Yes, it’s true — I’m back to hosting a music show and I couldn’t be happier!
Since February, I’ve taken over The Label on the CKUA Radio Network. It’s an hour-long show where, every week, I interview the founder of or expert on a major imprint… and play tons of the great music that made the label famous.
I’ve been making some trips to the station in Edmonton to meet the awesome team at CKUA and sometimes recording in my very glamorous, quilt covered guest room (see left!), but I can’t wait until the new CKUA studios are ready to go at the National Music Centre in Calgary this summer/fall. It’s all too perfect with the Junos about to hit YYC and 2016 being the Year of Music here in Calgary!
So far, I’ve hosted episodes on great Canadian labels like Nettwerk, Stony Plain Records, Paper Bag Records, Kelp Records, Maple Music Recordings (now Cadence music!), as well as double episodes on label greats like Stax Records, Matador Records, 4AD and Rounder Records.
You can hear the show Tuesdays at 6pm MT and Sundays at noon, either on your radio dial if you’re in Alberta or live streaming at CKUA.com.
Looking for a longer read to enjoy with your Saturday morning coffee? Take a look at my analysis piece on public art in Calgary.
It’s been a labour of love — lots of interviews, lots of editing! — and it’s part of CBC Calgary’s “Calgary at a Crossroads” series, which looks at what makes up our city, particularly when the chips are down.
Great news! I’ve been accepted to the CBC’s Doc Project — a wonderful program where I’ll be paired with a seasoned radio documentarian to make my own piece that will air on the network later this spring.
My pitch is to do a story on the Home Economists at ATCO’s Blue Flame Kitchen. The home service department has been serving Albertans since 1930 — and is now the only remaining department of its kind on North America.
You can see the list of other mentees and learn more about the project here.
What’s better than getting to spend an afternoon playing with drones? Check out my piece for Spark on CBC Radio One, where I met up with Brennan Jones at the University of Calgary to try out a drone videoconferencing system he’s working on… hear the audio and see some photos of the project here.
I’d apologize for not updating my blog recently… but if you’ve ever stopped by my site, you already know that’s pretty much the status quo!
For the most part, I’ve been busy in the mountains making great radio and enjoying the Park on skis, snowshoes and at the curling rink! It’s been a pretty great time, but unfortunately The Banff Centre has announced that it will be shutting down our stations. You can read more about it in the Calgary Herald and the Crag and Canyon.
It’s definitely disappointing news for me and the rest of our team, but we’ve had a chance to make some really fun radio while on air. And I’ve had a chance to not only interview great and interesting people around the Bow Valley, but also great artists and storytellers who have passed through the Banff Centre. In our farewell episode of Rocky Mountain Morning, the team shared our favourite memories and interviews… plus bears. Lots of stories about bears!
You can find more great Rocky Mountain Morning episodes and interviews on our Soundcloud page.
In case you’re wondering… I have a few contractual obligations to wrap up with Banff Centre Radio this spring, but YES, I am looking for my next great radio gig! Feel free to email me at meg.c.wilcox (at) gmail (dot) com if you have any awesome ideas.
Great news to share!
Next month, I head west to Banff to join the team at Banff Centre Radio. I’ll be hosting the morning show on their new, soon-to-be-launched radio station serving Banff and the Bow Valley.
I start the new gig at the beginning of June, but check out my twitter feed (@meghw) for road trip updates as I make my way back west…
To celebrate, here’s a picture from my last visit to Banff in 2009 — when my friend Mike and I found ourselves a bit light-headed and giggly on Sulphur Mountain.
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!
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!
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
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!