“He’s better than Strombolopolopolopolopolous!” - me
I will paint you a picture. Educated with a graduate degree, mid 20s, educated parents, fan and proponent of Canadian arts and culture, enjoys stimulating, commercial free discussion and music with a global view. Can you guess that I think CBC Radio 1 is the best thing since freshly squeezed orange juice? Well I do, and it’s only been a few years that I’ve seen the lights. And yes fine I own a CBC tshirt. It would only be hip if I fit into the small rib hugging XS. Thus it defaults to nerd based reasons.
I remember between the ages of as early as I can remember and 18 I always was annoyed when my mum always had 107.5, CBC radio 1 in Kingston on our minivan dial. As a typical teen, I wanted the sweet sounds of Sloan, Weezer, and Radiohead and not Anna Maria Tremonti nor how I can improve my gardening skills. But the CBC knows they’re not going for the teen demo, they just look forward to when you get older and know better. To me, the CBC does an active job in seeking interesting, broad topics, as well as the real and wide flavours of Canadian culture.
What first got me hooked on CBC Radio was my dear friend, Jian Ghomeshi. I watched him when he hosted “>play” on Newsworld years back and was sad when it was taken off the air. Luckily, the poster child of Canadian media soon replaced him. If you don’t listen to CBC Radio 1, Jian’s delivery is buttery and homey, and his knowledge and insight into the arts all over the world is inspiring. Every day he has something that is truly worthy of a Canadian’s ears. He gets you excited, engaged, and introduces you to things that make you sound smart, and that’s the whole point for all us wannabe snobs. The funny thing is it’s really not snobby at all, it definitely keeps the stream of popular culture close to chest. The only difference here is that it considers pop culture in a seasoned and mature manner, and virtually all in good taste.
Not only was he part of Moxy Fruvous (you remember “King of Spain“), he now is involved in artist management. among a host of other endeavours. He has developed the new indie teen darling Lights – this radio friendly, Millenial targeted, poppy postal service offshoot singer will be invading your life very soon.