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Wednesday: [w] They could also rerun old episodes of The Parka Patrol. God, I miss The Parka Patrol.

It occurs to me that the CBC Radio One managers are missing a tremendous opportunity here.

I've heard horror stories about the care and feeding of older radio shows, so it could be a hit and miss endeavour, but now strikes me as the perfect time for the managers to be hauling out old favourites from bygone eras. Even at random. I realize that there's been some antagonism towards the concept of Beloved Radio Personalities at Radio One in recent years, but the trend seems to be headed back towards them.

What sparked this, oddly enough, was listening to the tail end of 50 Tracks on the Vancouver feed just now. This is an atrocious show. It's filler. The original concept was that Canadians would suggest a bunch of purpotedly seminal pop songs from various eras, an on-air panel would discuss whether or not they were seminal, and then the audience would vote to further cement seminality. At the end of the series, you'd have a list. Woo. The concept was played out more than once. As an interactive endeavour, it's possibly engaging and intriguing to the right people. As a series of reruns, ages later? It's atrocious. Not even the infectious Jian Ghomeshi saves it.

What I particularly want to know is why Peter Gzowski's vast back catalogue of material hasn't been pulled out. Gzowski's following continues even today, and much of his work is either timeless or historically well-placed. Just the pieces enshrined in Morningside-related CD releases alone, many of which were circulated in the months following Gzowski's death, could be assembled into a couple of best-of specials; even more material was unearthed for the various memorial specials which aired. Failing that, do recordings of his later interview series, Some of the Best Minds of our Time, still exist?

Even beyond that, there's still stuff from the prior generation of Radio One personalities which would be wonderful to hear instead of the muzak, or the clumsy Radio Two show Disc Drive. Gilmour's Albums? A few hours of Alan Maitland's best interviews, or of his readings as Fireside Al? Some of the better episodes of Ideas as hosted by Lister Sinclair? Some of the Humline segments from Basic Black? Heck, why isn't the CBC grabbing temporary broadcast rights to the various Royal Canadian Air Farce best-of-radio albums (scroll down; three of them are online for free)?

It's a waste. Now's the time for management to get the listeners on their good side; it strikes me that a fantastic way to do that is to exploit Radio One's rich heritage. Even just going back over the past fifteen years would be worthwhile on that level.

Besides, I miss Morningside something fierce.

Posted by Wednesday Burns-White at August 15, 2005 9:28 PM


Comment from: miyaa posted at August 16, 2005 12:36 AM

BBC Radio is pretty good, I hear. Particularly Radio 2 and 4.

Comment from: chaos cricket posted at August 16, 2005 1:13 AM

Ah, Jian Ghomeshi...just makes me realize how much I miss Moxy Fruvous (how I, a guy from Oklahoma, came to listen to Fruvous is a something I've never been able to fully explain).

Wow, that was totally off-topic.

Comment from: TheNintenGenius posted at August 16, 2005 1:35 AM

Damn, I was going to totally make the Fr˝vous connection, but I've been beaten.

I really wish that the group hadn't went on that indefinite hiatus. It's really frustrating to get into groups that you later discover aren't touring or doing much of anything anymore and doubly frustrating when they've released one of the most killer live albums you've ever heard.

Comment from: chaos cricket posted at August 16, 2005 9:11 AM

Live Noise totally rocked my socks. I agree, though--it saddened me to see they were on hiatus. I mean, I really didn't get into the band until about 2000 or so, and since I was in the central US at the time, I never stood a chance of seeing them play. God willing, they'll come back and we'll all have another chance.

Comment from: Wednesday posted at August 16, 2005 9:28 AM

I suppose that now isn't a good time to mention having seen Fr˝vous at a teeny-tiny Chicago venue circa 1994, right? (This was a huge deal for me; by this point, they'd had their major label launch, and a Canadian who hadn't caught them during the indy period was out of luck. Pulled off something similar, although at a somewhat larger club, with Barenaked Ladies a few months later. Could have knocked the younger me over with a feather after those shows.)

I still regret not buying a Fr˝vest.

Comment from: webrunner posted at August 16, 2005 9:55 AM

Not really related but sort of:

I was listening to CBC radio a few weeks ago, and they were doing the Promo Girl contest thing, and the segment for it used the intro music roll from Katamari Damacy.

I wondered what was up with that.

Comment from: Merus posted at August 16, 2005 10:19 AM

Because it's catchy?

Daa daaaaa daa daa-daa daa daa daaaa da chuchuggachuchugga daa daaaaaaa chu chu chuchu chu chu chuchu chu CHU CHU CHUCHU CHU CHU CHUCHU CHU KATAMARI DAMACY!

Comment from: Matt Sweeney posted at August 16, 2005 3:33 PM

I still remember the first time I heard BNL. I was lying in my bed, watching Saturday morning cartoons while trying to wake up. One of the stations played music videos as part of the commercial break and one day they showed a BNL video. I think the song was called Ballad of Gordon or something like that. It wasn't on their US debut album. I seem to remember it (the song or just the video, I can't remember) was about an alien coming to earth, with the theme of diversity and acceptance. I think the 'alien' was actually just one of the BNL guys (Tyler?) in a space suit with his face painted blue.

I was a senior in high school at the time, so it must have been either late '92 or early '93. I bought their first album and loved it dearly. Never saw them live, though a friend hooked me up with a couple of tapes of shows from various points in their career. Fun memories.

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