Oh yes, you’re right. That’s what Canadian public broadcasting needs.


More smirking.


Oh yes, you’re right. That’s what Canadian public broadcasting needs.

  1. It can now only be a matter of time until “Once I was the King of Spain” is the new Hockey Night in Canada theme song.

  2. John Ghomeshi is such a poser.

  3. Jian Gomeshi’s show is decent. Where else are you going to hear good Canadian indie music outside of Youtube and file sharing sites?
    And to be fair, his smirkiness is hard to notice via radio.

  4. Hey- I’m 13 years old, and CBC is the soundtrack of my childhood. Yes, I am aware of how sad that is.During the schoolyear, it starts at 5:30 am with my alarm going off, continues while I do my chores, continues on the 2:00 long bus ride on my way to school, and plays constantly at my part-time job. It plays while I eat dinner at my house and while I do my homework. I even listen to Q before I go to bed. I’m way outside their new ‘young’ target audience (uh, my mother is far younger than that) During the summer, it plays constantly at my job. Now, I’ll be honest. I don’t like change. I like the fact that I can identify any CBC show by it’s theme song. (Oh, come on. Are you saying that ‘sounds like canada’ and ‘the current’ didn’t just start playing incessantly inside your head?) Living in a remote part of Labrador, the CBC is often the only radio station that comes in on our radio, outside ofour local radio station, and the CBC is always the only thing that comes into our television. Anyways, Jian Ghomeshi is often quite funny and his intervewees are certainly more..err. ‘youthful’? than the average CBC interview. Besides, thats the advantage of radio- you dont ahve to actually see anything.

  5. The CBC continues to misunderstand the distinction between a generation and a cohort. They chase the “under 30” cohort as if it is a generation that will continue to listen to shows like Q as they age. They won’t.

    It seems to me that if you had a choice between having a listener from age 13 to 30, or from 30 to death, I know where the smart business decision would direct me.

  6. I feel like a cartoon being told that “Q” is a show designed to make me a listener. I grew up with CBC and, by habit, remained a listener until the past few years where, “Q”, “Definitely Not the Opera”, “Talking Sex – ooops – Books” and other moronifying content was beamed at CBC’s frequency.

    What changed me was the Senate confirmation hearings for Justice Roberts. They were broadcast live on NPR while I drove my family to Maine and back.

    It was an epiphany. Senators – politicians! – talking, you know, smart. I couldn’t believe radio could be so compelling.

    Now, all the radios in my house are tuned to 107.9 – Vermont Public Radio. (P.S. CBC – its not the rampant, reflexive leftyism. My wife and I are loyal W folks. We love the lefties on VPR).

  7. Actually, Definitely Not the Opera was quite good when Norah Young hosted — smart and fun. The less said of what it has become with Sook-Yin Lee, the better.

  8. When Ghomeshi got his own show – after doing the Sounds Like Canada summer slot – I just labeled it Sounds Like Qanada. Jian only does one show: pop music lists, pop music gossip, pop music trivia, interviews with novelists that never talk about fiction, endless Q promotions, and overwrought introductions that would put the late Brian Linehan to shame.

    Has it occurred to anyone else that these intros are now a central element of the show? That the intros and the subsequent guests’ compliments on the intros have now eclipsed the interviews?. Just like the Q promos, which take up 4 minutes after “the break,” and often push guest slots ever smaller as the layers of Q re-presentations stack up ever higher.

    And that portentous stammering. Yeesh

  9. Marilyn: I’m for the promotion of Canadian indie music, but it’s not entirely true that ‘Q’ is the only place you can find it. Many cities have college or university stations, and online and satellite radio there’s CBC Radio 3. Of course, if your locale doesn’t have a college station and you don’t listen to radio at your computer or subscribe to satellite (and how many of us do?), you’re out of luck. Ideally, CBC Radio 3 would be an over-the-air service.

    I happen to like ‘Q’ well enough, although I can definitely detect the smirking on the radio. For me, however, having grown up listening to Radio One (like Sara), I’m accustomed to more serious programming in the morning, with pop topics having their place, but not being the focus. I suppose I may adjust to ‘Q’ in the morning, but it’s just as likely that I will tune out after The Current, which is presently the program I listen to most intently anyway.

    In my view, what Canadian broadcasting needs a whole lot less of is this: http://www.cbc.ca/radiosummer/simplysean/
    I happen to like most of CBC’s summer lineup — it’s refreshing to hear something different, especially when you’re on holiday and want to get away from routine — but I cannot for the life of me figure out why Sean Cullen has been given a show AGAIN. His so-quirky-non-sequitur-stream-of-consciousness style of humour was grating the first time I heard it three (?) years ago; now I simply can’t stand it. I have yet to meet anyone who does! The Corp. must have been hoodwinked into signing a long contract with punitive penalties for dissolution.

  10. Sean Cullen is the new Air Farce.

  11. The blurb on the above mentioned site boils the Sean Cullen experience down to its essence: “Join him for an hour of wacky observations, great music, summer tips and dollop of cottage cheese.”

    So wacky!


  12. Sad. Pathetic.
    Could I be referring to CBC, or the smirk?
    Even I don’t know.
    Cottage cheese! People under 30 LOVE that wacky stuff!
    The Canadian Recycling Industry remains strong. If you can make it here, there’s a spot for you on CBC until you die.

  13. Apropos of nothing, if anyone has Bob’s Your Uncle’s first album, I’ll pay good money.

  14. I was rather hoping that Sean Cullen was going to do well on Last Comic Standing, as that would at least keep him out of the country for a little while.

  15. for the love of Pete just what are the photos of someone doing something they shouldn’t that Jian has? Because blackmail is the only reason why I can think of as to why he keeps getting jobs.

    The only one who bugs me more is the meglomaniac that hosts Def Not the Opera… Bring back Nora!

  16. CBC haters take comfort, the Corporation is in its final days.

  17. As the host of innumerable failed TV shows (remember “Play”? Neither do I), I’m at a loss as to Jian Ghomeshi’s ubiquity.

    I could on about his preening, self-absorbed persona being packaged by the CBC as some sort of hipster spokesperson, but what really irks me is his rather incurious and dim-witted interviewing style that usually has me reaching for the dial within minutes.

  18. Mike, to be incurious and dim-witted are objectives of the current CBC. Stursberg wants the place to be more “Tim Horton’s”, less “Starbucks”, more broadly accessible. He equates success with the size of the audience (this will, ultimately, be his downfall)so is dumbing down programming. This isn’t some secret agenda, they are quite candid about it. On the tv side the are adding on “Jeopardy” and “Wheel of Fortune”, making “Q” look, comparatively, like “The New York Review of Books”. Jian is a dull, hapless, white guy, fan, from Toronto in a “New Canadian” body. He’s Tim Horton’s in a Starbucks cup. I don’t think that the even CBC brass are so naive as to think he represents anything in the least “hip”. They are moving his show to the morning, afterall. As to his “ubiquity”, they have neither the resources or the imagination to look elsewhere. They have not a clue of what’s going on outside the building.

  19. Buck 65 cites CBC as his first source of Hip Hop music. That was before CBC Radio started chasing a younger audience.

    My point is that an alternative existed for him in Nova Scotia, he didn’t only have Classic Rock over and over and frickin over.

    Some kids start eating healthy food on their own when they are teenagers, otherss keep eating what their parents feed them, and still others get around to in later life. The thing is they come back to it because it’s available.

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