Meet our team
Gaby Aguilar is on CMRU.ca radio to fill your life with sugary ‘90s goodness. She is an 18-year-old pop culture fiend, ready to give you the low down on the juiciest celebrity gossip of the era. A self-declared fan girl, Gaby is a peppy, optimistic, high spirited person who’s determined to inform and entertain through her fierce sense of humor and cynical, millennial sarcasm. This semester she is teaming up with Abdi Shukri for – What’s the Tea??, Mondays, 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. They say their show is, “shameless in its focus on shallow, non-critical news and gossip!”
Josh Barnett is in his first year of Broadcasting at Mount Royal University. Josh enjoys movies, iced coffee, and Saturdays. Josh also happens to be very good at telling bad jokes. Josh is a big sports fan and recently landed a job as the volleyball announcer for the Mount Royal Cougars. He also plays intramural basketball at Mount Royal. Josh looks forward to his next few years as he hopes to learn as much as he can about producing content. You can join him for his show – Against the Grain with his classmate Christian Mizzoni. Listen Tuesdays from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Leigh Beacom is a geeky musician that loves alternative and indie rock. It doesn’t matter if it’s Fitz and the Tantrums today, or Nirvana yesterday, Leigh loves it all. Leigh wants to expose you to a huge variety of new music, old music, popular music, and obscure music, and hopes that you can walk away from each show with at least a song or two that you’ll go out and buy. Leigh also has a strange sense of humour and wants to make absurd jokes that will (hopefully) make you laugh. You can listen to DJ Leigh Thursdays, 4 to 6 p.m.
Makayla Berze was born and raised in Calgary and loves this city with all her heart. She describes herself as genuine, caring and wise. Her interests include sports and adventuring in the mountains, as well as being around kids and animals. Her dream is to become a sports broadcaster or analyst. This semester, Makalya is co-hosting Monday Morning Coffee with Robert Lindgren from 11 a.m. to noon. They will be bringing you the latest on sports and entertainment, and playing the best tunes to start off your week..
Stuart “Stu” Bleay is the youngest of four children, and was born and raised in Calgary. He graduated from Robert Thirsk High school in 2015. Stuart is a second-year student at Mount Royal University and is currently in his first year of broadcasting. Since the sixth grade Stuart has wanted to be a sports broadcaster, calling hockey games. Stuart played sports whole life such as soccer, baseball, and hockey being his favorite. Stuart is a fun, outgoing, social guy who enjoys hanging out with friends, meeting new people, and spending time outdoors. His dream job is to be a broadcaster for Sportsnet.
Jordan Brenda is a very responsible twenty year old broadcasting student who occasionally acts like he is twelve. He was born in Calgary and hasn’t left since. Some say he is uncultured, but that isn’t true because his future wife is going to be a Mexican actress (if she ever notices him). Catch him on air with Andrew Lohin on Tuesdays from 9-10pm for “More Talking About Nothing” where they will dig deep into various topics in a podcast style show.
Alex Brodie comes to us all the way from Brandon, Manitoba. Alex is a first-year broadcasting student at Mount Royal University, and is a huge soccer player, fan and coach, and has a side hobby of playing the drums. Alex embraces all genres of music, but really enjoys EDM music, he has some EDM experience as he has attended Summer of Sound in Winnipeg twice. In his early years, Alex had a soccer podcast but is very excited to enter the music scene. Alex can personally guarantee he will be energetic and always entertaining on the air, and that you won’t find another personality like him anywhere else.
CC is a first year university student here at Mount Royal. Currently enrolled in the broadcasting program, she has a great passion for radio work. CC is an extremely empathic and social person, making it easier for her to connect with others, most importantly her listeners! One of her best qualities is her ability to make others laugh, whether it is with sarcastic comments or humorous action. CC loves entertaining and bringing positivity into the lives of others, as well as her own. Her love of music also defines her well. Her interests range between a wide variety of genres, however she mostly enjoys good old throwback tunes.
