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CBC Radio Nerdz VI...

Just listened to a good interview on As It Happens, with the winner of the Young Farmer award.  Neat interview.  The dude did a good job of explaining the farmer perspective.  Worth a listen, since I believe AIH posts online. 

White Coat Black Art was good today, as well.  The medical side disucssing end of life.  I don't listen to the show often and was glad I did today. 

The "new" CBC news hasn't really changed the radio format in a big way, from what my ears hear.  Peter Armstrong was awful at first but he's getting into it now.  The Current and AIH have had some good shows.

al-Qa'bong

At work last week a colleague and I - we've both been listening to CBC since we were kids - were lamenting the decline of the Mother Corporation, especially the local 4:00 to 6:00 afternoon program.  We agreed that the hosts are high on ditz and low on general knowledge. 

She told me how her 18-year old daughter, who's been exposed to little but the CBC since a child (her mother told her their car radio couldn't pick up any of the music stations the other kids knew about), once asked if it was "just her, or did the CBC sound worse than it used to?"  My colleague said ithe network did indeed sound worse, but this was probably a consequence of the CBC trying to appeal to a younger audience.

Her daughter replied, "We're young, not stupid."

George Victor

Heard the interview with the young farmer, Fp (age 32 I believe).  He has doubled his prairie acreage to 13,000 since taking over from dad at age 23? He truly believes it is his mission to feed people, he's test growing a new oat with the food value of rice (I think it was protein ...watch the Scots go now) and sounds like he would not easily sell out to corporations.  Impressive fellow.  The other winner was out in PEI, I believe?

Farmpunk

Can't remember the other winner, GV.

The interview was good.  The dude is working with 13 thousand acres, but he emphasized the regional and local differences inherent in the business.  In other words, 13 thousand acres is a boat load of land, period, but out West it's what he's working with.  I work a much, much smaller parcel of land but it's a different style of farming.  I thought the farmer explained it all quite succinctly.

I posted a response to ALQ but it's not there anymore.  WTF?  Anyhow, it was mainly a rant on how awful I think Ontario Morning the show is.  I don't care if they are underfunded, working on a shoe string budget... get Wei Chen off the air, immediately.  She speaks to listeners like they're slightly hard of hearing old people with comprehension difficulties.  In my experience, she's probably the worst CBC radio host after Strombo. 

There are a lot of new programs on CBC 1, especially in the afternoon.  I haven't listened to them and I'm not sure why they haven't been promoted.  I hear more promos for CBC TV on radio than I do what's actually going to be on the radio.  I heard Robin Brown, formerly of Inside Track, doing an hour long show the other day, but I can't remember the name.  It sucked.  She was talking to some foreign dudes and I could not grasp the point.  Made me long for "The Point." 

I guess there's a documentary series being played irregularly.  But I've yet to hear a really good doc on it, yet.  David Gutnick's radio docs aren't very good, and he's the host.  

toddsschneider

My Radio 2 Daily Dream Team (Classical Format):

08h00 to 12h00: Tom Allen

12h00 to 16h00: Peter Togni

16h00 to 20h00: Andrew Craig

Repeat as desired.

George Victor

Harris returns, Sunday morning, with the origins of Christmas music (I think).  And Michael Enright always has something up his sleeve.

George Victor

Robert Harris was great in his interpreting, as always.  But Louis Armstrong reciting "Twas the Night Before Christmas", grates. Wish he coulda' done it with music.

toddsschneider

Radio 2's "Tempo" was without its regular host this morning, as Julie Nesrallah was stuck in Washington DC due to the weekend storm.

And who filled in for her? Another fine classical host, or even one of the regular substitutes?  No, it was one of her producers, someone whose knowledge far outstripped her radio presence, with all due respect to her.

Cutbacks are one thing, sabotage is another. Radio 2's hostless classical music channel is sounding better (and more often, at my place) all the time. 

A lump of coal to the parties (Grits and Tories) ultimately responsible.

 

 

Scott Piatkowski Scott Piatkowski's picture

Yay, The Age of Persusian is back!

