Editor & Contributor Bios

Editor Bios:

Andrea Langlois has been involved in autonomous media for almost 10 years. Andrea was an active member of the Indymedia movement ( for several years, and her voice has sailed the airwaves on many stations, from Montreal’s CKUT, to Nelson’s CJLY, and has been wild and free during many pirate radio broadcasts. Her co-edited book Autonomous Media (Cumulus, 2005) documented uses of media by social justice movements in Canada, and was translated into French by Lux Editeur French in 2006. She works in communications in Victoria, BC, and is the editor of quarterly magazine the BC Organic Grower.

Ron Sakolsky has been a radio pirate for over 20 years in both the States and Canada. With Stephen Dunifer, he co-edited the book,Seizing The Airwaves: A Free Radio Handbook (AK Press, 1998). His writings on pirate radio have appeared in such magazines asFifth EstateSocial AnarchismCultural DemocracyIndex on Censorship and Confluence, as well as in his two most recent books,Creating Anarchy (Fifth Estate Press, 2005) and Swift Winds (Eberhardt Press, 2009).

Marian van der Zon founded a pirate radio station (TAR: Temporary Autonomous Radio) in 2003, a station that is still active. She has been a media activist, musician, and involved in radio for ten years, hosting shows and contributing sound art and radio documentary pieces to CBC Radio 1, Victoria’s CFUV, Montreal’s CKUT, Nanaimo’s CHLY, WINGS, and on numerous pirate radio stations. She teaches in the Media Studies and Women’s Studies departments at Vancouver Island University, her written work on pirate radio has been published in Autonomous Media (Cumulus, 2005) & its French translation, and in Social Anarchism, Canadian Women in Radio (forthcoming), and she plays in the band Puzzleroot.

Contributor Bios:

Stephen Dunifer is known in the United States as the “Johnny Appleseed” of the micropower broadcasting movement. He is the founder of the legendary Free Radio Berkeley, and co-editor (with Ron Sakolsky) of the book, Seizing The Airwaves: A Free Radio Handbook (AK Press, 1998). He is the organizer of International Radio Action Training in Education (IRATE) and Project TUPA (Transmitters Uniting the Peoples of the Americas).

Roger Farr is the author of a book of poetry – SURPLUS (Line Books, 2006) – a contributor to the co-research project N 49 19. 47 – W 123 8.11 (Recomposition, 2008), and the editor of PARSER: New Poetry and Poetics. Recent writing appears or is forthcoming in Anarchist Studies, Fifth Estate, Politics is Not a BananaThe Post-Anarchism Reader, Rad DadSocial Anarchism, and XCP: Cross Cultural Poetics. He teaches in the Creative Writing and Culture and Technology Programs at Capilano University in Vancouver, BC, but lives on an island at the end of the dial, somewhere in the Salish Sea.

Anna Friz is a sound and radio artist, and a critical media studies scholar. Since 1998 she has predominantly created self-reflexive radio art/works for broadcast, installation or performance, where radio is the source, subject, and medium of the work. She has extensively performed and exhibited installation works at festivals and venues across Canada, the U.S., in Mexico, and across Europe. Her radio art/works have been commissioned by national public radio in Canada, Austria, Germany, Danmark, and Mexico, and heard on independent airwaves in more than 20 countries.  Anna Friz is a transmission artist, and is completing her doctoral degree in Communication and Culture at York University, Toronto.

Stephen Kelly is an artist who works with sound, installation, electronic/computational art, and low power FM radio.  He has exhibited and participated in residency programs both nationally and internationally. Interested in the intersections between audio art and music, Stephen builds unique musical instruments and approaches sound recording as a creative process.  His most recent musical project, in collaboration with Eleanor King, is entitled The Just Barelys. Stephen has a BFA from the Nova Scotia College of Art & Design and is currently studying computer science at Dalhousie University.

Kathy Kennedy is a sound artist with formal training in visual art as well as classical singing. Her practice generally involves the voice and issues of interface with technology, telephony or radio transmission. She is a founder of Studio XX in Montréal, and director of many ongoing choral and community projects and site-specific installations.

Eleanor King is an interdisciplinary installation and performance artist who fuses found materials in a playful way to critique social behaviors, investigating cultures of consumerism and tourism. She has exhibited nationally and internationally, and has participated in residency programs in Canada and the US. Eleanor currently teaches in the Media Arts department at NSCAD University, holds the position of Exhibitions Coordinator at Anna Leonowens Gallery, and is also a member of indie-rock bands The Just Barelys and The Got To Get Got.

Gretchen King has been cultivating spaces for Indymedia radio mobilizations since the WTO dared to meet in Seattle in 1999. She has been an active participant in radio revolution as a means of connecting mobilizations worldwide through the FM dial and over the
Internet. Since 2001, Gretchen has served as Community News and Production Coordinator at CKUT Radio (90.3 FM) in Montreal. In addition to creating amplifying local resistance movements with Radio Taktic and Sonique Resitance, she has also coordinated Canada’s annual Homelessness Marathon for the last eight years and co-founded GroundWire, a national grassroots news magazine.

