Saturday, November 26, 2011

Radio Rochdale (CRUD) at Rochdale College


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Radio Rochdale began as an EdCon project in late 1970 and was located in Gnostic unit 607, which was in the East wing of the 6th floor of Rochdale College. Most EdCon projects were in this wing, which was previously a drug dealing commune turned into an ugly fortress that was heavily guarded. The dealers destroyed and trashed much of it, so when they were evicted most of the wing was used for educational purposes. Radio Rochdale was also on the 15th floor then moved to 1102. The Rochdale sub-basement was also used as a resource space for Radio Rochdale at one time.

The radio station was also called "The Voice of Free Toronto" and used the call letters CRUD. At first it was an AM station all over the dial, including at 605 and 1300. Later Radio Rochdale transmitted on FM frequencies. Eventually it broadcast on FM and AM simultaneously. CRUD was on the air 18 to 24 hours a day with an eclectic mix of music and talk. The station had much EdCon support at first, but when a large grant was foolishly wasted, EdCon was wary of funding the station. CRUD had a dedicated staff and extremely dilapidated equipment. At one time the transmitter was a gutted .1 watt FM wireless microphone fed into an 8 watt cable system RF line amplifier that was then fed into a jury-rigged antenna system with a gain of about 5, supplying about 40 watts of effective radiated power. It could be picked up for about a mile away from the building at 103 MHz, which is designated as a "very high frequency (VHF)". FM radio stations broadcast at frequencies of 87.8 to 108 MHz. AM radio stations broadcast at frequencies of 148.5 kHz to 26.1 MHz. CRUD's radio station studio and FM radio transmission equipment was eventually updated considerably and was worth $2,600.

Staff included: Mike Goldstein, Pat O'Brien, Pat Rogers from Trinidad, Stuart Spore, Brian Hopkins, Ken Brown, Paul Murton, Mickle, Marlow, John, Michael Lennick, Eric, George, Greg, Margaret, Jimmy, Titch, Rudy, Elf, Derek, R
uth, Patrick, Britt Johnson, Paul, Cap, Mike, Don, Nick, Chris, Henry, Jackie, Merlin the Monitor, Bob Jeffries, Brad Keagle, Pat Davis, Christine Hall, and others.

Music was played from vinyl LPs and singles, some cassettes, and reel to reel tapes. The tapes tended to be of live performances recorded by the Radio Rochdale staff at concerts, and were therefore unavailable in record stores and not heard on other radio stations.

The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) did its best to shut down Radio Rochdale several times, but failed. In March 1971 the RCMP and the federal Department of Communications charged Michael Lennick and Paul Murton with running a radio station without a license. In court Judge Addison dismissed the charges as "small potatoes". The judge said the broadcasts were intended for Rochdale residents and not the general public. Mostly Rochdalians listened to CRUD, but it was picked up by other listeners in the nearby area. In Toronto the #1 Rock radio station was CHUM FM at 104
MHz, and anyone near Rochdale attempting to dial it on their radio would inevitably discover CRUD at 103 MHz. For some reason Radio Rochdale switched to 92 MHz in October 1972.

My neighbour Ira Rushwald complained about the dynamics, and said the station needed a compressor to prevent speakers from being blown.  Compression limits the dynamic range of a signal, lowering the level of loud sounds and turning up softer sounds to achieve sonic balance.   All radio stations heavily compress their signals, but CRUD could not afford a compressor.  Fortunately, virtually all recordings are compressed.   "Round Records" played Radio Rochdale in its store located about 5 blocks to the East on Bloor St.


By 1973 Radio Rochdale had moved to the 4th Floor Ashram and used three rooms: 413, 414, and 419.  In 1974 the unprecedented mass evictions began in Rochdale, and all EdCon space was eventually lost, including Radio Rochdale. When Pat Rogers left, Christine Hall claims she crashed in the station office for the last year as a DJ and security guard for the operation.  By default she was the manager of CRUD, although there is no documentation to support her claims.  Hall is an arrogant self-important bitch.  She was an "ugly American" tourist who visited Rochdale for a short period and fortunately she is back in the motherfucking USA.  I never believe any of her self-serving bullshit.  She doesn't know what the fuck she is talking or writing about, and seems to be an LSD casualty with an overinflated ego.