CiTR’s UBC 100 Doc Series: Documentary Profiles


CiTR’s UBC 100 Doc Series provides snapshots of the past and present, using clips from CiTR’s digitized audio collection as well as interviews with faculty, students, alumni, and community members. The docs cover a broad range of challenging topics that have affected and still influence the UBC community around CiTR. The docs provide unique perspectives and retrospectives showcasing the best of Vancouver’s diverse community through the sounds of CiTR.

Queer Decade won Best Documentary and Waiting for Godiva was given an Honourable Mention at the 2016 NCRA Awards, making this documentary series an award-winning endeavor!

The docs air every Friday at 9am and podcasts of each doc can be accessed here.


Inclusion of the Underrepresented: The Beginning of Diverse-Ability in Media

Broadcast date: Friday, September 2 at 9:00AM


This documentary fDeepi Leihl Headshot (1)ollows the story of three radio producers who use CiTR 101.9FM to make radio about accessibility and disability. Snippets from a 1985 radio piece made for CiTR, “Media Effects on Youth – Youth Focus Doc,” are woven into the narrative. These clips are used to delve into the impact the production and consumption of media has on people with disabilities. Deepi, has a rare disability called Metatropic Dwarfism. Mollie and Katie, both UBC students, produce the weekly program All Access Pass. The documentary explores what brought these producers to where they are and the impact they have been able to make through CiTR, as well as the impact their experiences have had on them.

Producers: Deepi Leihl, Dama Correch & Estephania Solis

Deepi Leihl has been a community member at CiTR for 4 years. She started off as a News Reporter for CiTR’s weekly current affairs program – News 101. She has covered stories on her passions: disability, accessibility and animal rights. Her second radio documentary, We Are All Equal, earned her and co-producer Morgan Yee a National Campus Radio Association Community Radio Award in 2015. Deepi is a member of CiTR’s Accessibility Committee and a co-producer for CiTR’s Accessibility Collective’sDama Correch Headshot weekly show, All Access Pass, airing every Thursday 5-6 PM. This marks Deepi’s third radio documentary.

Dama Correch is a UBC student in Cognitive Systems as well as a radio producer at CiTR 101.9FM. She co-hosts the UBC Film Society’s radio show The Reel Whirled and is an executive at the Film Society. Dama has volunteered at two hospitals for children with physical and cognitive disabilities, which sparked her interest in the topic of accessibility. This is her first radio documentary.

Estephania was born and raised between Mexico and the United States. She loves the opportunity to connect by making people laugh. She has taken classes in acting, improvisation and is pursuing a degreeHeadshot-Estephania_Solis in Media Studies at UBC. Estephania has experience in the commercial acting industry and is currently working to gain experience in radio and voice-over narration. This is her first radio documentary.



Obstacles and Outcomes

Broadcast date: Friday, July 22 at 9:00AM


Obstacles and Outcomes is about producer Vanessa Colantonio’s journey through the Canadian health care system as a transwoman of colour. Her story is set against a back drop of archival radio clips from Queer FM documenting the trans experience in the health care system. As smooth as it has been, Vanessa’s own transition is contrasted with the pitfalls and struggles of trans activists to get trans healthcare to Vanessa Colantonio Headshotwhere it is today. Her narration is interspersed with interview clips and live recordings aired on CiTR’s long-running LGBTQ issues and current affairs program ‘Queer FM’, recorded and hosted by Heather Kitching.

Producer: Vanessa Tara Colantonio

Vanessa Tara Colantonio is a librarian and writer based in Vancouver. She has written for radio and television, and from 2006 to 2013 hosted a weekly music program called Shake a Tail Feather on CiTR 101.9FM. She also has a blog on her life, transition, and interests called “La Dolce Vanessa”. Obstacles and Outcomes is her first radio documentary feature.


CiTR’s DJ Sound Wars: Hip Hop Battles in the 90’s

Broadcast date: Friday, July 29 at 9:00AM


This documentary tells a story about the early days of hip hop in Vancouver. One of the biggest hip hop events in Canadian history took place on September 7th and 8th, 1990 at UBC. Around 900 people came to the ballroom in UBC’s Student Union Building to watch rappers, dancers, street artists and DJs, duke it out at DJ Sound War.

