Michael has worked in the music industry for more than 18 years. Although it's been primarily in retail, Michael spent some time as the jazz buyer at the legendary Sam the Record Man in Toronto. Michael is no stranger to the broadcast world either. He was an on-air host with COOL FM and CITY TV and he was the jazz columnist for The Winnipeg Free Press. Very happy to be back on the air with Classic 107, Michael sees this as another chance for him to share his love of music with a knowledgeable Winnipeg audience.
Sarah Jo Kirsch is a soprano/vocalist currently based in Winnipeg, Canada. She continues to make waves as a recitalist and soloist in North America, Europe, and the Middle East. Winner of the 2014 Eckhardt-Gramatté National Music Competition, she has been described as "...one of the finest contemporary dramatic vocalists in Canada today..." (Calgary Herald) "...with the ability to get under the skin of everything she sings..." (Winnipeg Free Press).
From Baroque oratorio to electro-acoustic sound art, Sarah Jo surfs the gamut of musical evolution. The 2016-17 season brings recitals in Winnipeg and beyond, soloist appearances with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, the Winnipeg Philharmonic Choir, the American University of Beirut, at the WSO's Impressionist Festival and New Music Festival as well as Winnipeg's Groundswell concert series. This season also brings premieres of new works for voice by composers Jim Hiscott and Örjan Sandred, and Sarah's Swedish debut. She is also a member of Polycoro, Winnipeg's a cappella chamber choir, is half of experimental a/v duo The Gritty, and is guest lecturing at the University of Manitoba's Desautels Faculty of Music this fall.
A graduate from the Marcel A. Desautels Faculty of Music at the University of Manitoba, Simeon is thrilled to be part of the Classic 107 team and delve into radio. Although broadcasting is fairly new to Simeon, his time spent studying and performing in the Faculty, where he majored in music history and studied voice with Mel Braun, has prepared him with confidence for this new role.
Passionate about music, as well as his Ukrainian heritage, Simeon cultivates a third passion, photography. As a recent graduate of the Professional Diploma program at PrairieView School of Photography in Winnipeg’s Exchange District, Simeon is now a photographer, as well as an instructor in their program. So, when he is not broadcasting, performing or teaching, you may very well find him with a camera in hand.
Although this is Christopher’s first foray into broadcast radio, his background in music is impeccable. Christopher holds a Masters in Music (Performance) from Arizona State University and a Bachelor of Music from Brandon University. He’s performed in master classes for Howard Klug, (Indiana University) James Campbell, (Indiana University) and Elsa Verdehr. (University of Michigan.)
Chris is also an award winning clarinet performer, teacher and clinician. He’s performed with the Arizona Opera Company, The Lyric Opera Orchestra of Phoenix, The Phoenix and Edmonton Symphony Orchestras, and The Air Command Band stationed here in Winnipeg. Christopher was the winner of the Arizona State University New Music Competition (soloist category) playing the Luciano Berio Sequenza for Clarinet.
Roxane Gagné is a familiar voice on Winnipeg airwaves, especially for her work as Jazz Host and Music Director at Cool FM. She previously did the midday program on long ago station Magic 99.9. Her passion for music and love of the local arts and music scene complements her soothing and soft sounds. She's quite busy as manager for her son's hockey team and with her work as an educational assistant at a local high school.
Claudia is a graduate of Red River College's Creative Communications program where she had the opportunity to intern at in radio and never left. After a decade long career with Canada's public broadcaster as a host/producer that eventually took her to Toronto, Claudia decided to take a hiatus from broadcasting and return to Winnipeg. Here she spent 5 years working in Manitoba's film and television industry, primarily for On Screen Manitoba. Claudia is thrilled to be in radio once again, and covering Winnipeg's world class arts and entertainment scene. She is even happier to be back on the airwaves sharing all of it with you.
Claudia enjoys her life with her husband, their hockey playing daughter and their beloved Jack Russell Terrier, Conchita.
Colleen has been a part of the Golden West Radio family for over eight years. Prior to coming here she was a videographer for A-Channel/City TV. Colleen has also done freelance work with CBC, TSN and a number of other local production companies.
Colleen loves spending every minute she can with her young family and in her spare time she enjoys photography, music and running.
While embracing all that is good about radio in a digital world, Terry still dreams in analog. Really. Night terrors aside, his career at Golden West as morning show producer, award-winning creative producer and classical host has yielded a wealth of technical knowledge, a love for music in many forms and a dependency on coffee. He is also an avid photographer. Currently Terry and his family make their home just outside the perimeter, in Altona.
Born and raised in Winnipeg, Paul is a graduate of the University of Manitoba Faculty of Music, where he majored in composition. He worked for over twenty years as music coordinator of the Eckhardt-Gramatté Foundation. More recently, he hosted a weekly classical music show on CJUM, the University of Manitoba campus and community radio station. His interests include languages and travel.
Neil is a widely experienced broadcaster who wears his news hat with authority while exhibiting expert style hosting the best in Jazz. Although born in southern Ontario, after more than two decades in Winnipeg he considers himself a deeply embedded Manitoban. His favourite artist is Ella Fitzgerald who expertly swung the Rock classic “Sunshine of Your Love” by Cream without having to apologize to anyone.
Stephen is a recent graduate of the Creative Communications program at Red River College. With a degree in journalism, he had the opportunity to learn how to cover and report on meaningful stories for radio. Although Stephen is somewhat new to the radio industry, he's excited to continue learning and growing as part of the Golden West Winnipeg news team.Outside of work Stephen is passionate about both playing and watching sports, politics and keeping up with current events.