Spoken Word

The Radio Tales
. . . a musical memoir
is not currently scheduled.

To Contact Elaine Margaret Roach  (E.M. Roach)egh@sfu.ca

The Radio Tales are personal narratives that interweave story and song, to reflect the teller's lived experience, as an extension of the writer's voice (LaBelle, 2006)

This collection of radio tales was written & recorded as research for my graduate thesis* and then broadcast on The Arts Edge (2015-2020).

* To access thesis, Performing Identity at The Arts Edge: Developing Radio Memoir Through the Excavation of Living Inquiry, go to https://theses.lib.sfu.ca/file/thesis/6011

* To access SFU article about thesis and my work in radio, go to: https://www.sfu.ca/education/newsevents/foe-news/2020/october-2020/signa... 


The Collection of 27  (To listen to a radio tale, click on hyperlink below)

Radio Tale #1: The Ledge https://www.cjsf.ca/contents/aRadio Tales-edge-playlist-07112020

Radio Tale #2: You’re a Song https://www.cjsf.ca/contents/aRadio Tales-edge-playlist-07112020-0

Radio Tale #3: Bloodlines, Leylines & the Luck of the Irish https://www.cjsf.ca/contents/aRadio Tales-edge-playlist-07112020-1

Radio Tale #4: Downtown, The Great Escape https://www.cjsf.ca/contents/aRadio Tales-edge-playlist-07112020-2

Radio Tale #5: Loser’s Weep https://www.cjsf.ca/contents/aRadio Tales-edge-playlist-07112020-3

Radio Tale #6: David Cassidy, I Think I Loved You https://www.cjsf.ca/contents/aRadio Tales-edge-playlist-07182020

Radio Tale #7: Riding the Prairie Airwaves  https://www.cjsf.ca/contents/aRadio Tales-edge-playlist-07182020-0

Radio Tale #8: Pardon Me if I’m Sentimental  https://www.cjsf.ca/contents/aRadio Tales-edge-playlist-07182020-1

Radio Tale #9: Sixteen Candles & Four Girls on a Saturday Night  https://www.cjsf.ca/contents/aRadio Tales-edge-playlist-07182020-2 

Radio Tale #10: Who are You?  https://www.cjsf.ca/contents/aRadio Tales-edge-playlist-07182020-3

Radio Tale #11: Rumors, Surprises & Little White Lies  https://www.cjsf.ca/contents/aRadio Tales-edge-playlist-07182020-4

Radio Tale #12: On the Cover of Musical Influence  https://www.cjsf.ca/contents/aRadio Tales-edge-playlist-07232020

Radio Tale #13: Falling Down the Rabbit Hole https://www.cjsf.ca/contents/aRadio Tales-edge-playlist-07232020-0

Radio Tale #14: He Called Me a Writer https://www.cjsf.ca/contents/aRadio Tales-edge-playlist-07232020-1

Radio Tale #15: Fries & Gravy and Three Songs for a Quarter https://www.cjsf.ca/contents/aRadio Tales-edge-playlist-07232020-2

Radio Tale #16: I Was Just Bad at Math https://www.cjsf.ca/contents/aRadio Tales-edge-playlist-07232020-3

Radio Tale #17: Boyfriends, Boxes and Books https://www.cjsf.ca/contents/aRadio Tales-edge-playlist-07252020

Radio Tale #18: Finding the Truth in Comedy https://www.cjsf.ca/contents/aRadio Tales-edge-playlist-07252020-2

Radio Tale #19: Settling or Settling Down https://www.cjsf.ca/contents/aRadio Tales-edge-playlist-07252020-0

Radio Tale #20: Just Until I Get My Bearings https://www.cjsf.ca/contents/aRadio Tales-edge-playlist-07252020-1

Radio Tale #21: Facebook, Fiction and the Trouble with Fame https://www.cjsf.ca/contents/aRadio Tales-edge-playlist-08022020

Radio Tale #22: Me & Huckelberry Finn https://www.cjsf.ca/contents/aRadio Tales-edge-playlist-08022020-0

Radio Tale #23: Revisiting the Prairie Homestead https://www.cjsf.ca/contents/aRadio Tales-edge-playlist-08022020-1

Radio Tale #24: The Last Days of Country Music https://www.cjsf.ca/contents/aRadio Tales-edge-playlist-08022020-2

Radio Tale #25: My Dad, the Story of a Life https://www.cjsf.ca/contents/aRadio Tales-edge-playlist-08152020

Radio Tale #25B: Eggs on Toast https://www.cjsf.ca/contents/aRadio Tales-edge-playlist-08152020-0

Radio Tale #26: Waking Up in Grad School https://www.cjsf.ca/contents/aRadio Tales-edge-playlist-08152020-2

Radio Tale #27: The Path https://www.cjsf.ca/contents/aRadio Tales-edge-playlist-08152020-1


The Collection of 21: The Early Radio Tales [2013-2014]  (To listen to a radio tale, click on hyperlink below)

Radio Tale: Me, My Mom & Susan Jacks https://www.cjsf.ca/station/playlists/2949

Radio Tale: Meghan, Marriage and Royal Happenstance https://www.cjsf.ca/contents/radio-tales-playlist-09132022-0


The Radio Tales of The Roach Siblings

 Auntie Stella singing "Good Night Irene" - https://www.cjsf.ca/contents/radio-tales-playlist-10282022

Auntie Mamie singing "Good Night Irene"





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Annie Roach
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  • Posted on: 14 August 2020
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Speak Up, Listen Up, Act Upon
Sista C's Friday
on CJSF 90.1FM Friday 10-11am.

