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February 2013 Archives

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Playlist for February 28th

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Photo courtesy Radio West listener Suzan Wood-Young, Cedar Creek Beach





4:00-4:30

Song: Down in Georgia
Album: Searchlight Entry
Artist: City of Sparks

4:30-5:00

Song: See You Later
Album: Searchlight Entry
Artist: Travis Pickering

5:00-5:30


Song: Everest
Album: Up Up Up Up Up
Artist: Ani DiFranco

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The Boomer Revolution

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Boomers at the Canadian Masters Swimming Championships. (Photo by John Collins/Dreamfilm Productions)
A new documentary looks at how boomers are redefining aging. Filmmaker Sue Ridout joined Rebecca to explain.


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Starting a start-up in Prince George

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("Luminous Idea" by Tiago Daniel, flickr)

Have a great idea for a business? But need some help honing it? There's an event in Prince George that might help. Will Cadell is the organizer of Start Up Weekend Prince George, which takes place this weekend. He joined Rebecca to explain.


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Playlist for February 27

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Radio West listener Lori Johnson's photo of a sign of spring at the end of her driveway.


4:00-4:30

Song: Love Blind
Album: Searchlight entry
Artist: Laela Heidt

5:00-5:30

Song: Remember How We Forget
Album: Searchlight entry
Artist: Shane Koyczan and the Short Story Long

5:30-6:00

Song: Coin Toss
Album: Dial: Maceo
Artist: Maceo Parker featuring Ani DiFranco

Song: Unlucky
Album: Searchlight entry
Artist: Pauline Kyllonen


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The Dish: The Sprouted Fig

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Strawberry Bruschetta

This afternoon we get a lesson in hors d'oeuvres with The Sprouted Fig in Vernon. Rebecca Sat down owner Angie Tumlinson and chef Lisa Taylor.

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Mini Cucumber Bite
 
Slice cucumber into thick rounds
Hollow out with a melon baller
Dice tomatoes, onions, peppers, and cucumber insides
Mix with Greek dressing or olive oil with Mediterranean herbs and lemon juice or vinegar
Place in scooped-out cucumber
Top with feta cheese and kalamata olives
 
 

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Beet juice keeps streets clear in Merritt

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Photo courtesy the city of Merritt

The city of Merritt has made some pretty big savings on snow removal this year. And all the credit goes to a special solution of beet juice and salt brine. Rebecca spoke with Darrell Finnigan to learn more. He's the Superintendent of Public Works in Merritt.

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Playlist for February 26th

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Photo courtesy Myrna Tracy of Kelowna: snowdrops blooming beside snow

4:00-4:30

Song: What You're Doin' Child
Album: Great Speckled Bird
Artist: Ian and Sylvia

4:30-5:00

Song: Wanderin'
Album: Searchlight Entry
Artist: Sam Tudor

5:00-5:30

Song: Got No Trouble
Album: Searchlight Entry
Artist: Kelly Spencer

5:30-6:00

Song: Thirty-Two Flavours
Album: Canon
Artist: Ani DiFranco







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Prince George RCMP facing cuts to budget

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Eric Stubbs (File photo)


The City of Prince George decided that, in order to fix its roads, it needs to take money from the RCMP budget. Mayor and council decided to repurpose 1.2 million dollars from the police budget. Rebecca spoke with RCMP Superintendent Eric Stubbs to find out what effect it will have on police.


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How you could set Ottawa's agenda

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Kennedy Stewart announcing his e-petition motion.


Ever get the feeling that federal politicians don't talk about the things you care about? Well, Burnaby-Douglas NDP MP Kennedy Stewart has a motion you might be interested in. Tabled in parliament earlier this month, it asks the government to consider online petitions, so you can get your item on the agenda. Kennedy Stewart joined Rebecca to explain:



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The Classifieds: Bird Houses

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Photo courtesy Dan Hodak

This week from the Classifieds, we meet Dan Hodak of West Kelowna. Here's his ad:

Wanted.
Bird houses, any kind, any size
Must be cheap or free, will pick up.
Also wanted white or pied homing pigeons.
Call Dan.

Rebecca called up Dan and learned he already has quite a few bird houses. Have a listen:

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Playlist for February 25

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Street art in Revelstoke. (Photo by Kathryn Marlow)


4:00-4:30

Song: It's a Beautiful Day
Album: To Be Loved (coming out April 22)
Artist: Michael Buble

4:30-5:00

Song: Peace Making Song
Album: New Journeys
Artist: Terri-Lynn Williams-Davidson

5:00-5:30

Song: Fragile Birds
Album: Little Hell
Artist: City and Colour

5:30-6:00

Song: Little Plastic Castle
Album: Canon
Artist: Ani DiFranco



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Why you should watch WHEN you eat

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House doctor Brian Goldman joins Rebecca with new research into how when you eat has a big effect on obesity.


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Wine Column: Vancouver International Wine Festival

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Photo courtesy Nick J Webb, Flickr

Wine columnist Jeannette Montgomery is heading to the Vancouver International Wine Festival this week. Rebecca spoke to Jeannette about why the festival matters to BC's Interior.

