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As much as I dislike the idea of getting my CBC drive home show broadcast to me from Toronto...  I gotta say Here And Now is some good listening.  Robert Fisher is a good newscaster.  And Here and Now isn't just about the GTA. 




I think Robert Fisher has the best news voice in Radio, closely followed by Gary Ennet. 


I watched that Thornton/Gomeshi thing on video last week.   I wouldn't call that a "blow up",  but I would say it was probably 13 minutes of cringe worthy social awkwardness.

I guess Billy Bob has cancelled the remainder of his Canadian tour.

I'm not sure what to make of that whole mess.  On one hand, I guess it's journalistic ethics for the interviewer not to be dictated to about what he or she asks or says, by the interviewee.   But then, this is entertainment, and not news.  I note that "Ricky" "Julian" and "Bubbles" always remained in character for such interviews, and that must have been made clear to the interviewer from the start. 

Although,  Gomeshi had a good point about Thornton using his recognizable name, and must figure on making trade with his movie audience,  and it was dissingenuous for Thornton to get all pissy about mentioning it.  That having been said, there were a few oportunities for Gomeshi to salvage the interview and move on, but he couldn't just let the matter drop, but instead scratched at the open wound.

I guess Thornton came into the interview less than impressed with Canadian audiences being so laid back. I suggest if he doesn't like laid back audiences he should stop touring with Willie Nelson,  and maybe open for an old, but reunited punk band.   Been to lots of punk bars in London and Toronto where standing on chairs and throwing bottles was standard fare.



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I've got a lot of respect for Robert Fisher.

During the Mulroney era  he was a reporter for CBC television.  Tory cabinet minister Otto Jelinek made an "off-camera", "off-the-record" homophobic comment about NDP MP Svend Robinson.   Fisher was in a tough spot.   On the one hand, Jelinek's comment was "off the record", but on the other hand he felt it was important to report it.

So, he reported Jelinek's comment and then immediately resigned from his job at CBC television.

He was a guest speaker at a media class I was involved in shortly after this incident and we had a really interesting discussion about it.





Fisher was ranting a little last week.  He does a business report back and forth with Tracy Sealy (sp err) and last week they were putting some really neat stuff on air, including a eyebrow raising chat about CanWestGlobal and CTV getting money from the feds....

T-P, I think Fisher is better than Ennet. 

Anyone else notice a harder, harsher, edge to the Ceeb since the layoffs and such were announced? 


Oh, yeah, thanks for the tidbit, radiorahim.

I think the Jian\BBT thing was fun to listen to once, and then I forgot about it.  I mean, who really gives a fuck about some screwed up actor tossing a tantrum because the free PR wasn't all about "the music"?  It's made good press for the Ceeb, at least. 


I absolutely love Tom Allen on Radio two in the morning on the way to work and Rich Terfry (Buck65) on the way home. I was of the ones supremely annoyed when the amount of classical music was cut, but now I am pleasantly surprised at how well it turned out!


Okay, as much as I love Nora Young and find Spark cute....  It needs to be cut for the greater good of Ceeb radio.

Yesterday I listened to the normally bland and consistently pointless Ontario Morning, then a decent Current, followed by a half hour Spark that explored the history of keyboards. 

It was a nice idea and sounded good, mainly due to Nora.  But at the end she thanked the crew that put the show together.  And this is where I have an issue with Spark.

Apparently it takes three people, Nora and two producers, to create a half hour of radio per week.  And that is just not acceptable.  Not when I know for a fact that the Ceeb people in London, newspeople, have to do their own computer repairs because they can't afford tech help.  Not when five people put together entire two hours of daily programming for even the hideous Ontario Morning and other, better, drive home and morning shows. 

Nora and her producers are likely on contract, not at full wages, but I'd like to know that....  I really would.  It would help if the show had some relevance to what's happening in the world of technology, but it doesn't.  Search Engine was a far, far better current affairs show about the effect of technology, namely the net, on our lives.  Spark tells us about keyboards.  Which, while interesting, seems like a rehashed DNTO piece.

The show should be cancelled.  Nora should go back to DNTO and replace the likely higher paid Soo-Yin.

Spark was a decent pre-budget shortfall program.  It does not fit in with the new reality at Ceeb radio.


Anyone else notice a harder, harsher, edge to the Ceeb since the layoffs and such were announced?

I've been listening with that in mind since you said it a month ago, because I thought I noticed a change, also. But I wouldn't call it harsher or harder, just that some seemed to be trying harder.