11:30 am Monday in your time zone.

thorin_bane

Wish Andrea Ratouski(sp) still had her show on radio 1. Northern Lights was nice to fall asleep to. Her voice was rich as well.

N.Beltov N.Beltov's picture

Has the CBC website been hacked? I'm getting "Harmful website blocked" from my ISP provided anti-virus software in regard to the CBC site.

Caissa

I just accessed it without incident, N. Beltov.

N.Beltov N.Beltov's picture

I had to change my anti-virus settings in order to access the site. Weird.

Farmpunk

ScottP, I actually think Age has run its course.  Unless he breaks into something beyond advertising, marketing and spin, I'm starting to feel the show is repetitious.  An excellent radio show, but I'd like to see them tackle something else.  

Haven't had any Ceeb problems online.  However, I think their choice of media player is bordering on criminally stupid.  Why not use a youtube style player for video??  All I can get is semi-high speed out here and the stream breaks up, but never loads the player, so it's not as if I can go back after it fully loads the player then get a smooth playback.  Dial-up users wouldn't get anything, I bet.  

I've tried to listen as much as possible to news and current affairs shows and... I'm not really happy with the poor prorogue coverage.  Ontario Morning has had Kady O'Malley on (which I missed) but not a single politician.  And they're coverage area means they can draw from NDP, Libs, and a big swath of Cons, and not one on air?

Did I miss anything?  As It Happens interviewed one of the CAPP facebook group leaders tonight.

Has anyone heard Shelagh Rogers' show?  I haven't, but spoke with a long time CBC radio nerd, and he thinks she's being wasted.  Maybe by choice?  Sounds Like Canada kicks the ass off Q so much that there's really no comparison.  She did a better interview per day than Gomeshi does in a year.         

Caissa

I'm not a fan of Rogers and Q can be hit or miss. Morning  weekday radio on CBC has not been very good since the demise of peter Gzowski.

Farmpunk

Shania Twain will be hosting The Current tomorrow.

Currently listening to a replay of Tremonti introducing tomorrow's host and doing an interview. 

Trying to assimilate.

al-Qa'bong

Caissa wrote:

I'm not a fan of Rogers and Q can be hit or miss. Morning  weekday radio on CBC has not been very good since the demise of peter Gzowski.

To be fair, who could have replaced Gzowski?  I may be biased, though; I even liked his late night TV talk show.

I heard "Q" a few times over the Xmas break.  I'm not impressed.  It's a shallow fluffball entertainment show, and certainly no "Camp, Kierans and Barrett."

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Farmpunk wrote:
Shania Twain will be hosting The Current tomorrow.

She wants to talk about her plan to help underprivileged children who have been hurt by cutbacks to education and other programs. Maybe she could explain why she moved to Switzerland to avoid paying the considerable Canadian taxes that could have funded those programs.

Farmpunk

Twain's interview with Tremonti was okay, but it felt like a Q thing, to me.  Let Twain host Q.

I do have a soft spot for Twain.  When she hosted the Gemini awards, she was moving through the assembled and seated Canadian artists.  She was standing right in front of the band Swollen Memebers.  She asked the one dude in the band - "Do you mind if I sit on your lap?  I've never sat on a swollen member before."

It was one of the funniest things I've ever watched on tv.  At the time she was wearing a Calgary Flames jersey (or some Cdn NHL team kit) fashioned into a dress.   

Maybe she'll do a good job on The Current.  Perhaps the CBC will create a show for her.  It would follow the trends of finding well known Canadians to host shows.  It's certainly not a trend I'm in favour of.  Maybe Shania will replace Mansbridge.... she would be more effective on tv, I assume.

But Rafe Mair used to host the Current from time to time.  As did Brown, from Calgary.  And Newman is probably availible.  How about a Friday edition of the Current, hosted by Newman, about the prorogue, the economy, politics, etc? 

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Farmpunk wrote:
Maybe Shania will replace Mansbridge....

She'd be a tougher interviewer.

