I was in the media room at the 1992 JUNOS on the night Alanis Morrisette won the award for Most Promising Female Vocalist and recorded the backstage question and answer session with reporters.Continue reading “Audio: Alanis Morrisette at the 1992 JUNOS”
Reporting the news is serious business! Reporters need to cover stories that may provoke a range of emotions from the tragic to the light hearted.
One light hearted story I was assigned to was to cover a preview of a new innovative and interactive game called Virtual Reality that would be appearing at the Canadian National Exhibition (CNE) in Toronto Canada in 1992. Continue reading “Assignment: Virtual Reality circa 1992”
“Enrichments” was the name of a collection of spoken word audio features that played on the ‘music-of-your-life’ radio station CKLA-FM in Guelph, Ontario in 1989.
Interspersed with sweeping-string-muzak sounds, Enrichments offered listeners pieces by American broadcaster Paul Harvey in his now classic, The Rest of the Story; health reports by Doctor Henry Fishman; a feature about pets; and reports from the Financial Post about personal finance and business.
One ‘enriching’ report from the Financial Post told the story of a chef school, Istituto Alberghiero, in Villa Santa Maria, in the Abruzzo region of Italy, about three hours east of Rome, and a short drive to the Adriatic Sea. Continue reading “Chef school”
Bill Thurlow, Flight Sergeant and Warrant Officer Second Class in the Royal Canadian Air Force died in July of 1942 along with six others members of the 405 Squadron when the Halifax Bomber they were on crashed after returning from a night time bombing mission in Germany.
There are slightly different versions about what led to that crash. Two of them were recorded in the history books while a third came from a gentleman named George Hexter whose brother Bob was on the crew that died.
A co-worker at a Kitchener radio station I once worked at handed me a fax printout of a news release from a Canadian satellite company with a headline that read, and I’m paraphrasing, “Phyllis and Walter Gretzky will no longer be able to watch their son Wayne play hockey when the Canadian government makes their satellite service illegal.”
“Maybe there’s something you could do with this,” said the co-worker. I said thanks, but didn’t understand what I could do with it. There was a bigger story brewing that day. It was April 13 1999, the day the news broke that Wayne Gretzky, one of the greatest hockey players at that time, was retiring from the NHL after 20 years in the league. His parents wouldn’t need the satellite service if the rumour was true. Continue reading “Episode 18: Walter Gretzky”
John McKay covered some big stories during his radio news career, but the one report everyone wanted to talk to him about was the Canadian re-write he gave to Billy Joel’s 1989 hit song We Didn’t Start the Fire. Continue reading “Audio: John McKay’s Canadian version of a Billy Joel hit”
Inevitably when you’re on a reporting assignment you sometimes have to spend your own money to pay for gas, parking, a taxi and occasionally a meal. Every radio company I worked for reimbursed me for any expense I’d incurred as long as I had the receipt and it fell in line with the company rules. Continue reading “Audio: Boom go the radio expenses”
What began as just a quick trip to the Kitchener Public Library turned into an incredible five year, independent research project. When my wife and I purchased our 1930s home, we discovered that 16 different families had lived in the house between 1932 and 1997. You may wonder what was wrong with the place? Continue reading “Harry and Anne Levene”