Only one update for August seemed about right. Wasn’t much going on with the radio show, quiet end to summer. In a college town once Labour Day hits, summer is done. Queen’s students back in town and football broadcasts begin.
Couple of changes soon. Doing technical producer on the 1st two games then taking most of the season off. Might be back for that Friday night game in Toronto. But won’t be in the chair for the Saturday games. Was too much on my plate this fall.
As for the radio show on September 19th it will be back to the old 60 minute length. Still on Fridays around the same time 7-8pm. So we lose the first hour. Schedule crunch in the fall so that explains the change. Thought better to stay on same day then go to another timeslot. Program was an hour, the first year and a half, so it isn’t something that different. Can’t play 3-4 songs from a CD like I do in the 2 hour format, but that is the only major difference I can think of.
Could change again in winter or spring schedule. For now I’ll have a relaxing fall with going back to the old days. Starting out the show filling out an hour was tough when you are starting from scratch. Mentioned before that back in 2007 CFRC only had one Great Big Sea album. Have 3 now just to show how it’s increased.
After doing 2 hours for two years 60 minutes will seem easy. 🙂
I knew there was a back log of episodes to put online, didn’t know it was as far back as July. Had some time off in August then football season came early before September and it snowballed from there.
Music of Matt Anderson, some Stan Rogers on vinyl and Jill Barber who was playing Kingston that month.
Music of Jill Barber, Ryan’s Fancy, David Myles, Chris Kirby, Hey Rosetta! and Ian Foster.
New music from Great Big Sea. Also tracks from Don Brownrigg and Neil Dobson.
Neil Dobson, Gulliver’s Spree, Stan Rogers, Ross Neilsen
So with that, a quick version of the picks. Plus I worked on a little NFL related blog post that will be a long one. Part NFL, part TV and mostly just a funny comparison that worked out well.
Texans over Chargers. San Diego won again and Houston didn’t show up against the Colts. Have to stick with the Texans one more week. They lose this they’re going back to choke artists at 4-4.
Cardinals over Vikings. Just on principle I’m not picking Brad Childress this week. What an idiot. Would’ve been idiot coach of the week but my team is the Redskins. [The topic for the long blog post]
Saints over Panthers. Saints with a good win against the Steelers. Could be a trap game but Panthers are 2nd worst in the league.
Patriots over Browns. New England quietly 6-1. Some games they haven’t been their best and still win. Either worrisome for some fans or a good sign. You win playing badly I’d say that’s a good thing.
Bucs over Falcons. Tampa Bay, I still can’t figure them out. 5-2 record and QB Freeman with another 4th quarter comeback win last week. Weird.
Bears over Bills? Nah, I can’t do that. Bills over Bears. Buffalo with two overtime losses to the Chiefs and Ravens is more impressive. I know it’s in Toronto. Neutral site, pretty much.
Ravens over Dolphins. Baltimore should win this one. The next game, is on Thursday so that’s a short week.
Jets over Lions. Detroit beating Washington last week is a whole other blog.
Giants over Seahawks. Seattle has to go to their back up QB, Charlie Whitehurst. Two ways to go. Giants dealing with a QB they’ve never seen or hammering a QB who doesn’t have much experience. I’m going with NYG.
Colts over Eagles. Indy handled Houston so Philly should’nt be that hard.
Chiefs over Raiders. Game of the week, and it’s not a joke. 5-2 KC against 4-4 Oakland. Raiders ahead of San Diego in the division
Sunday night, Green Bay over Dallas. Let’s ignore the Cowboys till end of the season or when they fire Wade.
Monday night, Pittsburgh over Cincinnati. Bengals play their division tough, for whatever reason. Don’t see Steelers losing two in a row.
When you spend a long weekend working that tends to delay my radio stuff. But here is the 3rd anniversary show from last Friday.
3rd anniversary show kicks off with Mari-Mac by Great Big Sea. First song I played in May 2007.
Then some rare Blue Rodeo tracks. Live version of ‘Florida’, recorded in Saskatoon by a band formed in Toronto with Greg Keelor who was born in Nova Scotia. 2 songs from ‘Tremolo’ which I’m sure aren’t played on the radio much. ‘Brother Andre’s Heart’ and ‘Frog’s Lullaby’.
