on the 16th day of December my blogger gave to me...
the best of CBC radio25 years ago when I became a mum for the first time and suddenly found myself spending hours a day with a non-verbal, but adorable, little creature, living in a town with a very limited range of radio options available, I turned to the CBC. It has changed a lot since then. Best of all, through the magic of the internet, programs are available almost on demand either as podcasts or by playing around with time zones. I pretty much avoid the Classical music and political analysis programming in favour of the more entertaining (lowbrow) stuff. Here are my suggestions to get you started. Actually, my best suggestion is that you just try it out for yourself and find something you like. It's so Canadian that it tries desperately to please everyone; if ever there was a something-for-everyone provider this is it. In order of greatness:
2. Shift with Tom Allen (afternoons on Radio 2)-- a daily lesson in music theory, history, or trivia. This host's personal reflections and often surprising connections pepper a musical "shift" from the classical music program that precedes this one to the popular (indie) "Drive" show that follows. I confess, I'll usually tune in for just the last hour of this one at which point the music is more to my liking.
3. Quirks and Quarks with Bob McDonald (Radio 1) -- I listen to this one exclusively as a podcast. It's a science program for the non-scientific. A more nerdy cousin of the American Radiolab (which I highly recommend too!)
4. The Signal with Laurie Brown (Radio 2) -- If you're a late night radio listener, the soothing talk of this veteran host and her eclectic music selection are just the thing.