I still think the interviewers pull punches on politicians.  I'm not sure this shows a partizan bias one way or another, but rather that they are a step or two behind today's realities.

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Farmpunk, CBC producers work on more than one program.


Dan Misener is a Spark producer.  His blog also says he contributes to Go.

Three producers.  A half hour a week.  I'm not sure what else there is to say. 

When's the last time issues in K-W\Guelph were mentioned by Ceeb radio, other than RIM and Balsillie, Scott? 

T-P...  Robert Fisher is still hammering out strong newscasts.  He must get a lot of leeway from his boss, if he really has one.  Matt Galloway should probably be the next host of The Current. 

I'd like to listen to some other morning or drive home shows to compare mine with.  Ontario Morning has an impossible covereage mandate, but I do expect more than stories on lactic acid and how to deal with it from my Ceeb current affairs people.  Here and Now makes up for it, almost, but it's really a strong GTA show....  and I'm pretty far physically and mentally from the GTA. 

Anyway, I haven't heard a thing about summer series shows.  Wonder if they're cancelled?



Ceeb cuts announced starting today.




This seems bizarre to me. I can see some cuts on the East Coast, where on there's a lot more Ceeb workers per person than I'd guess anywhere else in the country.

But all the cuts in radio? All production people? What the fuck is going on?

No talk of wage freezes or rollbacks to keep these people in their jobs and keep the airwaves alive. No workshare talk. No talk of tv cuts or management culling. Not a single cut in Toronto or Vancouver?

Didn't the top brass at the Ceeb also say they would be investing in local, regional news coverage. I'm confused.


No they are cons they only lie. This is what they have been waiting for a chance to destroy the CBC. Meanwhile back on planet conservative it's OK to shovel money to CTV and Global while asking for the CBC to self contract while trying to serve 6 markets.


These are in-house Ceeb cuts to "the regions."  Bashing the Cons is fun but why not ask the Ceeb why, too?  And why are all the cuts to production people and not to all the other backgrounders who have less to do with on-air content.  I can't fathom what would happen to, say, Ontario Morning if they had less people to dig up stories from Toronto for the people outside the GTA.

About the only cut I can understand is the chopping of French language services in Windsor.  I know the Ceeb has a mandate and all, but how many dedicated, french-speaking only people live in SWOnt?  I assume those funds would have been better served with Radio-Canada to begin with.

At least Spark hasn't been cancelled....  Or Wiretap.  Or DNTO. 

Are there any tv cuts??



Windsor has a large french speaking population. My parents happen to belong to that. Names like LaSalle, Belle River, Belle Isle, Peche Isle, Point Aux Roche, Point Pelee are just a few of the names from this area. Windsor was the first french settlement west of montreal. Admittingly it's not a huge amount compared to what it was, but they are still present.

The CBC is run by the con appointed Lacroix that is why it's con bashing. The CBC has been rotting from the top down since Chretein appointed Rabinovitch. They have made decisions that  are against the health of the corporation. Just look at CBC sports. They fired the people that should have been kept and hired people that are useless. And the problem is the cons are cutting funding to the CBC that is forcing their hand. Meanwhile they are bailing out the privates. This should be a concern. The CBC for all it's problems is closer to non partisan than any of the privates.


My Mom's side of the family comes from the Windsor area, and was French.  But I just can't see how a french language radio station in Windsor serves any good purpose at this time.  Spanish, maybe.  Moot point - it's gone.

I did understand where you were coming from with the Con inclusion.  Didn't the Libs really gash the Ceeb?  The Cons just aren't bailing it out of an advertising revenue hole.  They're clearly not fans of Ceeb radio, of course.  But the budget isn't being cut (though I did hear a 50 million rumour a while back).  Moore did say the Ceeb would get it's "special" 60 mil operating allocation a while back, on air. 

But, again, why these cuts, on top of losing Outfront and Inside Track, all on the radio side?  Is radio paying to keep Ceeb tv from being trimmed?  That's a bad budgeting trade, far as I'm concerned, because radio is radically cheaper to produce than tv.  And Ceeb Radio, despite its faults, is still closer to fufilling the corp's mandate than Ceeb tv.


Fucking hell.  It's depressing   


Sorry I didn't get your post the first time. Is radio getting the shaft for TV. Yep sure is. In addition to sounding more and more rightward, they are getting rid of the remaining progressive elements. Inside track is kind of a mystery. It's sports which falls under heritage. Oh I should add that Radio isn't the only thing getting hit. They are axing a number of show on TV that is what is so insidious about the rules to not allow the CBC to buy american programming. It means making more show with less.

