It was a sad development for the end of the year, the announcement that Gang of Four would be no more. It was a reverse Christmas present, something that was being taken away not just from me, but from the hundreds of people that like the show, and like getting a different perspective on politics and current affairs. Change is inevitable, and change is never one thing, which is why while The Gang of Four is no more, Open Sources Guelph now lives.
Starting tomorrow evening on CFRU 93.3 fm, in the usual Gang of Four slot at 5 pm, Open Sources Guelph will begin and aim to fill the void left by the Gang of Four. Myself, and Scotty Hertz will still be there, and we're looking at bringing you all the stuff you loved about Gang of Four, plus some new stuff that we hope will expand the show's appeal and get more in-depth about the issues that matter to you.
Amongst the changes Scotty and I are making to the show, aside from the halving of the Gang, is the inclusion of more voices. For instance, Melanie Baker, one of the organizers of Voices Carry, a protest event in Kitchener that is counter programming to Bill Cosby’s appearance at Centre in the Square, will be joining us in the second half hour, adding some colour commentary to the debate from someone living the story on the ground. We will also be doing hour long shows about local issues, have guests in studio for the full-hour, and, of course, we will deliver the same excellent election coverage that people of Guelph have come to expect from the CFRU election team.
You can learn more about Open Sources Guelph at the website.
You can stay connected with the new show via the Beyond the Ballot Box Facebook page. (A name change will happen in the very near future.)
And, of course, you can listen live tomorrow, and every Thursday at 5 pm, on CFRU 93.3 fm or cfru.ca.