Introducing Lowdown Swag

We here at Lowdown HQ like to do campus radio talk shows differently. This is obvious through our unique Lowdown Extra bonus content available for download available on the blog. Now, we’re trying something different again.

Today, we’re officially launching Lowdown Swag. It’s our official line of clothing. Right now, we have five designs available for purchase as t-shirts, sweatshirts, hoodies and other assorted merchandise. So take a look at the merchandise and keep checking back here for new releases. Continue reading

Reminder: You Can Still Vote For The Best of The Lowdown

Sorry for the lack of a better post today but we were busy with the run up to another radio broadcast. Tonight, we aired the second of three planned “Best of” episodes of The Lowdown radio. Coming up on July 21st is the third and final “Best of” episode of the season and I want your help to script the show. Continue reading

Program an Episode of The Lowdown

The Lowdown radio show is currently broadcasting its best moments from the past season. We’re including some of the funniest and most memorable moments from the last eight months of episodes. But that doesn’t quite work at Lowdown HQ. That’s why we’re giving you the chance to program our final episode of the “Best of The Lowdown.” Continue reading

An Evening With Rich Christensen

When I interviewed Rich back on April 14th, I kept looking for the right word to describe him.  He would say something that would take me back a bit and I couldn’t think of the right word to describe it.  It was intense but that wasn’t the right word.  He wasn’t preachy, far from it. Although I’m not entirely sure my editing skill did him justice on that front.  The perfect word dawned on me as I edited the interview: Passionate. Continue reading

Lowdown Radio with Rich Christensen

On May 26th, we have a special episode of The Lowdown radio show. I interview Rich Chistensen. He is the creator of several of Speed Channel’s most popular shows including Pinks, Pinks All Out, Pass Time, and Drag Race High. For the whole show we talk about his new live drag racing show, ArmDrop Live, his work for Speed Channel, what he thinks about street racing, how much control he has over Pinks All Out and a short preview of the upcoming season.

Listen to the complete interview at

We’ve Won An Award

Sorry for the random bit of self-indulgence but I’ve just won my second CHRW Volunteer of the Year award.  Unfortunately, The Lowdown radio show did not win for best talk show.  We were beat out for that by that TV Western show that they simulcast on radio.  But we still won the big award of the night so that other show’s hosts can stick it.

And congratulations to my usual sports partner in crime, Josh Sweetland, who picked up the award for top sports commentator.  He’s someone you’ll hear on big games for years to come.

Don’t forget, you can always listen to The Lowdown radio show at

Lowdown Music Show Play List

So we tried our hand at being a music show on Sunday.  If you were interested, here’s the songs we spun while acting like real DJ’s. A special thanks to those who called in to chat and make requests. Another shout out to our recurring guest Graham Page who chatted with us about soccer, motorsports and cars in the run up to 2:00 AM.  The songs listed in red are what I picked and the songs in turquoise are Jackie’s picks. Continue reading

Doing a Music Show: How Hard Can It Be?

This Sunday at midnight (as Saturday becomes Sunday), The Lowdown is taking over the airways in London for two full hours. The only difference between this and the usual Tuesday night editions of The Lowdown is that this is supposed to be mostly music.

We’re taking over for one night only, subbing in for regular host Simon Machina. Except where Simon does electronic music, we have carte blanche. The only rules we must abide by are 25% new music and 25% Canadian content.

Since we don’t have the same time constraints on a usual half-hour episode of The Lowdown, we can take calls and chat on air.  I suppose that means we can take requests for songs too.  You can call us on Sunday at 519-661-3600.

So, hosting a music show: how hard can it be? Find out on Sunday, March 22nd at midnight and listen to our account of this ordeal on The Lowdown on May 12th at 6:30PM.

We’ve Been Nominated

The Lowdown radio show on 94.9FM CHRW in London, ON has been nominated for the Best Talk Show award at this year’s CHRW Awards. Hopefully this year’s awards goes better than last year’s when we were shut out in our combined five nominations.

In addition to the show’s nomination, I’ve been nominated for Outstanding Sports Commentary and Volunteer of the Year.

If you want to find out what makes The Lowdown one of the best radio shows in London, check out our archives at

Behind The Scenes: Rock The Rink


It’s not often that I feel compelled to write up a random blog post based on a simple occurance in everyday life.  But when I think about it, as a campus radio personality, everyday life for me tends to be fairly different from everyday life for most folks.  No offence, but this is the greatest line of work in the world and I’m a little disappointed that I won’t be able to continue when I graduate in 3 months’ time.

Anyway, back to the story at hand.  Friday night was “Rock the Rink” night at Western’s Thompson Arena.  Any fans who wore purple shirts got in for free and everyone else had to buy a purple shirt.  That made it a packed house at Thompson Arena, which is a pretty unusual occurrence, of about 700 people by most estimates.  Most teams try to do a white-out or a black-out or whatever team colour but I think this is the first time in recorded history that a hockey crowd was a sea of purple.  Add to this the fact that it was “Seniors Night” which meant there was a special pregame ceremony to honour all the graduating players before the game and this was geared up to be a special night. Continue reading