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CJ the Haunted House Carnie

Well, yesterday was the final day of the Canadian National Exhibition – or The Ex as it’s now called. It’s the two-week Fair/Carnival that rolls into Toronto for the last bit of summer. The ride and game trucks will be packing up and heading on the road to the next destination. Last year this day, I talked to CJ, the guy who wears a mask and scares people inside the haunted house... read more

Rich Hill Documentary

Saw an amazing, intimate, sometimes heartbreaking, documentary yesterday. It’s called Rich Hill and won the Grand Prize for docs at The Sundance Festival, and odds are good it will win an Oscar in the spring. For good reason. It’s playing at indie theaters, and is available on demand via iTunes, Google, Amazon and Vudu. Here’s the... read more

Writing for Radio

Well, I just moved, and I think we can all agree, moving is a giant pain in the ass. There was a small, nostalgic silver lining in this move, as I found a bunch of CDs with commercials I’ve written over the last 20 years or so. I’ve got stuff from everywhere I’ve done radio creative, save for the CBC, though you’ll definitely find some CBC creative in the form of interstitials on my... read more

Vanilla Radio

Every once in awhile a radio article comes out that is bang-on about personality radio. This is one of them. Mark Ramsey, a radio guru, shares his thoughts on why your morning show might not be working. I’d argue, his thoughts on personality apply to all dayparts. Some highlights for me: Because they’re just not that good It’s true! Radio managers are not famous for spotting and nurturing... read more
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