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Helping students behave better- with gum?

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Self-regulation is a new behaviour management technique that 6 B.C. school districts are trying out. SD 54, Bulkley Valley, is one of the districts working with its students to make sure they are in the position they need to behave well, and focus on their work.That can mean taking them to the gym to shoot hoops, or giving them a piece of gum. Lake Kathlyn Elementary principal Marie Edwards joined Rebecca to explain.



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Hot Topic: Is Kelowna a "paradise lost"?

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Kelowna, looking like paradise.


Take a look at this article from The Province newspaper, which says gangs and unchecked growth have made Kelowna a "paradise lost." Do you agree? Why or why not? Share your comments on today's hot topic by calling 1-855-222-5775 or sending us an email.


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Local Music: Terri-Lynn Williams-Davidson

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Photo courtesy Terri-Lynn Williams-Davidson

This week, we shine the Radio West spotlight on Terri-Lynn Williams-Davidson from Haida Gwaii. She's a musician, a dancer and a lawyer. Her newest album is called New Journeys. Rebecca spoke with Terri-Lynn from her home in White Rock.

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Family doctors for all?







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Margaret MacDiarmid (file photo)

The province has released a plan that it says will make sure all British Columbians who want a family doctor, have one by 2015. Part of the plan includes allowing doctors to take phone appointments. Guest host Kathryn Marlow spoke with Health Minister Dr. Margaret MacDiarmid to learn more. 


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Oscar Predictions for 2013

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Argo seems to be the shoo-in for best picture. (Warner Bros./Associated Press)


The Oscars are this weekend! Katherine Monk gives us her predictions for Best Actor, Best Actress, and Best Picture.


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Tumbler Ridge dinosaur park goes for UNESCO status

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A theropod print in perspective. This is one of the many dinosaur fossils found near Tumbler Ridge (Tumbler Ridge Museum Foundation).
The area around Tumbler Ridge contains a treasure trove of dinosaur fossils.

Now a group is hoping to have the area recognized as a Geopark, which is a special UNESCO designation.
   
Charles Helm is a family doctor and amateur paleontologist who lives in Tumbler Ridge. He's also the chairperson of the Tumbler Ridge Aspiring Geopark steering committee. He told guest host Kathryn Marlow about the initiative.

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Playlist for February 22

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Sicamous in January. (Photo by Kathryn Marlow)


4:00-4:30

Song: The Road
Album: (Searchlight entry)
Artist: Jesse Booth

4:30-5:00

Song: The Train
Album: (Searchlight entry)

5:00-5:30

Song: Lie Cheat Steal 
Album: (Searchlight entry)
Artist: Andrew Judah

5:30-6:00

Song: Someday Soon
Album: Northern Journey (for the Ian & Sylvia version)
Artist: Ian Tyson

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Finding love in high school- again

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Scott's love note from 1981. (Photo courtesy of Scott Fochler)


Scott Fochler fell in love with his wife, Doreen, while they were students at Vernon Secondary School. That was in the 80's, so when they returned to the building for their 30th reunion, Scott was surprised to see something still there- something he had written as a gesture of love to Doreen on a drama room wall. Scott decided, if he could find a way, he would try to salvage the drawing for his sweetheart. Little did he know how hard that would be. Guest host Kathryn Marlow spoke with Scott to get the story.


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Kelowna mayor renews call for second bridge

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Thousands of people walked across the new William R. Bennett Bridge during the official opening in Kelowna in May 2008. (Jeff Vinnick/Canadian Press)
Right now there is only one route between Kelowna, West Kelowna and points beyond. That's Highway 97 and the Bennett Bridge that goes over Okanagan Lake.

But for decades local leaders have been pleading with the province to fund a second crossing.
   
So far, those pleas have gone unanswered.

But yesterday, Kelowna mayor Walter Gray, is renewing the call for another way to get across the water.

He dropped the Radio West studio and told guest host Kathryn Marlow all about why he thinks the project should be a top priority.

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Playlist for February 21

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A glimpse of the D.E.V. Galena while ferrying across Upper Arrow Lakes. (Photo by Kathryn Marlow)

4:00-4:30

Song: Seasons
Album: Little Mountain

4:30-5:00

Song: The Day You Die
Album: Cigarettes & Truckstops
Artist: Lindi Ortega

Song: Gimme Sympathy
Album: Fantasies
Artist: Metric

5:30-6:00

Song: Pilgrimage to Paradise
Album: Movin' On 1967-1968
Artist: Ian & Sylvia 

Song: Blueberry Paulson
Album: Imagineering
Artist: James Lamb

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Lemon Pasta recipe from Radio West listener

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(Photo by KLAVIeNERI on Flickr)



Listener Mary Cenedese sent us her recipe for Lemon Pasta, to win a copy of Barbara Lambert's book. Barbara was on Radio West to talk about the Tuscany-inspired recipes she blogs about.

