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14
Nov
The poet laureate of traffic jams

The poet laureate of traffic jams

Reading traffic reports on the radio is probably the job least favoured by broadcasters. It isn’t very exciting, and most people won’t care what you have to say, most of the time.

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31
Oct
Memories of bullying & a long-lost ‘Miss’

Memories of bullying & a long-lost ‘Miss’

For 10 years, I worked with a man whom I was convinced was out to get me. I was subject to his nearly-daily ridicule, which robbed me of my self-confidence, self-esteem, and self-worth. I dreaded going to work.  Eventually, I managed to get another job and got away from him.

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17
Oct
Jeremy Akerman as an evil genius? Shurely, shom mishtake!

Jeremy Akerman as an evil genius? Shurely, shom mishtake!

Starting in 1968, and until 1980, Jeremy Akerman was the leader of the provincial NDP. Somewhere along the way, his left-leaning tendencies took a sharp right hand turn, causing this publication to quite charitably refer to him as a political chameleon.

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03
Oct
Bad ideas & VERY bad ideas (I’m looking at you, Jimmy the Janitor)

Bad ideas & VERY bad ideas (I’m looking at you, Jimmy the Janitor)

I’ve been thinking about CBC Radio One’s Maritime Noon a lot lately. In fact, I think I give more thought to the program than the people who put it together.
My perception is that host Norma Lee MacLeod and her producer arrive to work every morning, realize they have to put a show on the air in three hours, and run around like mad trying to find things to talk about.   

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19
Sep
Newcap’s suck-out-the-marrow cuts

Newcap’s suck-out-the-marrow cuts

Long ago C100/CJCH morning man John Biggs once told me about a young man who worked at an Ontario radio station. Everybody liked him. He worked prodigiously hard. Never caused anybody any problems.
Turned out that they needed a new studio. The cost of building that studio was about the same as this guy’s salary.
So they fired him.

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