UofT’s Hidden Gems: The Hidden Radio Station (CIUT 89.5 FM)

As a student at the University of Toronto, I am always looking for new and exciting experiences to get involved in. That's why when I heard about the hidden radio station at Hart House, I knew I had to check it out for myself. What I found after walking through the grand hallways of the third floor at the beautiful castle, was nothing short of amazing.

The Tower connected to Hart House, on Tower Road
Hart House, Tower Road

The radio station, known as CIUT 89.5 FM, is located on the third floor of Hart House. As I walked through the hallways, I could feel the excitement building inside of me. Finally, I found the station and was greeted by some of the kindest people I have ever met.

The staff at CIUT 89.5 FM were more than happy to show me around and introduce me to the various resources available. I was blown away by the broadcasting studio, the music production room, and the podcasting studio. It was clear that this was a place where creativity could thrive.

CIUT.FM podcasting studio
The Podcast Studio at CIUT 89.5 FM

The best part of my experience at CIUT 89.5 FM was the opportunity to volunteer and be a part of radio shows. I received training on how to use the equipment and was able to put together a show that I was truly proud of with a volunteer named Jesse who hosts a show called Tracks From Abroad. It was amazing to be featured on a radio show, and to see my ideas come to life, as well as share them with the world. I got to talk about the place I'm from, Pakistan and tell the University of Toronto community about the beauty of Pakistani culture and about the music and foods that Pakistan is famous for. I also got the chance to talk about my music production and DJing ventures and share my passions with listeners from across the world. The feeling of hearing my song being played on the radio was a truly amazing experience for me and I will never forget it.

Razzak Noorani on Tracks From Abroad at CIUT 89.5 FM
Razzak Noorani Live on CIUT 89.5 FM with the Tracks From Abroad show

But CIUT 89.5 FM is more than just a place to create content. It's also a community of like-minded individuals who share a passion for music, radio, sound, politics, podcasting and more. Everyone was so welcoming and supportive, and it was easy to find people with similar interests and passions. This place went from being a hidden gem on campus to a second home on campus for me because of the people, and the vibe of the place.

The space itself is also beautiful. Hart House is an iconic building on the University of Toronto campus, and the third floor is no exception. The exposed brick walls, high ceilings, and natural light make for a truly inspiring environment.

The Hart House Courtyard
The Hart House Courtyard - Photo Credits: Sammi H

I can't recommend CIUT 89.5 FM enough. As a student, it's rare to find a place where you can truly let your creativity shine, but this radio station provides just that. Thanks to the various equipment, studios and networking opportunities available, the resources are plentiful, and the community is supportive as well. It's an experience that I will always cherish and I can't wait to see what the future holds for this hidden gem on the U of T campus.

For all those who are interested in becoming involved in the radio station, email volunteers@ciut.fm.

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