Michelle

Scott Piatkowski wrote:

Farmpunk wrote:
Maybe Shania will replace Mansbridge....

She'd be a tougher interviewer.

No kidding.

Speaking of Q, Judy Rebick's going to be on today, discussing the range of opinion in Canadian media with John Cruickshank and Margaret Wente! 

It's at 10:30 Eastern, not sure when it's on in the rest of the country, but you can listen online here.

Farmpunk

I listened to the last five minutes.  Sounded like a calm, reasonable discussion.  I'll be downloading the podcast, or trying to listen in later tonight for the replay.

Anyone listen in to either Shania or Q with Rebick?

Michelle

Yeah, listened to Q.  It was excellent, and Judy eviscerated Margaret Wente.  My favourite part of it was when Wente was whining about how views like hers are never aired on the CBC.  Judy cut in saying that they were being aired right now!  On the CBC!  :D :D

And she also demolished Wente's tired refrains about the Montreal Massacre commemorations, too.

I'm somewhat biased, of course. :D  I love Judy, and can't stand Wente's columns (don't know her in person, so I don't know what she's like otherwise).

I also listened to Shania Twain - she wasn't too bad.  As others were saying, she's not a hard-hitting reporter or anything, but she's fine for a lighter episode of a human interest/current affairs show.

al-Qa'bong

Scott Piatkowski wrote:

Yay, The Age of Persusian is back!

11:30 am Monday in your time zone.

 

I heard it at 10:00 today (Saturday morning).

As a student of rhetoric, I find this one of the most interesting media offerings out there.  Besides, where else do you get a show that explains the origin of of the term "bandwagon"?

al-Qa'bong

I just heard Wiebo Ludwig tear Pollyanna Tremonti a new one, while indicting the media for producing "junk food" instead of discussing real issues.

Pollyanna then made his point by going on to her next interview, in which she spoke to a guy who wrote a book on the bombing of those oil and gas installations in Peace River.

It's all about the boom-boom and big explosions.

Maybe Anna-Maria is English for René-Charles?

Michelle

Yeah, I heard that too this morning.  I kind of laughed at her roundabout question: "Do you know who set the bomb?"  And then her follow up question: "You know that the real question is, did YOU set the bomb."  Well, if that was the real question, why didn't you just ask it to begin with?

al-Qa'bong

Some yahoo called into Cross Country Checkup's program on airport security yesterday to inform Canadians that radical Muslims are the problem and they won't be happy until they've taken over the world and killed us all.  Ratface Rex just nodded (I could see him) and said he agreed.

 

I wanted to call in a 'phone bomb (aeroplane terrorism is, like, so 2001), but the show was almost over by then, and I'd be playing into their racial stereotype anyway.

George Victor

Michael Enright did a nice job of exposing America's role in the destruction of Haitian society this morning in interviewing a Haitian poet/psychiatrist (a Governor-General's award winner) about the history of his country.  I had heard of America's role in defending U.S. capitalist hegemony in Haiti between 1915 and 1934, sending in the troops on the excuse of defending it against possible German intervention in the First World War. This fellow (whose name escapes me, but who is in like Flynn with our governor general)  spelled it out.  But then, why does her excellency not tell the U.S. ambassador that he is only the modern expression of long-ostanding imperialist aggression?  And pass it on to Steve while she's  on the subject?  No, I understand her grief as a human being, but not her comprador co-optation.

al-Qa'bong

CBC Regina is playing a concert by local chanteuse Anique Granger right now. 

She moved to Québec long ago, but hasn't made the "big time" yet.  Her brother told me it's because the Quebéc music industry is biased against francophones from hors de Québec.  She really ought to be more well-known.

Anyway, her French accent seems more pronounced than it used to be, which is doubly weird since neither of her parents has a French accent.

George Victor

Greg Mortenson was a guest of Michael Enright on Sunday morning, and I'm lined up at the library to read his Three Cups of Tea and the newest, Stones into Schools.  He presents the education of girls in Afghanistan as a revolutionary force.  His explanation of how to advance the cause of education for girls there begins with requiring a deep knowledge of tribal custom and understanding the importance of the elder (and the mothers of those kids... ).    Reminds one of Rory Stewart's travels in The Places in Between.

