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About Red River Radio

Red River Radio is a new online radio station created to help train the next generation of radio professionals. Students in Red River College’s Creative Communications Program are shown how to host, program and produce both music and news/talk format radio through a combination of assigned course work and extracurricular volunteering.

News & Events

Big Fun Fest Big Success

We’re in the dog days of winter, and every day feels a bit longer than the last (even though the days are actually the days are getting longer). But in downtown Winnipeg, people are flocking to local bars and diners to get them out of the winter blues.

If Winnipeg is proud of one thing here on the desolate prairie, it’s our music scene. You don’t have to go far to find an underground dive that is hosting a talented group of musicians.

The Big Fun Fest is a five day music festival that showcases Winnipeg’s best talent at Winnipeg’s best locations to see live music. There are a few special acts from across Canada, but a vast majority of artists grew up in “The Heart of the Continent.” Every location is within walking distance, but every location brings its own personality and its own unique experience.

Red River Radio’s own Bronwyn Fenn talks with Big Fun Festival Coordinator Stefan Braun on what he expects in 2015. Also, Ian Ellis from local band Animal Teeth will tell us how important the Big Fun Fest is in Winnipeg, and how it helps bands get the recognition they work so hard for.

The Festival begins this Wednesday and runs until Sunday. Check out for a complete list of acts and locations. If you want to get a feel of what the Big Fun Fest is about, check out this promotional video they put together.

Get out of the dog days and support local music.

Big Fun Festival, Rec Hockey, and Directions Business Conference

Hello again! Your bulletins this week are full of fun stuff to do—here’s hoping your week is too!

Goodbye weekend, hello coffee! [source]

Save The Dates:

Big Fun Festival 2015 — January 28–February 1

The Big Fun Festival celebrates multiple genres of Manitoba music over a five-day frenzy of different acts and venues. The venues and times are close together so you can maximize your musical experience throughout the week.

Stefan, the person behind venues and bookings, will be live on Red River Radio this Tuesday at 1 p.m., so be sure to listen live here.

For more information on the festival’s lineup and venues, click here.

RRC Rebels Rec Hockey — January 13–March 17

If you haven’t had enough chances to break out the ol’ hockey gear, fear not: there’s an open registration for Rec Hockey at RRC. You can sign up on a per-game basis or for the whole ten sessions.

Games are Tuesday nights, from 4:40–5:40, at the Canlan Ice Plex.

For rules, registration, and contact info, click here.

Directions Business Conference — February 4 

If you’re interested in professional networking within a variety of college-related industries, you should probably check this out. There are keynote speakers, breakout events, and roundtable networking opportunities throughout the day. Your teachers might even let you miss class for it.

Registration is $55 and includes continental breakfast, lunch, and access to all the speakers. Click here for more information and here to register.


Career Fair — January 29 and 30

Reading Week 2015

How would you like to go here for reading week?

The RRCSA has organized a ski trip, from February 13–21, to Revelstoke Mountain Resort in Revelstoke, BC. For $670 (taxes included), you get:

  • six nights’ accomodation at Powder Springs Hotel
  • four days of lift tickets
  • round-trip bus transportation

For more information, email

Grad Photos, Career Fair, and a message from the SA President External

Welcome back to R3B! Now that the semester’s in full swing, we’ve collected a few events to keep in mind over the coming days.

Save the dates: 

Prestige Grad Photos — January 26, 27, & 28:

Need some fancy grad headshots to put on the mantle? Prestige Portraits will be at both campuses to take your picture for grad. Click here to book an appointment. Don’t forget a hairbrush!

Red River College Career Fair — January 29 & 30:

Last year’s career fair had a record attendance of over 5300 people, with 198 exhibitors over two days. If you’re about to graduate, the fair is a great place to make connections and get a line on “real world” employment. Click here for the career fair guide.

A message from Lauren MacLean, Red River College Students’ Association (RRCSA) President External

Hello Everyone!

