – Bad Reputation (LP) for a $15.00 pledge

Elton John – Madman Across The Water (original textured LP gatefold sleeve with booklet) for a $25.00 pledge

Elton John – Tumbleweed Connection (original textured LP gatefold sleeve with booklet) for a $25.00 pledge

Jean Michel Jarre – Equinox (LP) for a $10.00 pledge

Jean Michel Jarre – Oxygene (LP) for a $10.00 pledge

Laurie Anderson – Big Science (LP) for a $20.00 pledge

Vangelis – China (LP) for a $10.00 pledge

Style Council – The Cost of Living (2xEP gatefold) for a $20.00 pledge

The Teardrop Explodes – Wilder (LP) for a $10.00 pledge

Paul Horn – Inside The Great Pyramid (2xLP gatefold with insert) for a $25.00 pledge

Eurhythmics – Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This) (LP, Mexican pressing) for a $15.00 pledge

Hejira inner sleeve

Joni Mitchell – Hejira (LP gatefold) for a $20.00 pledge

Judy Collins – Who Knows Where The Time Goes (LP gatefold) for a $10.00 pledge

Carole King – Tapestry (LP gatefold) for a $10.00 pledge

10cc – The Original Soundtrack (LP gatefold) for a $10.00 pledge

Stanley Turrentine – The Man With The Sad Face (LP) for a $10.00 pledge

Gene Krupa – Big Noise From Winnetka (Japanese CD re-issue with replica LP sleeve) for a $20.00 pledge

Bauhaus – Shadows and Light music video compilation (VHS) for a $10.00 pledge

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