Mortenson himself is a shy, guilless guy who is consumed with finding the schoolrooms and teachers for the world's 120,000,000 children who are now going without. This is a guy who almost got to the top of K-2,  and who can explain why he has been able to stay alive in the hill country of Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Farmpunk

I've been leaning on As It Happens lately.  I skip the six pm newscast and plan my suppertime cooking\wine drinking\decompresion around AIH.

It's difficult to pinpoint favourite segments of the show.  Last night they interviewed a southern US doctor who studied healthy living clinics in Iran, and now that doctor is attempting to bring similar projects to the States through legislation.  Really interesting interview and ideas.

I really wish the AIH Friday night political panel would re-convene.  I listened to it religiously for until it was disbanded, for unstated reasons and never brought back.  Thinking of that panel now, my mind turns to the spin doctor extraordinare - Peter Donolo, who's presence as the defender of the Jean Chretien legacy was simply amazing to hear.

On the flip side, my disgust with my local regional morning show - the only current affairs programming availible for nearly a million people in Ontario - is growing.  The show simply does not do political coverage of any sort beyond calling up a poly-sci prof here and there and asking them general questions.  It's insulting to the audience to not even attempt to contact a variety of MPs to get their opinions.  No Green Energy coverage.  No municipal coverage. 

I know that Ontario Morning is short of resources, or so I've been informed.  But this is fucking radio.  Call every MP in the listening range and see if they'll talk about prorogation.  And if they don't answer or won't be on the show, let the listeners know, a la the Current and AIH, which regularly say they've been turned down for interviews.  The Current was keeping track of how many times it ws refused. 

I wonder if the CBC is reluctant to empower Ontario Morning with more resources, because then it might compete with Metro Morning.     

George Victor

What did you think of Peter Gzowski, Fp? (I enjoyed his triumverate of politicians, once weekly).  There was a deeper understanding of politics at work then...certainly not the animosity of the neo-con crowd that Dalton Camp warned us about, eh? Is there any VOCAL  remnant of red-Toryism in rural Ontariio today?

Farmpunk

I started listening to CBC morning programming immediately following the retirement of Gzwoski.  He was, from what I understand, the glue that held the show together.

I don't see a lot of Red Torys in my part of SWOnt.  Certainly not a lot of federal Red Tories.  The closest would be Ed Holder in London, but he's more of a Conservative with a wide array of interests than a redened tory.

If you're talking red tories as in the general populace....  yeah, plenty of people who don't give a shit if you smoke pot or are gay and want to get married, coupled with a distrust of high government spending in areas outside health care.  The closest spokesperson I can think of in that area is MPP Randy Hillier.  Not a big fan of Hillier myself, but he has a following and he's unafraid of speaking his mind.

Michelle

But I thought Hillier was a social conservative too.

Caissa
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In BC we are stuck with "Homer" Cluff.  The only time he sounds like he knows anything on a subject is when it involves sports.  He is possibly the person with the least amount of general knowledge ever to have hosted a show on the CBC.  

They always do a lets talk to someone with a "problem" and then after he attack their views in the interview with every MSM cliche around they get on a right wing spokesperson who has listened to the first interview and he lobs them soft questions to give them the opportunity to score points that cannot be rebutted since the original interviewee has been hung up on to go to the second interview. 

Remove Homer and Send Him Back to Sports

Farmpunk

Michelle, Hillier was probably a bad example.  I'm not entirely sure of his conservative social views.  I don't think he wants to institutionalize\legislate social behaviour.  I've listened to him speak on several occasions, pre-MPP status and post.  He's quite good at poking holes in the government-big business monopolies and some of the more blatant money wasting that goes on in provincial politics.  I think he's a union supporter, or at the very least a supporter of tradespeople. 

