Volunteer Profile: Ollie Kachmar

Catch Ollie on the air every Wednesday 4-5 PM with her show, The Beat!

OllieHow long have you been doing your radio show?

I began my volunteer position with CFBX in September of 2016. So about two years so far.

What made you want to volunteer with CFBX?

The best way to describe my path to radio is one word: serendipity. I had recently moved to Kamloops and was searching for interesting community events and a connection to my new community. One Saturday, I decided to check out the Farmers market downtown. As I strolled along rows of interesting booths of vegetables, baked goods, and artisan items. I noticed a table of volunteers where there were no products for sale. The banner above the booth had the CFBX logo. I approached out of curiosity. The volunteers working at the table appeared to be very enthusiastic in getting me to sign up as a volunteer. So with application and pamphlet in hand I headed home. Now more than two years have passed and I am still volunteering.

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

I had no idea how to operate the systems in the studio, forget developing a program. I decided to go with a music program. I chose worldbeat as the music would allow me to cross several genres. Over time, my music evolved to explore more Canadian artists while still including international music.

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

I would like my listening audience to explore the musical sounds of the world with me. My shows vary from week to week. I like to feature artists from a specific genre or a theme such as a celebration or event. So I decided to call it simply “The Beat”.

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

I cannot pinpoint a show I would consider my best. There are just too many great vocalists and musicians everywhere. My favorite shows are those around celebrations such as Diwali, Christmas, and Hanukkah. As I prepare these shows, I hope my listeners will enjoy the music of these traditions and perhaps learn a little about the cultures and their music.

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

SterlingThere are a couple of Canadian artists I would like to mention as well. Sterling Hunte, a singer/songwriter and drummer from Calgary. His music is about faith, love, joy with a reggae and salsa beat. There’s a Grammy nominated Toronto composer and flutist, Ron Korb. He is famous internationally for playing a wide variety of indigenous woodwind instruments. World Café is a compilation of Ron’s musical journey to many countries from China to Brazil.

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

A local artist I would like people to know about is Brian Bouthillier. He is a folk singer/songwriter from Kamloops and is a fantastic story teller reminiscent of such artists as Arlo Guthrie.

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

I enjoy listening to “On the Marquee” with Julie Simmons on CFBX. The show is a pleasant combination of music and a backstory on either the performers, featured musical production or movie.

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

As for my show I am hoping to include some guest interviews in the coming year.