Lemon Pasta
 
zest of 2 lemons
juice of 2 lemons
3 Tbsp olive oil
2 cloves garlic
2 Tbsp parsley, chopped
chili pepper flakes (optional)
 
1 pkg linguine or fettucini
 
Boil pasta until al dente. 
 
Meanwhile, sauté garlic in olive oil.
When garlic is just toasted, add lemon zest and juice.  Reduce heat.
 
Drain pasta. Toss in lemon sauce.   Sprinkle with parsley and chili pepper flakes.
Yum!!



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Playlist for February 20

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The beach in Nakusp in winter. (Photo by Kathryn Marlow)

4:00-4:30

Song: The Do Nothings
Album: Fog
Artist: Fields of Green

5:00-5:30

Song: Dizzy Spells
Album: N/A
Artist: Brenda Lively

5:30-6:00

Song: River Road
Album: You Were On My Mind
Artist: Sylvia Tyson

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Tuscan treats on the dish

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Crostini with olive spread, and other treats. (Photo by Barbara Lambert)


When Barbara Lambert finished her novel The Whirling Girl, she was sad to see the characters go. But one minor character (Marta Dottorelli) started haunting her, so Barbara gave her new life in the form of a recipe blog. Barbara stopped by the studio to tell the story, and share some of her recipes (see below). She spoke with guest host Kathryn Marlow.

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Green olive crostini, and/or "black" olive crostini
Crostini are favourite pre-lunch or dinner bites, in Tuscany. They are made with rounds of bread that have been toasted in the oven or on a grill, then brushed with (very good) olive oil, then spread with a variety of delicious things: chopped chicken liver paste, for example, or chopped prosciutto, or grated pecorino cheese (in this case put under the grill after the cheese is applied) or- in this case- a spread made of either green or black olives.
Green olives are actually "ripe" olives but they are picked a little earlier than the very ripe "black ones". They do not come from different sorts of trees.
The Dottorellis of course grow their own olive, and also use their own olive oil, which is "milled" at a cooperative mill down in the valley below their house. It is a very rich dark green.
So: to make the olive "paste"
Not having olive trees in my back yard, I go to my local deli, La Cucina, in Penticton, and I buy either the "spiced" olives that I'm using today (these are not in tins) or tins of pitted black olives and/or tins of green pitted ones. The beauty of this recipe is that if you have tins of appropriate olives in the house you can whip it up any time, very easily. (Of course you will also have lots of garlic already on hand.)
Marta Dottorelli would snootily use just a kitchen knife to prepare (chop) the olives and garlic. I cheat with a sweet little mini-cuisinart which makes the process so fast.

Bruschetta
(Note that Marta is very particular that this is pronounced "broo-sketta" with a hard "k" sound (not "brushetta"). This common mispronunciation drives her nuts.)

Ideally the bruschetta would be made with typical Tuscan bread which is unsalted and very dense. Ideally too it would be toasted over an olive-wood fire. But I used a grill pan which I bought in the local supermarket near Cortona, and use for so many things. 
-heat grill pan to very hot
-cut thickish ovals of a good Italian style bread.
-grill on both sides to make crisp and nicely "marked" on the outside.
-you can rub a clove of garlic at this point, or not.
-while still warm, sprinkle with sea salt or with a sea-salt and oregano mix
-drizzle with VERY GOOD olive oil (extra virgin, "extra-fruity" is best) (this is from olives that are picked a little early, to give that fruity taste) and pick up with fingers and eat immediately.


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Enderby outlaws 'aggressive' panhandling

Enderby is the latest B.C. community to crackdown on aggressive panhandling.

This week, city council amended its good neighbour and municipal ticketing bylaw to include panhandling.

The move was made because of one individual who arrived in town a few months ago.


Enderby's Mayor, Howie Cyr, spoke with guest host, Kathryn Marlow, about the bylaw.

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Dave Quinn on Winter Survival

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Pickle Lake, BC (Photo courtesy Bruce McKay Snow Photography, Flickr)

Radio West Outdoor Guy, Dave Quinn says everyone should be prepared to spend a night outside in the cold, unexpectedly. Rebecca spoke with Dave to learn the tricks to survive a frigid night outdoors.

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Playlist for February 19

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One of listener Shelley Wood's CanLit shelves. (Photo by Shelley Wood)


4:30-5:00

Song: Big Blue Wave
Album: Is
Artist: Hey Ocean

Song: Round Again
Album: Row Upon Row of the People They Know
Artist: The Once

5:30-6:00

Song: Summer Wages
Album: Cowboyography
Artist: Ian Tyson

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BC Budget 2013, according to the pros

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The BC Liberals are calling the 2013 budget lean and balanced.

Elizabeth Cull and Colin Hansen know a lot about preparing and presenting provincial budgets. Elizabeth Cull served as finance minister for the NDP from 1993 to 1996, and Colin Hansen was Liberal finance minister from 2004 to 2005 and 2008 to 2011 (he still serves as a Liberal MLA). Rebecca spoke with them both for their reaction to the 2013 budget.