Sofie is gone, so is Wild Roses(kind of a surprise on that one). Being Erica is having the number of episodes produced pared in half. Erica got picked up internationally including Soap network in the US...yet they are cutting production? How does that make sense. It is/was very successful. It's like This is Wonderland or Intelligence all over again.

So they are getting hit not just in radio, though it may seem worse because radio is rarely cut. The next question is how bad is the website going to look?


I'm not entirely sure radio sounds more "right". It sounds more lame.  When the bulk of national daily programming is Q and The Point, then there is a lot wrong with content.  They're both decent shows; I don't mind the Point - which is being cancelled.  But they're the same show.  The news people tend to use the same talking heads over and fucking over.  So, sometimes, I get the feeling that I don't really need to listen to a show to know what's going to be said.  It's boring. 

Inside Track didn't have an alternative sports feel, to me.  Outfront was either really good or really awful.  It should have morphed into a newbie documentary program instead of personal story-telling.    

I don't watch Ceeb Tv.  So I'll have to take your word on the quality of the drama availible.  I'm having trouble convincing myself that the Ceeb should be spending any money on drama\comedy right now.  And those shows are certainly more expensive to produce than current affairs or news programs. 

Time and time again I come back to this simple equation: if the Ceeb can't even put a dedicated on the ground reporter in the Hamilton area, and Kitchener-Waterloo-Guelph, and it expects Kerry McKee and Gary Ennett to cover the news for an area east of London to fucking Cornwall, from London, then there is something radically wrong.

So while I'm sorry to hear that some of New Brunswick's people are being axed - given redundancy notices to be exact - it also pays to count the bodies.  Moncton, St John and Fredericton have dedicated morning shows, with producers, community reporters, people.  All for a total provincial population that barely equals Hamilton-Brantford-Cambridge.  That's roughy 30 Ceebers to none.     



I think "Inside Track" was at times a fascinating show when it related the experiences of an athlete to what was going on in society around them, or how athletes influenced society outside the sports world.

Sometimes, however, I found it achingly boring.


What's really frightening about these cuts is how they relate to the bigger picture in the economy.  Even though it's well understood that cutting jobs and income is what caused the current meltdown, buisness and government are still marching to this erroneous dogma.

At the end of the day, I wouldn't be surprised if the government contracts out the Canadian Broadcast Corp to whatever national broadcaster the People's Republic of China has.

Outrageous?  silly?   Newsworld already carries BBC World Report.




Yeah, it's a little weird for news orgs to report on gov "stimulus" to save jobs and then media jobs to go under.  Now, that's without opening the whole private funding issue, but that's what's happening.

The Ceeb still gets a fair chunk of money, mind you.  It has an nearly impossible mandate, but it just seems so poorly organized.  I spoke with a Ceeb radio reporter from a smaller region about their supposedly new "integrated news delivery".  That meant Ceeb radio people would have to be able to operate a tv camera to feed stories for both mediums and supposedly vice versa.  The reporter had been trained on a camera two years ago but the bureau never recieved a camera.  So...  reporters drive from Toronto to shoot a story the local reporter had been trained to do.




[url=http://todmaffin.com/cbcjobcuts] List of Job Cuts and how they effect programs from fromer employee Tod Maffin[/url]

Funny everyone is taking reduced pay/benefitscept the owners and high up managers. Who is going to stimulate the economy with no one working and everyone else making less? You know prices haven't fallen. If anything I have seen some price increases on nessessities. Food prices were out of this world the last few months.


Polly Anna Spumonti just said how Egyptians are "chuffed"  that Barack Obama has graced their country with his presence and and so very pleased that he addressed the world's Muslims from Cairo.


She should read the papers.  Even the New York Times sees through this farce.



President Obama should not have decided to come to Egypt. The visit is a clear endorsement of President Hosni Mubarak, the ailing 81-year-old dictator who has ruled with martial law, secret police and torture chambers. No words that Mr. Obama will say can change this perception that Americans are supporting a dictator with their more than $1 billion in annual aid.

The Western press is clearly excited about Mr. Obama's "significant" choice of Egypt, and his destination, Cairo University, which the news media seem to consider a symbol of enlightenment, secularism and freedom.