Dylan Clarke is from Cold Lake, Alberta and is currently in his first year of the Broadcasting program at Mount Royal University. Dylan has been interested in the broadcasting field for a long time because of his interest in sports. Eventually, Dylan hopes he will be on TSN or Sportsnet which would fulfill his lifetime goal. This semester you can listen to Dylan twice a week. Mondays from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. he co-hosting a show with Ambar’s Mikaella. This dynamic duo says they never fail to make people laugh. Wednesdays, Dylan teams up with Corbin Smith for their show, Offside Sports from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sports fans will want to tune in.
Micael Deis is a first-year student in the Broadcast Media Studies program at MRU. Michael’s hometown is Cochrane, Alberta. He graduated from Cochrane’s St. Timothy High School in 2015. Michael is usually seen as a pretty laid-back and open-minded guy. Michael is a lifelong Flames fan, despite how painful it has been at times. One of Michael’s greatest passions is listening to a wide variety of music. Michael would even consider himself to be a bit of a music nerd. As a result of this, Michael hopes to be informative and provide interesting insight throughout his radio programs. This semester you can listen to Michael’s focus of the music of the 1960s and 1970s. Michael says, “I hope that show will be of interest to people that have a fondness for older music and are interested to learn more details about the history of the music.”
Elijah Flowers-Nelson aka Levi
Levi on CMRU.ca, is a Mount Royal University student in the Broadcast Media Studies program. He is passionate about music and loves hearing how artists can paint a picture through words and rhymes. On his show, you can expect to hear him playing hip hop, r&b and many more genres of music. Alongside discussions about music, get ready to listen to conversations about current events going on in the world and what it’s like to be a university student. He’s always looking to learn about diverse topics and he aims to express this in his work. If you’re looking hear some music history and discover some artists, then make sure to catch Levi on CMRU.ca.
Alan Foster, the first word that comes to mind when you see him is tall. The first word that comes to mind when he speaks though is WHOA. The young twenty-two- year old aspires to be a voice actor (think the next Morgan Freeman) and so he spends a lot of his time using his voice in practice. When not attempting to sing or do terrible impersonations, he’s listening to music and almost any genre will do. Jamaican born and raised, Alan brings some island spice to CMRU.ca so expect to hear some of his accent and even some Jamaican lingo on his show. This semester he’s co-hosting a show – VGU (Video Game University) – Tuesdays from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Mark Griffith is a student here at Mount Royal University in Broadcast Media Studies. He was born and raised in Calgary and loves the city. He’s a big sports fan, especially of the Ottawa Senators and the Calgary Flames. Good times with good people is what he’s all about. He’s played soccer practically his whole life, but music has also been one of his passions. This semester he’s working with Carsten Junker on a variety show. The music is mainly based on what they call ‘Party Music’, which essentially consists of the Dance and EDM genres. Join them – Thursdays, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Chiara Gilbert is a first-year student at Mount Royal University studying Broadcast Media. Her small town, rural roots mean that country and folk music are embedded in her genome, however she enjoys a wide range of music including indie, alternative, jazz and dance music. Coming from a farming community, where radio is an important part of daily life, she grew up listening to 80’s rock and country hits while driving dusty farm trucks. Chiara’s current radio show is Artists and Allies, a show that explores specific artists’ impact on the music industry, and the risks they took to make it happen. Artists and Allies airs on CMRU.ca every Wednesday from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Tanner Hill is a lover of life and adventure, and he credits that to knowing God. “It’s a rush! Following Jesus is the best thing ever!” Tanner also knows how to sit back and enjoy the moment. His enthusiasm and passion is contagious, and he eagerly wants people to share in the experiences that bring him joy. One of those things is getting “goosebumps” from listening to great music. Tanner found his love for jazz in high school when he played the alto sax and drums in the jazz band. He got the opportunity to travel to Orlando and Amsterdam to compete in international competitions, winning gold standard awards in both with the band. Join him Tuesdays at 5 p.m. for Refresh Radio.
Marina Jeffers is a fun loving and passionate person. She loves to go hiking and spend time outdoors. Additionally, her family, friends and dog are her number one priority. When not spending time with people, you can usually find Marina either listening to music or reading a book. Marina loves to challenge herself with new things from exercising at the gym to heading out on a new adventure. She grew up in Northern B.C. on a little farm and grew up riding horses and rodeoing. To look at her today though you would never know, she adjusted to the big city rather well.
