Day 6

'Cool music 101': Brave New Waves lives on among its night owl fans 35 years later

CBC Radio's alternative music and culture show has been off the air for more than a decade, but Brave New Waves' nocturnal army of listeners still remember it fondly as a lifeline to music they would have never found otherwise.

The alternative music and culture show hit CBC Stereo airwaves in 1984

Brent Bambury hosted Brave New Waves from 1985 until 1995, taking over for the founding host Augusta LaPaix. Patti Schmidt took the mic from 1995 until 2006. (Charles Montpetit/CBC, CBC Archives)
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Even though it's been off the air for nearly 12 years, Brave New Waves' nocturnal fan club still holds strong.

CBC Radio's alternative music and culture show celebrated its 35th anniversary on Wednesday. The show launched on CBC Stereo on Feb. 6, 1984 with Augusta LaPaix in the host chair. It wrapped 23 years later, not long after Patti Schmidt's sign-off.

Brent Bambury, who held the reins from 1985 until 1995, shared tales from his time hosting the midnight music marathon — and, in turn, you offered your memories.

Some night owls found solace in the show's eclectic mix

Others tuned in to feel less isolated

Meanwhile, nightcrawling workers found company

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