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Playlist for February 18

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The Lucas family's CanLit collection (Photo by Glen Lucas).


4:00-4:30

Song: Shy
Album: n/a (Searchlight entry)
Artist: Honest Woods

4:30-5:00

Song: Wild Rivers
Album: Choose Your Choice
Artist: Brian Rosen & The WhatNow

Song: Forever Young
Album: n/a (searchlight entry)
Artist: Cynthia Leigh Ann

5:30-6:00

Song: Four Rode By
Album: Northern Journey
Artist: Ian & Sylvia

Song: A Mirror
Album: Small Reveal
Artist: Aidan Knight

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What is the responsibility of a home inspector?

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(Photos courtesy Anna Everson)

A woman from Summerland is fighting back after she mistakenly purchased a house that was once a grow-up. Now, she's suing the home inspector. To learn more about home inspectors and their responsibilities, Rebecca spoke with Helene Barton. She's the executive director of the The Canadian Association of Home and Property in BC.

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Dog ban continues in downtown Nelson

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A dog in Nelson takes a break on a city sidewalk

Dogs will have to wait another day to walk Nelson's downtown streets. City council decided the ban on dogs downtown will continue, at least for now. Rebecca spoke with councilor Deb Kozak about council's decision.

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Radio West Spotlight: Brian Rosen & the WhatNow

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Photo courtesy Brian Rosen

This week, we shine the Radio West Spotlight on Nelson act, Brian Rosen & the WhatNow. Rebecca spoke with Brian about his band.

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Radio West's Reading and Writing Panel

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Rebecca speaks with Barbara Jo May, Alix Hawley and Adam Schroeder

Radio West assembled a reading and writing panel for the live show from the Kelowna Library: Alix Hawley teaches literature at Okanagan College and writes short stories. Adam Schroeder teaches creative writing at UBCO, and has written several novels including In the Fabled East. And Barbara Jo May is the Adult Collections Librarian for the Okanagan Regional Library. She has worked in public libraries for more than 25 years.

Panel Discussion: Part One
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Panel Discussion: Part Two
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And, you can find the Radio West reading list here.

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Monk's Movies: A Good Day to Die Hard and Safe Haven



This week, Katherine Monk reviews the new Die Hard movie, and the latest Nicolas Sparks romance.

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Cowboy poetry on Radio West

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Ken is a gentleman, so he took off his stetson before speaking with Rebecca.


Cowboy poet Ken Mather was one of our guests at the Kelowna library. He weighed in on the Okanagan Reads books, George Bowering's Shoot!, and shared a poem of his own.


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Playlist for February 14

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This year's Canada Reads books. See above for details on how to win them!


4:00-4:30

Song: Lonely
Album: Hot Rum!
Artist: The Boom Booms

4:30-5:00


Song: Having You Around
Album: July Talk
Artist: July Talk

Song: I'm Sticking with You
Artist: The Velvet Underground
Album: Juno (soundtrack)

5:00-5:30

Song: In My Life
Album: Rubber Soul
Artist: The Beatles

5:30-6:00

Song: Brick
Album: Whatever and Ever Amen
Artist: Ben Folds Five

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Valentine's Day according to a romance writer

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Roses on offer outside a Paris Florist. (Photo by Kathryn Marlow)


February 14th is all about being lavished with chocolates and flowers. That's what a romance novelist would say, right? Turns out author Dani Collins has a different take. She spoke with Rebecca:



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The Boom Booms back on tour

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Photo courtesy The Boom Booms

The Boom Booms are back on tour. And once again, the Vancouver band is crisscrossing BC's Interior with more than a dozen stops. Geordie Hart plays bass with the band and spoke to Rebecca from on the road.

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You can see their full tour here.

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Playlist for February 13

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Part of listener Denise Eveline's CanLit collection.
4:00-4:30

Song: Inner Ninja
Album: Classified
Artist: Classified

4:30-5:00

Song: Oh Fortune
Album: Oh Fortune
Artist: Dan Mangan

5:00-5:30


Song: Chocolate
Album: Supermagique
Artist: Pacifika

5:30-6:00

Song: You Don't Know Me
Album: Way to Normal
Artist: Ben Folds (with Regina Spektor)

Song: You Turn Me On (I'm a Radio)
Album: For the Roses
Artist: Joni Mitchell


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The Dish: Valentine's Day Chocolate

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Some of Annegret's chocolates

In honour of Valentine's Day, we're celebrating chocolate. Annegret Jung runs a chocolate shop in downtown Kelowna. It's called Annegret's Fine European Chocolates. She stopped by the studio to talk chocolate with Rebecca.

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Annegret Jung


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Miniature art exhibition opens at UBCO

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Printmaker Briar Craig, Associate Professor of Visual Art, UBCO

The Biennial International Miniature Print Exhibition opened at UBCO this week. The show  features nearly 300 pieces of art by more than 30 international artists. Rebecca dropped by for a peek, and met up up with Briar Craig, printmaker and associate professor of visual art.