Carsten Junker is a student here at MRU for Broadcast Media Studies. He is from a German family but has been born and raised right here in Calgary, Alberta. This semester he’s working with Mark Griffith on a variety show. The music is mainly based on what they call ‘Party Music’, which essentially consists of the Dance and EDM genres. Join them – Thursdays, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Quinn Keenan is someone who has a very real passion for music. He was involved in different music lessons and instruments from a young age which gave him an appreciation for a variety of music, especially for classic rock which he listened to with his Dad. He has been learning about folk music for a while now and sees the huge crossover between folk and classic rock, which he knows quite a bit about. Quinn hopes he can share his passion for music with his listeners. You can listen to Quinn’s The Rock Block, from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Mondays.
Chris Kerslake is a 24-year-old Broadcast Media Studies major at Mount Royal University. He has a love for a wide variety of genres of music, but usually prefers Alternative and EDM to others. He has gone to multiple festivals and spends his summers looking out for more to go to. His love for music started when he was given piano lessons as a child, after which he learned the guitar, bass guitar, bass clarinet, and trombone. Most of his time is playing video games, watching movies, and listening to music in hopes of finding new songs to add to his always growing playlist.
Robert Lindgren is 18 years old. He is in his second year at Mount Royal University but in his first year in Broadcast Media Studies. He was Born in Banff but has lived in Calgary most of his life. He is a very outgoing and positive guy who likes to get up and dance. Robert enjoys most types of music, especially pop songs with a good beat. He is the guy who will try and make you laugh but isn’t afraid to laugh at himself. Robert is new to the radio scene but he could not be more excited to share his voice with world. He has always dreamed that he would see his name on the screen and hopes to become a TV host someday. This semester, Robert is co-hosting Monday Morning Coffee with Makayla Berze from 11 a.m. to noon. They will be bringing you the latest on sports and entertainment, and playing the best tunes to start off your week..
Andrew Lohin would describe himself as an intellectual conversationalist who is interested in searching for deeper knowledge and interpretations of the world we live in. He is continuously changing and re-evaluating previous notions to best reflect his own logistics and rationale. While Andrew enjoys a spirited discussion or controversial conversation, he has been known to try too hard to be funny. Andrew recently started pursuing stand up comedy and hope to translate his personality from the stage to behind the mic. His goal is to make you want to listen.
Kim Mallari is a bubbly, happy and very creative person. He is very interested in drawing, but he recently discovered that he’s also very interested and passionate about broadcast media. Kim discovered his interest in broadcast media when he realized he loves to listen to music, podcasts and talk shows. Despite being shy and mostly introverted, Kim has chosen to take risks and give the highly social field a shot. Since Kim decided to take on broadcasting, he has become more social and is continuing to overcome his shyness. One day, Kim hopes to start a talk show or podcast. Kim is excited to bring a show that let’s his audience feel like they’re sitting in the same room as him. Top Feature, runs 11 a.m. to noon on Tuesdays.
Gio Medeiros is a headphone wearer, a music lover, and the world’s best dancer (as voted by herself). She was born in Recife, Brazil, where she lived for 9 years before moving to Canada. She spent the better portion of her teenage years lurking in art studios, building lighting subs, and working soundboards. You can find her in your local horror movie screenings laughing at the jump scares, and in public transit crying over love songs. She dislikes cheese, bad book-to- movie adaptions, and when concerts get cancelled. Gio currently spends most of her free time creating playlists, making art, and watching YouTubers play video games for a living. Her “idols” are Gerard Way, and Wes Anderson, and she hopes to someday work in the film or music industry herself, producing songs and creating her own movies.
