After three years of running a mostly volunteer media despite the enormous challenges of the pandemic, Rob Andrew of Kootenay Co-op Radio hands over the microphone to a new director.
Broadcast professional and sound engineer Ed Zych has taken on the lead role at the station, now in its 22nd year.
âMy previous work experience has given me a vast knowledge base on most things audio-related,â Zych says, âbut I have a lot to learn about this small and powerful station. “
Zych first dove into radio at the age of 17, earned a degree in radio and television arts from Ryerson University, then worked as a producer, engineer, manager, and even as a writer. composer, before moving on to advertising and marketing.
Its client list is peppered with famous names, global brands and events that capture millions of viewers.
Musically, Zych has worked with recording groups such as Tegan and Sara, Tricky, Stars, Whitehorse and Honeymoon Suite, and has produced podcasts at legendary Canadian musical venues like Massey Hall in Toronto.
His audio skills have been praised to clients like Expedia, BMW, Guinness, and The United Way.
And his live broadcast work has included games for the Toronto Raptors, Blue Jays, and NHL games, as well as the Federal Election and the Olympics.
Zych, a father-of-one who has lived in Nelson for four years, says that despite the great market experience he brings to KCR’s humble Hall Street station, he is excited to spend the next two months to learn new tricks.
âI’d like to thank Rob first,â Zych says, âfor his generosity in sharing all of his wisdom and insight. “
KCR’s new director says Andrew has been instrumental in setting up a number of exciting projects that are underway for listeners.
Andrew, who has been a mainstay on KCR’s Kootenay Morning news show seven times a week for the past two years, says he feels very lucky to have worked with “an incredible group of volunteer programmers.” . KCR broadcasts 50 different programs per week. During the pandemic, instead of canceling their commitments, many of these programmers learned new technical skills and broadcast their shows from home.
âI was constantly impressed with the level of enthusiasm, dedication and creativity that everyone brought to their work at KCR and as ambassadors in the community,â says Andrew. âI am very proud of what we have all accomplished here, not just during my tenure, but over the past two decades. “
Andrew will continue to co-host Kootenay Morning on Fridays.
“We all share the same goal here at the station,” Zych adds, “to have a strong and healthy KCR, and to continue to play a central role in entertaining and informing a very vibrant community.”