Local station to play Village People’s “Cruisin'” non-stop for two weeks

From: Philip St. George, thenorthbaybay.ca staff

NORTH BAY — Stretch your limbs and practice your alphabet, because The Village People’s “Y.M.C.A” is making a comeback!

Well, in North Bay, at least.

To honour North Bay’s upcoming Virtual Pride event, country station SK-RAT is dedicating two entire weeks to spinning The Village People’s third studio album, “Cruisin,’” for 24 hours a day, non-stop.

DJ and Village People aficionado Matt Sookram describes the album as “a timeless classic.”

“The album may only be six tracks, but every one of them is dy-na-mite!” gushes Sookram. “Playing the album for 336 consecutive hours is going to be absolute bliss.”

Sookram has also committed to staying in the studio for the full two weeks in order to “endlessly boogie down.”

Pride On Board

North Bay Pride organiser Jason Maclennan applauds the move.

“Featuring an album from a band that supports the LGBTQ community is wonderful,” says Maclennan. “The Village People were one of the earliest bands to produce a popular gay anthem in ‘Y.M.C.A.’ and were features of New York City’s Greenwich Village.”

North Bay’s Virtual Pride will begin airing live from the Capitol Centre through Pride’s Facebook page on September 18th. The event will feature performances from singer-songwriter Paul Manchin, actress and musician Bif Naked, and comedian Colin Mochrie.

Hot Cop!

Sookram and SK-RAT will beginning transmitting “Cruisin’” non-stop on Sunday, September 6th.

When asked why he didn’t choose to play songs from international sensation Bif Naked or North Bay local Mackenzie Drive, Sookram shrugs,

“I realize they’re all extremely talented musicians, but…”

Sookram leans in close.

“I just really like the song ‘Hot Cop.'”


“Cruisin’” will stop playing two weeks from Sunday on September 20th, which will mark the end of North Bay’s Virtual Pride.

Please pray for Matt.

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