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Meeting the Maple Leafs

This fun, fast-paced magazine radio program for kids debuted in 1979, the UN's International Year of the Child. Aimed at those aged seven to 14, the program tackled weighty issues such as teen pregnancy, drugs and nuclear power, interspersed with trivia, music, radio plays and more. Kids were heavily involved in the show, conducting interviews, giving news reports and book reviews. Anybody Home? ran until June 1983.

The 'Kids Report' kids talk to Toronto Maple Leafs forward Paul Gardner and defenceman Greg Hotham in this 1979 clip from CBC Radio's Anybody Home? The two hockey pros recount how they reached the NHL, how much they make and the Leafs' playoff hopes for that season.

• While both players correctly forecast the 1979-80 Leafs would make the playoffs, neither played in the post-season. The Leafs lost in the first round to the Minnesota North Stars.

• Paul Gardner was traded to Pittsburgh after the season. As a Penguin, he was the victim of a brutal on-ice assault in 1982 from New York Jets player Jimmy Mann. Gardner missed six weeks with a broken jaw. Mann got a 10-game suspension.

Medium: Radio
Program: Anybody Home?
Broadcast Date: Dec. 1, 1979
Guest(s): Paul Gardner, Greg Hotham
Host: David Schatzky
Duration: 8:29
Photo: Toronto Star

Last updated: January 15, 2013

Page consulted on December 6, 2013

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