Radiothon Is On This Week

Regina Community Radio is running our annual fundraiser this week!

This means top-quality programming, with special shows all week, special guests, crazy formats, and heaps of fun!

Regina Community Radio is people-powered radio. I’ve (Chris) been volunteering at CJTR for 9 years now, and co-hosting Operation Manatee for just about 6 years – partly just because I like it, but partly because I believe community radio plays a big part in local culture! CJTR is present at virtually every local event because we have something to offer the entire community.

For one week, each year, we ask the community to give back. We even throw in some very cool perks to those to donate!

Call the Radiothon hotline at 306-525-7274 or head to CJTR.ca to donate securely online!

Thanks for your support and thanks for keeping music-lovers like me and Cory on the air, all these years!

Operation Manatee Presents Regina Folk Fest Survival Guide 2018

Summertime! Folk Fest! Good vibes and live music!

So, for the past few years (uhh… like 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, plus all this: 2011 – night one, 2011 – night two, 2011 – night three, 2011 – Storytime), I’ve gotten just a bit excited about Regina Folk Festival.

It’s just a big ol’ happy hippy good time, in the middle of the city, and it’s something that has brought me a great deal of joy over the years. Whether you’re a long-time festival-goer who bought 2018 tickets while at the 2017 festival, a first-time attendee, or someone kind of on the fence of maybe / we’ll see, hopefully, this helps provide a bit of insight and helps you get the most out of your festival time.

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Operation Manatee Presents Regina Folk Fest Survival Guide 2017

Regina sucks! This is a mantra I used to hear, growing up. Kids my age were generally sad (and somewhat misinformed) that there was little to nothing going on in Regina. To be fair, there used to be far less going on than there is now.

I don’t hear these exact words anymore (different vibe, different tribe perhaps), but Regina has still seems to have a reputation for being an uneventful small town, among some of the people who live here, but definitely among people in bigger centers.

We know better. There’s Cathedral Village Arts Festival (one of the largest arts festivals in Canada, by the way), Mosaic, Fringe Fest, Bazaart, Market Under The Stars, a plethora of arts trade shows each year, not to mention so much live music, you constantly have to pick which shows you can make and which you have to skip, every single night of the week. For a relatively small city, we’ve go a lot of music and art going on!

Well, it’s time again for my personal favourite of several well-liked annual arts events: Regina Folk Festival is just a few short days away! This festival is just lovely! I pretty much walk around like a big, dumb kid, with a big ol’ smile on my face, the whole time! You see dozens of artists, big-and-small, there are free workshops throughout the weekend, people are dancing, there’s yet another big arts market, you run into people you haven’t seen in ages, or people you only seem to see at Folk Fest (looking at you, Echo), and you get to do it all outside, in our quaint little Victoria Park, right downtown! I’m smiling already.

Each year, I see some ill-equipped, lovely festival goers, so this one is for you!

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Curious About Jazz?

Cory is curious. This is nothing new. But today, he gets to explore that curiosity and you can all hear the results.

Today from 4:00 to 6:00, Cory is filling in for Trent on Alone Together, a weekly jazz show during drive home time. Hopefully, if you have some daytime hours, you can tune in and check it out.

91.3 FM in Regina or stream online from www.cjtr.ca or with the wonderful CJTR mobile app.

Announcing: Operation Mystery Music Theatre – Radiothon Special

Yes, something like Mystery Science Theatre 3000, but with music. Operation Manatee hosts Chris and Cory are going to play some songs and reminisce about goofy fads, crazy musicians and anything else that comes to mind with a mic-on policy for maximal commentary throughout the hour.

So what does this mean? We’re going to put on some songs and talk at the same time? For fans of MST3K, you know the drill – for the rest of you, tune in at 11:00 pm tomorrow night to find out!

Operation Manatee Presents Regina Folk Fest Survival Guide 2016

I’m dusting off my summer hats, digging out my older, more festival-worn Birks, lining up my beads, stocking up on film, curating playlists, and just getting in the mood for the single most fun weekend in Regina!

This is the weekend I look forward to the most, every year. People are smiling and singing, music is playing, you’re out in the fresh air, with friends – new and old, no judgments are made. Yep. It’s pretty great. Don’t just go and expect the will of the universe to provide though (actually, you could probably get away with that, at this event)! Take these as handy tips to aid you in your delightful time.

Those who remember previous years’ Survival Guides (or those who don’t: 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012), know that traditionally, I’ve focused on the settlers. This one is for the nomads, so there are two categories below…

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No OpMan Tonight, Due To Two Separate Cases Of The Zombie Thing From Walking Dead

Sorry, but we had to do it. Tonight is a better time to skip, than next week, anyway.

Be sure to tune in next week, for our ultra-cool Radiothon edition. Walkers or not, we’ll be there!

Da Trilogy… AKA, Cory Tries Again…

Tomorrow night is the main event! In what has become the hottest Operation Manatee event of the year, Chris and Cory are back to battle it out with epicz rapz songz…

But wait… we have a twist!!

We each work with people much more schooled in the art of hip-hop than we are, so to switch things up this year we have tasked those folks with some “genres” of rap. Now that we have a list, we are each picking a “champion” of that genre to go head to head.

But wait… there’s more!!

We also are annexing an EXTRA HOUR OF SHOW!! Unfortunately The Rock Diner is off this week, but that means we’re going to start a full hour earlier to get in the maximum amount of rapz… so this week, 10 to midnight!!

Tune in and listen… then we’ll make you vote. If you are into Twitter, follow along @OpManatee and give us live play by play on how we’re doing.

PS – If you want to see the previous two results, here you go:
Da Foist:  http://operationmanatee.ninja/2013/06/operation-manatee-15-epic-rap-battle-to-the-death/
Der Secund:  http://operationmanatee.ninja/2014/07/operation-manatee-66-rap-battle-part-ii/