New Brunswick’s Grand Theft Bus continues the hour followed by Allison Crowe. Hour 1 ends with a duo from PEI Mark Haines and Tom Leighton. Tom has a link with the second hour’s music which I didn’t know about at the time.
Wrote a blog post about the 3rd anniversary show and got a response from Naming the Twins. So played them that night on the show. Tom Leighton plays on one of the tracks, just happened to grab that CD before I left my place so good luck with that.
Back to back with artists from my home province of Newfoundland to end the program. The Irish Descendants, Great Big Sea, Hey Rosetta and Ian Foster.
Enjoying two nights off from work, so I’m posting this now. It is officially Wednesday morning. Longer mid week post, covering a few topics. I’ll divide it up a bit today. First is a chat about the previous Junos in St. John’s, which is returning to town in 2010.
Thanks to Brent from The Lever Pulled for this comment on the MySpace page. [I assume Brent was the one from the band who posted it.]
“Toni is only young but she’s already a legend in Newfoundland media and a big part of Newfoundland culture. That’s not an exaggeration. Mention the name Toni-Marie to ANYONE in this province and they know who you are talking about.”
Which shows how down to earth she is with the red carpet story she had at the last Junos.
ROB: One of the big events years ago was the Junos in St. John’s, which are coming back next year. From what I’ve heard that week there was a lot of partying going.
TONI: What happens at the Junos in St. John’s, stays at the Junos in St. John’s. I’m kidding.
It was great fun. We got to meet a lot of people. In Newfoundland people aren’t afraid to say hello to you. When you go live on location in Newfoundland you kind of expect the unexpected. It was just before the live telecast show, the red carpet walk.
Before that started happening for the mother network [CTV], I was doing some live remotes for our newscast that was happening. And there were reporters from across the country. Some of the top entertainment reporters from all the major stations.
And a young guy came out to vacuum the red carpet while I was speaking. And I didn’t flinch, because it was his job.
When I stopped that particular live remote, which was probably thirty seconds to a minute, all the reporters basically jumped on this poor young fellow.
‘How could you do that? She was live.’
And I kind of had to get in there and say,
‘Listen, it’s his job. He has to make sure that red carpet is clean before the live telecast. What I’m doing isn’t necessarily as important as what he is doing.’
They just kind of looked at me like, ‘What? What?’
I said, ‘Well, his job was that he was sent out here to vacuum that carpet.’
But they couldn’t understand how I was able to keep focus while a vacuum cleaner was running.
The TV people from the big cities can learn something from her. Then we talked about the weather hits. Don’t be surprised if you see her lugging around equipment if you see her around town.
Onto a memory of talking to Great Big Sea when they started out. Which leads into talking about Alan Doyle/Russell Crowe and the Robin Hood movie they’re in. Which left an opening for me to bring up that we both are big Monty Python fans.
TONI: When I do my live remotes a lot of people are surprised that it’s only myself and usually Dan Lake. Dan the camera man as we affectionately call him.
We don’t have a lighting person or a makeup person or a sound person. We don’t have someone to carry the equipment for us. I’m on the ground duct taping cables as well as Dan is. We’re used to having to do everything.
Being on our own, very little will throw us at this point. And if it does we just make it part of the show, because it’s live television. I think the viewers at home like to see that. I’m sure when I was reading and the guy came out to vacuum the carpet, everyone watching TV at that point thought that was the neatest thing they’d seen. Here is this young guy about seventeen years old out with his little vacuum cleaner.
ROB: Talking about the live hits sometimes you community ones and other times they just stick you outside in the snowstorm. I read you thought the people stayed tuned to the weather on bad nights just to see you outside in the storm?
TONI: Yes, and see the Tammy Faye Baker eyes. It can be really uncomfortable.
But it’s funny, when I first started doing the live remotes I was in my twenties. And all I cared about in my twenties as most of us women do when we’re in our twenties. Not all, but many. We want to look pretty.
We’re not going to wear a big bulky jacket to make us look heavier. We’re going to wear the teeniest little jacket we can get away with. And we’re going to try to have the hair perfect and everything, and I couldn’t possibly wear a hat.
