Dude Confident that Weekly Late Night Radio Show on Campus Station will lead to Big Things
|Hamilton's newest radio personality Troy Donnatello at a recent CFMU orientation session|
24 year old unemployed Hamilton resident Troy Donnatello is confident
that his landing of the high profile 2 to 4 AM Tuesday morning shift
on MacMaster University campus radio station CFMU is a stepping
stone to "some serious fucking shit, man."
Donnatello, a music enthusiast whose tastes run the gamut, "from
Lee Aaron to Whitesnake," is elated that he has finally received
such a prominent vehicle to share his passion with the people of
The show, scheduled to begin next week, will focus primarily on
1980's era heavy metal, with a touch of early 90's, "when it
used to be about the music," in Donnatello's words.
"I'm gonna be able to make demo tapes! I am gonna send them
to every single radio station out there," said the aspiring
young disc jockey, his level of excitement palpable.
"And you can be motherfucking sure that I'll be playing plenty
of my band, the Darkness of the Eclipse's 4 song CD of early era
Guns and Roses covers, Taxi me to the liquor store."
Donnatello also indicated that a three-show tribute to seminal
Canadian rockers Helix is planned.
"Aooooooooooooo!" he added, pausing for a swig of beer
on his front porch.
With Fame Comes a Price:
"The only catch is I gotta come in and empty the garbage cans
and add toner to the photocopier once a week, but I can handle that."
"It's the price you gotta pay," said a philosophical
"The next thing I gotta come up with is a title for the show.
I think I have it narrowed down to Some Good Fucking Shit
or just The Shit. Either way, it's gonna rock! I'm gonna
be a star!"
|Donnatello celebrates his life's greatest achievement with friends
The elated young man, who was recently let go from his counter
job at a local Tim Horton's outlet, also pointed out that his mother
will be happy because it will get him out of the house for a couple
CFMU program director Karen Vivienne attempted to explain the station's
decision to bestow Donnatello with his own show:
"We just gave him the time slot basically so he'd leave us
alone. This guy is in the station, literally, every single day,
pestering us with his ideas for his show and sexually harassing
the female staff."
Therefore, Vivienne rationalized that to get him off their back,
both literally and figuratively, the station decided to give him
a spot when "absolutely no one will be listening."
"2 to 4 on a Tuesday morning on a campus radio station in
a blue collar town? I could literally count the listeners on one
hand. I could fit them in my apartment."
"Although our station's mandate is to give a voice to the
voiceless, this isn't exactly what I had in mind," sighed Vivienne.
The program director indicated that the station's expectations
for Donnatello's show are exceedingly low.
"As long as he fulfills Can Con requirements, doesn't steal
anything, and his reprobate friends that he brings into the studio
don't leave any roach burns in the furniture, we don't care what
That being said, Vivienne surmised that the tendency for university-aged
students to see irony in a campus radio station playing the music
that Donnatello plans on playing could work to his advantage. In
other words, perhaps the urbane, hipster audience that makes up
the majority of the station's listenership will appreciate the music
played on his show for its kitsch value.
"The really sad thing is, like, Troy actually likes this stuff."
Posted on June 29th, 2001