Public Affairs Discussions

Interviews, Roundtable Discussions, Poetry, Podcasts - you'll hear it all (and much more!) here in the place to be with Sista C, every Friday morning at 10am. Tune in, and then Speak Up, Listen Up, and Act Upon what you've learned!

Charlotte 'Sista C 'Ferrell



























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Charlotte 'Sista C' Ferrell
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  • Posted on: 30 July 2020
  • By: cjsfpa
Dame Tu Mano
Solidarity, Allyship, and More
is not currently scheduled.

Find refuge in discomfort and strength in vulnerability through 4 critical conversations of compassion and solidarity on Dame Tu Mano. A new Limited CJSF spoken word series by summer programming assistant Milena.

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  • Posted on: 22 July 2020
  • By: cjsfpa
Alternative Radio
Public affairs, information, analyses.
on CJSF 90.1FM Wednesday 4-5pm.

Alternative Radio, established in 1986, is an award-winning weekly one-hour public affairs program offered free to all public radio stations in the U.S., Canada, Europe and beyond. AR provides information, analyses, and views that are frequently ignored or distorted in corporate media. With headquarters based in Boulder, Colorado and with only two full-time and two part-time paid staff, AR airs on almost 300 radio stations. Our project is sustained by donations and by listener purchases of season subscriptions, recordings, and transcripts.

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  • Posted on: 2 June 2020
  • By: cjsfprog
Speak My Language
Experiences of Chinese elders' access to healthcare
is not currently scheduled.

Speak My Language is a storytelling media arts project highlighting the experiences of Chinese elders facing barriers to access in the BC healthcare system. Created through collaborations between youth and seniors, Speak My Language promotes a greater awareness of accessibility in healthcare, while teaching community members media production skills and building intergenerational connections. 

The audio that CJSF broadcast as part of this series includes an edited recording of the launch event for Speak My Language and the 5 documentaries. Before each documentary, there is a brief introduction by the producer(s) which was lifted from the launch event audio. 

May 5: Launch

May 5: Displaced By Death (prod. Kaitlyn Fung & Sera Bao) 

May 12: Do It My Way (prod. Tintin Yang & Sophy Chu)

May 19: Mei PohPoh (prod. Vanessa Myho & Cassandra Ly)

May 26: Never Too Old (prod. Emily Tsang)

June 2: A Place of Your Own (prod. Jason Yu & Daniel Chen)  


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  • Posted on: 28 May 2020
  • By: cjsfprog
Scream Therapy
Punk rock & mental health.
on CJSF 90.1FM Thursday 12:30-1am.

Scream Therapy is a podcast that explores the link between punk rock and mental health hosted by Jason Schreurs. His guests are members of the underground music scene who are living with mental health challenges, like he is.  Scream Therapy also features special episodes that dissect classic punk albums.

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  • Posted on: 13 May 2020
  • By: cjsfprog
Nasha Kasha
A Ukrainian Almanac
is not currently scheduled.

Stories about everyday Canadian lives told through Ukrainian roots.

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  • Posted on: 29 April 2020
  • By: cjsfprog
Sips, Suds & Smokes
Talk about life's finer things.
on CJSF 90.1FM Tuesday 12-1am.

A weekly series targeting discussion on the finer things in life around Wine, Distilled Spirits, Tea, Coffee, Beer, Cigars, and just really good stuff of life.

Some 40+ co-hosts from across the globe provide this content creating a vast range of audience and interests.

A light hearted and sometimes hilarious styled show that is entertaining yet informative.

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  • Posted on: 29 April 2020
  • By: cjsfprog
Triple Threat: Feminist, Fifty-ish & Fabulous
Conversations with women aging into their power.
is not currently scheduled.

On Triple Threat: Feminist, Fifty-ish & Fabulous, robin eriksson speaks to women about what it takes to age outside the beauty myth and how daring, curiosity and wisdom play out in our lives.  The show airs once a month on the second Wednesday under the umbrella program IntraVenus. Triple Threat: Feminist, Fifty-ish & Fabulous is a project of Aging with Imagination, a series of workshops and conversations with women about aging as a step towards shifting the limiting social narrative. 

#1 Michelle Pollard:  https://www.cjsf.ca/contents/intravenus-playlist-07102019 - the middle segment audio is muddy, I apologize.
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robin eriksson
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  • Posted on: 31 October 2019
  • By: cjsfprog