Best of The Scope

The community-based campus radio station CKLN is long gone, its licence rescinded by the CRTC in 2011. But radio is back at Ryerson, in the form of The Scope. Although the online station is just a few months old, it features a variety of notable, weekly programs.

Part of the Noise
No student-run radio is complete without some classic punk, garage and power pop. This hour-long radio show is hosted by Patrick McEachnie, Sam Coffey and Mike Simpson. It broadcasts live on Wednesdays and Fridays from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m., and puts emphasis on national pride, playing mostly Canadian music.

Something Completely Different
Although most of us won’t admit it, there is a hipster wannabe inside us all — and this far-from-mainstream program sure tries hard to satisfy it. On Wednesdays from 9 p.m. to 10 p.m., Henry Warwick fills your ears with folk, avant-garde, classical, electronic and even medieval music.

Built to Play
This radio show is all about channelling your inner geek. Hosts Arman Aghbali and Daniel Rosen talk tech and video game news every Thursday from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Topics range from the business of video games to heavier issues such as the mental health of program developers.

Documentary and Spoken Word
It’s always therapeutic to fill the soul with some artistic and thought-provoking content. This two-hour show produces and rebroadcasts content from various stations from the National Campus and Community Radio Association (NCRA), including The Scope at Ryerson, and other campuses around Canada. The show air on Saturdays from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

SMART Lab Radio
Ryerson’s SMART Lab conducts interesting research in music-based psychology. On Mondays from 9 p.m. to 10 p.m., the team shares some of its work on how topics such as art, psychology and technology interact.

Honourable mentions also go to Spirit Live radio from the RTA school of media and Need to Know T.O. from Ryerson’s school of journalism and Ryerson Rams Athletics.


CLARIFICATION: An earlier version of this story may have left the impression that “financial corruption allegations” played a part in the decision by the CRTC to rescind CKLN’s operating licence. In its “Recovation of Licence” decision, the CRTC made no mention of either “corruption” or “financial corruption allegations.”

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