Amplified Radio started at CFRU in late august of 1999 when a 15 year old Barry Rooke (Going as DJ Ampz) joined the University of Guelph Campus/Community Radio station. Airing Mondays at 4pm EST, the show featured electronic dance music from around the world, and in 2001 shifted to a two hour show, featuring “The Deep Chill” (A downtempo and chillout show), in hour two.
In 2003, Barry relocated to Kitchener Ontario to study Radio & TV Broadcasting. He relaunched the show on CJIQ with a new format. There was a top 5 with a Canadian feature followed by two guest mix sets (Trance and House) for a total of 4 hours (The Deep Chill later re-started in 2005 for a year on its own). At this time, internet stations around the world started re-broadcasting the show as a second version of the website launched.
In 2005, the show continued to grow and launched into its' third website. By this time, the show was on 9 stations around the world, launched a live, “all request” monday night show and shifted to a full two hour mixed version for the regular show (no longer having a weekly top 5, but shifting to a monthly top 10). At this point, DJ Ampz was interviewing world class dj’s on a weekly basis, incorporating their stories, thoughts and sounds into the show.
A fourth iteration of the radio website launched in the fall of 2005 lasting for over 14 years. The site itself databased and archived every guest mix and track listing. The success of the show led Barry to residency sets around Southwestern Ontario. He played at some large events and covered bigger festival’s like WMC. The format of show adjusted shortly after. It moved to two dedicated hours. The first, all house, the second, all trance (with subsequent trance and house guest mixes). This format continued for close to 8 years straight, with a small shift in format until the show wrapped up in September of 2014 after 725 episodes.
Amplified Radio Presents was the 5th generation of Amplified Radio. Hosted by Barry Rooke, the show featured 9 different “styles” of show, all mixed live, released twice a week for radio play and podcast.
Each week, there were two hours featuring Canadian artists, producers and djs in all genres of electronic dance music (house, trance, techno, progressive, minimal, deep house, tech house, etc). Each show was Canadian Content friendly (i.e. at least 35% of material being aired was Canadian, and was mixed by a Canadian [Except for special live shows]), and looked to showcase talented Canadians from the electronic music scene.