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Radio West Reading List

Book recommendations from Radio West listeners, in their own words. Plus, recommendations from our Radio West Reads guests (at bottom of entry).

From Gary Ockenden:

The Wars, by Timothy Findley (1977)
The story of a young Canadian officer in World War I - filled with evocative imagery, the stifling world of early 20th century Toronto...and coming of age.

Never Cry Wolf, by Farley Mowat (1963)
You've seen the movie? Now read the book (nature, the North, humour...tick, tick, tick)

We So Seldom Look on Love, by Barbara Gowdy (1992)
A collection of short stories by a writer who goes to the edges of human behaviour...and pulls it all back into 'normal' (and love in this book). Necrophilia done tastefully ... go figure!

My Present Age, by Guy Vanderhaeghe (2000)
You may have read his epic books on the early west in Canada. This isn't that! This is Ed's story - unemployed, the wrong side of 30 and wandering between a rampant imagination and facing his past. Dark and tasty, like a good red wine that's surprisingly cheap...

The Flying Troutmans, by Miriam Towes (2008)
A writer of Mennonite descent, she does the thing many Canadian writers don't easily do (in my humble opinion). She makes me laugh out loud. And this road trip story will not disappoint. Go for the ride...

From Andy Wilson:

Cool Water (called Juliet in August in the U.S.), by Dianne Warren (2010)
It's a beautiful story set in modern day, rural Saskatchewan.  I couldn't put it down, but didn't want to finish it either, which is a great dilemma to be in. 

From Deborah Leonard:

A Handful Of Time, by Kit Pearson (1987)
I like this book because it's about a girl named Patricia who spends her summer with her cousins who tease her. Then Patricia finds an old watch and she finds herself back in time of when her mother was twelve years old. 

From Glow Lemon:

The Last Cowboy, by Lee Gowan (2004)

From Penny Baughen

Best Laid Plans, by Terry Fallis (2007)
Perhaps it is not 'literature' but it would be difficult to find a more entertaining read. It has become my gift of choice to book loving friends and family.

From Denise Tupman

The Stone Angel, by Margaret Laurence (1964)
Every Canadian should read this classic more than once.

From Sue Cooper:


The In-Between World of Vikram Lall, by M.G. Vassanji (2003)
Set in Kenya, it is the story of the Indian immigrants living between native Africans and the White cultures. The setting could be in Canada in so many ways with the vast number of immigrants from so many countries trying to find their way in this country where First Nations have been pushed aside by Europeans. They too must find their space in the in-between world.

From Lavern Butchart:

Too Close to the Falls, by Catherine Gildiner (1999)
Such an entertaining memoir of her childhood as a pharmacist's daughter.  Her growing up story in Niagara Falls in the 1950s was full of laugh out loud moments.  I loved the many connections I had with my own growing up with a more old fashioned approach. A definite recommended read.

From Lise Le Bel:

The Birth House, by Ami McKay (2007)
I love this book on so many levels: it is about maritime history, it is about birthing history, it is about women's history and it is about relationship with the self, relationship with the past and relationship with the future. It delves into old world medicine meets new. It delves into women's sexuality and the struggle women have to retain control over their own bodies. It is a beautifully and masterfully told story with an evolution of a female character rarely seen in fiction. I appreciate the author's bravery and clever handling in her story telling when dealing with some of these tricky subject matters. I have read it several times and continue to get more out of it each time I do. Not only do I recommend to people the book I have given it as gifts. If you have not yet read it I highly recommend you do!

From Claude Desmarais:

In the Skin of a Lion, by Michael Ondaatje (1987)
So many to choose from, but I have go with this one.

From Steve Mroszczak:


Chump Change, by David Eddie (1996)
Hilariously poignant novel of a struggling writer and young man.

From Diane Taylor:


A Fine Balance, by Rohinton Mistry (1995)
Mistry writes so well about the Indian situation. His language allows the reader to create very vivid images in his/her mind.

River Thieves, by Michael Crummey (2002)
He is able to instruct us about early Newfoundland/Canadian history in a powerful way through great prose and wonderful events.

From Trevor Salloum:


Decisions, by Jim Treliving (2012)
I just finished reading a few books by the stars of Dragon's Den. This was my favourite.

From Jack Mawle:


The Rainbow Chasers, by Ervin Austin MacDonald (2008)
Non-fiction, an account of a pioneer and his three sons, the original settlers of the Bridge Lake country in the East Cariboo  in the early days of the 1900s and all their trials and tribulations to do with ranching, homesteading, trapping etc.  I highly recommend it.

From Pat Nelson:


Creating Room to Read: a story of hope in the Battle for Global Literacy, by John Wood (2013)
By a former Microsoft Executive who gave up his job to start Room to Read, an NGO that is building schools, libraries, funding education for girls publishing children's books in the local languages of the countries it is working in.  In just over 10 years it has built more than 15,000 libraries in countries with the highest illiteracy rates in the world.  The book was published this month. It as inspiring read!

