The Humanoids: Guide to O-Week 2011

It’s that time of year again for the soon-to-be denizens of The University of Western Ontario. Time to load up the overly expensive SUVs and move into residence for their first year at UWO. That means Frosh Week is here again. Of course, the frosh don’t have much of an idea of what they’re in for over the next stretch. Having done this once before and witnessing it on three more occasions, I think I have a handle on what’s important for the frosh to know as they head to London and UWO. Continue reading

Best of The Lowdown BlogCast: December 7, 2010

After three years on the radio and internet, it’s time for a special Best Of episode of The Lowdown that covers our history. In our second edition of the best of The Lowdown, here’s what we have for you on this special retrospective:

  • UWO Homecoming (Part 1) (Originally Aired: October 14, 2008)
  • Greg DeFelice Interview (Originally Aired: November 27, 2007)
  • It Came From YouTube: Lady Gaga, Christopher Walken and Eric Cartman – Poker Faces (Originally Aired: December 8, 2009)
  • Promo: iFart (Originally Aired: January 20, 2009)
  • Raw is CPAC (Originally Aired: March 31, 2009)
  • Pickup Lines (Originally Aired: February 3, 2009)
  • Exam Writing Tips (Originally Aired: March 31, 2009)
  • UWO Homecoming (Part 2) (Originally Aired: October 14, 2008)

In total, there are seven segments from Lowdowns past for 45 minutes of the Best of The Lowdown’s first three years.

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Lowdown BlogCast Classic: October 28, 2008

In the midst of all the euphoria (we use that term very loosely) over our third anniversary, we realized that our first anniversary show wasn’t posted in our podcast archives. That’s because that episode was actually a Best Of episode of The Lowdown. This episode put together the best parts of the first three games of Season Two of The Lowdown. This classic Best Of episode starts with Steve’s adventures at 2008’s Homecoming weekend. That’s followed by some rapid fire segments including news about guys trying to outkick their coverage, 2008-09 season previews for the Detroit Red Wings and Toronto Maple Leafs and Steve’s exploration of the internet. That’s followed up by the big Homecoming game recap package (which was one of our best produced segments ever). And the show wraps up with Steve’s tour of the UWO campus.

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Lowdown BlogCast Classic: September 8, 2007

As we close in on the third anniversary of the debut of The Lowdown radio show, here is the pilot episode that somehow got us on air. Amazingly, despite us dragging two topics out for about 27 minutes, we somehow were described as humourous and likeable with excellent production value . (Ironically, two-and-a-half years later, someone else had the exact opposite opinion of us which was also the exact opposite opinion of most feedback we get. We were also told to up scripting in our original feedback which we never did but somehow our scripted-sounding lack of scripting somehow got us dumped.) Anyway, on this episode, the boys give a quick overview of what the show is all about before diving into a discussion about whether lectures should be recorded and posted online for students. Talk moves on to the now infamous Vanessa Hudgens nude self portraits (and Steve leads in by asking for the lowdown in the first and only time in show history) and the 2007-08 TV season. After the commercial break (we had those in the pilot too), the boys preview the 2007 NFL season and talk about the place of fighting in hockey. And the show wraps with Steve doing the outro on his laptop’s built-in microphone because he forgot to do it at the studio. If you’re a longtime fan of The Lowdown, this is a must listen classic edition of the show.

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Lowdown BlogCast Classic: July 21, 2009

It’s Clubs Week at UWO. While the frosh get their first taste of the hustle and bustle that is the UCC atrium crowded with hundreds of people grabbing at your precious cash, we have a quick primer for them of the dark inner machinations of Clubs Week. Sounds mysterious and evil doesn’t it? In reality, Steve goes to both fall and winter Clubs Week to start fights and make fun of people. Also in the Best of The Lowdown episode, the boys find out what not to use as pickup lines. Steve also tries to release his own rap album which might have been worse than both his rock and country albums combined. The show ends with Steve going on his tour of campus to show (through sound) the frosh around some buildings they aren’t going to be setting foot in. In all, it’s a half-hour of classic Lowdown hilariousness and insanity.

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The Humanoids: Guide to O-Week 2010

It’s that time of year again for the soon-to-be denizens of The University of Western Ontario. Time to load up the overly expensive SUVs and move into residence for their first year at UWO. That means Frosh Week is here again. Of course, the frosh don’t have much of an idea of what they’re in for over the next stretch. Having done this once before and witnessing it on three more occasions, I think I have a handle on what’s important for the frosh to know as they head to London and UWO. Continue reading

Best of The Lowdown BlogCast: August 3, 2010

So the guys figured that if they can take Canada Day off, they can also get Civic Holiday off too. That means it’s time for another Best Of episode of the third season of The Lowdown BlogCast. This retrospective starts with the third edition of your favourite political sports-action-entertainment segment Raw is CPAC. That’s followed up by Steve’s review of The Beatles: Rock Band. Then a pair of Steve’s make the entertainment segment of the show. First, Stephen Harper makes It Came From YouTube. Then our very own Steve wins the Worst of Music. The boys examine the Conservative government’s plans to change the lyrics of Oh Canada using a “secret recording.” After a quick commercial break (for the Strokemeister), Steve takes a trip to an H1N1 vaccination clinic. The show closes up with a promo for Steve’s latest album, Home on the Range.

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Best of The Lowdown BlogCast: July 6, 2010

The guys took a week off from podcasting for Canada Day. This week, they replace themselves with this edition of the best of the third season of The Lowdown. On this episode, the boys head off to the UWO campus rec to get themselves in shape for summer. Jackie sets up The Lowdown’s FaceBook page and even preps one for Steve. Jackie takes Steve and our listeners for a tour of London from campus to downtown to the 401 and even EOA (East of Adelaide). Filling in the gaps, we have the Lady Gaga / Christopher Walken / Eric Cartman mashup of Poker Face. The boys also play a little sports play featuring Mats Sundin, Jeff Garcia, and Barack Obama. The show is capped off with Steve’s sing-along to end highway profanity. It’s six classic segments and 35 minutes of the best Lowdown fun and insanity.

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Lowdown Radio Preview: September 29, 2009

The second episode of The Lowdown on 94.9FM CHRW hits the airwaves tomorrow night. The show is all about the 2009-2010 NHL season. Two nights after the show airs, the season kicks off so Steve and Jackie dedicate the majority of the show to previewing the season. They break down the best fantasy players in each division and the sleeper fantasy players. They also predict each division winner and the Stanley Cup champion. Jackie also previews a single that hit #1 in the UK while Steve introduces the It Came From YouTube segment on the radio show.

The show goes live at around 6:30 PM Eastern. If you’re in the London, ON, listening area, you can listen live on 94.9 FM. You can also listen online at CHRWradio.com/listen.

The Lowdown Radio: September 15, 2009

Season three kicked off with not just a bang but a series of bangs. In tonight’s show, Steve reviews NCAA Football 10 and uses it to predict a Western Mustangs game. Then the guys tackle the latest news. Jackie previews a new single from Boys Like Girls and Steve declares Miley Cyrus the worst in music. Jackie previews the new TV season. And the show closes with a tour of London that doesn’t end well for Steve.

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On Lowdown Extra: There’s more news and TV season previews. Steve introduces the It Came From YouTube segment. There’s also added banter throughout the show. All the action comes to you uncut and uncensored.

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