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”
John Majhor was the first famous radio and television person I ever worked with.
The Toronto broadcaster was well known in the 1970s and 80s for his DJ work on CHUM radio, and as VJ of the first music video show in Canada called Toronto Rocks where he introduced videos and interviewed musicians. It was a show I watched regularly.
John and I worked together at two Toronto radio stations, first at 97.3 CJEZ where he was morning host and later CFRB 1010 where he filled in as a talk show host. Continue reading “John Majhor radio and tv host”
Former network radio reporter John McKay was already in the second decade of his career in the late 1980s when he was assigned by Broadcast News (BN), now the Canadian Press, to the Washington D.C. bureau. His job was to report the Canadian perspective on American issues including a free trade deal between Canada and the U.S. and acid rain legislation. But a few other high profile events occurred while he was there.
Continue reading “Episode 19: John McKay, former network radio reporter”
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”
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”
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”
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”
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”
Every year we buy a real Christmas tree to decorate our house for the month of December.
That tree, officially kicks off the holiday season for us.