Did you know Red River College has over 8 different campuses, 9,000 full-time students, and over 30,000 enrolments? It can make reaching students pretty difficult at times, but the radio can make it simple! The RRCSA is so excited to be partnering with Red River Radio to reach more students across all campuses.

The next two months are going to be full of events, especially at Red River Radio. The promotions team will be introducing a station mascot, passing on shout-outs from students, and teaching students just like you how to be on the radio yourself.

We encourage you to be part of Red River Radio events and at the station itself. At the SA, we often talk about how our experiences learning in the classroom are why we came to college in the first place, but it’s the out-of-class experiences that really make us grow. Get involved with Red River Radio to meet some new people or try your hand at a new skill.

We look forward to working with R3B to bring you the information you need. For more information on events or the RRCSA, we hold class rep meetings in February and March. Class reps at the Notre Dame Campus can come to the white lecture theatre from 1-3 on February 3 and March 10. Class reps from the Exchange District Campus can come to Room P107 from 12-1 on February 5 and March 12.

Hope to see you there!

The Rundown begins Jan. 20

Red River Radio’s brand-new news radio show, The Rundown begins this Tuesday.

The show, produced by Creative Communications students, will air live every Tuesday at 1 p.m. It will feature discussions and interviews about current events and national and international news. The show will have a variety of live, in studio and on the scene segments.

This week’s show is hosted by Molly Karp.

Karp will be interviewing Winnipegger Jeremy Sawatzky, who got the chance to sing with the band, The Decemberists after he tweeted at them last summer. While vacationing in Portland, Oregon with his fiancée, Sawatzky tweeted at the band’s frontman, Colin Meloy that his “primary goal/wish for the next three days in Portland is to somehow cross paths with @colinmeloy.” To Sawatzky’s surprise, Meloy replied back asking if he could sing. This led to the opportunity to be one of ten people sing backing vocals on the song, “The Singer Addresses His Audience.” The song is included on the band’s new record, What a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World, which hits stores Tuesday, Jan 20. Karp will discuss this surprising experience with him.

The show also includes a panel discussion that asks the question, Je Suis Charlie: is it a voice for free speech or a justification for hate speech? and a story about the anniversary of Women’s Right to Vote in Manitoba and how The Manitoba Museum is looking for artifacts to make an exhibit about it.

Tune in to the first episode of The Rundown, Tuesday, Jan. 20 at 1 p.m. on Red River Radio. Listen live at

Welcome to the New Red River Radio Blog!

Hello and happy New Year from Red River Radio! This year’s Red River Radio Blog (or R3B for short) is all about helping YOU get the most out of YOUR school.

We’re collecting information from the Red River College Students’ Association, posters, and other campus sources to show you what’s going on at the college every week.

Want to know when and where to get that free flu shot? We’ve got you. How about when that cool vendor will be hanging out in the atrium? We’ve got you there, too.

If you need campus information, R3B is the place to be. Stay tuned for more campus info—the good stuff starts next week—but until then, please enjoy this adorable cat.

Jessica Alba and Winnipeg


Jessica Alba is not coming to Winnipeg, but she will be speaking with us. Well not us, but Dalhousie School.

I didn’t know this, but there is a Computer Science Education Week. For real. I’m not really all that surprised though, there’s a day, or a week, for a lot of things. But this one has celebrities involved! And it’s also really important, because it talks about the importance of children learning computer science.

Jessica Alba is the Hour of Code day ambassador, and she’s going to be video chatting with a lucky local school here in south Winnipeg on December 10th.

It is an annual program dedicated to inspiring K-12 students to take interest in computer science. This is the first year for CSEdWeek, which runs December 8th to the 14th, it’s pretty exciting that Winnipeg get’s to be involved in its first year!

Jessica Alba is a little bit of a do-gooder. She’s a actress, model, turned businesswoman, turned ambassador. She has a company called the honest company, which I buy products from, and all of them are natural! She’s made products perfect for families, and moms. This sounds like an ad for Jessica Alba…I can’t help that I love her.