From Doug Revel:

Adventures in Solitude, by Grant Lawrence (2010)
He managed to share his feelings of having a family cabin and my family has one and I was able to relate with him.

anything by Mike McCardell
He just has an interesting way of looking at life and being a professional story teller.

Stuart McLean's Vinyl Cafe books

From Rob LaBelle:

Empress of Asia, by Adam Lewis Schroeder (2006)
It is a superb story of a man who revisits his past experience as a member of a ship's crew (the the 'Empress of Asia') during World War 2 who is captured, escapes and then hides from the Japanese. The story is told from his perspective as a old man seeking to reunite with the man who helped him many years ago while giving a real account of his epic journey at the time of the War. It has a compelling plot, relate-able characters and keeps you on your toes until the end. Nothing like a local author serving up first class literature.

From Catherine Disbery:


Indian Horse, by Richard Wagamese (2012)
It is a vivid, engaging, and dramatic story.  The bush of northern Ontario comes alive, but it is alarming to read how the knowledge and spirit of the people who lived there for thousands of years are about to be destroyed in the story.  I am aware of the tragic abuse suffered by Aboriginal children in residential schools, but Indian Horse brings this history alive and touches me deeply. 

From Moni Schiller:


Pinboy, by George Bowering (2012)
George Bowering's memoir of growing up in Oliver.  It's wonderful, especially for someone like me who attended the same school and had many of the same teachers he mentions.

From Tracy Knight:


Captain Correlli's Mandolin, by Louis de Bernières (1994)
I know men and women that have equally enjoyed this incredible tale. I crave finding books as good as this!  And don't watch theories or let it discourage you... The book is different and amazing.

From Gillian Bakker:


Dear Life, by Alice Munro (2012)
Sometimes I need the comfort of a sure thing, so I'm reading this. I am, of course, not disappointed.

From Dianne Graham:


Anything from Alan Bradley in his Flavia da Luce mystery series.
Another great Canadian author and books which are enjoyed by kids and adults alike. My husband and I can hardly wait to read his latest book.

From Sherry Dewey:


Infidel, by Ayaan Hirsi Ali (2008)
This book was so powerful. Following the author's struggle with Islam, her life in Somalia, Kenya and Holland and her relationship with her clan, parents and siblings. Truly my best read in the last few years.

From Betty McKinnon:


The Forest Lover, by Susan Vreeland (2004)
A book I strongly recommend for all Canadians, especially British Columbians who want a better understanding of Emily Carr's life and works (in novel form). The well-researched writing takes you to early life on the west coast and profoundly captures the racial divide between European Canadians and the First Nations. You feel yourself almost walking alongside Emily as she explores the amazing coastal forests, and feel her sense of injustice for how her First Nations friends are treated. As you read, you feel the energy of the potlatch ceremonies and the fear that erupts as the police disrupt the people and decide at their whim whether to take away a few children to a residential school, or to take away the band chief for punishment. The painterly descriptiveness of Vreeland gives rich meaning and depth to famous Emily Carr paintings and also explores her life in France and collaboration with other great artists. Great writing! Great story!

From Ian Dewey:


A Geography Of Bliss: One Grump's Search for the Happiest Places in the World, by Eric Weiner (2008)

The Memoirs of Barry Lyndon, by William Thackeray (1844)
One of the all-time favourites, some 200 years since.

From Shelley Wood:


Let the Great World Spin, by Colum McCann (2009)

From Jane Maskell:
I hate happy endings!! I want something gritty and something real. I'm not so much plot or character driven as most people. I just like really good writing. 

A Long Long Way, by Sebastian Barry (2005)
About the Irish during the First World War.

Fall On Your Knees, by Ann-Marie MacDonald (1996)
One of my all-time favourite books. The first line got me: "They're all dead now." Had to
keep reading! :)




Here are the recommendations from our Radio West Reads guests, featuring a broad range of light reading, high-end literature, and kids' books:

From UBCO Writer in Residence Erin Mouré:

Poetry by Federico García Lorca (Spanish poet who died in the Spanish Civil War)

From panelists Barbara Jo May, Adam Schroeder, and Alix Hawley:

Godless but Loyal to Heaven, by Richard Van Camp (2012)

The Art of the Impossible: Dave Barrett and the NDP in Power, by Geoff Meggs and Rod Mickleburgh (2012)

The Tale of Two Bad Mice, by Beatrix Potter (2004)

The Portable Twentieth Century Russian Reader, edited by Clarence Brown (2003)

Frankenstein Makes a Sandwich, by Adam Rex (2006)

2666, by Roberto Bolano (2004)

Up in the Old Hotel and Other Stories, by Joseph Mitchell (1992)

Catcher in the Rye, by J.D. Salinger (1951)

Flowers in the Attic, by V.C. Andrews (1979)

Possession: A Romance, by A.S. Byatt (1990)

The Stone Angel, by Margaret Laurence (1964)


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Playlist for February 12

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Radio West listener Suzan Wood-Young's CanLit collection.


