Thursday, October 25, 2012

My American Experience - the privately funded As it Happens

Radio has always held a special place in my heart. When the phone rang and I was hired as a part time disc jockey at my home town radio station in 1980, I thought it was the happiest day of my life. And prior to that I would sit in my room and listen to nostalgia shows playing old time radio from the 30s, 40s and 50's.

 So when I heard all the coverage Ira Glass has been getting promoting his book and tour in Toronto, I was overjoyed to see the publicity. Although I find it funny that, what Ira is doing with his PBS show "My American Experience" has been done on the CBC for as long as I can remember. Say what you want about the mother corp, with shows like As it Happens and Quirks and Quarks, we have enjoyed a comparable level of radio excellence for decades. But "My American Experience" continues a tradition of radio excellence and theatre of the mind journalism, and I applaud that at every opportunity.

 Radio will always be with us as long as there is imagination and an appreciative, intelligent audience. And a long car ride.

  With over 30 years experience, Tim McLarty  currently works out of Toronto Canada as a writer, producer and media strategist producing advertising and entertainment content.
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