Hillier is certainly more well known in the south than any other northern or central PC MPP.  Ernie Hardeman in Oxford, whom I used to consider an utter dunce, is a hard working MPP with solid agricultural ideas.  Not sure about his red-ness.  Toby Barrett is my MPP, and he's just a caretaker.

I won't bring up Garth Turner, haha. 

Krop51.  Well, I suppose it's nice to know CBC radio isn't perfect elsewhere. 

I'll be blunt: I think there's a lot of old school, long term CBC people working in jobs they probably think are beneath them - aka Ontario Morning - and they just don't give all that much thought to their listening audience.  It's really hard to produce a daily current affairs show about the area outside Toronto, from Toronto, with a Toronto host and a bunch of Toronto producers.  Ontario Morning has JC Kenney report news stories from Kingston and she also puts together the weekly Kingston Report.  She's good.  Janice Lee in London is not worth mentioning.  She's a producer who never plays interviews.  She'll have a QandA with Wei Chen where she mentions "I spoke to so and so" or "I was talking with this person" but she never plays a fucking clip!  It's amazing, really.  Radio with no audio.  If I pay attention to the London Free Press headlines leading up to Lee's "London Report" I can predict within 90% what she's going to talk about.  Jack Rowe in Peterborough is okay but suffers from the same syndrome where it's just him chatting with Wei Chen.  Put a fucking story together, please.

I can't remember the last time I heard a provincial, federal, or municipal politician on Ontario Morning.  But whatever second rate writer or musician is handy in Toronto, bang, immediate air time for them.

thorin_bane

This is about CBC.ca I went to the website and opened the recent article on Kadr. What I found odd was the huge number of rightwing comments with thumbs up. Not just thumbs up but ones I apparently agree with. How is it that I am late to the party on the article but I have already agreed to comments  that I don't agree with.

Someone is either playing games at CBC or they had their email list hacked to hijack articles by conbots.

This is very serious. If our very tiny voice of only being able to say something on an online article is being subverted where the hell are we going? Getting scary in this country.

I know I wouldn't agree to stuff like "Kadr deserves to be tortured" So why did it show my status as such. Is this something I should put forward to the ombudsman.

Unionist

Thorin, what are you actually seeing? On the CBC site, the "thumbs" represent total votes. If you vote in favour of a post, you get a message underneath it saying: "You AGREE with this post", and it bumps up the number of "thumbs up" by one. Likewise if you vote against. If you have not yet voted, you should see this:

Quote:
Agree | Disagree

Farmpunk

Weird story, Thorin and Unionist.  Any follow ups?  I never post on cbc.ca, but on the rare occasion I read the comments, they're generally just like a lot of other news sites that allow elongated discussions: it's usually not about the topic at hand, and if it's politics, the same rote comments always pop up.  And since it's a cbc site, there's generally a "messed up lefties\commies" backlash alongside the same people saying the cbc is a tool of the same. 

Anyhow, back to radio.

Andy Barrie is retiring in a month, to be replaced on March 1st by a new host, as of yet to be named.

I'll put it out to the Toronto crowd, since I don't listen to Metro Morning: who should replace Barrie?  

My outsider vote goes to Matt Galloway, the host of Here and Now, which is broadcast into the hinterland of Ontario to cover the fact that the CBC is too braindead - or broke - to fund a quality afternoon program for everyone outside of Toronto.  Luckily, Here and Now is a good show, that I listen to almost daily.  Galloway is a good host, and clearly know the Toronto scene.  I'm not sure who else is in the running.  Robin Brown, maybe.  

Please CBC - do not allow Kevin Slyvester to mount a comeback of any sort beyond the occasional fill-in.  My memories of how he spend a summer hosting Sounds Like Canada are too fresh in my memory.  I got a little annoyed when he would not stop talking about, and shamelessly promoting, some fucking kid's book he was illustrating and writing. 

Ah, Sounds like Canada....  It was replaced by Q.  I think Q should replace DNTO on Saturday afternoons and Sounds Like Canada should be reincarnated.  Q's celebrity humping is painful to my ears. 