Rohit Joseph HeadshotRohit spoke with organizers and participants of the very first DJ Sound War, who shared their stories of this historic event. From the CiTR alumnus who organized the whole event, to the only woman to compete in the rap battle portion of the competition and win first place, the stories of the people behind DJ Sound War provide a glimpse into the beginning of the hip hop movement in Vancouver and the crucial role that CiTR played.

Producer: Rohit Joseph

Rohit fell in love with journalism through volunteering at UBC’s campus radio station – CiTR 101.9FM. He serves as the News Director, is an on-air host for News 101 and Soul Sandwich, and is pursuing a Masters of Journalism at UBC.  You can follow him on Twitter @RoTomJo.


Roadside Attractions

Broadcast date: Friday, September 9 at 9:00AM


In oral history and aural travelogue, broach the radio psyche! At any given time, you can conceive CiTR’s identity according to the audio-production it airs. Inextricable from the station’s programming are its “carts” — PSAs, promotions, advertisements — churned out by a rotating Jonathan Kew Headshotbody of programmers, volunteers, and hobbyists. Host to accessible equipment and subcultural cache, CiTR has been a lightning rod, collecting the effulgence and psychic-runoff of UBC and Vancouver’s finest.

The “carts” are a rich text, what Nardwuar the Human Serviette once called the “the life, the blood, the sweat, and the real expression of CiTR”. In montage, collage, and close listening, we can tease out a dialogue between CiTR and the outside world, encompassing satire, punk, noise art, and more. Featuring interviews with CiTR alumni, production professionals, artists, theorists, and the peanut gallery, this is but a brief adventure into the unfolding lineage of amateur radio art that is CiTR production. Brought to you in living stereophonic sound.

Producer: Jonathan Kew

Jonathan Kew is a section editor at Discorder Magazine, and hosts Kew it Up, Wednesdays 3-4PM on CiTR 101.9FM. He enjoys techno.


Gentlemen and General: The Rise of the UBC Thunderbirds

Broadcast date: Friday, August 5 at 9:00 AM


Olamide Olaniyan HeadshotThe UBC Thunderbirds are arguably the most decorated sports program in Canada. Last year, Blake Bill, former football coach for the Calgary Dinosaurs, led the ‘Birds to a thrilling Vanier Cup victory to bring the team back to relevance. But 33 years before that, coach Frank Smith developed the football program and built the team into a Western Canadian hegemon. This documentary explores his team’s rise from perennial boxing bags to 1982 and 1986 Vanier cup champions using audio from CiTR archives, interviews with key players, and coverage by the Ubyssey in the 80’s.

Producer: Olamide Olaniyan

Olamide is a third year UBC student double majoring in Economics and Political Science. He got involved at the station when he started his show, Soul Sandwich, and has since fallen in love. He is interested in the ways that we can tell sports stories and the ability athletics has to affect culture. This is his first dive into radio documentary.


UBC Sasquatch Myth

Broadcast Date: Friday, August 12 at 9:00AM


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Territory in the area now commonly known as the UBC endowment lands.This radio documentary explores the story of this Sasquatch from a Musqueam perspective. We ask the question: are Indigenous peoples in the modern westernized landscape, merely a myth? If a tree falls in the forest and no one sees it fall, is the story of its fall less real?

Producer: J Peachyubc sasquatch

J Peachy is a local community-engaged visual artist, and radio producer. He has produced independent radio that has broadcast on CJSF 90.1 FM, CFRO, Nuxalk Radio, CJMP.
J Peachy created two shows on CJSF, has won local radio awards as well an NCRA Award Winner for a
Homelessness Marathon Production during the Vancouver 2010 Olympics.



The Peace Movement: The Beginning and End of Nuclear Disarmament Campaigning in Vancouver 

Broadcast date: Friday, August 19 at 9:00AM


The peace movement was an active campaign promoting total nuclear disarmament during a period in history where the two most powerful nations in the world seemed to be just one step away from blowing each other up, and subsequently the rest of the world. In the last decade of the Cold War, during the 1980s, the peace movement in Vancouver, BC, gained an unprecedented amount of traction. However, support for the movement was short-lived as peace activists dwindled in numbers moving into the 1990s and beyond. In fact, sentiments ferociously opposed to the existence of nuclear weapons today are far and few between. What were the factchristine kimors that caused the peace movement in Vancouver to fail? Is the legacy it leaves behind one that supports the value of political activism as a powerful agent for change?