Check out the website for this cool program, they have a lot of stuff on there, including tutorials on how to code, which could have been really useful for my website project due this week. That’s right, this site is teaching kids how to code. Baby geniuses coming through.


Recently an ad was brought to my attention by a classmate. The ad, which was featured in the Cannes Lions Festival, is produced by the New Zealand Transport agency and depicts a *SPOILER ALERT* car accident caused by speeding.

The ad is very powerful, and shows that how two simple mistakes with no intent behind them at all can dramatically change or end lives.

Having had direct family members nearly killed in two separate high speed car accidents (where neither time my family was at fault) I know just how devastating car accidents can be and how simple mistakes like turning in front of a car (happened to my sister) or drinking and driving (not a true mistake, but happened to my parents) can change lives forever. Neither person who hit my family members got on the road with the intent of getting in an accident. One misinterpreted traffic lights, and the other is a stupid moron who didn’t get enough of a punishment from the justice system, but that’s a blog for another day.

As the roads get worse during the winter, I urge all readers and listeners of Red River Radio to slow down. Nobody desrves to die for a simple mistake.

The Little Drummer (Guitar, Bass, Keys and Vocals) Boy

You think you’re a musician? You can strum that guitar or bang those drums pretty well eh? Well I’m going to bring you down to Earth for a second.

When I was six-years-old, I was worried about getting cooties and what I wanted for Christmas eight months before December. This kid though has his priorities figured out.

His name is Jordan Bijan, and he’s a six year old from Brampton, Ontario. I heard my mom listening to his cover, and it was pretty good. For six years old, he can hit some notes I wouldn’t even dream of trying. I thought “Wow, this kid is going somewhere.”

But it’s not the fact this kid could sing. Nope, this kid not only sang the vocals perfectly, he played EVERY instrument in this cover. That’s right, he played the lead guitar, the keys, drums and bass for his cover.

In my mind, that’s absolutely insane. I can’t even keep a beat for 30 seconds, and this guy can cover one of the most well known rock bands by himself.

This kid’s got a lot of talent. He covers many other U2 hits. You can check out his YouTube channel to see all his work. Keep in mind. He’s six. Just insane.

CM Punk Pulls Back The WWE Curtain On His Exit

Were you ever a wrestling fan?
I was a big fan when I was a kid, but I don’t watch it anymore. It was so over-the-top and cartoony, the on-screen stories just can’t hold my interest as an adult, but the sometimes-secretive show business side of the WWE still has some very interesting stories to share.
Journeyman wrestler and podcaster Colt Cabana had a huge interview with former WWE champion Phil Brooks (CM Punk) that was released online Friday. The podcast has almost 600,000 views on YouTube, in addition to however many are listening to it through iTunes. Brooks was one of the WWE’s best-known and fan favourite wrestlers until early 2014, when he disappeared unceremoniously.

Brooks talks about the circumstances of his departure from the WWE, and he has plenty to say about the WWE’s medical staff, talent relations tactics, and how he had to take them to court to get his royalties paid.

Brooks is a charismatic character, and its a lot of fun to listen while he pulls back the curtain on his exit from WWE. Brooks says he’ll never work for WWE again, specifically due to the way he departed the company. It’s pretty interesting drama, give it a listen.

It’s Time

There are thousands upon thousands of proposals on YouTube. With the holidays coming up, I can only imagine how many couples get engaged. Tis the season, right? But, if you try to search Christmas wedding proposals you come up with low-quality home videos. Where is the thought? Where is the high quality video production like this one?

I know it’s not Christmas, but it’s great! It’s the perfect combination of flash mob and just plain cuteness. Now for all you couples thinking about getting married, I say go back to the drawing board. It’s not enough to just wrap that ring in a huge box, or hide it in Santa’s milk. Grab some friends, work on some dance moves, grab a sleigh or spell out “Will you marry me?” in Christmas lights, whatever! All I’m saying is this holiday season, get creative! It’s only a matter of time before a great Christmas proposal video exists and right now is your chance to set the precedent.

I’m talking about the holidays on Red River Radio and how it affects us all, literally all of us.