Bobbi Kozinuk is a Vancouver-based media artist, technician and curator. Former Media Director at the Western Front, Bobbi has worked on a board level with the Independent Media Arts Alliance (Montreal), Co-op Radio, Grunt Gallery and Video In (Vancouver) and has traveled extensively producing workshops on low powered FM transmission across Canada at artist run centres. Bobbi is published in Radio Rethink (produced by the Banff Centre for the Arts) and Echo Locations (Audio Art CD produced by Co-op Radio). Currently the electronics studio technician at the Emily Carr University of Art and Design, Bobbi has exhibited media installation works in both national and international contexts including Diffractions, Galleria di Nuova Icona –Venice, Italy, and Folly Gallery -  Lancaster, UK. Bobbi teaches electronics for artists at the University of British Columbia.

André Éric Létourneau is an artiste, author and active participant in the worlds of interdisciplinary art, media arts and radio art. Since the 1980s, his maneuvers, installations, concerts and radiophonic creations have been presented at more than 50 events, festivals and museums around the world. His writings cover art, culture, politics and criminology, and have been published in Éditions Interventions, Esse, ANPAC\RACA, Artexte, Art Métropole, on the Radio-Canada website, and in editions of the l’Académie Non Grata (en Estonie) and the Université de Montréal press. He is also active as a programming and organizational planning consultant for various organizations including Articule, Dare-Dare, the RAIQ, the Biennale de Paris, the Canadian Council of the Arts and the Conseil des Arts de Montréal.

Anne MacLennan is an assistant professor in the Department of Communication Studies at York University and the York-Ryerson Joint Graduate Program in Communications and Culture.  She is a media historian whose research focuses primarily on Canadian radio programming and audiences during the 1930s.  The remainder of her teaching and research intersects with a variety of interdisciplinary media studies of radio, television, advertising, women, labour and social welfare.

Neskie Manuel got his first taste of radio at CFBX in Kamloops, BC in Secwepemcu’lucw, his homeland.  There he produced a show that highlighted music whether it be indigenous or not, but more importantly which spoke to the events of the day.  When his father started up an unlicensed radio station on the Neskonlith Reserve , Neskie  helped with the operations ,from making coffee for volunteers to fixing the transmitter.

Christof Migone is a multidisciplinary artist and writer who worked extensively in radio from 1984 to 1994, primarily at CKCU-FM (Ottawa), CKUT-FM (Montreal), and Radio Zones (Ferney-Voltaire, France). He co-edited the book and CD Writing Aloud: The Sonics of Language (Los Angeles: Errant Bodies Press, 2001) and his writings have been published in Aural Cultures, S:ON , Experimental Sound & Radio, Musicworks, Radio Rethink, Semiotext(e), Angelaki, Esse, Inter, etc. He obtained an MFA from NSCAD in 1996 and a PhD from the Department of Performance Studies at the Tisch School of the Arts of New York University in 2007. He currently lives in Toronto and is a lecturer at the University of Toronto Mississauga and the Director/Curator of the Blackwood Gallery.

Charles Mostoller is a photojournalist and writer who focuses on issues of social justice, especially the struggle for indigenous and immigrant rights. He is a freelance photographer for the daily newspaper Metro in New York, has worked for both English and Spanish language community radio stations in Montréal, Québec and has published articles with alternative media outlets such as AlterNet, The Dominion, CounterPunch, and ZNet. Charles lived and reported from Mexico between 2006 and 2008, where he wrote in-depth reports on a number of topics, including the current wave of community radio stations being created in indigenous communities in the southern state of Oaxaca. Back in Canada, he joined an indigenous solidarity group called Barriere Lake Solidarity, which works to help the Algonquin of Barriere Lake in their struggle to obtain rights over their traditional territory. Charles helped the Algonquin of Barriere Lake establish a Low Power FM radio station in the community, which broadcasts in the Algonquin language. His website is:

Sheila Nopper has been a community radio DJ, interviewer and documentary producer at CIUT in Toronto, and a correspondent for CBC’s “Global Village.” While living in Illinois, she founded the Media Activist Coalition, and produced “Grrrrl Radio,” a live broadcast on the educational station, WQNA, featuring girls aged 8-14. She has an MA in Media & Cultural Activism, and has written for such publications as Herizons, Fifth Estate, Illinois Times and The Beat, as well as being featured in the anthology, Seizing the Airwaves: A Free Radio Handbook. She currently broadcasts the show freedom soundz on a pirate radio station she co-founded five years ago in rural BC.

Kristen Roos is a sound artist currently based in Vancouver. His work has been exhibited/performed in artist-run centres and festivals nationally, as well as being featured in the Errant Bodies publication Radio Territories. Kristen completed a BFA at Concordia University and an MFA at the University of Victoria. His website is:

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