Well, now that I’m considerably older than twenty, I wear a full snow-suit now. I just want to be warm and dry and comfortable. And when I’m warm and dry I perform better too.
ROB: Was this winter a bad one, worse or better than usual?
TONI: It was a lot colder than usual. So, I had to deal with that quite a bit. I started wearing the ear muffs along with the snowsuit. But we didn’t have as much snow as we had in previous years. I mean one year we had about six, seven feet of snow. In one snow fall we had seventy-four centimeters.
ROB: That’s a lot.
TONI: That’s a lot.
[Not a typo we said the same thing]
TONI: This year you know our worst month might have been thirty. This was a good winter, but very cold.
ROB: I did notice some storms where the snow is swirling around and blowing in your face.
TONI: And it takes your breath away. Because the camera is such an expensive piece of equipment we can’t throw away the camera to save me. So, it’s the other way around. I’m positioned in a way that it’s not so much that I look my best. But it’s so that the camera doesn’t get blown over or damaged from all the snow.
That usually means I’m in the most uncomfortable place to be. But I guess it’s almost like an actor on a stage and you have a prop to work with. And the prop makes you do different things.
When I’m out and there isn’t a whole lot to talk about other than the fact that I’m standing in a raging blizzard. Then the blizzard is my friend, because I have plenty to talk about. And people like to see weather people in weather.
That’s what we’re supposed to do. We understand how horrible the weather is. They can feel fine when they complain about it or if I complain about it, because they know I’m in it too.
I’m not in some cozy perfect little studio with a green screen behind me, which we have done from time to time. But in the major snowstorms I’m outside. I’m outside braving the elements as everyone else will have to do when they get out and pick up that shovel.
ROB: Wtih all the various jobs you have at the station, you must enjoy the mix. Every day is different, so to speak.
TONI: Every day is different and the same. I meet different people every day. That’s the best part of the job. I do an entertainment report or two every week, but it’s always somebody different. It’s fun. I feel guilty sometimes, because I have so much fun doing the work that I do.
It gets back to what I was talking about earlier, a feeling of attachment to what’s happening in the arts community. That adds to the fun, I really get caught up in how people advance.
I mentioned Teresa Ennis, but the first time I had interviewed Great Big Sea, they had never won any awards before. And they had been nominated for an ECMA.
We were at Alan Doyle’s house at the time. He and Sean McCann were there. And I saw like this little ornament on a mantelpiece. I handed it to them and said, ‘Okay, pretend for me that you’ve just won your first ECMA. And what would say?’
Of course the first thing they said was, “We’d like to thank God.” Because that’s what everybody says, which was nice.
It was funny to see and I still have that tape. To remember that and be a part of that and their excitement. Now to see them as grown men with families.
Alan Doyle now starring in a movie with Russell Crowe, who’s apparently one of his good buds. And I can say that I knew them when.
ROB: I’ve seen pictures online of Robin Hood. Russell Crowe and Cate Blanchett I believe are in that movie. Alan is over there for I think about six to nine months.
TONI: Alan, oddly enough or maybe not that odd, he plays kind of like a minstrel does he not? Like a roving musician. And his name in the film, I believe is Alan A’dayle.
ROB: Kind of like the singing character from Holy Grail.
TONI: Yes. “He is brave sir Robin.” I think it’s quite fitting.
ROB: Slightly off topic, we’re both Monty Python fans. I guess you can’t use that in any report on NTV.
ROB: I know The Meaning of Life is your favorite one.
TONI: I do like the Meaning of Life. I’ve seen it so many time that usually when I watch it now, I do need to watch it alone, because I recite the entire movie. It’s not good, when there are other people in the room. And Monty Python, I think it’s brilliant humor, as I know you do.
TONI: Very intelligent, but a lot of people don’t get it. They just think it’s too foolish to talk about. When I’m singing some of the songs that are in the film that we won’t sing now, on this wonderful radio station people think I’m a little crazy.
ROB: And all the guys in Python were university educated.
TONI: Yes. We’ll have to watch these sometime. One of my co-workers Larry Jay, who anchors the Sunday evening news with me, is also a huge fan of Monty Python. I think he can recite even Flying Circus, the television program itself. He can recite I think everything they’ve ever done.
