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Station to Station with Joe Pavia

Up and down the radio dial and other stops

CFRB 1010 radio guide circa 1993

CFRB 1010 in Toronto was ranked as the most listened to radio station in Canada in the early 1990s, and I was a part of it. Continue reading “CFRB 1010 radio guide circa 1993”

Episode 14: The Toronto Blue Jays go digital in 1994

Telecommunications company Motorola was marketing a really cool product in the early 1990s called SportsTrax that allowed you to receive real-time action from a Toronto Blue Jays game to wherever you were. Continue reading “Episode 14: The Toronto Blue Jays go digital in 1994”

Political handshakes

If you want to know how to properly shake a persons hand, follow the lead of a politician as they have mastered the combination of a good grip, perfect posture, eye contact,a smile and a hello. Continue reading “Political handshakes”

Video: Pete Seeger’s final performance

One item on my list of lifetime-coolest-moments-ever was being in the audience at the 2013 Farm Aid concert watching folk singer Pete Seeger steal the show.

“Friends, at age 94 I don’t have much voice left,” Seeger said.

“But, here’s a song I think you know. And if you sing it, why, I think we’ll make a good sound,”

Despite, as he put it, his lack of voice, the audience heard him loud and clear. They stood for his two song set, sang along and took video and pictures as a keepsake of the memorable event. Continue reading “Video: Pete Seeger’s final performance”

Episode 13: The Oral History Collection

Former history librarian Susan Hoffman described Oral History as:”the ultimate example of grass roots social history.”

This episode of Station to Station focuses on the voices from the past, preserved in the Oral History Tape Collection at the Kitchener Public Library. (KPL)  Continue reading “Episode 13: The Oral History Collection”

Harry and Anne Levene

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”

Episode 12: The Gym

All the workout but without the sweat; I hang out at the gym and speak with two of my ‘coaches’ who I met through wellness programs at the YMCA where I am a member. Continue reading “Episode 12: The Gym”

David Suzuki turns 80!

David Suzuki has entered, what he calls, “the death zone”.  In an interview, the Canadian environmentalist explained that turning 80 is a time when you, “reflect on your own mortality and are compelled to speak from the heart.”   Continue reading “David Suzuki turns 80!”

Episode 11: Publisher of the Philadelphia Media Network, Terrance Egger

The Philadelphia Media Network is operating under a new business model. The owner of the newspapers, the Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia Daily News, and the web portal, philly.com, is a for profit company, owned by the non-profit Philadelphia Foundation. Joe speaks with Publisher, Terrance Egger about the organization’s shift to: “keep journalism alive.”

Continue reading “Episode 11: Publisher of the Philadelphia Media Network, Terrance Egger”

Episodio 10: Cucina per Frank Sinatra (Versione Italiana)

Nel giugno del 1987 , lo chef in pensione , Luigi Pavia ha ottenuto il concerto culinaria di una vita ; è stato assunto per cucinare per cantante leggendaria , Frank Sinatra . (continua a leggere cliccando qui sotto.)

Continue reading “Episodio 10: Cucina per Frank Sinatra (Versione Italiana)”

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.

Continue reading “Episode 10: Cooking for Frank Sinatra (English version)”

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”

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