4:00-4:30

Song: Long Gone Out West Blues
Album: Long Gone Out West Blues
Artist: Pharis & Jason Romero

5:00-5:30

Song: Lovers in a Dangerous Time
Album: Stealing Fire
Artist: Bruce Cockburn

5:30-6:00


Song: The Sound of the Life of the Mind
Album: The Sound of the Life of the Mind
Artist: Ben Folds Five

Song: Tetris Song
Album: Mint Juleps
Artist: Jeremy Fisher

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Valentine's Day Wine


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One of Jeannette's recommendations
Valentine's Day is almost here. Our wine columnist, Jeannette Montgomery has some suggestions on what to drink on the day of love.

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Jeannette's recommendations:


'Best friend' wine: Quails' Gate Pinot Noir 2010, $24.99

'We'll get through this together' wine: Red Rooster 2011 Riesling, $16.99

'Last minute have-to-grab-a-bottle'
Red wine: Gehringer Bros Dry Rock Cab/Merlot (2009 or 2010), $15.99
White wine: Mission Hill 2011 Five Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc, $14.99

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Carol Huynh's old coach on the IOC's wrestling decision

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Carol Huynh competing in London. (Frank Gunn/Canadian Press)


The IOC will remove wrestling from the Olympics starting in 2020, and the wrestling world is shocked the ancient sport will no longer be in the world sporting event. Rebecca caught up with Joe Sullivan, a former wrestling coach in Hazelton who coached Carol Huynh, to get his take.


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Pharis & Jason Romero hit the road

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Pharis & Jason Romero

Horsefly's own  Pharis & Jason Romero are on tour to support their new album, Long Gone Out West Blues. They joined Rebecca for a chat about their music, their relationship, and their hand-crafted banjos.

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Family Day events

Kathryn mentioned a website listing Family Day events. It doesn't have every event from all over BC on it, but it's a start! Take a look.


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Playlist for February 8

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Radio West listener Sue Cane's CanLit collection. Share yours for a chance to win this year's Canada Reads books!


4:00-4:30

Song: excerpts from Things Fall Apart and Fire
Album: Keep Moving and Tilting
Artist: Windmills

4:30-5:00

Song: Bad Religion
Album: Channel Orange
Artist: Frank Ocean

5:00-5:30

Song: Leaving Town
Album: In the Hills
Artist: Shred Kelly

5:30-6:00

Song: Tomorrow's Song
Album: Hidden Sayings of Maria in the Shower
Artist: Maria in the Shower

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Monk's Movies: Side Effects and West of Memphis



Katherine Monk looked at a Hollywood movie and a documentary: Side Effects and West of Memphis.

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Vernon one-man band Windmills, releases EP

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Cory Myraas aka Windmills in the Radio West studio

Vernon's Cory Myraas performs under the name Windmills. This week he releases his new EP, Tilting. Rebecca chatted with Cory about the new album, and his style of music.

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Windmills new album, Tilting


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Canada Reads: Past and Present

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Left: Fernie's Angie Abdou. Her book The Bone Cage was a Canada Reads contender in 2011. Right: Kamloops' Richard Wagamese. His novel, Indian Horse, will represent BC and Yukon in Canada Reads this year.

The great Canada Reads debates kick off next week. To get us ready, Rebecca spoke with current contender Richard Wagamese and past contender Angie Abdou. We find out how an author stomachs a week-long debate like Canada Reads.

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Diluted bitumen: does it sink or float?

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Douglas Channel, the proposed termination point for an oil pipeline in the Enbridge Northern Gateway Project, is pictured in an aerial view in Kitimat, BC (Darryl Dyck/Canadian Press)

The Northern Gateway hearings continue in Prince Rupert this week. The debate has centered around diluted bitumen: does it sink or does it float? Freelance reporter Dene Moore has been covering the hearings in Prince Rupert and spoke to Rebecca about the debate.

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Playlist for February 7th

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Some of Kathryn Marlow's CanLit book collection. We'll post your photos in the days to come!

4:00-4:30

Song: Sweet Water
Album: Sweet Water
Artist: Matinee

4:30-5:00

Song: City Woman
Album: Lap Dog
Artist: Kyprios

5:00-5:30

Song: If You Give Me Love
Album: Alex Cuba
Artist: Alex Cuba

5:30-6:00

Song: Two Lovers
Album: Departing
Artist: Rural Alberta Advantage

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NYC Comedian stops in Kelowna



New York City-based comedian Darryl Lenox stops in Kelowna this weekend. He may be American, but he lived in Vancouver for 11 years. As he told Rebecca, spending time in Canada made his comedy routine stronger.

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Playlist for February 6th

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Evan Manzo and other Nancy Greene ski racers at the top of a course in Revelstoke, with Mt. Begbie in the background. (Photo courtesy, Dave Manzo)

4:00-4:30

Song: Teme
Album: African Guitar Summit II
Artist:Alpha Yaya Diallo

5:00-5:30

Song: Lennon & McCartney
Album: Best Day
Artist: Dala

5:30-6:00

Song: Papa's Song
Album: Hidden Sayings of Maria in the Shower
Artist: Maria in the Shower

Song: The Bad in Each Other
Album: Metals
Artist: Feist


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Surf's up in the Okanagan

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Surfing in Peachland: Photo courtesy Carey Missler

It's not your average surf mecca, but filmmaker and surf junkie Carey Missler says he's found a surfing gem in the Okanagan. Missler says if you keep a close eye on the weather, you can find a decent wave in Peachland. Here is Rebecca's conversation with Carey Missler.