The truth is that for years, Cairo University students have been demonstrating against the rising cost of education, demanding the university subsidize expensive text books, only to be rebuked by the authorities, who claim no funds are available. Yet the university somehow managed to find the money to polish up the building dome that will shine above Mr. Obama's head when he delivers his address.


Listening to the latest Dispatches.  Apparently there's a CBC reporter, James Murray, now in Kanahar full time, with a mandate to cover the place and the soldiers.....

Going to have to listen to him again. 


Anyone heard about the summer shows? 



Well, this morning on "The Current" I heard the Empress of Iran saying what fabulous things the Shah did for women's rights.


Last week I heard grief porn, as Pollyanna kept zapping Robert Dziekanski's mother with questions about how she felt about the RCMP inquest, etc. The poor woman eventually broke down. I had to change the channel; Tremonti's "hard-hitting journalism" was too obscene for that time of day.


The Shah story was backed up with a lot of dissenting opinion, from what I heard.  Didn't hear the Dziekanski interview.

Slam The Current and Tremonti but where else in Canada will you even hear this story being disucussed in the msm?

Still nothing from the summer series.  I wonder if they've been cancelled? 

I haven't been listing to Jesse Brown since his show went to TVO.  I wonder if there's been any changes from the Ceeb format. 

George Victor

Can't imagine how anyone can work up the patience to listen to Tremonti.

CBC radio is far more than that.


Trouble with Anna Maria, GV?

George Victor

Y'might say.

Ever since the last election. En electoro verite, or something. She sucks up to establishment.

And as al observes, the heavy-handed bombast in a situation where winkling - from a more informed interviewer - would do, eh?  

Loud. Designed to demonstrate neutrality but achieves jarring off-puttingness.

That's about it, F.


Huh.  I sometimes think she should speak up more often. 


Speak up more often for what...or whom?


Slam The Current and Tremonti but where else in Canada will you even hear this story being disucussed in the msm?




I think we should lose that "mainstream" media bit of propaganda, and call commercial media what they really are, which is "corporate media."




Have you heard Alternative Radio? If not, check your local campus or community station. AR is also broadcast on stations that webcast, in case you're out of the range of the nearest community station.

George Victor


I think we should lose that "mainstream" media bit of propaganda, and call commercial media what they really are, which is "corporate media."


That's probably a good tag, as long as we understand its implications.  Geoffrey Stevens says in a recent column in Waterloo Region Record that many years have gone by since Stevie Cameron (then of the Globe and Mail), and Harvey Cashore of CBC TV's The Fifth Estate took on Mulroney and then the Airbus story.

"The Fifth Estate started working on the Airbus story in 1994 and over the next 15 years the CBC and Cashore personally were hit with lawsuits from Schreiber (for $35 million), from Mulroney crony and lobbyist FRank Moores ($15 milliion) and Mulroney himself ($2 million).

"At one point, Mulroney wrote to every member of the CBC board of directors threatening to sue them personally if The Fifth Estate disclosed that he had received money from Schreiber. To its credit, the CBD, which had backed off in the face of earlier threats, aired the program anyway.

"Ultimately, The Fifth Estate reporting led to hearings by the Commons ethics committee and then the Oliphant inquiry."

Stevens, onetime business editor at The Globe and Mail, says it took 15 years to get to the Oliphant inquiry "because the people who had the most to hide were able to use the law to keep the truth hidden."

He says there was also "the apathy of the news media."

But we know, in calling it a corporate media, that more than apathy is involved.

O' Canada.


So, as far as I know there were no summer series this year.  Mashup is being used as a re-run on my local Ceeb.  Was this cancellation of usual summer programming ever announced?   


Ontario Morning continues to mystify me.  As I said to one fellow Ceeb radio fan: Ontario Morning is like the weekend show Fresh Air, five days a week.  The show is so soft it could be used as a pillow.


I asked a CBC news person how the new vision CBC news - integrated, delivering content across all platforms - will affect her job.  She didn't know, hadn't heard a thing.


CBC just released a statement talking about more local news:   http://www.cbc.ca/canada/new-brunswick/story/2009/07/29/supper-hour-news... minute daily newscasts?  That's TV, though.  And I can't really understand the emphasis on bigger daily tv news.  TV is very expensive and relatively slow.  And this at a time when the Ceeb is having to cut jobs? How can this work?


I'd like to see how much the new cast schedules will cost, then figure out how that money could be used to boost the radio side's newsgathering.