Producer: Christine Kim

Christine Kim is a 3rd year International Relations student at UBC. She began broadcasting at CiTR in her first year at UBC as a News Reporter for CiTR weekly current affairs program – News 101. After discovering a passion for different forms of artistic expression, Christine started volunteering for CiTR’s arts and culture program. She is currently the director of the Arts Report and broadcasts live every Wednesday at 5pm on CiTR 101.9 FM.



Broadcast date: Friday, July August 26 at 9:00AM 


Grunge… was identified as a mixing of heavy metal and punk to create a slower and more complicated sound than earlier versions of punk but retained the same lyrical themes. Vancouver in the early to mid-eighties was hugely influential with bands like D.O.A. and the Young Canadians. By the early nineties the focus had shifted to Seattle’s new grunge scene. Vancouver punks and non punks identified with grunge, experiencing a city is similar to Seattle in geography, climate and size. CiTR presented many big concerts in Vancouver. The digitized promos and interviews in the CiTR archive for roger allengrunge bands tell the story of Vancouver during this influential period.

Producer: Roger Allen

Roger Allen is a designer with a Bachelor of Communication Design degree from ECUAD, and has worked over ten years in graphic design and marketing. With extensive experience in branding, as well as strong illustration and photography skills, Roger also runs an online image gallery and art direction site at Roger has guested on Nardwuar the Human Serviette Presents to discuss the history of punk rock in Vancouver, and has been an avid follower of the local music scene since the mid ’80s.


Queer Decade

WINNER of 2016 NCRA Best Documentary

Broadcast date: Friday, July 8 at 9:00AM 


1995-2005 is the story of the queer rights movement in Vancouver, during the era when queers finally started winning their rights.  From the 1995 Supreme Court of Canada decision that ruled that lesbians, gays and bisexuals were entitled to equality under the law to the 2005 House of Commons vote to legalize same sex marriage nationwide, Queer Decade touches on key events in B.C.’s queer activist history, such as the Little Sister’s court case and the Surrey School Board book ban.  It also comments on the queer community’s growth from a relatively white, middle class movement, to a more diverse and spiritually mature collective.  The documentary features interviews with key Heather Kitchingactivists and politicians who helped move queer rights forward.  It also
includes queer anthems from the era, and archived recordings from CiTR’s Queer FM, including tape from British Columbia’s first legal same-sex wedding.

Producer: Heather Kitching

Heather Kitching produced and hosted Queer FM on CiTR from 1993-2010, earning a National Campus Radio Association Community Radio Award in 2006. She was also a regular contributor to This Way Out, the syndicated LGTB radio magazine out of Los Angeles, and a Canadian news stringer for SiriusXM OutQ, the LGBT talk station on SiriusXM Satellite Radio.  During the 90s, she was an activist with the December 9th Coalition on LGBT issues, an organizer with BiNet BC, and a board member of Egale Canada.  Heather currently lives in Thunder Bay, where she is finishing a degree in journalism through Carleton University and filling in as a reporter for the CBC.


Waiting for Godiva: Conversations about Sexism at UBC, 1980-2013


Broadcast date: Friday, July 15 at 9:00AM


Throughout history, the university campus has served as a major site of controversy and discussion on topics of sexism. At UBC, student media such as CiTR Radio and the Ubyssey newspaper have provided essential coverage of these issues. This documentary uses this coverage to investigate how conversations about sexism and sexual violence have changed at UBC in the past thirty years, from 1980-2015. The first half of the documentary explores the history of the UBC Engineers’ “Lady Godiva Ride” in the 1980s, using historical audio from CiTR’s archives and interviews with UBC alumni. Following this, the documentary examines the Sauder frosh chant incident that Eleanor Wearinghappened at UBC in 2013, drawing on perspectives of UBC students, the AMS Sexual Assault Support Centre (SASC), and archives from the student newspaper the Ubyssey.

Producer: Eleanor Wearing

Eleanor is a UBC student double majoring in Human Geography and CiTR. She is the co-host of the show Femconcept, Fridays 1-2PM on CiTR, and is interested in exploring issues of gender and the representation of women in arts and the media. She became interested in discussing issues of sexual violence on campus after working as a Research Assistant at the AMS Sexual Assault Support Centre (SASC) in the summer of 2015. This is her first radio documentary.


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