Montreal Radio Blog

Monday, September 1, 2014

Yesterday's News - Over 4 years later...

I’ve now done well over 200 Yesterday’s News programs. The show’s first edition aired on June 19th, 2010. I was debating about whether to make a big deal about the number 200 back in June. After all, there are people on Radio Centre-Ville’s English team who have far longer streaks going than I do. Still, I’m not one who enjoys talking too much about myself, but I would like to write a little bit about the program I started in 2010.

They say you have to make the most of your opportunities, and one was presented to me in June of 2010 to create my own program. I came up with the idea of a historical news review because I always believed that present-day news is rarely presented in its historical context. It sounded like an easy premise, but researching history is a very time-consuming affair. After a couple of years, I decided that although it would remain an important part of the show, it was time to also present something different. Over the past year and a half, the program has focused primarily on current events with some of my opinions about them thrown in for good measure. It's become my weekly soapbox and the main reason I have been writing much too infrequently here, on what began as a blog.

I think it’s important to hear some centrist voices on community radio, and I know that I am one of the few out there. I believe that above all else, truth and historical truth should always be presented, even if we don’t like it. I find that many times, truth takes a back seat to ideology, not only in the mainstream media, but also in alternative media. Now I have no idea how many of you are listening, but I thank you for tuning in and I sincerely hope you enjoy most of what you hear.

I thought I knew pretty much all I needed to know about radio when I first walked into the Radio Centre-Ville studios in 2009. I had just completed a 6 month course at a now defunct local radio school, but soon found out that simulation is no substitute for the real thing. I expected to stay only a few months, but here I am over 5 1/5 years later.

And that is the great thing about Radio Centre-Ville: if you are really dedicated, you can join our team and learn and progress as a broadcaster. I’ve seen many people come through our doors over the years, but few of them have joined our team with the drive and attitude needed to succeed, and that is too bad. I believe there are still people out there who are passionate about radio and who understand that it involves a lot of work, not only in terms of preparation, but also when it comes to learning and improving your own skills.

Having said that, if you truly do love radio and understand that broadcasting on community radio requires dedication and commitment on a weekly basis, then get in touch with us. The English team is always looking for new recruits. You can find us on Facebook - Look for Radio Centre-Ville English Team programs .