Ambar Mikaella is a first-year broadcasting student at Mount Royal University. She has been exposed to different cultures. Ambar was born in Quito, Ecuador, raised in Portland, Oregon and now lives in Calgary, Canada. This has influenced her appreciation for the diverse world of music. You can catch her listening to music in French, Spanish, English and other languages. She believes music can empower people, serve as inspiration for artistic projects and create a good working atmosphere. She believes finding the meaning behind the lyrics can enhance the experience even more. Mondays from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. she is co-hosting a show with Dylan Clarke. This dynamic duo says they never fail to make people laugh.
Reid Mills Reid Mills is a first-year broadcasting student but technically a 3rd year university student at Mount Royal University. Going into university with youthful ambition, he was planning on getting his undergrad in general science then going straight into optometry school to become an optometrist. This driven path quickly died out during his first year when he realized his hatred for lengthy and dry science labs, which is pretty much the life of an optometrist. In my second year, not knowing what he wanted to do with his life he decided to default into business. Realizing quickly that business is a bore as well; he decided to drop that too. Here he is now, jack of all trades, master of none, deciding to take one last shot at that university degree in broadcasting.
Christian Mizzoni, aka DJ C-Mo, is a hard-working student in first-year broadcasting with a passion for sports. His whole life revolves around basketball and he prides himself on being the biggest NBA stat junkie in the city. Seriously, it would be tough to find a question about basketball that he can’t answer. Along with basketball, music plays an important role in Christian’s life. His favorite genre is Hip/Hop, because what he values most in a song is quality lyrics, and rap has the platform to tell stories better than any other genre. He hopes to use his future degree in broadcasting to cover basketball full time in the form of either reporting or hosting a show. Catch Christian and Josh Barnett, Tuesdays from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. for the show – Against the Grain.
Mika Morales, the epitome of “small but terrible”. Mika is an adventurous old soul who appreciates broad genres of music. As a first-year student, this is her first time tackling the challenge of hosting a radio show, but as everything in life goes – a challenge results in growth. This semester you can hear Mika, Tuesdays 10 p.m. to 11 p.m. The name of the show is Pajama Thoughts. Mika says it’s called that because the talking segments will be about things that students think about while procrastinating or having a late-night existential crisis!
Shawn Nadbrzezny is a first-year Broadcast Media Studies student at MRU. His music interests range many genres and he enjoys seeing how past music has impacted future music through the use of sampling, referencing, and simple influence. Using a calm, informative approach, Shawn hosts Secondary from 9 p.m. to 10 p.m. Monday nights. Don’t let the locks fool you, he doesn’t bite.
Kevin Navis is a first-year broadcasting student with hopes of becoming a criminal lawyer. He’s upbeat and full of energy and he brings that to his shows. Airing Friday mornings at noon, his show Oh Kanada will cover a new genre of music each week, showcasing the best Canadian artists of each genre. Other than broadcasting his interests include various sports, playing hockey and football. He is also an avid snowboarder and takes any chance he can get to go out to the mountains. He’s engaging and sometimes even a little funny, so tune in each week to kick off your weekend with a dose of Canadian culture.
Alyssa Plausteiner is a first-year broadcasting student at Mount Royal University. She is energetic and tries her best to stay active in and around campus. She is currently participating in the basketball intramural league hosted by MRU. Like every other university student, she could always use an extra nap throughout the day and shares a borderline obsession for caffeinated drinks. Alyssa appreciates a wide variety of different music spanning across various genres, languages and cultures. You can tune Alyssa from noon til 1 p.m. on Mondays.
Holly Roberts is a small-town girl from Northern Alberta. It’s her Second semester in radio, and cannot wait to be your Monday evening pick-up. Along with her spunk, she’s got an extensive collection of themes and ideas for future shows. Just because she is from a small farming community, it doesn’t mean she’s a country enthusiast. She plans on using this genre to open herself up to new interests and prepare herself for the “real career world”. This social butterfly wants the show’s listeners to get involved, so don’t be shy and send her a tweet; get in on the conversation. Big things come in small packages, and Holly is sure to bring her big personality to the show.
