August Radio BVM Guests

These special guests will be interviewed at the BVM Radio broadcast booth in Stride Studios. Come be part of the studio experience.


Th, Aug 1 2-3pm Imtiaz Popat
CJSF Radio, SFU and South Asian Programming
Th, Aug 8 2-3pm

Brian Wiebe
Sports Broadcasting: Coaching the Next Generation

Th, Aug 15 2-3pm

Patricia Owen, Gail & Ken Yip
Chinese Canadian Communities: Family Histories in Burnaby

Th, Aug 22 2-3pm

Mark Angelo
Burnaby's Waterways and World Rivers Day

Th, Aug 29 2-3pm

Kevin Lee

Songs of the Great War



Imtiaz Popat

Imtiaz Popat is a producer at SFU's CJSF 90.1FM Radio where he also hosts his own show on music and issues of the South Asian mosaic. Imtiaz was born in southern Tanzania of Indian parents who migrated to Vancouver in 1972. He has produced and coordinated the Asian Heritage Month, Explore Asian festival, as well at the African Peace Festival in Vancouver. He also works in film and television, and produced Stolen Memories, a documentary about Japanese internment for OMNI Television.


Brian Wiebe

Brian Wiebe has been involved in broadcasting sports in BC for over 12 years. He is currently an Assistant Instructor with the Radio Arts & Entertainment Program at BCIT and teaches a course on sports broadcasting. He is also the Operations Manager at Evolution 107.9. Prior to that, he served as Program Manager, Morning Host, and Sports Director with Merritt Broadcasting Ltd. in Merritt for close to ten years. Brian got his start in sports broadcasting as Colour Commentator on Burnaby Bulldogs radio broadcasts on CFML 104.5 in 2001. In addition, he is the host of the weekly "Inside the BCIHL" podcast on the league's website, and Media Relations Coordinator for the BC Superweek Cycling Series and the Odlum Brown VanOpen Tennis Tournament.


Patricia Owen

Patricia Owen completed a master's degree in the arts of Africa, Oceania an the Americas at the University of East Anglia in 2005. She took a lead role in the New Westminster Museum and Archives' project to research the city's Chinese-Canadian community and co-authored a book on the subject, Yi Fao: Speaking Through Memory. She is currently the Curator of the Maritime Museum of Vancouver.


Gail & Ken Yip

Gail and Ken Yip are long-time residents of Burnaby. Along with Ken's brother and sister-in-law, they still own the five acre Big Bend area farm Ken's father acquired through a veteran's land grant in 1948 after serving in the Canadian Army. Ken's grandfather arrived in the east Kootenays in the late 1870s, and his father was born in Cranbrook. Gail's father also farmed and later owned an eight acre farm in the Big Bend area. He farmed from the late forties until the mid fifties. The farm was sold in 1971 after being leased for 16 years. Raised in Burnaby, Gail's roots are in New Westminster's Chinatown. She contributed her knowledge of Law family's history to the book, Yi Fao: Speaking Through Memory, co- authored by Patricia Owen and Jim Wolfe.


Mark Angelo

Mark Angelo is an internationally-celebrated river conservationist, writer, speaker, and teacher. He is the founder and chair of both BC Rivers Day and World Rivers Day. In 2009, Mark was appointed as the inaugural chair of the Rivers Institute at BCIT. Prior to that, he was the long-time head of the Fish, Wildlife and Recreation Program at BCIT.


Kevin Lee

Tenor Kevin Takahide Lee has a Bachelor's of Music in Opera Performance from the University of British Columbia and a Master's of Music in Voice Performance from The University of Western Ontario. Currently, Kevin is a chorus member of Vancouver Opera, and is involved in other musical and theatrical productions in the Lower Mainland. This interview is part of a four-part series on early Canadian classical and folk music.