Women of the North

Posted: April 22nd, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Uncategorized | 1 Comment »

After a cold (very cold!) Winnipeg winter reporting and reading the news at CBC Manitoba… I’m back in Ontario! For the time being, I’m in Sudbury (I always seem to end up in the cold climates!) making radio, freelancing, and taking a bit of time off to enjoy the finer things in life, like writing and struggling through Sunday morning Motown spin class and playing ukulele poorly… and coffee. Lots of coffee!

Wawa!

Finally getting my picture with Hector in Wawa!

The best part of moving from Winnipeg to Sudbury? Road trip! It was my first time making the drive — a drive I’d been wanting to make for a very long time — and even better, I got to turn it into some great radio, too!

What better way to discover Northwestern Ontario than to meet some of the area’s best female musicians while making your way along Lake Superior? That’s exactly what I did… and then turned the interviews into a two part radio series called “Women of the North,” which aired earlier this month on Bandwidth on CBC Radio One.

Click below to hear both parts of “Women of the North” — in part one, you’ll hear the unforgettable voice of sunday wilde in Atikokan, the infectious harmonica of Tracy K in Thunder Bay, and the quiet, honest lyrics of Bonnie Couchie from Pic River First Nation.

In part two, you’ll hear from some great up-and-coming Northern Ontario singer-songwriters: Binaeshee-Quae Couchie-Nabigon from Pic River, Rose-Erin Stokes from North Bay, and Marie-Claire Cronier from Sudbury.

So sit back and enjoy — I promise you’ll want to hear more from all of these ladies once you’ve heard their music — and feel free to leave a comment after, I’d love to hear your thoughts!



Help Wanted

Posted: October 14th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: freelancing, TV | No Comments »

Happy Thanksgiving!

At the start of October, I had the opportunity to work with the team at Lang and O’Leary in Toronto to produce “Help Wanted” — a week-long series on youth employment issues loosely based on my radio mini-series, “Punching In,” from last spring. It was a neat chance to expand on the ideas from the first series and to make it look good for TV, too!

The interviews aired on Lang and O’Leary last week — click below to watch:

Monday’s interview: Jobs for Ontario youth

 

Tuesday’s interview: Is post-secondary education worth it?


Wednesday’s interview: Youth and unions

 

Thursday’s interview: Overqualified for the job


Sounds of September

Posted: September 8th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: freelancing, radio | No Comments »

Is it fall already?!

The last time I updated this blog with work was in March… since then, I’ve changed jobs and cities a few times (wrapped up the CBC Music Searchlight contest, then did some news reading in Ottawa, headed to Windsor for some fill-in hosting on their CBC Radio One morning and afternoon shows… then it was back to Ottawa for some freelancing before I was called back to Windsor, where I’m currently news reading!)

It was between all of the craziness — and my two weeks in Ottawa — that I pulled together this mini radio series for the CBC’s national syndication department. They’re pieces on different aspects of starting college and university and they aired on Radio One morning shows across the country either on the last week of August or the first week of September.

While not the hardest-hitting of stories, I liked being able to get nostalgic over my start at university (which was a decade ago, now!) and loved hearing insights from my friends and other interviewees who helped bring the pieces to air. And from what I heard from some producers and listeners, they enjoyed being able to do the same as well. You can hear them below — enjoy!

 


Punching In

Posted: March 29th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: freelancing, radio | No Comments »

Spring is almost here! I’ve wrapped up my contract at Bandwidth and have taken on some new projects — I’m now working on CBC Music’s Searchlight competition (the hunt for Canada’s Best New Artist) and have also gotten back to doing some radio freelancing.

Click below to hear the three part mini-series I produced and hosted for CBC Radio One national syndication. It’s called “Punching In” and looks at some of the issues relating to young workers (under 30, Gen Y, Millenials, whatever you want to call us!) and the new workforce/economy.



 

… and that’s about all that’s new on the work front for now! I’ve got a few ideas up my sleeve, though… will update if (when?!) they come to fruition..

Meg.


Hitting the R3 airwaves

Posted: August 14th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: radio | No Comments »

Great news! For the next few months, I’m hosting the R3 Weekend on CBC Radio 3. I’m covering the Saturday morning slot from 9 to noon (ET) and Sunday afternoons from 4 to 7. You can stream the show at CBCMusic.ca.


Radio silence?

Posted: June 5th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Uncategorized | No Comments »

So I’ve been horrible at updating the site for the last while. Mostly, I blame moving four times in the past 9 months (Ottawa –> Winnipeg –> Kamloops –> Toronto –> lo and behold, back to Ottawa!)

But now I’m back and settled in the capital with my dream gig — hosting Bandwidth, Ontario’s independent music show on CBC Radio One (Saturdays @ 5:05pm across Ontario). I’m also doing work with CBC Music — a fantastic new site from CBC.

I’ve got some other great projects on the go as well — will update as they come closer to fruition!

Cheers, Meg.


Summer (radio) lovin’

Posted: July 2nd, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: freelancing, radio | No Comments »

It’s summer series season at CBC Radio, and I was lucky enough to be able to work with the team for the series Out of Their Minds.

The series, hosted by Richard Syrett, looks at different inventors, their weird and wonderful creations, and the stories behind them.

The first episode ran last Tuesday, but you can catch all of the episodes – and the show’s air times – on the show’s website.


Back to the airwaves

Posted: July 2nd, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: freelancing, radio | No Comments »

After a busy election, I’ve been back freelancing at the CBC in Ottawa and working with the Saturday morning radio show, In Town and Out.

My first piece back took me to an unlikely place to putter – Beechwood Cemetery. But it turned out to be the perfect place not to find just one story, but several… Click below to hear about the cemetery’s annual historical walking tour, this year with a Hockey Heroes theme:

Hockey Heroes by meghw


The next piece… the quintessential summer story: camp. To talk about camp from a different perspective, I talked to a Y Camp Davern alumna Shannon Lambert about why she loved camp – and why she’s sending her daughters this year. Click below to listen:

Summer Camp by meghw


This week, I made my way out to Almonte to meet with Thomas Kaniya, a mechanic from Vancouver who’s making his way across Canada to help out organic farms across the country. Click below to listen to the piece, which aired July 2nd:

Organic Mechanic by meghw


Fun facets of the federal election

Posted: May 12th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Uncategorized | No Comments »

Now that the election buzz has worn down (just slightly…) I thought I’d add a couple of articles I wrote for iPolitics.ca that were picked up on the Postmedia wire.

The first… when stock photos work against the parties: Woman who appears in Conservative, Bloc ads, supports neither party (Montreal Gazette).

And the second is a look at young candidates and how they’re shaking up the ways campaigns are run: Younger candidates bring drive to campaign (Canada.com).

And now… on to the speculation on who will be in the new cabinet!


Spinning… with a twist.

Posted: February 23rd, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: freelancing, radio | No Comments »

Have you heard of A Tribe Called Red? They’re a group of Ottawa-based Aboriginal DJs that mix traditional songs with club beats… an infectious, danceable fusion of old and new.

DJ Bear Witness is part of ATCR, and he brought some of the group’s Pow Wow Step tracks to Winterlude this weekend when he spun at the Crystal Lounge in Confederation Park. Click below to listen to how he got his start in DJing and how he uses his music and video work to play with notions of Aboriginal culture and identity. The interview aired on In Town and Out on CBC Radio 1 on Saturday, Feb. 21st:

DJ Bear Witness by meghw