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. She has a passion for bubblegum pop and is determined to brighten your dreary Thursday afternoon with all of your guilty pleasure bangers. 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. Through this, she aims to emulate the feeling of chilling out with just you, your pal and a couple of magazines. She invites you to tune in, kick back, relax and listen to some classic bops.
Josh Barnett is in his first year of Broadcasting at Mount Royal University. He recently discovered a new passion for dance music. You can listen to Josh on Thursdays from 4-5 p.m. on CMRU.ca 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.
Leigh Beacom is a passionate and geeky musician with an undying love for anything alt and indie. Whether it’s Nirvana yesterday, or Fitz and the Tantrums today, music is always their number one love. They love learning tons about your bands and loves even more to talk about it with you! Leigh supports all sorts of local music by buying albums and seeing shows around Calgary. Leigh is super excited to bring a huge bank of new music, old music, popular music, and obscure music, and to be able to share it with you! You can listen to Leigh at 5 p.m. on Wednesdays for After-Work Alt.
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. She will be hosting a top charts show centers around inspiring women in the music industry. Makayla says she wants to raise awareness of women’s empowerment. She promises to enlighten listeners about the artists and the meaning behind their songs.
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.
Mariah Bouvier and Ben Goodman
Mariah Bouvier and Ben Goodman host The Hit List every Thursday from 6-8 pm. With a name borrowed from our beloved ‘90s YTV series (shout-out to Calgary’s own radio legend Tarzan Dan), The Hit List delivers only the best ‘90s and ‘00s music from two people who actually lived through and remember those decades. It was a time before we had tiny computers in our pockets, when we thought a Y2K bug was going to kill us all, and when we still had attention spans longer than an Instagram caption. Listen for a singular mix of rock (such as the immortal “Three Pillars of The Hit List” – Layne Staley, Chris Cornell and Scott Weiland), rap, and boyband songs we are now realizing twenty years later were super filthy. Each day is a gift.
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.
Dylan Clarke is from Cold Lake, Alberta and is currently in his first year of the Broadcasting program at Mount Royal University. He will be hosting a 2000s hits show called Turn of the Century Hits on CMRU.ca. 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. Dylan is not very knowledgeable about music, but he looks forward to learning about it and sharing his newfound knowledge of 2000s hits with his listeners. The main goal Dylan wants to accomplish during his time on CMRU.CA is to make his listeners feel like they can personally connect to him and the material he is dealing with.
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. For this semester, Michael will be hosting the Punk Rock Show on Fridays at 2 p.m.
Elijah Flowers-Nelson aka Levi
Levi on CMRU.ca, is a Mount Royal University student in the Broadcast Media Studies program. He’s really passionate about music and loves discovering new sounds. His curiosity led him to start producing beats himself with influences coming from various artists and genres. On his radio show, he’ll be taking you on a journey of sounds from different artists and styles of music. Starting with EDM (Electronic Dance Music), he’ll take you through different moods and grooves. Tune in to Different Flavours on CMRU Radio for an hour of music and discovery. You just might find your new favourite artist to play on repeat for days.
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.
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. He’s more than excited to entice your ear drums with the smooth sounds of R&B and the slick rhymes of rap. His modern take on the genre will surely grasp your attention and put you in the right mood.
Ivy Grin (Molly Stogrin)
Bold like the rash from a poisonous plant mixed with a genuine smile, it’s the hilarious Ivy Grin. This girl brings a type of wet-your-pants comedy to CMRU.ca. Ivy ended her journalism career to travel the world and take below average photos of beautiful things. She has a passion for going to festivals, and dressing up in Tumblr type outfits, only to jump around to songs that she doesn’t know the words to. Ivy loves contemporary folk music and is so passionate about the festival life that she will only play songs from artists who have played at a folk festival. In her spare time, she enjoys listening to new records on an old turntable because she likes the fusion of the past and present.
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. She is also a theatre kid and amateur improviser. Coming from a farming community, where radio is an important part of daily life, she grew up listening to 80s rock and country hits while driving old tractors and dusty farm trucks. Chiara’s first radio show of her career is Alloy, a diverse metal segment showcasing the different genres of metal. Alloy plays on CMRU.ca Tuesdays at 9 p.m. to 10 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 1 p.m. for “Goosebump Jazz”.
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. He has been playing soccer since he was 3 years old, but he’s interested in almost every sport that someone could play. When you listen to his show, it will be a fun and goofy 60 minutes listening to the best hits from today’s music and back in the day. Throughout his shows, he’ll be doing some call-ins and challenges for his listeners, as well as chatting about some interesting facts from the music he’s playing. Fridays are the final step before the long awaited weekend so for him, the perfect way to start the day is with some good tunes.
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. He’s hoping to help people to grow their appreciation of music from previous generations and help to teach people about folk music and as he learns more about it himself. Quinn hopes he can share his passion for music with his listeners.
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.
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.
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. Catch her on Wednesdays at 2 p.m. for loads of good vibes and good music.
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 live on Thursdays between 3 and 4 p.m. for the Triple T (Throwback Thursday Turn-up).
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. Mika is the host for Mix with Miks show, playing Old School RnB and Rap from 5 pm to 6 pm on Mondays. Mix with Miks is going to showcase the evolution of RnB and rap from its early roots, from the 60s to the 90s.
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 “The Post-Punk Project” seeking to share genres from the late 70s to mid 80s emerging from punk. 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 11, 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. However, on her first radio show Hyped for Hip Hop, she will be playing a range of hip hop and R&B hits from across the years. You can tune into Hyped for Hip Hop every Friday morning at 9 a.m. on CMRU.ca.
Holly Roberts is a small-town girl from Northern Alberta. It’s her first year in radio, and she cannot wait to get her rock on! Along with her spunk, she’s got an extensive collection of themes and ideas for future shows. As an itty-bitty 5’2 girl, Holly doesn’t exactly scream metal, but if you like accidental/not-so-accidental puns and interesting band facts then Holly’s your girl! 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. Tracks you won’t hear anywhere else on your dial, a guarantee of originality. Explore forgotten tunes and give new tracks a try. Find your new favourite songs of the week every week. Thursdays 2-3 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 Fridays from 10am-11 a.m. for WHAT’S THE T???
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.
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.