ROB: I was watching a few months ago the DVD of Holy Grail with John Cleese’s commentary. He had a story about meeting an American football player in the 70’s. The player said him and a teammate were big fans of Holy Grail.
One game they’re just getting crushed by the other team. It’s getting near the end of the game. They’re in the huddle said “What should we do?” One guy whispered to the other one, “Run away. Run away.” And they started cracking up during the next play. John was amazed that this silly thing they wrote for this movie were being used by these players during a game.
TONI: Maybe they could all sing the Lumberjack song. That might do well.
Yes, Toni Marie can quote Monty Python. Imagine that.
Once in an email to me at the end she said “talk to you later, Sir Not Appearing in this film”. Wow. If you get that reference you know why I was impressed. A one line joke in Holy Grail. 🙂
If you know a certain song in The Meaning of Life you understand why people might look at her funny singing it. LOL.
Last line always made me laugh, “Sorry but it has to be medical experiments for the lot of you”.
What you can do when you tape an episode a day in advance.
Brand new music from a singer who is soon to be a Kingstonian, Andrea Gauster. She starts at the Queen’s Medical School. Found her through Twitter. Open up the show with some songs from Andrea, including one about Twitter.
Then a new band to the show, Shores of Newfoundland. Based in Kingston but currently on tour in Newfoundland. Music from their 1999 disc and a live one they recorded here in Kingston at the Tir Nan Og.
End with the hour with one song from Allison Crowe. Taped this week’s show ahead of time and saw I had 8 minutes to fill up till top of the hour. So I know her song Disease is a little over 8 minutes.
Start off the hour with a singer you might have heard of from Nova Scotia, Sarah Mclachlan. After the show found the list I had made up last year of all the artists I’ve played on the show. Sarah wasn’t on there. 2 years of the show and not playing her once? My bad.
To make up for it a few songs from her debut album from 1988 and on vinyl to boot. Couldn’t find any of her CD’s at the station but luckily in the record collection they had the original 1988 album. A collector’s item I found out since it was re-released in 1989 with some extra songs when she was also signed by a US record label. One song you might have heard before, the other 3 I bet you haven’t.
Follow that up with a cover version of Angel by Allison Crowe.
Then some songs from Great Big Sea’s Fortune Favour and Joel Plaskett’s Three to end the show.
Link to the anniversary show from Friday night. Which might not have been heard by as many outside of Kingston as usual. My Mom had problems listening online, and she’s in Kingston! Just tried it right now and it says the stream is “unavailable”. iTunes, Windows Media Player and Winamp. None of them worked. Damn.
So some bad timing for the big show on Friday night. But here it is for those who missed it. Which might be a lot of you. 🙂
2 year anniversary show starts off with Faded Blue. And the first ever LIVE interview with Bryan from Faded Blue.
Also have music of Ian Foster for the rest of Hour 1. Since I’ve interviewed Ian twice since the show started and saw him in Toronto last summer.
Start off the hour with the start of Episode 1 from 2 years earlier. With the first two songs I ever played on the show, by Great Big Sea.
Then some new music from Coco Love Alcorn, as my sleep deprivation kicks in. Listen and you’ll hear what I mean.
A song by Cody Allen who was opening up for Faded Blue on some of their Ontario tour dates.
Some songs by Jim Payne and Fergus O’Byrne. And end the hour with Teresa Ennis.
I know those links work OK. I’ll try and see about the online stream for Friday Night. Enjoy your long weekend, if you have one.
Bit later than usual but Friday’s radio show.
From the back up studio for the week as some repairs were going on in the main one.
So some longer sets of music. Hour 1 with Buddy Wasisname and the Other Fellers, Ron Hynes, The Lever Pulled and Andrea Wittgens.
Hour 2 of a night of long sets continue. New music to the show from Brite Vu. Then some blues from GlamourPuss. End the hour with some Great Big Sea from Fortune’s Favour and end the show with Sora.
This Friday I think we’ll do the 2 year anniversary show. Does work out to the same time as I started 2 years ago. Might have a new interview lined up, which would be good timing. I’ll bring out some old clips and I’ll figure out other stuff during the week.