snappy answers to Frequently Asked Questions
- What time should we get there?
- What gear should we bring?
- Where is the station?
- What entrance should we take to load gear?
- What are the GPS coordinates of the loading dock?
- Where can we park?
- I want to be on the show! How can we get on the show?
- Can I or my band be on the show next week?
- Who have you had on the show before?
- What styles of music are featured on the show?
- What sort of experience do the guests have?
- What is the format of the show?
- How big is the studio audience?
- Can we bring our records and play them too?
- Can we play covers?
- How much do we get paid?
- Can we get a recording of the show?
- Can we bring our own videographer to video record our performance?
- How many people listen to the show?
- Why are some of the archived recordings in Ogg Vorbis file format?
- Is Charles Anthony really an anarchist?
Bands must arrive at 8PM and soloists at 9PM. The show goes live at 10PM sharp until 11PM.
Bring whatever gear you bring for a regular club gig.
Each musician will be wearing headphones as monitors. At least once before the show, guests are encouraged to rehearse while wearing headphones if they have no prior experience doing so.
Drummers should bring their own drum kit.
Instruments are miked individually for the broadcast. We have DIs but you should still bring an amp to act as your monitor in the room. Do not rely on plugging into the DI and listening exclusively to your instrument through the headphones.
If you have your own microphones and cables that you prefer using, you are welcome to bring them.
You do not need to bring microphone stands.
If someone needs a music stand, bring it. The station does not have stands to hold up lyrics, scripts, songlists or speeches.
The choice of gear to bring should reflect the fact that it will not be necessary to play loud. The listeners will be enjoying the performance through the FM radio transmission as opposed to the reverberation through the studio walls.
The radio station is on the fifth (5th) floor of the University Center building at Carleton University. Consult the MAP section.
If you can not read maps, hire a taxi to get to the radio station on the night of your appearance.
[I love this question.]
Guests can park in the following places:
- a parking lot
- an empty parking space that is not labelled RESERVED
Parking is free on campus in the middle of the night. Vehicles can not be left overnight in the loading dock. The radio station, its staff and Charles Anthony can not be held responsible for the vehicles of guests.
If you want to get on the show, CONTACT Charles Anthony.
The guests are booked more than one week in advance. Check the full CALENDAR to see what dates are available.
[Oddly, I get this question very frequently and it never ceases to amaze me! The answer seems quite obvious.]
Lots! The show is going on ten years now. All of the previous guests are listed alphabetically in the ARCHIVES section.
All styles of music are featured.
From professionals to fresh amateurs, guests of all levels of experience and skill are featured.
As a side note, the most enjoyable performances have been from guests who enjoy playing music. The worst shows have been from guests who think they are superstars or think they will soon become superstars.
Gear should be loaded through the rear University Center loading dock. There are two loading docks. One is in the front beside the bookstore — do not use that one. The second is in behind the building.
If you are beside the bookstore, you are at the wrong loading dock.
If you are between the University Center building and the Azrieli Theater building, you are at the correct loading dock. There will be large trash dumpsters nearby.
Consult the MAP section to find the correct loading dock. Vehicles can not be left overnight in the loading dock. This is what should be done:
- bring vehicle to the loading dock
- turn on vehicle hazard lights
- unload gear (the elevator to the 5th floor is next to the loading dock)
- bring gear up to the 5th floor
- move vehicle out of the loading dock
- return to the radio station to set up gear for the show
- plan to set up the drum kit first (if more than one trip is necessary)
The format is casual.
The guests set up their gear in the studio. At 11PM, the host, Charles Anthony announces them. They introduce themselves and play. There is a brief interview throughout pauses in the performance.
Listen to the show to get an idea of the format.
How big is the studio audience?
[Believe it or not, somebody asked this question.]
This is college radio. There is no studio audience. Leave costumes and make-up at home.
The performance is only visible to the show host, Charles Anthony, who is also the producer and sound engineer. There is no video recording nor is there a webcast.
Yes, you can bring your records but they will not be played during your live set. Recorded music must be played after your live set.
Out of profound respect for independent musicians and the volunteers who work at community radio to promote the local scene, the answer is negative. Likewise, out of profound disrespect to the distorted commercial music market and its unfair advantage, the answer is very negative.
This is a non-paying gig. CKCU 93.1 FM Radio Carleton is a volunteer-operated community campus radio station with a shoe-string budget. The radio station can not afford to pay even an honorarium to the guests. Charles Anthony is a volunteer.
If you are expecting to be paid to promote your own music, hire a promoter and pay the promoter to get you paying gigs elsewhere on other radio stations.
Yes, but the videographer can not get in the way. The studio space is small. Also, I can guarantee that the lighting will be very poor.
I have no idea. This is college radio, not commercial radio. We focus on quality, not quantity.
Commercial radio stations pay polling agencies to “estimate” numbers of listeners so that they may fool potential advertizers into thinking the commercial station has a large captive audience. College radio stations are not allowed to sell commercial advertizing. As such, college radio has no need to fool anybody. Connect the dots.
Radio Carleton CKCU 93.1 FM has a proud reputation of being the oldest campus community radio station in Canada and thus, does not try to “prove” to potential advertizers or sponsors that the station has a large audience.
The Ogg Vorbis format is completely free, open-source, unpatented and a superior sound quality to most common audio formats. If your proprietary software is old and does not play high quality audio file formats, learn to download the appropriate codec or get a better audio player. Thus, poor quality, patented and proprietary audio formats are not worthy to be the archived media for the one-of-a-kind “Ottawa Live Music” radio program. There is no excuse for any modern audio player that can not play the superior Ogg Vorbis format.
Take your feet off the floor and fly past the stars!