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Station to Station with Joe Pavia

Up and down the radio dial and other stops

Episode 10: Cooking for Frank Sinatra (English version)

In June of 1987, retired chef, Luigi Pavia got the culinary gig of a lifetime; he was hired to cook for legendary crooner, Frank Sinatra.

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I feel (cough) great!

How ironic that I should finish a session with a trainer at the gym, and then come down with a respiratory infection. I went from the pinnacle of great physical health to the depths of aches and pains caused by picking up “something-that’s-going-around”. That “something” kept me in bed for an entire day. A congested throat meant I needed to delay the next set of podcasts that I’m producing. Being sick also kept me from training for a 5 K race that I have signed up for. But being laid out in bed gave me an opportunity to look back at the six months that I’ve spent in two Wellness Program’s at my local YMCA called Diabetes Fit and Live Smart. Continue reading “I feel (cough) great!”

Blessings on the front lawn

 

Every Sunday, if the Pope is at the Vatican, he will speak to those who gather outside St. Peter’s Square. The Pontiff usually appears from the window of his apartment at 12 noon, delivers a short message, says a prayer, and then offers his blessing. The entire appearance lasts up to 20 minutes. I have been to two of these ceremonies; once, while back-packing through Europe, and the other time as a radio reporter. Continue reading “Blessings on the front lawn”

Episode 9: How the Toronto Raptors were named

In 1994, “The Raptors” was one of ten contenders, in a contest to name the newly formed, Toronto NBA team. The day the list of names was released, I was given the radio news assignment to ask people what their choice would be. Continue reading “Episode 9: How the Toronto Raptors were named”

The Coen Brothers

When I worked as a radio News Director, I used to regularly receive emails and phone calls from people who pitched their ideas to me for a news story. I remember one such pitch involving the Coen brothers and a casting call scheduled to happen in my hometown of Kitchener, Ontario. Continue reading “The Coen Brothers”

Episode 8: Physician-Assisted Dying

Physician-Assisted Dying will become a reality in Canada in 2016. This episode deals with a town hall meeting that I attended in Toronto in January of 2016. Continue reading “Episode 8: Physician-Assisted Dying”

Episode 7: Menu Terms with Jan Whitaker

“I know you like to cook and that you like old stuff…” That’s all my dad said as he handed me a small, black, very well worn, leather bound book . Continue reading “Episode 7: Menu Terms with Jan Whitaker”

Episode 6: Memoir writing with Lucy Kraemer

You’ve heard the old cliche, “everyone has a book in them”. Lucy Kraemer thinks so.  Kraemer, a free-lance writer and librarian in the small town of Mount Forest, northwest of Toronto, conducts memoir writing workshops. Joe discusses the process of getting started on telling your own, unique story.

You can listen to the full interview above or download it on iTunes or SoundCloud

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Running and thinking

“Good for you,” someone said that to me, this morning, while I was out for my run. This isn’t the first time I’ve heard this, and while I’m thankful for the encouragement, I wonder what the person really means. Continue reading “Running and thinking”

Episode 5: Star Wars Fan Daniel Alter

When Daniel Alter was 17, he made a commitment to see the movie, Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace. Continue reading “Episode 5: Star Wars Fan Daniel Alter”

Episode 4: Gloria Steinem

American activist, Gloria Steinem discusses self-esteem and “outrageous acts” in a 1992 interview.

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Top 40 at 40

When I turned 40 I compiled a list of My Top 40 SongsContinue reading “Top 40 at 40”

Episode 3: In search of the perfect Christmas tree.

Every year we buy a real Christmas tree to decorate our house for the month of December.

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Paris, February 1985

 

Paris during the young and innocent days.
Paris at a peaceful time.

After I absorbed the horrors of the November 13,2015 events that occurred in Paris, my thoughts quickly went back to a trip I took there. Continue reading “Paris, February 1985”

What I learned from Knowlton Nash

I first watched CBC television anchor Knowlton Nash deliver the news during the American hostage crisis in Iran in the early 1980′s. Continue reading “What I learned from Knowlton Nash”

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