Volunteer Profile – Debbi Lang

Here’s the latest volunteer profile. You can hear Debbi Lang’s show, The Cosmic Detective, every Monday 3-4 PM.

How long have you been doing your radio show?

Three years. I started in 2016 in the summertime or late spring.

What made you want to volunteer with CFBX?

I do a lot IMG_2044of online recordings and I just thought the whole idea of learning to do radio programming would tighten it up. It was just kind of an intuitive knowing that it was the right fit and the right time, and a great opportunity. I’ve learned so much.

We did a show with (past volunteer) Rev. Joy-Anne about (my husband) Mike, and when we were leaving she said, “You should get a show!”. She said it to Mike, but I heard it!

It took a lot of courage to run a show. Because what I talk about isn’t really mainstream, so I had a lot of concerns about that. And how to do that kind of talking that’s so broad-based, that was a bit of a challenge. I have a bit of a perfectionist streak in me and working with the equipment, I didn’t want to make any mistakes. Then a day came when I made all the mistakes and no one was there to rescue me. I really loosened up after that.

Because this station is mostly about music, I felt I needed to be careful about what I could express. I want to speak to what people want to hear. What I talk about is appealing to a small niche of people. When I’m working online, there’s not a problem. But when people listen on the radio, they’re constrained to what’s on. So I had to work to break my preconceptions of what this kind of radio was.

What is your show about? What can we hear in your show?

I talk about a lot of areas I would call metaphysical and new age, but I focus a lot on astrology. I use that to carry information about relationships, healing, personality profiles, about who we really are in my terms, about human beings having a spiritual existence. Coming from that point of view, it’s very different than the mainstream. I come from the energetic: everything is energy. It’s not how we’re educated, really. Coming into a place where I can express myself, that maybe people wouldn’t really get or not really spoken about in the everyday world, and even when they are spoken about is controversial, it takes me a while to figure out what I want to say. But I’ve found a way to move past speaking to a niche audience, to speak the way that I want to speak about the topics. I’ve felt a lot of personal satisfaction and success to do the technical and mechanical aspects of the show with the creative and spiritual aspects of the show. It also terrified me that the show was done live. In a webcast, I can edit if I make a mistake, but I can’t do that here.

What makes your show unique? Why should we tune in?

The astrology is very powerful. I research a lot on my topics and combine in the things I know myself. In the moment, I often get really powerful installations in the work I do that I think people would find really helpful. I know there are people out there that need to hear what I say. Maybe one person is getting a kernel of information that will help them, every week or so. There’s little room in this world in the mainstream way of thinking about how life is. In my show, I like to think that I have something helpful to say. Everyone has something helpful.

What was the best show you’ve done to date?

I think after I had a break traveling and came back, I realized I could just go in there and do it, contrasting that with what I did before, where everything was all scripted. I just sat down, got my music, and did it. The show I did was about Jupiter in retrograde and its power going on in the world, it just all came together. I had a really powerful experience of installation.

Name an artist you’ve discovered in the past year you think your audience should know about?

Sarah SleanSarah Slean. I went to listen to her in Vernon and it was an exciting experience to see someone live like that. Her music was very inspirational and spiritual to me.

What I’ve learned about Canadian music in general since I’ve been here has been amazing to me. There’s not a really particular artist, but the entire Canadian music scene that has inspired me.

What was a recent live concert or show you have been to that you enjoyed and why you enjoyed it?

Sarah Slean again. I had the opportunity to interview the orchestra conductor (of Sarah’s concert). She inspired me too, because of her vision and her passion for the whole Okanagan area. She tried to bring in all ages, and all interest groups, and bring an orchestra to that. That opened my eyes to a way of looking at music I’d haven’t seen before.

Are there any local artists, writers or musicians that you think your audience should know about?

Not a lot of people in Kamloops, but I know a lot of musicians in Vancouver. Ron Irving, he wrote a song that Anne Murray made famous. Edith Wallace, she’s been around for a long time, I admire her and I Iove her music. She has a real spiritual tone to her music. Michael Vincent, he used to have a TV show back in the 70s, like American Bandstand but Canadian. He’s amazing!

Name another show on CFBX you enjoy and why you enjoy it.

I’ve listened to so many and I love the variety of them. I love Cara’s show (Consciousness, Ego and Enlightenment, Tuesdays Noon-1 PM), she’s right up my alley. I’ve learned a lot from her, where we can be talking in the same area and yet, our styles are so different. I haven’t really heard anything here that I don’t like. I love Ollie’s show (The Beat, Wednesdays 4-5 PM), and I like Anna’s show (Indie Rock Aftershock, Saturdays 8-9 PM) for her energy.

What are your plans for your show in the next year?

That is a really hard question! The way I got into doing my show is by taking risks, so I often don’t know until the very last moment what I’m going to do. At this point, I want get more people from the community in to talk to. I think that’s a really powerful element to the show. People who are doing interesting, passionate things, those are the people I want on the show.