Ryan Robinson. Music enthusiast, genre connoisseur, Ryan is committed to bringing you the most tubular tunes. Ryan is a second-year broadcasting student who has attended both the University of Alberta and Mount Royal University. He has lots of experience with music and its many genres. From attending multiple opera productions, to multiple music festivals across Canada and Europe, to scouring the Internet for fresh tracks he is actively exploring and discovering new songs. He loves to make his own melodies on his guitar or bang on his drum set. Twenty-two-year-old Ryan is passionate about giving you a new twist to radio. His show Synesthesia airs Tuesdays, noon to 1 p.m.
Peter Roman was born in Weyburn, Saskatchewan and moved to Calgary when he was 3 years old. He is very excited about getting to start his own radio show. He originally came to Mount Royal University for history and that was his major for one and a half years. He then decided what he really wanted to pursue was broadcasting. It’s quite interesting because when he was in elementary school being a sports commentator was actually the career he wanted to pursue, so it’s very much coming back full circle for him. Peter continues to love sports to this day. His greatest sports accomplishment was running the Calgary Marathon at 18 years of age. When it comes to music Peter was in school band from grade 7-11. He played percussion, which involves lots of instruments, but the drums were always his favourite. He even continued in a band with his friends following high school for a couple years. Music is always something he’s enjoyed, and his optimistic fun attitude is going to make his show one to enjoy and listen to.
This is Abdimajid Shukri but you can call him Abdi, a first-year Broadcast Media Studies student at Mount Royal University. He is a self-proclaimed Professor of POP culture, who can fill you in with the latest celebrity news, (well the celebrities that actually matter). He is an aspiring television producer who idolizes Simon Cowell and Kanye West. His interests include fashion, food, photography and everything pop culture. A very likable easy going guy with a great sense of humor. Join him Mondays, 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. with Gaby Aguilar for – What’s the Tea?? They say their show is, “shameless in its focus on shallow, non-critical news and gossip!”
Corbin Smith has always connected with music in so many ways. He is fascinated by the way music can put you in a certain mood, bring people together, and help you through no matter what troubles you might be facing. He has always enjoyed picking out music and playing it for different activities and moods, people always say he knows how to “feel the room”, and play what people want to hear. Corbin is a first-year student in broadcasting and he looks forward to learning as much as possible with the help from listeners and taking you with him on this learning curve, while having lot’s of fun on the way. Corbin believes that “Music can bring people together in a way that nothing else can”, and Corbin knows his radio shows will be the perfect break from the stress of everyday life to have some fun, laugh, listen to some good music, and relax.
Nick Thiele is a first year Broadcast Media Studies student at MRU. One day he just kind of showed up and no one has had the heart to tell him to leave. It’s kinda like when a raccoon sneaks into your garage in during a rainstorm, you don’t really want him in there but you’d feel too bad sending him back out into the rain. He mostly hides under the tables, so no one really minds that much. We just bring him food and water in bowls and leave it in the corner. We can’t spare much from the budget so it’s mostly budget dog food, he doesn’t seem to mind though. At this point he seems to be feral, he’s lost most of his ability to talk and communicates through an assortment grunts and screams. Through the winter he’ll be co-hosting two shows; a Hip Hop themed music discovery show on Levi, Fridays from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. and VGU a video game talk show with Alan Foster – Wednesdays from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m..
Abraham Anil Varghese
Abraham Anil Varghese. Abraham grew up in Dubai, U.A.E in an Indian family and moved to Canada six years ago. Inspired by the film industry and the world of creativity, Abraham grew up creating works of art such as photography and short films in his high school career. He is known for his dedication and passion towards everything he does. Abraham’s divergent, and rich cultural background is a promise of what is to be expected for his show. This year the radio show is going to take a different route as Abraham has planned for an invigorating show consisting of Canadian artists and bands. Abraham is a responsible and promising young talent with a potential to create more wonders to come.
Devyn Weir is a first-year student at Mount Royal University and proud Canadian. Devyn is an open-minded and honest young man who is looking to bring these two attributes to his radio shows. He spent this past year backpacking to gain new experiences and new perspectives from different parts of the world. Devyn wants to create a thoughtful and relaxed tone for the listeners throughout his shows here at Mount Royal. With aspirations of a career in broadcasting, he is very excited to be a DJ on CMRU.ca and looks forward to being your host for the semester.