Volunteer Profile: Dylan Olson

Catch Dylan’s show every Wednesday afternoon, 2-3 PM.

How long have you been doing your radio show?

I have beDylanen doing my radio show for 7 years now. I am amazed how fast time goes when you’re having fun. I started my time with CFBX back in October, 2011. My 7 year anniversary was at the end of October.

What made you want to volunteer with CFBX?

I have always been into music when I was a kid. This interest would follow me into my years in both elementary and high school. I found an ad in the paper and thought it would be a great opportunity to hone into my evolving interest. What a great choice that was!! It has been a very rewarding experience that I am glad I took advantage of. Lots of music to discover and listen to here at the X and great people to work with. It is also a great opportunity to learn how to be on the radio professionally, especially if people want to go on to work at a commercial radio station.

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

My show is about alternative rock. Hence, the name “Alternative Eye”. In addition, I like to mix in other genres of music, which includes blues, folk, country, indy rock, jazz and hard rock. I mostly play new music because there is always new music being released every day. There are so many new artists, it’s hard to keep track of all of them all at once. I also mix in some older music from the early 2000s and music released back in the nineties as well.

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

My show is unique because there are lots of music that many listeners would not be able to hear on a mainstream station, especially the local artists like Jeremy Kneeshaw and Madison Olds. It is important to be different because it helps keep the show fresh and original.

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

Personally, I thought the best show I did was the show on October 17 because I was organized and able to conduct my show in a smoother and more constructive way. Everything just came into place. I had lots of time to prepare and knew what I wanted to play ahead of time. I also recently did my 300th career show on July 18 and I thought that one went really well too.

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

That’s a tough decision because there are lots of great musicians out there that deserve a lot of credit for the work they have done. Shred Kelly is one of my personal favourites. They are one of the most eclectic bands definitely worth checking out. Another great band is Hekla Island from out of Winnipeg, Manitoba. They just have that unique alternative rock sound.

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

andrewallenLast live show I’ve seen was Andrew Allen back in the summer. He combines many different genres, like surf rock and reggae. He was a really talented artist that captivated the audience every time he was on the stage. He also performed in the closing ceremonies in Whistler for the 2010 Paralympic Winter Games.

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

There is a lot of amazing local bands out there! Music in the Park is a really good spot to check out all of the local bands and musicians that come through the area. Echo Beach is a great band to check out! Their music combines surf rock with indy rock. They were the first of 3 bands to appear live during the Spring Block Party as part of Brewloops back in May. Other 2 bands were At Mission Dolores and Delhi 2 Dublin out of Vancouver.

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

One of my favorite shows is definitely Secret Radio with Corey Somers (Thursdays-3-4 PM) He is really knowledgeable in the eclectic music scene. He plays music from all genres, which is special because the audience never knows what will be played next. Another great show to listen to is This Microphone Smells with Richard Tronson (Mondays 8-9 pm). He does an excellent job in keeping the audience informed of all upcoming shows in Kamloops. Also, Hiway 61 with Doc Charles is another excellent show. (Thursdays 7-8 pm) He is definitely knowledgeable when it comes to the blues!

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

To keep playing new music that has not been discovered by others as there is always a new band waiting to be explored.