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. Click below to hear our farewell episode of Rocky Mountain Morning, where the team shares 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!
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!
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.