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!
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.
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?
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!
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..
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.
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!
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:
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:
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: