FOCUS Media Arts Centre (FOCUS) stands strong with our black community and fully supports the fight against anti-black racism with the ongoing work of groups such as Black Lives Matter. FOCUS continues to play an active role in ensuring equity, diversity, and inclusion within our communities locally and globally. In the wake of the racial tensions following the public killing of George Floyd in the United States, and cases of police brutality against Black and Indigenous peoples in Canada, we are keenly aware that the ongoing work at FOCUS is even more vital. Sadly, there is still more work to be done and FOCUS is committed to meeting that challenge. As a Hub of change, FOCUS is dedicated to using its media platforms and social media strategies to engage with the community, both locally and globally, to contribute to inclusion and systemic change involving diversity, race, poverty, gender, LGBTQ2, intergenerational trauma, addictions, mental health and indigenous inclusion. As recent events continue to unfold, we stand firm in the belief that it is our collective responsibility to continue fighting against anti-black racism and oppression in all its manifestations while pushing forward positive change.
Focus Media Arts Centre’s Board of Directors
June 22, 2020
Buzz Spotlight on Radio Regent Programmer Murphy Browne
Published: May 25th, 2020
Radio Regent consists of numerous programmers that conduct their own radio shows on a weekly basis.
Topics vary from program to program; however, each offers something exciting and unique. In each issue of the Buzz we highlight community programmers to provide a sense of the “who” behind Radio Regent.
In this issue of the Buzz we feature radio host, journalist, storyteller and activist, Murphy Browne.
: Tell us a little about your cultural background?
: I am an African woman who was born in South America. I grew up in an African centred community where the elders told stories about our African ancestors and our culture before the Maafa (African Holocaust.) My elders were Pan-Africanists and that has greatly influenced every area of my life,
has informed my activism, storytelling etc.,
Besides Radio Regent, what other activities or community groups are you involved in?
: I write a regular column for Share newspaper which is also published online. I am an active blogger at “Words From Murphy Browne.” I was very active in various groups including the Black Action Defense Committee (BADC,) The Organization of Parents of Black Children (OPBC,) Girl Guides of Canada
as a Guider and Diversity Awareness Trainer.
What first inspired you to get into radio?
I was inspired to become involved in radio when I was invited to co-host on Radioactive Feminism at CKLN 88.1 FM, by Oriel Varga who was a member of the collective. In 1998 I began co-hosting Radioactive Feminism on Sunday mornings as part of a collective of women, did a short stint as co-host of The Unheard Voice of the African Woman and began hosting Tuesday Word of Mouth in August 2004.
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Radio Regent Can Now Be Heard on Radio Player Canada
Published: December 13th, 2019
Radio Regent can now be found on Radio Player Canada's website radioplayer.ca
and on their Android
mobile apps. Radio Player Canada has recently reached over 1 Million downloads according to Global News. You can read more about the article here
Linux Users Can Now Enjoy Radio Regent, with Odio
Published: November 7th, 2019
Radio Regent can now be found on odio,
a free radio streaming software for Windows, Mac & Linux. Odio is a fun free app that connects you to radio stations across the world. It is exceptionally unique in that it is also supported on the Linux operating system.
FREE Download: https://odio.io
Ontario Trillium Foundation - Thank You!
Published: August 29th, 2019
Because of Ontario Trillium Foundation, we are able to improve the quality of sound and production at Radio Regent. With their support we are now able to widen our range of audio for live feed and recorded Podcasts, replace our newly 20 year old equipment and even get some top of the line DSLR cameras to invite our listeners visually right into our studios.
Without Ontario Trillium Foundation, we would still be fiddling with daily repairs and maintenance issues to equipment that hangs on 'loose threads'. So we'd like to thank Ontario Trillium Foundation once again for supporting all the work we do here at Radio Regent
and FOCUS Media Arts Centre
Radio Regent is now on iHeart Radio!
Published: October 11th, 2018
Radio Regent is now on iHeart Radio! One of the largest radio mobile platforms for FM/AM radio stations. iHeartRadio has started expanding to accept digital internet radio stations and we are proud to announce our acceptance on the platform. You can download iHeart Radio
on most phones and other digital accessories. Once downloaded, search for Radio Regent. Don't forget to give us a heart!