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Check out The Canadian Surfer movie here.

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Peachland surfing, Photo courtesy Carey Missler



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The Dish: Canadian Culinary Championships

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Chef Michael Lyon drops by Radio West

This week on The Dish, Kelowna chef Michael Lyon gives Rebecca the low-down on the Canadian Culinary Championships.

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The competition runs February 8th and 9th.

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Outdoor Guy on the evolution of skis

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Photo courtesy Manik, Flickr

This week, Outdoor Guy Dave Quinn joins us from Zurich to talk about the evolution of skis. Here's his conversation with Rebecca:

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Playlist for February 5

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Sunset in the Peace. (Photo by Darlene F)


5:00-5:30

Song: Give it Away
Album: Give it Away
Artist: Paul Brandt

5:30-6:00

Song: Bee Song (The Plight of the Bumblebee)
Album: Hidden Sayings of Maria in the Shower
Artist: Maria in the Shower


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Tubby and Nottubby visit Radio West

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Sophie Brecht (Nottubby) and Louis Fortier (Tubby).


Writers and actors Louis Fortier and Sophie Brecht brought their show The Tragicomic Destiny of Tubby and Nottubby all the way from Paris to Kelowna. They'll perform it at the Rotary Centre for the Arts on Thursday- but first, they stopped by our studio.



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The Classifieds: Women in the Wind

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Lisa Haring in her 'hug your bike' pose

This week from the Classifieds we meet Lisa Haring. Here's part of her ad:

Looking for other women motorcyclists to share your love of the road and wind?
Look no further!
Founded in 1979, Women in the Wind now has over 90 chapters.
I'm looking for interested, motorcycle-licensed women to join a new Okanagan Chapter


Here's Rebecca's conversation with Lisa:

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UBC gives pay hike to women faculty

The University of British Columbia is giving its female professors a pay hike.

All tenure-stream women are getting a 2 per cent increase, including those at the university's Okanagan campus.

The move was prompted by a systemic gap in the pay between male and female faculty.

Rebecca discussed the move with Rachel Kuske, UBC's senior advisor on women faculty to the provost.
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Final curtain call for Ballet Kelowna

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Photo courtesy Ballet Kelowna

Ballet Kelowna is making its final curtain call. The small professional company has been a fixture on Kelowna's arts and culture scene for more than 10 years. But in March, the company will take to the stage one last time before calling it quits. Rebecca spoke with Jamie Maw, the president of Ballet Kelowna's board of directors.

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Playlist for February 4th

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Rebecca pulls on her sneakers believing it is spring!

4:00-4:30

Song: Fernwood
Album: Gone
Artist: A Million Dollars in Pennies

4:30-5:00


Song: Nothing Will Grow
Album: Voices
Artist: Little Jungles

5:00-5:30

Song: Somebody
Album: Hannah Georgas
Artist: Hannah Georgas

5:30-6:00

Song: Don't Build No Walls 'Round the Graveyard
Album: The Hidden Sayings
Artist: Maria in the Shower

Song: Rainy Saturday
Album: Us Alone
Artist: Hayden


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Radio West Spotlight: Little Jungles

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Kelowna's Matthew Niemann of Little Jungles

This week we shine the Radio West Spotlight on Matthew Niemann of the band Little Jungles. Here's his conversation with Rebecca:

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Playlist for February 1st

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Cariboo Challenge Sled Dog Race at 108 Mile Ranch (Photo courtesy Chris Nickless)

4:00-4:30

Song: Your Velvet Dress
Album: Answers
Artist: Chris Ho

5:30-6:00

Song: Horse Soldier, Horse Soldier
Album: Horse Soldier! Horse Soldier
Artist: Corb Lund

Song: I've Got Your Fire
Album: Beautiful Wild
Artist: Jenn Grant

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Katherine Monk's Movie Review




This week Katherine Monk looks at A Royal Affair and Sound City.

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Ecotone hits Kelowna


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Ecotone
is billed as an underground creative gathering. Dozens of artists and exhibitors will be gathering at the Rotary Centre for the Arts in Kelowna on Saturday. Rebecca spoke with urban farmer Curtis Stone about the event.

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Urban farmer Curtis Stone of Green City Acres


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BC Conservatives open 'super' campaign office in Kelowna

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BC Conservatives leader John Cummins dropped by Radio West

The leader of the BC Conservatives, John Cummins, was in Kelowna this week. He opened what he calls a 'super' campaign office. He also met with local business leaders and confirmed his party's support for Enbridge's Northern Gateway Pipeline proposal. He stopped by the Radio West studio for a chat with Rebecca.

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