Just realized no updates on the blog since July. Summer flying by.
Since I haven’t been on air since it happened, a quick congratulations to Toni Marie Wiseman and Kenny Butler on the birth of their daughter Grace. She was born on Saturday August 7 at 12:20am. Weighed 8lbs 2 ounces and has a full head of brown hair. I interviewed Toni Marie last July so a lot has changed in a year. If you are a viewer of NTV it will be a few more months till you see her back on TV.
Last week the show was a rerun while I was in Toronto and that’s also the plan for this Friday. Get a bit of a break for yours truly as September is when things ramp up at the station.
Queen’s Football back on CFRC and earlier than usual. With the Waterloo Warriors steroid scandal and subsequent canceling of their football season that caused some scheduling headaches. After all was said and done Queen’s will open up the season on Tuesday night, August 31st. Road game in Hamilton against MacMaster. Originally I mentioned on the show it was a Sept. 1st afternoon game but that got pushed up a day.
Each OUA team gets a Bye Week this season. The Golden Gaels get Labour Day off. First home game is a Sunday, keep that in mind if you want to go or listen on the radio. After that we are back to the usual Saturday at 1pm starts for the rest of the year.
7:00 pm McMaster University
Mon. 9/6/2010 BYE WEEK
1:00 pm University of Windsor HOME GAME
1:00 pm University of Guelph
1:00 pm University of Ottawa HOME GAME
1:00 pm Western
1:00 pm University of Toronto HOME GAME
1:00 pm Wilfrid Laurier
1:00 pm York University HOME GAME
After working on every football broadcast over 4 seasons I’ll be reducing my work load. Taking some games off this year. Think I’ll finally have a chance to see the team play at the stadium. When you are the one at the station for 4 years during games, that pretty much eliminates a chance to witness a game in person.
Time for a blog entry with all the interviews from 2009. One of those things where I knew there was a few but once I added them up it got to be a longer list than I though. [Added Allison Crowe which got lost in all the copy and paste I was doing]
Thanks to all those who gave time to be interviewed for the show in 2009. Time to go “Romper Room” and say thanks to Sora, Fergus, Ray, Andrea, Melanie, Tim, Melissa, Bryan, Ian, Toni Marie, Robin, Allison, Neate, Laurie, Gerry and Kirsten. Whew. Close to 18 hours of radio here so many weeks worth of listening if you missed some of them.
Sora on her latest CD and her music for this episode.
Fergus O’Byrne from the legendary Newfoundland group Ryan’s Fancy joins the show.
Ray Johnson from Buddy Wasisname and the Other Fellers before their tour stop in Kingston.
Andrea Wittgens, the first Queen’s graduate to join the show. Originally from Antigonish, NS and currently living in Seattle.
Melanie Samson a singer/songwriter from Newfoundland who sings in English and French. And she’s also a schoolteacher and we discuss that and her experience at the ECMA’s.
Tim Baker from Hey Rosetta! in an interview where he was walking around Toronto on a day off on his cellphone. Put together at the last minute before they came to Kingston last spring but it worked out well.
Melissa DiMarco from Out There before an episode where she visited Nova Scotia.
Bryan Page from Faded Blue on the 2 year anniversary show of the radio show. Interview was done live during the show as opposed to the usual taped scenario.
Ian Foster joined the program for the 3rd time before his 2009 tour. This time he drove from Newfoundland to Ontario, then flew to British Columbia for some dates.
Toni-Marie Wiseman from NTV who interviewed me for the Newfoundland Herald and helped get the Fergus O’Byrne interview. We talk about how she started out in radio and then moved to TV. Cover a lot of topics including her favorite songs.
Allison Crowe and her music for 2 hours.
Neate Sager on the Queen’s Golden Gaels Vanier Cup run.
Robin Meade from HLN’s Morning Express joined the show during her book tour. Day we taped it she was doing a book signing that night in her native Ohio.
Two Olympic torchbearers from the Kingston area, Laurie Walker and Rev. Gerry Moore. Then with Kirsten Mihailides from the Coca-Cola side of the Torch relay organizers.
Thanks again to all those who joined the show during 2009. Going to be hard to top that list of guests in 2010, but I’ll see who I can bring to the airwaves.
Queen’s Hockey tonight at 7:30pm against RMC. Friday the show will be a bit shorter due to another hockey game at 7:30pm followed by Queen’s Basketball Saturday at 8pm. Busy week of University sports on the station.
The Golden Gaels are the 2009 Vanier Cup champions after erasing a 25-7 deficit at halftime to beat Calgary 33-31. First win since 1992 and Queen’s fans on Twitter exploded at the end of the game. Searched “GAELS” and there was a tonne of messages.
CFRC hit the maximum amount of online listeners within a few minutes of kickoff. If we could have had more listeners we would have since TSN’s technical difficulties caused a lot of headaches. Their feed wasn’t working at the start of the game and it went out 2 more times in the 1st quarter. Little embarrassing for “Canada’s Sports Leader”.
Glad the refs didn’t decide the ending because that was a bad officiating crew. At halftime on CFRC we had someone from the Calgary broadcast drop by and he also agreed about the blown calls by the refs.
But back to the positives, congratulations to the team on the victory. It looked a little bleak at halftime. I did say to someone at the station “holding Calgary to some field goals in the first half is a good thing”. Queen’s took over the second half and holding Calgary to less points in the 1st half was a big difference in the game. Made the deficit a manageable one.
In my 4th season of working on the Queen’s broadcasts they win the entire thing. That means I can’t put the win in in perspective as Alumni or fans can. But you can search on Google for those who have been fans for a long time. They can put the victory in words better than I can.
I’m glad the season is over since I can get a regular amount of sleep on Saturdays before work again. Whew.
Another post coming up, thought I’d separate them.