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.
Got a comment on last night’s blog from Adrian, Allison Crowe’s manager.
“Sounds a great show – I’ll listen when I am back home. Travelling this weekend, as Allison starts rehearsing with a band for the first time in five+ years!! Rock and roll!”
Sounds interesting. Here is the links to last night’s show.
Music of Jenn Grant, Sharona Clarke, Allison Crowe, Christine Crawford, Ryan Neilson, Francis Arsenault, Remedy and Leonard Cohen.
Lots of new music in the first hour.
Also talk about the Watchmen movie and play both versions of Hallelujah. The Cohen version that was used in the movie, and Allison’s version which was the original plan.
Interview with Ray Johnson, and the music of Buddy Wasisname and the Other Fellers. Who are starting their 25th anniversary tour.
End the show with Mark Hiscock, Justin Merdsoy, Jill Barber and Kelli Trottier.
#Update, show will be uploaded on Saturday night. Bit later than usual.
Tonight quick interview with Ray Johnson with Buddy Wasisname as they are starting a new tour. Hit Kingston May 5th at the Grand Theatre. And some music from the band.
Also music of Sharona Clarke, Justin Merdsoy, Allison Crowe, Christine Crawford, Ryan Neilson, Francis Arsenault, Remedy and Kelli Trottier. Can I cram all of that into 2 hours? Tune in and find out. 🙂
And after the show I’m conducting another interview, this time with Melanie Samson. Next Friday I’ll play the interview with Andrea Wittgens and her CD in it’s entirety. Spoke to Andrea over 40 minutes so I have a lot of content to work with.
Putting together this week’s show, early for once. 🙂
Of course I’ll air my interview with Ray Johnson of Buddy Wasisname and the Other Fellers. Spoke for a few minutes about the new tour and other topics.
I’ll start playing some new music as well. Sharona Clarke who I heard on Radio ECMA. Also Justin Merdsoy who contacted me on Twitter. Sharona told him about the show. I thought Justin sounded familiar so went to his MySpace page. One song jumped out as “I’ve played that before”.
I did. Back during the 4th episode in June 2007 I played ‘Recollection’ by Justin. Good thing I kept the running blog on MySpace with who I played each week.
Also with the Watchmen music talk I’ll play Hallelujah. Leonard Cohen’s original which was used in the movie and Allison Crowe’s version which came close to being used. Might spread out playing them over the course of the show. Same song but the versions sound quite different.
I did remember to change the clocks last night. Bit tired today. Since I stayed up like I usually do on a Saturday night and ignored the time change.
So it looks like Junior Hockey is back in St. John’s. Good timing with me putting up the episode from a year ago on Archive.org with Krissy Holmes. We talked about the Fog Devils leaving. Appears a 5 year deal is in place for the team from Bathurst, NB in the QMJHL to move to St. John’s. So one town from the East Coast loses a hockey team to another town in Atlantic Canada.
Did read a short post on TheScope.ca which might sum up people’s feelings.
“Albert Einstein defined insanity as doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. Einstein obviously doesn’t work at St. John’s Sports & Entertainment Ltd.”
Back to the radio show. Friday I’ll air a short interview I did with Ray Johnson of ‘Buddy Wasisname and the Other Fellers’. They’re coming to Kingston in May for a concert so I got to talk to Ray. Would’ve had more time but we had a mix up.
The number I had in the email was Ray’s fax line instead of his phone number. So I kept calling with no answer. He phoned me back a bit later and we figure out the mistake. LOL. By that time it was past 10:30pm in Newfoundland so we talked for about 10-15 minutes.
I also have the interview with Andrea Wittgens from last Friday. I’ll air that probably the week after. I’ll play all of her CD during that show. Andrea is from Antigonish, NS and went to Queen’s here in Kingston. She lives in Seattle now. So we covered a lot of ground.
edit: “Smothered In Hugs”, thanks to Kell for pointing that out. Smothered by Hugs was close but not right. 🙂
ECMA Radio back up with musicians dropping by this morning, well technically afternoon now in Corner Brook. Got up and heard the end of a set from The Olympic Symphonium. And The Abrams Brothers just finished.
I thought I heard that wrong. The guys from Kingston are at the ECMA’s? Yes, and they performed on The Discovery Stage Saturday. Their family is from the East Coast, 5 generations back apparently. Learned something new. I recorded their entire 30 minutes on the radio so I can use that for a future show. Going to have a back log of audio by tonight.
Last night heard a good mix. The following acts stopped by the little station. Stone Richards and the Devil Folk, Paisley Jura, West Moon, Smothered In Hugs, Catcher and Sharona Clark. Recorded a bit of each them being interviewed which should work well when I play their music on the show. Which might be April with everything I have going on.
Next week the interview with Fergus O’Byrne, and his music for the entire show. Another interview is done with Ray Johnson of Buddy Wasisname. This past Friday I spoke to Andrea Wittgens, singer/songwriter from Antigonish, NS who lives in Seattle. She’s the first Queen’s alumni I’ve interviewed on the show. Brought back some university memories for her. Like a lot of Queen’s students she recalls “Alfie’s”. 🙂
ECMA weekend is winding down, with the awards tonight at 7pm EST/8:30pm NT. You can only catch it live online or on CBC Bold. Tape delayed for everyone else who has regular CBC. Which is pretty much everyone.
Bad timing with the CBC funding shortfall story last week. CBC want more government money but they can’t be bothered to air the ECMA’s live. Hmmm. Tape delayed till 11pm on a Sunday. This means people on the West Coast won’t see the awards till 7 hours after it would’ve aired live. That long in this day in age is crazy.
And what great Canadian programming is on CBC TV tonight instead? Wait for it….
“The Devil Wears Prada”…… oh I wish I was kidding. Our tax money at work.
This rant is against CBC TV. CBC Radio has done a great job promoting the ECMA’s. Heard Performance Hour yesterday, and the local CBC affiliates in Newfoundland have done a bang up job. Even CBC.ca is doing it’s best with showing it live on the web, and on demand afterwards.
But when TV is showing The Devil Wears Prada instead of promoting Canadian music you know something is messed up. TV is where most people’s view of the CBC comes from. Showing that instead of the ECMA’s doesn’t make any sense if it is a “public broadcaster”.
With the length of the interview and the songs I didn’t divide up the show into separate hours. So here’s the full 2 hour show. One of the better shows I think. Content was great, no technical mistakes and already have heard a good response.
Got a phone call from across the border. Caller in Watertown, NY as he had just gotten home and wanted to know more about Sora.
Going to put up a podcast just with Sora’s stuff sometime in the next week. Already recorded some extra voiceovers for that and am going to find some outtakes from our interview.
Interview I did recently with Sora. And I play tracks from her upcoming CD, Heartwood. Along with some other songs from Sora for a lot of the show.
In the second hour I also played some of Buddy Wasisname and the Other Fellers. They’re coming to Kingston in May, and I did an interview with Ray Johnson from the band right after this episode aired.
Music from Ian Foster to open and close the show. Brand new song to open the show and some rare “demo” versions to end the show.