Scott Piatkowski Scott Piatkowski's picture

For Metro Morning, I think there is no question that Matt Galloway is being groomed. He's been an able fill-in for Barrie on Fridays and when he was attending to his wife.

I think that Maureen Taylor would be a good choice if she wanted to come back to radio. She did the morning news for several years (in the unlamented Matt Maychak era) and hosted Radio Noon before that was felled by the budget axe.

Karen Horseman and Jane Hawton frequently fill in for Barrie, but I don't know if either of them would want to make the 3:00 am wake-up call a regular feature of their lives.

Farmpunk

I imagine Galloway is first choice.  I like Horseman's voice but I'm not familiar with her beyond her rather lame "Parenting" radio columns.

I have trouble imaginging this role being filled by someone not currently employed by the CBC. 

George Victor

Stayin' up late has meant another chance to hear the newest sounds out of Quebec on A Propo.   Really wide-ranging choral work (out of Brittany) out of the past, and even a Leonard Cohen sorta sound-alike.  Wish we had more history here in Upper Canada.

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Matt Galloway is the new host of Metro Morning. They announced it on air this morning.

Who will be the new host of Here and Now? Let the speculation begin.

 

Farmpunk

Good for Galloway.  He seems to have the well rounded skills and interests that will make him a good host of Metro Morning.  I always liked his Here and Now work. 

Here and Now, eh?  Hmmm.  It's so hard to even make a guess.  I don't know who is on the sidelines.  I imagine the same people we brought up earlier would apply here: Horseman, Hawton.  I can see Robin Brown, too. 

I think Here and Now would be a very attractive job for a lot of CBCers.  Afternoons, general interest, lots of time taken up with Fisher's newscasts and business\sports chat. 

I wonder if Here and Now will do something like the great host challenge that put Carol Off into the seat on AIH?  I loved hearing all the different voices.

Ah, which brings me to Helen Mann.  Love her.   

Farmpunk

Matt Galloway has taken over.  Thoughts Metro Morning listeners?

Has there been a paralell announcement for Here and Now?  I believe Hawton was on yesterday. 

George Victor

Galloway will certainly appeal to sports enthusiasts.  Does he have Andy's depth?  Not yet, but we'll see... when he first interviews Mayor Miller. 

Farmpunk

Bollocks.  I don't listen to Here and Now all that regularly, but Galloway has definitely interviewed all GTA heavyweights... including Miller.  With Galloway at the helm, HandN was one of the better current affairs shows on my dial. 

I'll probably start listening to Metro Morning specifically because of Galloway. 

Your sports influence comment - does that come out his Olympic updates?   

George Victor

The "sports influence comment" comes out of the fact that Andy admitted he wasn't the best in sports reporting. But he certainly demonstrated a deep understanding of history and development of Toronto as a city. Must admit I didn't listen to Galloway's afternoon interviews very often.  I'll be listening to see if Galloway goes beyond earnestness and an attempt at "balance"...you know, the usual?  

E.P.Houle

Do you guys out east have to have Jian Ghomeshi on line? I'm allergic. I want CBC, not entertainment commentary.

Farmpunk

Hey now.  Don't be blaming us easterners for Jian and Q. 

I used to think Sounds like Canada and Shelagh Rogers was a little light.  But SLC was replaced by Q.  And now I can only sound like a crusty old CBC listener and say "I wish it was like the old days!"  That show told me about people and places in Canada.  It hasn't been replaced, and certainly Q is no replacement.

Q would be a good replacement for DNTO.  Or combine the shows, and hosts, into a national afternoon show - one hour.  That's about as much time and resources the CBC should be investing in that type of programming.

GV, Galloway can talk Leafs, soccer, baseball.  I'm listening to him do it right now.

I'll leave it up to you to decide if he has the TO roots\chops to properly host the show. 

On a related note, the BBC is cutting it's online presence and scaling back some of its "digital" programming, due to pressure from private broadcasters and a looming expansion of the conservative party in the next election.

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/03/03/business/media/03bbc.html

 

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