There was an interesting comment on insidethecbc. A person wrote in with a comment that she and her family had drove from Ontario westwards, listening to the Ceeb the entire way. One kid said something along the lines of "The Ceeb is way better out west." Thoughts?



Jeez I hate it when people call the CBC "The Ceeb."  Maybe it works in England with "The Beeb," but "The Ceeb" sounds like someone affecting someone else's accent to me.


Thanks, I was wondering what people meant by the Ceeb. Someyimes CBC listeners sound and act like a cult.

All I can say a lot of the time now is thank goodness for satellite radio.

George Victor


What, you missed the replay (he's on holidays)  this morning of Michael Enright's highly accredited series, music that changed theworld? You don't have to work at cult(ivating) a taste for superior programs found only in  Canada,eh?


Ceeb, Beeb, whatever, pfft.  You're using the wrong medium - the net - if you don't like mangled word useage, QaBong.  And comparing the CBC to the BBC?  Jeez, no one ever does that....

CBC Radio is on satelite radio, NorthReport.  So you can join the cult, if you so desire.

George, I've heard a fair number of the Music that Changed the world.  I thought it was neat radio, but it's not Enright's series, and it sounded a little similiar to other music, arts and entertainment segments that pop up with annoying regularity on Ceeb One.  There are two other CBC services that deal exclusively with music. 


I like 20 pieces of music that changed the world, when I've heard it.  I missed today's instalment, but heard last weeks.

And, I guessed Caruso correctly.


I like it too.  The series is done by Robert Harris (formerly of I Hear Music) with Michael Enright.  Today, it was Bob Dylan which was very interesting.

I notice I'm turning the radio off during weekday afternoons quite often, however.  I have never been a listener to DNTO, even when it's on Saturday.  I have no interest in listening to old DNTOs on weekdays.  And Ideas is an excellent program but doesn't suit my afternoons and somehow, just doesn't seem appropriate at 2:00 p.m.


Funny, sometimes whether I like a program or not depends on what I'm doing.  I remember listening to "Ideas" while driving home late one night through the country. I enjoyed a program I perhaps wouldn't have otherwise had patience for.  It was about "The Secret".    Another time, I was driving home down the 401 from Toronto, and they were interviewing a British literature author and I had absolutely no patience for it, and I think I even made some insulting remarks about pretentious English fops as I stabbed at the radio with my finger and put on the Ramones.


I'm a fan of the idea of reruns, particularly if they are something fairly old, but having a new life because they connect with stuff happening today.



Thanks Farmpunk, and I do listen to it on satellite.

Saturday evenings is superb for music in Vancouver what with Backman, Cocoran, and Petterson.

I agree Tommy_Paine that it depends on your activity, including your mental activity. 

I am looking forward to the day Jenna Chow gets her own show - poor kid is stuck doing traffic right now.

I lnow it's corny, but it's creative, and DNTO is my fav discussion show though, sorry Sharon.


"The Debaters" on Saturday mornings is my favourite CBC show these days. "Go" isn't too bad, but it could use a little more humility.


I heard that Bob Dylan bit this morning.  The co-host's gushing about Camelot and Obama was rather nauseous.  It's too bad Danny Finkleman wasn't there to rant about how the left wingers took the fun out of rock 'n roll by making it political.  Anyway, I have to run down to the Bank of Montréal now to get some change.


Never been a fan of the Debaters or Go, though many CBC listening friends enjoy both.  I used to like DNTO, but that was back in the Nora Young days (come back, Nora, come back...).  Still, DNTO gets some interesting guests and Sook-Yin does celeb-style, Strombo-esque interviews well.  I'm going to start listening to DNTO again this fall, because I understand the show is trying to move towards more of a humourous personal storytelling angle.  It's been on the radio a long while now, and I think it could, or should, be refreshed with a new format.  Most episodes I listened to last year sounded very similar.   

Wiretap continues to evade my sense of humour.  Also, a friend who's a fan said it's not availible online?  What's up with that? 

I wonder what's going to replace The Point, Inside Track, and what's going to fill time in the afternoon when most regional new hour shows are cut back to an hour.  Ontario Today with Rita Celli (Chelli?) is a quality program, clearly run on bare bones.  When Ed Lawrence is on there are endless calls for his sage advice with garden and household plants.  If Ed doesn't get on-air, loyal listeners will tear the ass off of some Ceeb exec.

