Quick Report on My Visit to CBC Radio

Monday, 02 August 2010
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CBC LogoThis past Friday I had the pleasure of being interviewed for CBC Radio. For those not following along I was asked to speak on the controversy of wifi being rolled out in National Parks across Canada. I’m for it and you can read my reasoning here.

For those not familiar with the "behind the veil" workings of CBC Radio, the syndication department researches and finds people to be interviewed. They then provide a window of time for any show in the CBC world who might be interested in interviewing that person. In my case, I had to be available between 3:00 and 6:00pm and could be interviewed by up to 12 different shows.


I got let in the door at the CBC head office in Toronto and lead into the radio syndication section where they told me that they had 7 interviews lined up for that day. They quickly shuffled me into a small soundproof booth where I would be contacted by the different hosts at their scheduled time.

iPhone Photo of me at CBC StudiosIt was totally fun and over the next two and a half hours, I got interviewed for local shows in Halifax, St. John’s, Montreal, Toronto, Thunder Bay, Whitehorse and Yellowknife. They were all pretty short ranging from about seven to ten minutes in length. Most were live to air but a couple of shows pre-recorded it for air sometime down the road.

As far as questions, most hosts stuck to the rough outline of questions provided to them by the syndication section but a couple went in their own direction asking questions based on their own interest. I thought it was interesting that some of the northern stations like Thunder Bay, Whitehorse and Yellowknife; the hosts were completely against the idea of wifi in parks and we had a good argument about it. In fact the host in Yellowknife started making fun of us Toronto folks and our desire to be connected all the time. I had to agree with him on that one. The funny thing was when I got around to being interviewed by Toronto and Montreal, both hosts thought it was the best thing ever and saw no reason why wifi should just be everywhere. I guess we proved the Yellowknife host right. :)

Update: Here is a link to my interview with Dave White in Yellowknife.




David Johnston

David Johnston

David Johnston has been introducing people to the sport of sea kayaking for the past 15 years. He is a senior instructor trainer with Paddle Canada and teaches for several paddling schools in Ontario, Canada. Full Bio.

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