I did enjoy the Sunday Edition's music series with Harris.  But it seems to me that it simply mimicked a number of other radio programs doing the same sort of thing.  All major radio operations (Astral, Chorus) now have music storytellers, highlighted by Alan Cross, who blows the doors off the Harris series.  Seems to me TSE would have done better to have a series on Books that Changed the world, or weapons that changed the world. 

Anyhow, the "soft" stuff on CBC radio appears to be deeply entrenched.  It's the news and current affairs programming which has me concerned.  If I start hearing obvious tv packs being played on my radio I'm going to get angry.

Plus, on a side-note.  I was speaking with a farmer the other day, one of the organizers for a beginning farmer's group of pork producers who, because of the way gov aid has been rolled out to hog farmers, they haven't been eligible for a dime when deceased farmers have been cut cheques.  This group held a protest outside the provincial and federal ag ministers meeting in Niagara three weeks back.  The organizer told me he notified the CBC and was told that news doesn't happen outside of Toronto or Montreal.  The farmer had better things to say about CTV, Global, and City TV than the CBC, and that's not good news.

George Victor


The CBCs ability to cover news with their ever-lower budgets wouldn't have anything to do with that "news doesn't happen outside of Toronto or Montreal" bit, of course. Bet the CBC tried to explain budgeting but that somehow got edit/deleted - omissions, the avoidance of nuance and shading being the favourite means of distorting facts for distribution to the audience of the moment.

The CBC used to have farm oriented programming.  Got any idea about when that was chopped? Wasn't Whelan riding high in the federal saddle at that time (if memory serves)? Wasn't there farm news with a local focus? I remember hearing quotes on the per-pound prices at the stockyards every noonhour, right in the middle of lunch.


I did enjoy the Sunday Edition's music series with Harris.


The Louis Armstrong and ODJB piece was nice to hear this morning; I play exactly this music on my own show, which is not, as one might expect, called "The Radio Programme that Changed the World."


I would have preferred if Harris had dummied up during the music, though. I don't need someone to say, "Listen to this, he's holding the note" over and over again during the tunes.



George Victor

Yeah. Last time he said it, Satchmo had already gone on to another note. (Forgotten where he got that name, but it fit).




George, I don't remember any Ceeb ag programs in my area.  Many local broadcasters, especially on tv, used to do detailed noon hour newscasts with a strong rural focus.  They figured farm families were at home eating the noon meal and wanted some news.  They were correct, and the audience hasn't gone anywhere.  The tv  broadcasters have. 

I understand that CBC radio has a different farming\rural flavour in the western provinces (including Manitoba here), but it's also one that has been trimmed of late... and that's from the horse's mouth, so to speak.  And I would bet Radio Canada has strong rural programming.  Anyone know about CBC Radio Canada? 

I totally agree with your comments about the Harris series, QaBong.  I don't mind being told stories but don't lecture, or get in the way of the tunes. 

Was it just my Enright ear... or did he sound less than enthused while bantering with Harris? 

Radio one's scheduling has been weird all summer.  They've been filling the former Point slot with a bizarre assortment of shows... but I kinda like being able to hear Tapestry on a Wednesday afternoon.  What's filling that national timeslot come fall? 

George Victor

I'm probably just indicating my age with that farm radio noon stockyard report, FP.

Be glad you're just a tad.


CBK used to broadcast farm stock prices into the 80s, so even us young'uns can remember them.

George Victor

CBC radio just gave us one hour of the very first "As it Happens" program from late Autumn of 1968, thanks to Michael  Enright's "Rewind".

Harry Brown and Philip Forsyth were doing a 6-hour marathon, beginning on the east coast, and I heard the one-hour Ontario portion with an incredible list of radical goings on across North America - including Trudeau's call for a "Just Society" to avoid the  social upheaval occurring in the U.S.

And the music of the day........Cool

(And we had just struck the Peterborough Examiner, and 200 student picketers were being fed chili in a church basement by a catering firm employed by the American Newspaper Guild, and some had been busted by the police, and after events in Paris there was talk of revolution, and you didn't eat California grapes (where the Farm Workers feared new legislation by Governor Reagan), and it was all too much coming back at you....


I've been away from CBC lately, except for my drive time.  I did start to listen to it today at work, but the show featured a soft, deep voice woman trying to compete with the factory noise and sketchy reception, so I had to give it a pass.

So, I left the station on my co-worker's preference, "Bob FM" with the Stairway To Hotel Freebird format.

I did catch a good part of the interview with Michael Franti on the drive home though.  Interesting artist.  One of my few favorites in today's music.